This toast… I don’t even know where to start! It’s delicious, satisfies carb cravings AND, it helps with weight loss! It can take the place of toast in a fried-egg sandwich — but wait — it IS bread. Yet, there is no white flour, no offensive-carby grains. The main ingredient is Oat Bran. And if you’ve read anything about the heart, and fat-absorbing qualities of oat bran, you’ll want to find a way to incorporate this bread into your meals. The oat bran has a satisfying earthy, sweet crunch that makes any “sandwich” taste like a delicacy.
Oat bran is made from the outer layer of the oat kernel, making it high in fiber. In addition to aiding digestion, this fiber helps you feel full longer, curbing those cravings. But the benefits of oat bran go deeper. As a starch, our bodies digest oat bran very slowly because the oats form a gel that is digested slowly. But beyond that, oat bran helps to protect against heart disease, cardiovascular benefits, boosts our immune system, lowers cholesterol, lowers Type 2 Diabetes risk and is protective against some cancers.
So how do you make it? You won’t believe how simple and quick this is.
- You simply pour about 1/4 cup of oat bran into a bowl, add an egg — and maybe a teaspoon of coconut oil — or another fat.
- Some variations include adding a 1/4 cup of yogurt or ricotta cheese — this makes a fluffier bread, but if you don’t have this on hand — no worries.
- Add a bit of salt — just to your preference. Next, warm up a skillet, and pour your bran mixture into the pan and let it cook. Just like a pancake, flip it over after a couple of minutes (maybe while you’re frying an egg in the same pan) and it’s done.
- Slather some butter on top, and enjoy eating your “sandwiches” again.
There are endless variations to this bread — you could add Mexican herbs like Cumin and Paprika to make a “tortilla” including Jalapeno peppers. Or, add sundried tomatoes and mozzerella cheese for an Italian sandwich… the possibilities are endless!