Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oat Bran Porridge

(Serves 2 generously) Describing this delicious porridge recipe as, "tasting like a melted muffin," tells you something special. Could something as ho–hum as oat bran be transformed into morning decadence? Oh yes - indeed!

1 cup oat bran (oat bran is preferred, but you can also use a 7 or 10-grain cereal)
2 cups water
1 generous cup berries (fresh or frozen) or sliced, very ripe, bananas
pinch of salt
1 to 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Toppings:
• nuts (sliced almonds with the berries and toasted pecans or walnuts with the bananas)
• heavy cream (I know this ruins the healthiness of this but who cares—it is important!)
• Flax seeds (I think these are vital, and add a nice deep earthiness, but you can omit)
• brown sugar (I like a sprinkle of this, but you could also add some additional honey or maple syrup)
• fresh fruit (again, optional but I like it)
• sea salt (a sprinkle on top really pushes this over the edge!)

In a medium pot over medium-high heat bring water, pinch of salt, and half of fruit to a boil. Add the oat bran and honey and stir regularly until cereal is cooked, about 2-3 minutes for oat bran- longer for 10-grain. Serve hot, topped with suggested toppings.

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Created for Quest by Chris at:
foodelf.wordpress.com

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