Frugal Foods Fridays- My love of Oat Bran
I love Oat Bran. It is true. It is one of my all-time favorite frugal foods. I use it in many things to help stretch my budget and add fiber to our diet. For some reason, when compared to rolled oats, I find it has a better texture for adding to a lot of recipes.
My many uses for oat bran:
1.) Make oat bran cereal: I make oat bran cereal just like I would make oatmeal, except I like the texture better. I add a smidge of butter, milk, sugar or honey. When I can get fruit or nuts on sale, I will add them too. It doesn’t take very much oat bran to make a nice serving of hot cereal.
2.) Add it to meatball mix: I LOVE adding oat bran to my meatball mix. I find it has a much more pleasing texture then adding rolled oats, though I will add rolled oats if in a pinch. I have found that I can add 1/3 cup of oat bran to every pound of ground meat that I am using.
You may want to start with just 1/4 cup to see how you like it first, everyone has their own taste. My meatballs always come out moist and super yummy. I think oat bran has a very similar texture to bread crumbs.
3.) Add it to meatloaf mix: This is similar to the meatball mix, but I usually find that I can add in about two more tablespoons of oat bran and still keep a pleasing texture. Again, start with smaller amounts and work your way up. Don’t waste food by adding a lot of something you may not love.
4.) Add it to bread: When making bread I find that, again, 1/3 cup added to the whole recipe results in a moist bread without changing the rise of the bread. However, do start with a less amount and work your way up.
5.) Add it to cookies: When making cookies, I often reduce the flour by 1/4 a cup and replace it with oat bran.
6.) Make oat bran muffins: I often make this recipe! It is very good.
7.) Add it to pizza dough: I usually reduce my pizza dough recipe by 1/3 cup flour and replace it with 1/3 cup oat bran. Yummy!
8.) Add it to pancake batter: Again, I reduce the flour by 1/3 cup and replace it with 1/3 cup oat bran. You may need to add slightly more water, as oat bran is very absorbent.
If you can’t find oat bran locally, like me, you may want to consider looking at Vitacost. If you go through this link and sign up for the first time, Vitacost will email you a coupon code for $10.00 off your first order! Below I have given an example of what you can get. Keep in mind that shipping will be $4.99 for your order, but it is a pretty good price, if you have a hard time finding oat bran locally.
The example below gives you some of the things you need to make some of the suggestions above! The free samples I have in the cart are just examples. There are other choices for you!
What ways do you use oat bran to make frugal meals and add fiber? I would love to hear!