I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about the different between oatmeal and oat bran and why I eat it more frequently.
*Oat bran with egg whites, pumpkin, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, almond butter*
I do prefer the the taste of oat bran over oatmeal, but they do taste quite similar. I find that after I eat a bowl of oatmeal I get hungry about an hour or two after eating it, with oat bran I find that it fills me up longer and I don’t get hungry until lunch. Oats also help lower cholesterol and help stabilize blood sugar levels.
Oat bran is definitely creamier and has a thicker texture than oatmeal. The oat bran absorbs more liquid, thus making it more voluminous after it has been cooked. Many people probably don’t know the difference between the two, the most notable being the appearance and nutritional value. I thought I’d provide some insight into this.
So there is a noticeable difference in the nutritional values of the two. How about the way the rolled oats and oat bran are processed.
Defining Oat Bran
Oat bran is the outer husk of the oat grain. The bran of grain is normally discarded during the milling process, which is unfortunate, since it contains the bulk of the dietary fiber of the grain, along with a large amount of useful minerals. When the bran is left on, the grain is marketed as “whole grain,” and in the case of oat bran, the bran is also sold separately, for people who want to up their fiber intake.
*Oatmeal with banana, egg whites, hemp seeds, cinnamon, and cashew butter*
Defining Oatmeal (Rolled Oats)
Oatmeal (Avena sativa) comes from oat grains, a cereal grass. Oatmeal is most commonly consumed by humans as a cooked cereal. Raw, harvest oats are used as feed for animals, but for human consumption, the oats are processed to some extent.
I love starting the day off right, and eating oatmeal or oat bran provides me with a ton of nutrients first thing in the morning. Clearly, I like to have my oats represent some kind of dessert, whether that be carrot cake, pumpkin pie, chocolate peanut butter, blueberry muffin, banana cream pie, there are endless options. Now, of course these don’t taste exactly like these desserts, but they provide a more filling, nutritious, “healthified” version of these sweets.
I wake up every morning and crave oats, so I will go with that craving, but there are other times where I will eat something different. Those are pretty rare though.
Clearly these little gems have made quite a come back, they are very popular among most blogs, and no longer associated with what your grandmother tried to force down your throat as a child. Oats are a blank canvas of deliciousness, and you can get very creative with additions, flavours, and of course toppings.
Do you prefer oats or oat bran or neither?