Loaded with flavor and packed with fiber, this Oat Bran Bread makes for an excellent, healthy breakfast!
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The Ghostbusters movies rank right up there on my list of favorite
childhood all-time movies. I mean, how can you not love Slimer? Speaking of Slimer, does anyone else out there remember Ecto Cooler juice boxes? Talk about a blast straight from the mid-80’s. Those things take me back to the days of bagged lunches in my elementary school cafeteria. After all, nothing says delicious like a juice box with a big, green slime ball on the front, right?
Now that I’m a proud father, I feel an intrinsic responsibility to teach my son about all of the great things in life. Of course, I’m talking about college football, college basketball and Ghostbusters. I can’t imagine there’s a generation out there that just didn’t know about Slimer, Dr. Peter Venkman and Egon. As soon as my son is old enough, we’ll be scheduling an all-day Ghostbusters marathon…minus the Ecto Cooler juice boxes. But only because they quit making those in the early 90’s.
Speaking of Ghostbusters characters, we’re doing our best to not look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man around here. The holidays always do a number on us with the endless supply of cakes, cookies and other treats. But we always buckle down after the holidays and get a bit healthier with our eating. One of our favorite breakfast recipes this time of the year is this Oat Bran Bread.
If you’re anything like me, then you probably think anything with “bran” in the title means it will be as dense as a brick. And probably taste like one, too. But this Oat Bran Bread is here to prove you wrong! This quick bread can be mixed up in just a few minutes. And don’t go thinking this Oat Bran Bread tastes like a brick, either…it’s actually packed with flavor. Oh, and the fiber! From the whole-wheat flour to the oats to the wheat bran itself, this bread is loaded (I mean loaded) with fiber.
If you’re looking for a tasty, healthy breakfast for these cold winter mornings, then look no further! Enjoy!
Who was your favorite Ghostbusters‘ character?
Did you ever drink Ecto Coolers?
Oat Bran Bread
- 1¼ cups buttermilk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup wheat bran
- 1/3 cup + ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats divided
- ½ cup raisins
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/3 cup pecans chopped
- Grease and flour a 10”x6” bread pan; set pan aside. (See note.)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium bowl, add the buttermilk, oil, molasses, vanilla, eggs and brown sugar. Whisk together until fully combined. Stir in the wheat bran and 1/3 cup of oats; let mixture sit for 15 minutes. (This allows oats to soften.)
- Meanwhile, place the raisins in 1 cup of very hot water; set aside to soak. (Tip: This step can be skipped, but soaking raisins in hot water for a few minutes plumps them up a bit.)
- In a separate medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and orange zest. Stir until well combined. After oat mixture has softened, add the flour mixture and stir until just combined. (Do not overmix.)
- Drain the raisins; fold the raisins and pecans into the batter.
- Transfer batter into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup of oats on top of batter. Bake for 42-44 minutes at 350°F, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for at least 20 minutes before removing.