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Oat Bran Loveliness - Macrobiotic Style

Okay...so I used to think I was a weirdo. After finishing my dinner, my sweet tooth would call me back to the kitchen, leaving me wandering aimlessly for something delicious and healthy to satisfy my craving.

One evening, I discovered mixing a small bit of oats with hot water, cinnamon, a bit of rice syrup, and maybe some amasake or almond milk: and it was delicious. A nice little whole-grain, not too sweet, healthy-ish dessert.

BUT, I was all out of oats one evening, and all I could find in my cupboard was oat bran. My cravings won out, so I just tossed a few tablespoons of oat bran in a cup, added some boiling water, stirred, let is sit, added some more water, and then flavoured with amasake, rice syrup, and cinnamon: DELICIOUS.

Since then, I have been frequently enjoying oatbran as a lovely little mid-day or post-dinner snack. I thought I was the only one who fully realized oatbran's greatness, until I stumbled upon these blogs the last few days:

http://www.thesaladgirl.com/
http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/

What a delight!! I am not alone in the land of oat bran. So many delicious creations!! These are my two new favourite blogs/websites.

Last night after practicing/teaching 3 yoga classes and working at the studio all afternoon, I was soooo tired and exhausted. I normally don't like to eat in the evenings, but I couldn't help myself this time. So in honour of the new blogging world oat bran craze, I made some oat bran, macrobiotic style:

Oatbran with Toasted Sesame Oil, Sunflower Seeds, and Dulse

boil ~1.5 cups of water on the stove (I used leftover collard/daikon/carrot broth plus some extra water)
add in ~1/3 cup of oatbran
simmer for a few moments

Once cooked until your desired consistency, remove from heat and add to serving bowl.
Let cool for a few minutes.
Stir in Toasted Sesame oil (I used about 1tsp).
Garnish with as much sunflower seeds and dulse as you like! I used dulse flakes, and I like to add it while the oats are still hot, so that they melt in.

MMMMMM so satisfying and delicious!

*** The absolute BEST sunflower seeds I have bought are: Go Raw - sprouted sunflower seeds. They are a bit pricey, but so worth it! They are sprouted, so they are easier to digest, and are seasoned with just a little bit of celtic sea salt! Their sprouted pumpkin seeds are even better, but even more expensive....but if you're going to splurge on something, it may as well be delicious ingredients!