I’m like your MUM, right? Telling you to eat fibre all the time. But I do it because I love you!!
Fibre is life-giving stuff. I’ve been saying this for an entire calendar year now and I was psyched last year to see in the paper that everyone agrees with me. And when I say everyone, I mean the WHO.
Here are two fun things to do with oatbran, which is like the highest of high fibre things you can eat legally in this country. If you’re unsure what oat bran is, it’s the discarded, fibrous husks of oats that they otherwise chuck out or feed to horses. Just the ticket!
1 Sprinkle it on your porridge. I don’t know about you but I make my porridge in the microwave. 1 min on hot, stir, then another minute. These days before putting it into cook I sprinkle over a tablespoon of oat bran that I bought in my local health food store, Earth, on Kentish Town road.
2 Add it to pancakes. Every Saturday morning I make my kids pancakes. I would cease this increasingly unwelcome weekend task but my children won’t let me. IT’S PANCAKE DAY!!! They scream every Saturday morning. I used to eat the pancakes with them and they were delicious – but I have decided now, nope, I am going to make my own high fibre pancake so that I can join in with them but also stay true to my evangelical high fibre mission: practise what you preach.
Esther’s High Fibre weekend pancakes – makes 2
3 ish heaped tablespoons of wholemeal self raising flour
1 heaped tablespoon of oatbran
Oatly oat milk or cow’s milk – both work. Probably about 150ml?
pinch of salt
Butter for cooking
I’m sure by now you are a dab hand at cooking these sort of thick American-style pancakes, but if not don’t worry – they will take one or two to get the temperature of the pan and the timings right but once you’ve got it, you’ve got it for life.
Put the flour and the oat bran in a bowl then crack in an egg and mix with some of the dry ingredients until you have a blob of paste.
Add the liquid splash by splash until you have a very thick batter – you don’t want anything runny. At this stage if you like you can add sultanas or blueberries to the mixture. Both v nice.
Put butter in a pan – a large knob, probably about 20g, and let it sizzle and get hot. Blob the mixture into the pan until it’s a sort of pancake size. Cook this side until you see the mixture start to rise as the self-raising element of the mixture is activated by the heat and then flip over.
At this point I like to put a blob of butter on top of the pancake as it cooks so that it is melted and delicious by the time the underside is done
If you were to add chopped banana to the top of the pancake you would be in A* high fibre heaven.