How to Cook Hot Cereal With Oat Bran in the Microwave

by Sommer Leigh

Cook oat bran cereal until the grains are as tender as you prefer.

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Oat bran is the outer part of the grain, containing a high amount of the fiber in the grain. Oats, along with having a high amount of fiber, contain thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin E. One 3/4-cup serving of cooked oat bran has 59 calories, 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. Oat bran, like other whole grains, lower cholesterol and decrease your risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, making oat bran cereal a healthy breakfast. Since some oat bran cereals may contain other grains in their mix, cooking times vary depending on the hardiness of the grain. It's most important to provide the cereal with sufficient water and cook the grains until they are tender.

Pour 1/3 cup of cereal and 3/4 cup of water into a medium microwave-safe bowl to make one serving. For a larger quantity, double the amounts of cereal and water used.

Stir the water and cereal together.

Microwave the mixture on high for 2 to 3 minutes, or until all the water is soaked into the grains and the cereal is tender.

Allow the cereal to stand for 2 minutes.


  • Top the cereal with dried or fresh fruit, honey, or nuts.

    Add a pinch of salt to the cooking water for more flavor.

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About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.