Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Oat Bran with Cherries and Almonds (with recipe)

We have come to the conclusion of the Run Oregon Test Kitchen and we are all satisfied (in stomach and mind) with our choices. Here is a full recipe from the “Racing Weight Cookbook: Light Recipes for Athletes” by Matt Fitzgerald.

Racing Weight Cookbook by Matt Fitzgerald and Georgie Fear, RD

3 cups water
1½ cups oat bran
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups fresh or frozen cherries
2 tablespoons (½ oz.) almonds, slivered
milk (optional)

In a saucepan, bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add oat bran and cook uncovered until the mixture begins to thicken, 5–10 minutes. Stir periodically to keep oat bran from sticking to the pan.

While oat bran is cooking, cut each cherry in half and remove pit with a paring knife.

Season oat bran with salt, vanilla, and sugar and stir to blend. Remove from heat and divide between two bowls. Top with cherries and almonds and a splash of your favorite milk, if desired.

Per serving: 422 calories, 10 g fat, 74 g total carbohydrate, 13 g dietary fiber, 15 g protein


Save time by combining water, oat bran, salt, vanilla, and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds, stir, and microwave for an additional 90 seconds. Let rest a few minutes before topping and serving.


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Racing Weight Cookbook Lean, Light Recipes for AthletesRacing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes for Athletes delivers more than 100 flavorful, easy recipes that will help athletes hit their ideal weight without compromising performance. The book is the third in the best-selling Racing Weight Series™ and is now available in bookstores; bike, tri, and running shops; and online. Preview the book and try recipes at

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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