The author of the book though doesn't like hot cereal so instead he makes muffins. In reading it sounded like his basic recipe was too dry so I made some changes. I didn't have (1/4 c) dates or raisins so I added three bananas, I added a little vanilla and almond extract, a put in 3 egg whites instead of 2. But other than that was the http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=637203 same recipe.
2.25 c oat bran
.25 c nuts
.25 c dates (I used 3-bananas)
1 T baking powder
.25 c brown sugar
1.25 c NF milk
2 egg whites (I used 3-egg whites)
2 T oil
(added a little vanilla and almond extract)
I mixed in a food processor.
Baked around 15 minutes at 425 degrees
Was supposed to make 12 muffins, but with my additions somehow it came to 24 muffins! I'd expect a few more as the volume of the bananas was more than the dates but it's really a mystery to me what happened. Since I ended up with so many, to add variety after the batter was in the cupcake tin: to six muffins I added 5-blueberries, to six muffins I added 3-chocolate chips, to twelve I added a few pecans.
Mr Kowalski says to have three of his muffins everyday (along with other things), since I have 24 muffins though I guess I'm supposed to have 6 of them to get the recommended amount of oat bran! The first one I had was delicious, I can vary the taste with different fruit so will be doable. If I can get some dates or raisin, I'll wait until it's a little cooler this evening to make an batch that follows the basic recipe exactly so I can see how many muffins I end up with.
It was easy to have my cholesterol tested without going to the doctor's lab. Our local store has a man come by every other month from http://fingerstick.com It's less expensive than Minute Clinic thru CVS. This is one thing that is not available in MA.
In a few weeks I'll go to regular doctor for my check-up... hopefully the numbers will be lower then!