- Oat bran
- Raisin bran
- All-Bran cereal
- Wheat germ
- Cream of wheat
I really debated over just scratching the recipes I'd chosen. Ordinarily I would just throw up my hands and go to either Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, or the farmers market, but I just didn't feel like it today! Instead, I decided to choose one of the other things I found and make a substitution. I have no idea if this will work, as I haven't even started baking yet, but I'm going to give it a go.
I first looked at the oat bran. It's a hot cereal made by Quaker, and the only thing listed in the ingredient list is oat bran. This pleases me because it suggests that it is a whole food with no additives.
Next I checked out the raisin bran. I knew I wouldn't go this route, but I wanted to read the ingredient list and hopefully learn a little something. Well, raisin bran contains all sorts of things I try to avoid, including high-fructose corn syrup, niacinamide, and a collection of vitamins. I know it sounds great that Kellogg's adds vitamins, but I prefer to get them naturally through fruits and vegetables.
All-bran cereal sounded promising so I checked the label. The first ingredient listed was wheat bran (!). So far, so good! Unfortunately, seventeen other ingredients followed. Again, a highly processed food containing high-fructose corn syrup.
Wheat germ is all wrong, so I quickly marked it off my list along with cream of wheat. I was left with nothing else to examine so I decided to go with the oat bran. I know this will change the texture and taste of my bread, but I'm going to give it a shot! With the oat bran I know what I'm substituting is a whole food with no preservatives or other additives.
Since I had so much trouble finding wheat bran I decided to do a tiny bit of research and find out just what I was looking for. I learned that a bran (such as wheat bran or oat bran) is the hard outer layer of a grain that becomes a byproduct when the grain is processed. Good to know! I'll keep looking for it when I'm out and about, but for now I'm going with the oat bran!