Oats contain a type of fiber known as beta glucan. This magical fiber has the ability to lower cholesterol levels more than any other type of fiber! Studies have shown that consuming 3 g of soluble oat fiber per day (equivalent to one bowl of oatmeal) can lower your cholesterol levels between 8 and 23%! To top it off, antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
Banana Oat Cakes
1 cup water
3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 egg, beaten
1 banana, sliced
Bring water to a boil (I heated mine in the microwave). Add oats and place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
Mix dry ingredients. Add beaten egg and butter to cooled oatmeal and mix well. Stir in oatmeal mixture to dry ingredients.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 1/3 cup cake mixture onto hot skillet. Allow to cook until bubbles form, ~ 3 minutes. Add 4 slices of banana to the uncooked cake top. Flip cake over and continue to cook, banana-side down, ~ 4 minutes, until banana slices brown slightly. Remove cake to a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter.
Serve with berries or syrup of your choice!
Nutrition Info per 2 cakes: 239 calories, 5 g fat, 9 g protein, 37 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber