Delicious Overnight Oat Bran

This easy and delicious overnight oat bran is high in soluble fiber. It can help lower your cholesterol and manage your weight. This recipe offers lots of opportunities for variations and flavors.

Overnight Oat bran in a white bowl topped with blueberries and pumpkin seeds surrounded by a handful of blueberries and pumpkin seeds on a white platter

Why Make Oat Bran Overnight Oats

  • great meal prep addition
  • saves you time in the morning
  • works well for people with a busy schedule
  • great to try if you typically skip breakfast due to lack of time
  • full of fiber – you will be full until lunch!
  • more cholesterol-lowering nutrients than oatmeal
  • unlimited nutrient-dense toppings

Oat Bran vs Oatmeal

Good news – if you like oatmeal, you will like oat bran.  Their taste is very similar. However, they do differ in texture as oat bran is smoother and oatmeal has a chewier texture.

Oat bran is slightly superior to oatmeal nutritionally. When you eat rolled oats, you consume the entire oat groat in flattened form. However, oat bran is made up of only the outer shell of the oat (this is actually where most of the nutrition lies).

As you can see in the table below, oat bran is higher in fiber, and protein and is lower in calories.

 Oat branOatmeal
Serving Size1/2 cup (40 g)1/2 cup (40 g)
Dietary Fiber6 g4 g
Soluble Fiber3 g2 g
Protein7 g5 g
Table 1: Key nutritional differences between oat bran and oatmeal

Oat Bran vs Bran Flakes

Bran cereal like bran flakes is different than oat bran because bran flakes are processed, which means they are stripped of many good nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Difference Between Oat Bran Porridge And Overnight Oat Bran

Both oat bran porridge and oat bran overnight oats can be served in a similar way. These dishes are usually served for breakfast with fruits, nuts, and seeds.

However, unlike oat bran porridge, overnight oats with oat bran do not involve any cooking. Instead of boiling the oat bran on the stovetop, this overnight oat bran recipe is mixed with milk, and left overnight in the fridge, allowing the oat bran to hydrate.

Thus the difference is that oat bran porridge requires cooking, while overnight oats with oat bran absorbs liquid overnight to soften and make it edible. This hydration is the cooking process and (bonus!) it also assists digestion by reducing phytic acid. If you have had problems digesting oat bran in the past, soaking them overnight may be a good solution.

Oat Bran Porridge Ingredients

This recipe is full of foods that will unclog your arteries:

  • oat bran – full of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber
  • soy milk – a rich source of cholesterol-lowering plant protein
  • almond butter- cholesterol-lowering unsaturated fatty acids
  • hemp seeds – a great source of plant protein and omega 3 fatty acids

How To Make Overnight Oat Bran Recipe

The most important part of this recipe is the ratio of oat bran to milk to achieve an optimal thickness and consistency.  If you like your oat bran overnight thinner… add more milk, and if you like it thicker … add more oat bran.

Once you achieve your desired texture, the only limit on this overnight oats with bran is your imagination!

Please note that oat bran absorbs more water than oatmeal. So ratios may be different than traditional overnight oats.

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Basic Steps

  1. Into a jar, add your oat bran, milk, and any optional toppings.
  2. Shake or stir.
  3. Pop a lid on the jar and place it in the fridge overnight.

Other Expert Tips

  • Eat them cold or warm.
  • Lasts 3-5 days in the fridge depending on the mix-ins you use.

Video Tutorial

Recipe Variations

Overnight Oat bran in a white bowl surrounded by a handful of blueberries and pumpkin seeds on a white platter

I love that this recipe is so versatile.  While the recipe as listed is delicious and jam packed with heart-healthy nutrition, you might get bored if you follow the same recipe every time you eat it. You can easily add ingredients to this oat bran for variation.

Try These Add-ins

  • fruits – fresh, frozen, dried
  • nuts or nut butter – like peanut butter
  • seeds – chia seeds
  • flavor – chocolate chips or chia jam

Some of my favorites are peanut butter overnight oat bran or chocolate overnight oat bran.


Vegan as is!


All ingredients are naturally gluten-free, but you will need to ensure that your oat brans have been processed and packaged in a gluten-free facility to ensure there is no cross-contamination.

What Else Can You Make With Oat Bran

  • mix into your muffins or pancakes
  • hot cereal (one part bran, 2 parts hot water)
  • add it to your yogurt parfait
  • blend into smoothies
  • replace breadcrumbs in meatballs

Other High Fiber Recipes

Other Oatmeal Recipes

Low sodium oatmeal, vegan protein oatmeal, pecan pie overnight oats, turmeric energy balls, low sodium pancakes, pumpkin protein balls, turmeric oatmeal, blueberry cheesecake overnight oats or a list of Registered Dietitian approved oatmeal recipes and oat bran recipes

Oat Bran Breakfast Recipe

Bon Appétit! Follow the instructions below for our delicious oat bran breakfast recipe. Enjoy and remember that getting soluble fiber doesn’t have to be boring!

Also, one quick request: if you love how this recipe looks or tastes, please leave me a 5-star rating and a nice comment. Ratings help more people find my recipes which helps me keep providing them! Thank you!

Overnight Oat bran in a white bowl topped with blueberries and pumpkin seeds surrounded by a handful of blueberries and pumpkin seeds on a white platter

Overnight Oat Bran

Veronica Rouse, MAN, RD, CDE
This easy and delicious overnight oat bran is a rich source of soluble fiber that can help you lower your cholesterol and manage your weight.
4.65 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 443 kcal


  • 1 Mason Jar


  • cup oat bran
  • cup soy milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp hemp seed
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  • Add your oat bran, milk, and any optional toppings into a jar.
  • Shake or stir.
  • Pop a lid on the jar and place it in the fridge overnight.



Calories: 443kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 28gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 650mgFiber: 10gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 159IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 430mgIron: 7mg
Keyword Easy, heart healthy, Oat Bran, overnight oat bran, Quick
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14 thoughts on “Delicious Overnight Oat Bran”

  1. 5 stars
    So easy! So well written! No excess words; thank you.
    No cooking? I made this for the first time today, and cooked it for about 10 min, thinking I was making ‘oatmeal’. THEN realized that was not part of the recipe! I also soaked almonds overnight and added them before eating breakfast. I must look up making almond butter.
    Thank you for sharing this. It was my introduction to groats.

    1. Veronica Rouse, MAN, RD, CDE

      Great question Patricia! You don’t necessarily have to add more water, although I haven’t tried it. I would assume it would result in a nice texture and thicker mixture. If you want a thinner texture, I’d add an additional 1/4 cup of liquid. Let me know how it goes!

  2. 3 stars
    I made it with water instead of soymilk. I only added cinnamon – skipped the nut butter. I eat cooked oat bran in water with soymilk on the side everyday and I just wanted to see if this worked. Mine was chewy and tasted raw after 11 hours. I really wanted this to work so I can take it on boat trips rather than instant oatmeal….. Does the smoothness of soymilk make you not notice the raw taste and feeling of the oat bran?

    1. Veronica Rouse, MAN, RD, CDE

      Hi Gail,
      Thanks for the feedback. I would try the recipe as is to see what you think.
      I haven’t tried it with water, but I would definitely recommend the soymilk. It definitely helps with the consistency making it more creamy and helps “cook” the oat bran overnight.
      Try it and let me know if that changes your thoughts.

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