Anything with the words "Oat Bran" in the title should be healthy, right?! That's why I reached for Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran Cereal on a recent trip to the grocery store. One box cost $5.39 (!) but it was too interesting to pass up, and since I had heard about this cereal throughout college, I figured now was the time to try it. When I think of Oat Bran, I think of the ultimate in nutrition - low-calorie, high fiber, high protein.
Unfortunately, the nutrition facts of this cereal did not support what I had imagined. A 3/4 cup serving has 200 calories, 7 grams of total fat (11% of the daily value) including 3 grams of saturated fat (15% of the DV - likely due to the palm oil which is the 4th ingredient), as well as 15 grams of sugar. All is not lost, though - this cereal does offer 6 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein in a single serving, as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals.
But, it sure tastes good! Brown sugar (the 3rd ingredient, right behind Whole oats and Wheat Bran) adds a pleasant sweetness without being overly saccharine, and cinnamon provides delicious spiciness. The cereal stays crunchy in milk, although you may not even get to that stage because it's so delicious by itself.
This cereal tastes fantastic, and the fiber definitely makes it filling. The nutrition is a trade-off: high calorie, fat, and sugar content vs. good protein, fiber, and vitamin stats. I probably won't be buying it again because it's it is so expensive, and so addictive. But if you can limit yourself to a small portion, it's worth a try.
Fortunately, we have reviews of many lower calorie cereals that you can enjoy.