Heavenly Porridge

1 cup oat bran (you can also use a 7 or 10-grain cereal)
2 cups water
1 generous cup berries (fresh or frozen) or sliced, very ripe, bananas
pinch of salt
1 to 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Toppings:
• nuts (sliced almonds with the berries and toasted pecans or walnuts with the bananas)
• heavy cream
• flax seeds (These add a nice deep earthiness, but you can omit)
• brown sugar (Or additional honey or maple syrup)
• fresh fruit (again, optional)
• sea salt (a sprinkle on top really pushes this over the edge!)

In a medium pot over medium-high heat bring water, pinch of salt, and half of fruit to a boil. Add the oat bran and honey and stir regularly until cereal is cooked, about 2-3 minutes for oat bran- longer for 10-grain. Serve hot, topped with suggested toppings.