Many people think of oatmeal or grits when they hear “hot cereal.” Some might have tried Bob’s Red Mill’s hot cereals, like Seven Grain and Creamy Rice. But hot cereal can include any number of grains, and in our Bulk Department, you can buy the ingredients to design your own.
For most people, one key to DIY hot cereal is finding grains that cook quickly. Rice, steel cut oats, barley, and millet all need to boil 20 to 30 minutes; these ingredients are usually crushed in cereal mixes to make them cook more quickly. Instead, start with high-protein quinoa, which cooks in a few minutes; or make a mix of couscous, bulgur wheat, rolled oats, and/or white or yellow corn grits, which can be stirred into boiling water and will cook in a minute or two. Add crunch to your cereal by adding flax, sesame, or sunflower seeds.
Another idea is to start with a pre-packaged hot cereal like Bob's Red Mill, and then add additional ingredients from the bulk bins. In general, one serving is made with 1 cup of water, a dash of salt, and 1/3 cup grains. Hot cereal tends to be forgiving if you estimate amounts; you can increase the cereal’s stiffness by continuing to cook it on low with the lid off.
There are endless ways to top your cereal: onions and cheese, fruit and nuts, yogurt and granola, brown sugar and spices. Hot cereal is a great opportunity to use frozen berries; stir them in when the cereal is just ready, and they’ll defrost while cooling the cereal to the perfect eating temperature.
• 1 cup water
• dash salt
• 1/3 cup quinoa
• approx. 1 Tbsp bulgur wheat
• approx. ½ tsp dried minced onions
• approx. 10 frozen raspberries
1. Put the water and salt on high. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer and add it to the pot. When it boils, turn the heat to medium and stir periodically to stop the grains from sticking.
2. After about 3 minutes, stir while adding the bulgur. Let the cereal cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally to stop it from sticking.
3. As the cereal stiffens, reduce the heat to low and add the onions and berries, stirring to defrost the berries.