apple cinnamon hot cereal

This was breakfast

Admittedly, I used a hot cereal mix. But it was Bob’s Red Mill and so I feel good about that. This is a pre-sweetened mix so I only added extra sugar on top when serving as it has plenty of flavour on it’s own.

Letting the cereal soak overnight in a portion of the liquid called for on the package, allows it to soften and shortens the cooking time in the morning. Which means you can totally do this during the week.

I’ve also been known to make enough for a couple of days at once, warming up leftovers as I need them.

This method will work with other, unsweetened, unflavoured whole grain hot cereal mixes – there are several others I’ve found at the bulk food store. You would just need to add some sweetener and spice as you bring it to a boil in the morning. For this quantity, I would add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or other sweetener, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and a teaspoon of vanilla.

Basically, I let 1 cup of grains soak overnight in 2 cups of water. In the morning I grated 2 small apples into the cereal, added 1/3 cup of raisins, 1 cup of almond milk and brought the pot to a boil. Once it is boiling, it cooks in a 8-10 minutes and you have a whole grain cereal on the table in the time it take the kids to get dressed. At the table serve with brown sugar or maple syrup, hemp or sunflower seeds, cream (soy or otherwise) or yogurt and more fresh diced apples.

apple cinnamon hot cereal

Just like that, a hot breakfast in a few minutes.

Good morning.


Apple Cinnamon Hot Breakfast Cereal

A quick hot and healthy breakfast using Bob's Red Mill Hot Cereal mix. Start this the night before and it will be ready in minutes in the am.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 4 servings


the night before

  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Apple Cinnamon Whole Grain Cereal
  • 2 cups of water

in the morning

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 small apples grated about 1-1/2 cups of grated apple


the night before:

  • In a medium sized sauce pan, whisk together cereal and 2 cups water. Let sit on the counter overnight.

in the morning:

  • Add milk, pinch of salt, grated apples and raisins. Bring to a boil and simmer until grains are fluffy and tender - about 8-10 mins
  • Top each serving with brown sugar, hemp seeds and fresh diced apples. Soy cream or a dollop of yogurt is nice too.
Trish | The Infinebalance Food Blog