Homemade Hot Cereal Mix

Homemade hot cereal mix (via abeautifulmess.com)A couple weeks ago I came down with a cold. And for me this wasn’t a sniffle-for-a-few-days but ultimately you’re fine kind of cold. No. This was the kind of cold that rendered me useless for about three days, and I’m a to-do list kind of gal for crying out loud! I ended up having to stay home from a family wedding that Trey and I already had plane tickets and a hotel booked for. I was afraid to let my SIL and her newborn stay over when she was in town for fear her son might catch whatever was knocking me off my feet. Which meant I missed my chance to hold a baby—and guys, I have baby fever, so this put me at an all time low.

I was humbled. I like to think of myself as a fairly healthy and productive gal. The kind that goes to family weddings and holds every baby in sight!

OK, I think I might be oversharing a little. One morning, while I was still feeling pretty sick but was on the mend, I made myself a big bowl of hot cereal. I added all sorts of nuts, fruit and a little maple syrup. I ate it while sipping some lemon tea with honey and it was a comforting moment, to say the least! There’s just something about a warm, healthy breakfast. And here’s my confession: I ate the same thing for lunch that day too. Of course I’m not saying this hot cereal healed me. It did not. But man did it make me feel better, I guess in the way a warm, nourishing hug might. And good news—hot cereal is great all the time, not just when you’re sick.

Hot cereal mix ingredients Homemade hot cereal mix (via abeautifulmess.com) I’m stoked to share my current favorite homemade hot cereal mix with you all. We are partnering with Vitamix on this recipe and I could not be more excited! I found out Vitamix was interested in working with ABM right around the time I was shopping for a new blender, as luck would have it. This was going to be my third blender in under two years. So needless to say, I was excited to try something that promised to be more durable since I love to cook and want something that is going to last. I’ll keep you all updated as time goes on, but so far I’ve been SUPER impressed with my 780 blender. I’ve already made lots of (green) smoothies, a few soups, and this hot cereal mix a few times and it’s pretty amazing how well it works compared to past blenders I’ve used.

Anyway, hot cereal. Let’s do this.

How to make your own hot cereal Make your hot cereal mix in a blender!Homemade Hot Cereal Mix, makes 15-18 servings. Feel free to cut in half if you want to make less.

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup brown rice
1 cup quinoa
1/2 cup flaxseeds
1/2 cup wheat germ*
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup sliced almonds (or other nuts you prefer)

*If you want to keep your hot cereal mix gluten free, then omit the wheat germ.

Place all the ingredients in a quality blender and pulse until well blended. The mixture should be a very coarse powder, not quite as fine as flour but very small pieces throughout. If you want even more control over the texture of your mix, you can pulse each ingredient separately and then combine. That’s it! Easy, right? Just store in an air tight container and use whenever you like.

To make hot cereal, cook with a 3:1 ratio of water. I usually cook 1/3 cup hot cereal mix with 1 cup of water for a serving because I like to add lots of nuts, fresh fruit, sometimes nut butter, sweetener and sometimes almond milk. If you don’t plan to add much to your mix, then I’d recommend cooking 1/2 cup mix with 1 1/2 cups water for a serving, but this is really up to you.

Bring water with a sprinkle of salt to a boil. Whisk in your hot cereal mix. Cover, reduce the heat, and cook for 8-9 minutes. Remove the lid, stir, and continue to cook for another minute.

Homemade hot cereal mix (via abeautifulmess.com) I do recommend refrigerating your unused mix and here’s why: my jar of wheat germ recommends you refrigerate it after opening. So although most of these ingredients are pretty shelf stable without refrigeration, just to be safe I’d still go ahead and refrigerate. But, I’m not a food scientist. This is just my thinking based on the labels I read.

Guys, you can totally change up this mix however you like! Honestly the possibilities are endless—there so many other ingredients you could add or change up depending on what you have on hand and what you prefer. I totally recommend you make some hot cereal for yourself this week. xo. Emma

Homemade Hot Cereal Mix

Servings 15

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds or other nuts you prefer

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a quality blender and pulse until well blended. The mixture should be a very coarse powder, not quite as fine as flour but very small pieces throughout. If you want even more control over the texture of your mix, you can pulse each ingredient separately and then combine. That’s it! Easy, right? Just store in an air tight container and use whenever you like.
  2. To make hot cereal, cook with a 3:1 ratio of water. I usually cook 1/3 cup hot cereal mix with 1 cup of water for a serving because I like to add lots of nuts, fresh fruit, sometimes nut butter, sweetener and sometimes almond milk. If you don’t plan to add much to your mix, then I’d recommend cooking 1/2 cup mix with 1 1/2 cups water for a serving, but this is really up to you.
  3. Bring water with a sprinkle of salt to a boil. Whisk in your hot cereal mix. Cover, reduce the heat, and cook for 8-9 minutes. Remove the lid, stir, and continue to cook for another minute.

Recipe Notes

*If you want to keep your hot cereal mix gluten free, then omit the wheat germ. I do recommend refrigerating your unused mix and here’s why: my jar of wheat germ recommends you refrigerate it after opening. So although most of these ingredients are pretty shelf stable without refrigeration, just to be safe I’d still go ahead and refrigerate. But, I’m not a food scientist. This is just my thinking based on the labels I read.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • Yet another reason to keep lusting after a Vitamix. Any chance there is a giveaway in the future? (Also, love the oversharing.)

  • Looks yummy! I’ve been trying to eat a wider variety of foods everyday and this is packed with goodies. I’ve been doing a lot of steal cut oats with cooked fruit, but its getting a little boring. Thanks for helping me shake up my hot cereal game!

    I feel for you being sick. Its the worst. I got hit with a 6 day stomach bug a few weeks ago and live alone eek! But on the bright side I’m always sooo grateful for good health and doing normal stuff when I feel better.

  • I’m the same way when I get sick! Since I rarely get sick, it’s such a shock and a hit to my pride. But…just wait till you get pregnant! I’m pregnant with my first right now, and man, it’s humbling to suddenly have a lot more limits on my energy and mobility. 😐

  • I am strongly considering getting a Vitamix. I already have a nice blender, though, so I am having a hard time justifying it. Worth it?

  • thanks for sharing this, will try it soon

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  • YUM! I am a long-time lover of your blog. This is a bit off-topic to this post, but I’m just about to re-locate to a new city and would love to see a post from Elsie and Laura with tips on how to readjust and stay positive during all the crazy changes, chaos, uncertainties and just starting over. It seems like you’ve faced some challenges, and I’d love to hear how you dealt with them in a positive manner. Thanks! xo

  • This looks great! Just wanted to point out though that oats are usually not gluten-free because of cross-contamination in factories, so you would have to get gluten-free oats if you want the mix to be gluten-free. I don’t mean to nitpick, I just thought it was important information 🙂

  • So far I’m a big fan! But, I don’t know what your current blender situation so I really don’t know how much of an upgrade this might be for you. I pretty much just went through 3 decent but less expensive blenders and they all died on me pretty fast… so I’m waiting to see how long this one lasts. I”ve only had it a few months so as time goes on I’ll probably get even more evangelical about it.

    One other thing, I find I’m using my blender for tasks I previously would have used my food processor for. So that’s a perk too. Like if someone was just getting their kitchen gear game on then I would recommend a vitamix in place of a cheap blender AND food processor which can help to cut your equipment costs if you’re the kind of person, like me, who needs both.

    -Emma

  • This looks great. Cant wait to try.
    One question though. When I cook quinoa, I always rinse it thoroughly before as recommended. Would you have any recommendation regarding this as you grind quinoa? I guess I could rinse it before hand and let it fully dry before making the mix. What do you think of this?

  • Mmmh, this is tasty 🙂 I used buckwheat instead of wheat germ, and then put fresh apple+banana and cinnamon+ginger in, and a sprinkle of hempseeds and a bit of maple sirup on top… yummy!!
    And btw no need to chop/sliver the almonds before putting them in, the vitamix can hadle it 🙂

  • Do you think this would work like refrigerator oatmeal? That is, put in the liquid with the mix in the fridge overnight with other fruit/nuts/sweetener?

  • I just made my own version of this recipe and I LOVE it !
    I used
    2 cups oats
    1 cup millet
    1/2 cup flax seeds
    1/2 cup almonds
    1/2 cup walnuts

    It is delicious ! Love IT ! I actually make a batch of hot oats and then store it in the fridge for few days. The night before, I take one portion out and pour hot milk, cold milk, yogurt, etc. and toping on it in the morning. Time efficient and almost as good as the one I make in the morning.

    PS. I would recommend to store the mix in the fridge is you use flax seeds. Flax seeds can turn bad otherwise.

  • This looks so yummy!
    However, had to make one note – if trying to make it gluten free, you would also need to omit the rolled oats, not just the wheat germ…!

  • I am a blind woman who absolutely loooooooooooooves hot cereal! It tastes so amazing it’s like Heaven in the stars! That being said, is there a way to make an instant version of this recipe? In other words, one that blends nicely with water, and cooks in the microwave with no lumps? If so, how would I do this? I usually like Maltomeal, but since that’s getting hard to find, I’m wondering if this recipe would compare.

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