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I was on a mission to reduce my cholesterol through healthy eating and improve the quality of my breakfast choices. I've tried several of Bob's Red Mill cereals and they are ALL absolutely fantastic! This cereal has a delicious flavor and creamy texture. I usually add some dried fruit and raw almonds to give it another flavor dimension. Even by itself it is superior to "quick" oats and other grocery store breakfast choices. On a side note I enjoy supporting the little guys and a simple Google search will show you what a good company Bob's Red Mill is. Kudos!
I love this cereal and eat it nearly every day all winter long. Of course like any hot cereal we doctor it a bit but it has an excellent, healthy combination of grains and flavors! Locally it is quite a bit more expensive, this is a good price if you get free shipping! I am always on the cheap so I have a way to cut the cost a bit and has become "grandpa's [famous] hot cereal", this I how I do it to make a quick breakfast, it is a step by step and seems busy but is really easy actually and takes less than 10 minutes of attention:
In a large pot (3 qts. I think, in case it boils up when I am not looking) put 2+ cups of good (or filtered) water, turn burner on high, shake in a little salt, shake in some cinnamon, sometimes add a little ginger too, put the lid on the pot but watch it closely (I keep the spoon between the lid and the pot to help it not foam up).
Measure out in a 1-cup measuring cup about 1/2 cup + of Bob's Red Mill 10-Grain Cereal, stir it into the heating water and set the stove buzzer timer for 5 minutes. The moment the water starts to bubble slightly I turn the heat down to between warm and low and replace the lid, (but keep an eye on it for a bit so it does not boil up before the burner gets down to low), it should bubble slowly the entire time.
In the 1-cup measuring cup, measure in about 3/4 cup old fashioned oats, fill the other 1/4 of the cup with raisins or craisins or a mix. Stir the pot every minute or so. When the timer gets to about 1 minute left stir in the oats and raisins/craisins and stir well. Replace lid with spoon between. Do other things for a minute or so and when the timer buzzes stir the pot again and then turn off the burner.
A couple minutes later stir the pot again after the bubbling stops and replace the lid. You are done. Any time after about another 3 to 5 minutes it is ready to eat. Makes two large bowls of cereal. When doubling the recipe it may not require quite double the water, but if it gets a little too thin I just sprinkle in a little more oats, either OF or quick oats, to thicken.
I serve it to my dolleez (granddaughters - my pride and joy) with honey or brown-cane sugar or 100% pure Maple syrup, and milk (and "grandpa, can I have a little of that white stuff" a.k.a. heavy cream.) Just a little. Great fun! The OF oats lowers the cost a little but the Bob's RM 10-Grain flavors prevail. Either way, great cereal! Sometimes a bit fussy eaters my dolleez almost always want seconds of this happy breakfast. Thank you Bob's Red Mill!
Of course you can add nuts or other stuff for healthy variety of flavors but the 10-grain and raisins with cinnamon is enough for me - (as long as I have just a little of that white stuff!)
Being whole grains cut rather than rolled, the cereal remains texturally strong, almost crunchy. I like that fine for many uses, but I would soak it in liquid ingredients for awhile before finishing recipes if I wanted a softer texture for something, say pancakes. I have been using the muffin recipe on the package as my base formula with consistent and delicious success. Coconut and peanut oil substitute magnificently for the butter. Take into consideration when substituting for flour that the gluten content from the wheat makes bread and cake hold together, as do egg and, to some degree, dairy. This cereal will not contribute enough glutinous material to compensate. If you sub something for wheat flour, you will need to add more egg or other binding material. Do your research if you do not already know how to make such substitutions, or add gluten if you just want to use less glutenous flours, e.g. spelt or buckwheat. Happy baking.
Oh, and it's a tasty alternative to only eating oatmeal all the time. Add some to steel cut oats for a more complex flavor.
This is a delicious hot multigrain cereal. It has a lot of taste and a good texture. It's kind of like eating a healthy, whole grain version of cream of wheat that's high in protein, fiber and iron. Once cooked, I love adding a little nonfat milk, dried cranberries and sprinkle of jaggery or brown sugar- though it's so tasty that nothing sweet is necessary for it to taste delicious. I like rotating between Bob's hot cereal, oatmeal, dalia and others, but at the moment I'm hooked on Bob's and want it every morning for breakfast lately. This is an excellent hot cereal that's nutritious, delicious and real satisfying.
I bought Bob's Red Mill 7 Grain cereal a month ago and thought it was one of the best hot cereals I've ever tasted. When I saw the 10-grain product here on Amazon, I thought I'd try it. It is still an excellent cereal, but the 10-grain version is a bit smoother in consistency and does not have the nutty flavor that the 7-grain version has. So I now have 4 bags of this cereal, which I'm sure I will enjoy throughout the Fall and Winter. I find that at only 140 calories per serving, this is the type of cereal you can doctor with added nuts, dried fruits, yogurt, maple syrup, or maybe even some cream. I have low blood sugar, and a 1/4 cup of this cooked cereal gets me through the morning, thanks, in part, to the 6 grams of protein it contains. I find that this type of cereal far more enjoyable than the Quaker instant cereals, or the plain oatmeal-type cereals on the market. The only other hot cereals I really like are the steel-cut oats from Quaker or others. I plan to try some of the many other Bob's Red Mill products that are featured here on Amazon.