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How To Make Delicious Whole Grain Hot Cereal Mix

Mixing up grains ahead of time makes it that much easier to eat a cozy, healthy breakfast in the morning. This also makes a great holiday gift.

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Whole Grain Hot Cereal Mix

Makes about 5 ½ cups mix, enough to fill two 25-oz. jars (pictured here).


1 cup rolled oats

1 cup spelt or wheat flakes

1 cup barley flakes

1 cup quinoa

¼ cup flax seeds

½ cup dried cranberries

½ cup almonds, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)


Mix everything together in a large bowl and transfer to a jar. Give with cooking instructions.


Directions to include with the gift:

How To Cook Cereal

Makes 3 to 4 servings.

You will need:

1 cup Whole Grain Hot Cereal Mix, from gift

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3 cups water

Optional: milk, maple syrup, brown sugar


1. The night before you want to eat the cereal, combine 1 cup cereal mix and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a large saucepan.

2. Add 3 cups water (you can add more later if the cereal is too thick) and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and cover overnight.

3. In the morning, cook cereal in the covered saucepan over medium-low heat about 5-8 minutes or until it's warmed through, stirring occasionally and adding water if needed.

If you're starting the cereal in the morning, bring to a boil and then turn heat down to medium-low. Simmer about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, and adding more water if it gets too thick.

4. Serve hot cereal with milk and maple syrup or brown sugar.