Make Ahead Breakfast…
I can’t stop talking about this multi grain hot cereal I’ve been making these past several weeks. It’s a step up health-wise from our typical weekday breakfast of oatmeal. In fact, I feel like donning a big nutrition badge of honor when I serve up these bowls of goodness to my family. Diversity is one of the central tenets to good nutrition, so I’m pleased we’re getting such a variety of whole grains from our new hot cereal.
By adding wild rice, bulgur, and barley to our usual oats, we’re getting a big boost in vitamins and minerals. We get more Folate, Zinc, B6, Niacin, Selenium, Riboflavin, and Omega 3s by adding these extra grains to our hot cereal.
On paper, the steel cut oats have the same nutrition as old fashioned oats. But the steel cut oats are less processed, meaning chewier grains and a longer lasting sense of fullness. You’ll also get a good punch of protein with this cereal, at 6g per serving.
What I like best about this cereal is how good it feels in my stomach. I feel full and satisfied without heaviness. All those whole grains have plentiful fiber, so your breakfast digests nice and slow. It impresses me how little our family needs to carry us through the morning.
This multi grain cereal recipe is adapted from one that originally appeared in Bon Appetit, but it was a friend who shared this great make ahead breakfast idea with me. She first experienced its goodness at a lovely B&B in Hawaii called Horizon Guest House .
My dear friend Joan painted a beautiful picture of her experience eating this hot cereal on the open air terrace, taking in the ocean blue view. Fresh Hawaiian coconut, pineapples, and mangoes accompanied her breakfast bowls. I like thinking of this picturesque setting as I enjoy my new favorite weekday breakfast.
Fun & Filling
What makes this cereal a fun food is the toppings. June’s favorites are chopped dates and fresh fruit. You can really change it up with different nuts, seeds and fresh and dried fruits. The sweetness and crunch make it flavorful and delicious.
I recommend serving this hot cereal with a little protein like egg muffins or breakfast meatballs. If you’re like me, you’ll be surprised to find how much this breakfast combination decreases food cravings for the rest of the day.
The make ahead breakfast recipe below is for oven baked hot cereal. But be sure to check out the recipe notes for the slow cooker version. The slow cooker does its magic while you sleep, and your cereal is ready for the morning meal!