Something Warm in your Breakfast Bowl

When most people think about hot cereal for breakfast, the one that comes to mind is oatmeal. This is a perennial favorite that can be doctored up in many ways, both sweet and savory. It is also a very healthy hot breakfast that is not only delicious and good for you, but economical as well.

If, however, you are just not an oatmeal lover or you are looking for something a little different in a hot breakfast cereal, what options are out there for you to try?

Cream of Wheat

When it comes to hot breakfast cereals, Cream of Wheat is no Johnny come lately. It has been around for more than 115 years. It has been around long enough to have been ads that were illustrated by N.C Wyeth. There is a certain nostalgia associated with eating cream of wheat, and it brings back childhood memories for a whole generation. Texturally, Cream of Wheat is very different from oatmeal. It is not so much smooth and creamy as it is almost lumpy in a good way. The lumps are really tiny balls, but they definitely feel different.

Cream of Wheat comes in several varieties, including quick cook and instant. It also comes flavored with chocolate and Cinnabon. It can be cooked by the bowl in the microwave or in a pan for the entire family. Cream of Wheat has a lot of nutritional value, as well. It provides over 20% of the daily requirement for calcium and is a good source of iron.

Cream of Rice

Created and produced by the same company as Cream of Wheat, Cream of Rice is a gluten-free hot breakfast cereal which is a real boon to those who suffer from gluten intolerance. It is also fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free. It is a perfect cereal to give to small children, since it is not likely to cause any form of allergic reaction.


While granola is usually thought of as a cold cereal, it can easily be turned into a hot cereal. All you need to do is to place a little milk or cream in the bowl with the granola and warm it up in the microwave. It can then be eaten with more cream or milk and fruit.


Malt-O-Meal is an American company that produces a variety of hot cereals, including Malt-O-Meal, Chocolate Malt-O-Meal, Coco Wheats, Maple & Brown Sugar Malt-O-Meal and Creamy Hot Wheat Malt-O-Meal. The Malt-O-Meal cereals are wheat based.

Homestat Farms 

Homestat Farms produces three hot cereals: Maypo, Wheatena and Maltex. Maypo is maple-flavored oatmeal, but also under the Maypo brand is Vermont-style oatmeal, farina, cream of rice and enriched grits. Wheaten was created in New York City and has been around since before 1880. It is high in fiber and rich in natural whole grain.

As you can see, when you want to have a hot bowl of cereal for breakfast or just about any meal, you are not limited to oatmeal.