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May 8, 2007 08:50 AM

Help me choose a cold cereal!

Getting too hot for my much beloved steel cut oats. I don't much care for many granolas, Kashi isn't filling enough. I live near a Trader Joes, a Whole Foods, a good health food store and several food chain markets, so finding something shouldn't be a problem. The question is: What? Anyone have a great cold cereal they care to recommend?

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  1. Do you like muesli? The original Swiss one is very good and I've just discovered an English one from Dorset Cereals. It got a Gold food Award at Taste of the West(whatever that is) in 2003. They h ave several different variations and all the ones I've tried are excellent...I get it at my local high end gourmet food shop...

    Here's their website...

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    1. re: fauchon

      I just recently discovered Dorset Cereals, and I cannot stop eating it. It may be the best muesli I have ever had.

    2. Puffins - i like the cinnamon

      Natures Path - I like the Heritage Bites, Soy Granola, Optimum rebound

      As far as mainstream, I always enjoy Smart Start (original) or Quaker Oatmeal Squares

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      1. re: harrison

        Oh, how I love Puffins!

        I lean towards raisin bran-ish types when I choose cereal, and try to keep it healthy. In the old days, I could polish off a box of Crispy Wheats 'n' Raisins in one sitting. Yum! If I want straight-up raisin bran today, I go for Post.

        For an extra kick, I go for Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Cereal (which I lovingly refer to as "Flixy Flaxy Flakes"). I swear this stuff makes me smarter, or at least helps me to stay focused in work.

        For a super-extra kick, Uncle Sam cereal served plain with some banana added on top.

        For a cereal that stands in as a snack, Frosted Mini-Wheats straight out of the box.

        1. re: Divamac

          My nutritionist recommended the cinnamon Puffins because they're high in fibre, so they count as healthy.

      2. I like to make oatmeal and cook it til its just a bit too thick, then add brown sugar and plenty of cold milk to it. It cools it off considerably and makes it more suited to warm whether. What do you eat in your oat meal? There are so many choices out there in the cereal aisle. Maybe a frosted shredded wheat? Or plain with honey/brown sugar?

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        1. re: bolivianita

          I love to do this too. I also add raisins and butter along with brown sugar. Cream is the sinful additive, but milk does just fine.

        2. I like to mix a couple for the greatest texture.

          The TJ's shredded wheat squares are even better than the original, IMO.
          I also love the Nature's Path Heritage O's and Mesa Corn Flakes.
          Quaker Corn Bran is about as sweet as I go, and it packs some good fiber. (Barbara's Puffins are similar, but not quite as good.)
          Fiber One - the plain, not the "yogurt" - is super healthy and still tasty.

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          1. re: piccola

            I'm also a mixer. Then only problem with the TJ's squares is they get very soggy very quickly!

            I like the Heritage O's as well - they're like more intense Cheerios.

            1. re: harrison

              That's why I like' em. Also why I top them off with a crunchier cereal, like said Heritage O's (which, by the way, make the best trail mix and/or croutons).

              1. re: piccola

                i like Oh's as well.... although if this is what i'm thinking, then i have to let it sit a bit or else it's too crunchy.. BUT it's really good... and i actually enjoy eating it as a late night snack too =)

                funny how someone posted about frosted flakes... my fav kid cereals growing up were pops, fruit loops, and golden grahams... yeah so it's not healthy... but it was good =)

                1. re: kinipela

                  Frosted Flakes reporting for duty. [:-))

                  Let's remember that Corn Pop were Sugar Pops, Smacks were Sugar Smacks and we all grew up and survived these cereals. Let's not forget that incredible invention of the 60's called freeze dried fruit and Corn Flakes all of sudden showed up with dehydrated strawberries and bananas. :-))

                  So granted that some may not want sugar in their children's diets, (jfood included) but after 40+ years of eating FF's, jfood will take the risk.

                  1. re: jfood

                    Why did it take me my entire life (so far) to discover the joys of mixing cereals?

                    In the end, I think it's very personal, like picking a flavor of ice cream. No way to predict what someone else will like. Weetabix, which I love, I believe is very much a taste acquired when young. After all, who would like a cereal that is naturally soggy and bland, albeit pleasantly malty?

                    1. re: bombaybeauty

                      The trick is to mix soggy cereals with crunchy ones. Then you get the best of both worlds.

            2. re: piccola

              Fiber One and throw in a handful of dried blueberries

              1. re: ibstatguy

                I do a mix of Fiber One (for fiber), Kashi Go Lean (for protein) and Trader Joe's Anti-Oxidant Granola (for taste). Unfortunately I can eat way too much of the granola if I don't police myself.

                1. re: piccola

                  I heartily second the suggestion of TJ's shredded wheat squares (especially the Brown Sugar variety). They are high fiber, very low sugar, and taste as good as you remember frosted wheat squares as a kid but without all the nasty additives and sugars. They are even great to munch on without milk!

                  1. re: piccola

                    how I hate the mix! mom used to mix all the little bits left in the bottom of the bag and we'd have that for breakfast til the next market day. I really hated that. She also used to buy generic and put it in the box of name brand whatevers thinking she could fool us.

                  2. How about Grapenuts? You'd have to go to a regular grocery store for them. Have tried one store brand that mimicked them (Safeway), but it was not the real thing. They are super crunchy, which may or may not appeal to you. Filling though!

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                    1. re: Seldomsated

                      I go for Grapenuts Flakes, which have similar flavor, but way, way less crunchiness. I also a like Kashi GoLean w/flax and honey.

                      1. re: Seldomsated

                        I love this thread since I am a cereal junkie. I vote for Grape Nuts and agree not the generic type. Sometimes I like adding dried cranberries into the cereal for a little change. Puffins are my next favorite with bananas.

                        1. re: Seldomsated

                          Yes, yes, yes! I prefer it crunchy, so I eat it dry and add raisins for some sticky sweet texture.

                          1. re: Seldomsated

                            i am still distressed because my dentist told me not to eat grape-nuts. I LOVE grape-nuts! Now and then when I was eating at my desk I used to would mix a carton of yogurt into a bowl of grape-nuts.

                            Lately I've been eating a lot of frosted mini-wheats. (when I'm feeling naughty I switch to lucky charms.) "Clusters," which are wholegrain flakes with little balls of chopped almonds mixed in, are also quite nice, and with the protein from the nuts, filling.

                            I know you said you're not fond of granola, but perhaps if you found a recipe you like and made your own...I have a nice recipe that involves peanut butter.

                            1. re: revsharkie

                              OKAY! you must share that recipe? 8)

                              1. re: spabettie

                                Ok I think this is it--it's from the More-with-Less Cookbook. If you have any desire to make your own cereal, this is a good cookbook to have. There are lots of good recipes.

                                Peanut Granola

                                1 1/4 c. honey
                                2/3 c. oil
                                1 c. peanut butter
                                1 T. salt
                                1 T. cinnamon
                                1/2 c. water
                                10 c. rolled oats
                                1 c. chopped raw peanuts or other nuts (I think I used pecans)
                                1 c. wheat germ
                                1 c. cornmeal
                                1 c. coconut
                                2 c. raisins

                                Preheat oven to 325. Combine honey, oil, peanut butter, salt, cinnamon, and water in saucepan. Stir over low heat until peanut butter melts.

                                Combine remaining ingredients (except raisins) in large bowl. Add liquids and mix well. Place in 2 large shallow greased pans and bake about 30 minutes, or until crunchy and brown. Stir often to prevent overbrowning. When cool, add raisins. Store in airtight container.

                              2. re: revsharkie

                                Micorwave the Grape Nuts and milk for 20-30 seconds to soften them up. Your dentist should approve of that!

                                1. re: revsharkie

                                  I feel your pain, rev. i have been avoiding the grape nuts bc of a dental problem- and its been a little upsetting! there is no substitute, a far as i am concerned. I like them mixed into anything, actually.

                                2. re: Seldomsated

                                  I like to mix Grapenuts into my yogurt with some fresh berries. Sort of like a parfait. yum.

                                  1. re: lisaf

                                    I agree, I used to mix Grapenuts into yogurt and they would soften up just fine. They will do the same in milk if you give them a few minutes. Vanilla yogurt and grapenuts is wonderful.
                                    I do agree with your dentist though they kill my teeth if I don't soften them up someway.