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May 13, 2011 10:24 AM

No Milk for your Cereal?

I didn't have any milk for the cereal one morning.
Previous times, I have used Orange Juice in it's place. It's not too bad.
Another time, I used water,which really brings out the flavours in the grains.

However, the best substitute that I have found so far, is a cup of COFFEE. I drink black coffee, no sugar, which probably would not be the choice of many.
Those of you who use "double-double" or "triple-triple," cream & sugar, in your coffee, especially, may not scoff so much.
Try it, you'll like it AND it may save you some time in the morning.
This helps out a few, "Lactose-intolerant," friends to enjoy cereal,, without expensive, milk substitutes.

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  1. You pour hot coffee on to what is called 'cold' cereal?

    6 Replies
    1. re: mucho gordo

      Some people pour hot milk on to what is called "cold" cereal. My truck driver father who woke up at 5AM and was on the road by 7am did this. The coffee idea is interesting...especially in the colder months.

      1. re: ttoommyy

        Although it never occurred to me to do it, I can see hot milk but.... coffee????? If you try it. let me know how it turns out.

        1. re: mucho gordo

          Depends on the cereal. I wouldn't use hot coffee on something flimsy like corn flakes. Something hardy like shredded wheat might work though.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            To me, coffee is nothing more than flavored water. If I was going to go that route, I'd use just plain water and not have the coffee flavor overshadow the cereal flavor(s). Milk (or, in my case, Silk,) has the perfect texture and mild taste to showcase the cereal.

            1. re: ttoommyy

              My grandfather used to put hot coffee and milk on his shredded wheat all the time. I tried it and liked it a lot so I began to do it also; this was way before I began to drink coffee in a cup. I will say that the shredded wheat was the big size serving and I don't think they even make them anymore.

              1. re: biscottifan

                Same here. He liked Corn Flakes instead.

      2. I use soy/almond milk. I always have a container in the pantry so I never run out. For milk drinkers may I suggest parmalat? Really no need to ever run out or resort to using ornage juice or black coffee.

        1. I'd use yogurt before any of those solutions. I'm not doubting that these options might be okay, but I'm having trouble getting my head around any of them.

          3 Replies
            1. re: eatswjoy

              I like both almond milk (my usual) or plain yogurt. I "discovered" yogurt on cereal while in Europe at hotel breakfasts, where a selection of cereals and a big bowl of yogurt are a common sight.

              1. re: comestible

                That's what I do too. Yogurt keeps cereal crispy longer, and almond milk feels lighter than dairy milk, so either is a step up.

            1. re: escondido123

              ....and scrambled eggs ~~

              Oh, and the black coffee.....

            2. I always take my cereal dry.

              Can't stand milk, except for making ice cream or yogurt.