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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?

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    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.

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            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.

              1. Hubby used to open a can of fruit in syrup -peaches, pears, etc.- and dump that over his cereal (he can't stand milk, either). Now he uses Silk.
                Me, I'm with escondido123....no milk, no cold cereal. (Will do oatmeal, though).

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                1. re: Michelly

                  Okay, on oatmeal I'll go for cream, or evaporated milk in a pinch. Otherwise, bread in any form. Sorry. But then I usually skip breakfast altogether so that makes a difference.

                  1. re: Michelly

                    Not that it's any kind of endorsement, but Travis Bickle, the lead character in Scorcese's Taxi Driver, pours peach schnappes on his cereal. As I recall this was a reference to Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground in which the protagonist has some alcoholic drink (Vodka?) on his cereal.

                  2. By the responce from some of you, ypu'd think that I suggested Pissing on the cereal.
                    I was talking about another food-stuff. I also said, "substitute," which is not to mean, "permanent replacement."
                    If you don't like something, big deal, who cares?
                    If people did not try different things & pass on findings to others, we'd all still be eating bugs, bark,raw fish & meat & still be calling Tomatoes,"Death Apples."
                    Now, do you have something that you have tried & want to tell others about it? Let's hear about your experience.
                    Want to be a spoiled brat and say," ewwwww," to everything & be a downer? Go start your own topic.

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                    1. re: CanuckEh

                      Anna, a Spanish student staying in my house in Cheltenham England.

                      The First morning she poured her coffee on to her 'Cerio'

                      At the end of her course I was asked was there anything unusual, or funny that had happened with our students.

                      How was I to know that my tale won first prize. and was read out to the whole assembly. no name used
                      but Anna was mortified..

                      I was in the end forgiven..

                    2. Breakfast or dessert...why not have both? I love freezing cold (practically soft-frozen) vanilla or chocolate yogurt with (guilty pleasure) cookie crisp or cocoa puffs or reese's puffs cereal.

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                      1. re: brooklynkoshereater

                        Me, too - plain yogurt with cereal is really good, too. I put super sugary cap'n crunch on mine. I eat it for dessert a lot!!!

                      2. I consider cereal to be a dessert, usually, to be snacked on by the handful. It's been years and years since I had a bowl of cereal like most peopole have. Snack food, like trail mix or whatever.

                        1. I tried putting OJ on my cereal once. It was VILE. In the absence of milk, you can mix your cereal into a tub of yoghurt for a more crunchy than usual breakfast, or else eat it dry. Usually that's when I break out the PB&J and forget the cereal altogether... (I don't like oatmeal made with water either...)

                          And this last one takes milk to produce, but if you have any leftover custard (NOT 'pudding') it is absolutely wonderful with cereal and a little milk. It makes it really rich and creamy but not overly sweet. Custard and cornflakes was my favourite treat as a kid.

                          1. I had a "moment" one day, I was pre-occupied & started pouring Apple Juice into my cereal. Once it dawned on me what I was doing, I debated for half a second about tossing it, but I added milk & it actually wasn't too bad. Not something I would normally do if I had milk on hand, but sure if I didn't have any milk, I'd do it again.

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                            1. re: jcattles

                              Did the milk curdle or were you lucky?
                              Warmed, spiced apple juice over Oatmeal is something that is served at a local Ski resort's brunch.
                              They also offer a $7, "Bailey's over Oats," where you can have a double of, "Bailey's Irish Cream," over Cheerios or Oatmeal.
                              I haven't tried either of these 3 offerings, but they seem to appeal to enough people to include & keep on their Menu, for the past few decades.

                              1. re: CanuckEh

                                No, it didn't curdle, I was kind of surprised. I'm not sure how much apple juice was actually poured, but I could definitely taste it.
                                I think Baileys & Oatmeal sounds good. I might have to try it sometime.

                            2. i rarely if ever eat breakfast in the morning..and i dont like coffee..
                              that being said..
                              if i dont have milk for the cereal..i dont eat it..occasionally i will snack on them straight out of the box...depending on the cereal...

                              so i havent ever tried subbing anything for milk..

                              the only "cereal" i eat with water is cream of wheat...

                              and as far as what anybody else wants to do or try in theirs is fine with me....
                              coffee,tea,silk,oj,whisky,beer.....more power to ya :-)

                              does the snap, crackle and pop go faster with coffee?

                              1. Can't stand cereal in general, but I may have to try some of my husband's with my morning espresso poured over. It might just surprise me. Thanks for the idea!

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                                1. re: odkaty

                                  If the espresso over cereal doesn't stir your taste buds, pour a shot or two of espresso over Ice Cream. I have only tried this with Vanilla Ice Cream, but suppose that it may be just as deadly over Chocolate Ice Cream. Bon appetite.

                                2. Hum. Will have to try some of these ideas.

                                  I know for sure that beer tastes really bad over Fruit Loops.

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                                  1. re: CyndiA

                                    That's funny....What about Lucky Charms on St.Patrick's Day?
                                    In the 1970s, one of our Political parties commented on their opponents' apparent diet of, "Scotch over Corn Flakes." That's pushing the multi-grain diet a bit & likely will result in increased cases of Gout.

                                  2. For me, if the cereal doesn't have sugar, melted butter is the best.

                                    1. I like buttermilk on Special K or corn flakes and plain yogurt with anything else.

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                                      1. re: corneygirl

                                        On passover, my family always eats coffee and matzah as a form of cereal since passover cereal is really awful. They break pieces of matza into bite sized pieces and put them in hot coffee (sometimes with milk and sugar, or just sugar) It's really good!

                                        I'm not a cereal person myself, but when I crave it, I mostly eat it dry. But it's good mixed into yogurt, too...

                                      2. I often pour water over Grape Nuts, nuke the whole thing for about 45 seconds, and then sprinkle with demerara sugar. It's really delicious.

                                        My daughter pours raspberry or pomegranate kefir over her cheerios. When she doesn't have that, she uses unsweetened almond milk.

                                        1. I buy a pourable yogurt - Organic Valley - for my cold cereal.