Flash in the Pan: Blended Hot Cereal (and Gluten-Free!)

December 11, 2008


[I’ve decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly, or else is so easy to make that no recipe is required.  Here’s today’s “Flash in the Pan.”]


One of the blogs I read and enjoy on a regular basis is Katie’s Chocolate Covered Vegan.  The ever-adorable,  squash-loving, mulitple-meals-with-same-dish, search-term reporting, Photoshop-proficient, cupcake-baker extraordinaire blogger provides great advice on cooking up healthy, delicious meals in a snap, many of which are quick and easy to make. And if you’ve ever read her blog, you’ll also know that Katie loves to use her blender (one of which she just acquired gratis–lucky gal!!).

Well, I may be a breakfast person, but that doesn’t automatically make me a cold-cereal person. Oh, I used to be a cold-cereal person, all right; throughout high school, I think I ate a bowl of Special K, Corn Flakes, Shreddies, or Cap’n Crunch (well, I had to have some indulgence, didn’t I?) with lots and lots of skim milk (ew!), every single day (and I wondered how I turned up with IBS!). cerealbox Ever since I changed my diet, though, I’ve relied more on cooked whole grains and soy or almond milk as my “cereal.”  Constants in my diet now are steaming bowls of steel-cut oats, brown basmati rice, millet, or even buckwheat for breakfast.  (In the longstanding DDD tradition of “Ricki and the HH must be diametrically opposed on every single issue,” my Human Honey loves cold cereal. So, when I buy the mega-box of Raisin Bran that he so adores, I often pick up another carton of something wholegrain for me, for those two times a year I have a hankering).

Well, over a year ago now, I read about the recipe for Banana Bread Blender Cereal on CCV’s blog.  I thought it sounded great–the perfect way to use up that box of cereal I rarely touched–but it was cold, and I crave warm during the snowbound months.  Problem solved:  I simply warmed it up instead.  

And you know what happened?  Just as Katie predicted, the banana caramelized a bit and the blended cereal absorbed the milk, smoothing up and softening–resulting in the most delicious, pillowy, creamy and self-sweetened cereal I’ve ever eaten!  I was hooked, immediately, and have made this for breakfast countless times since.  I’ve played with the recipe a bit since then, but the basics are the same.

Here, then, is the perfect comfort breakfast for a cold, snowy morning when the chill accosts your feet as you scamper across the kitchen tiles to the coffee maker (or teapot, in my case).  It takes only a few minutes to prepare, and rewards you with a warming, soothing, sweet and satisfying meal in a bowl.  Thanks, Katie!

(Oh, and Thanks to all from Elsie (and moi, of course) for the outpouring of support over our flagrant disregard of our vet’s advice, taking that cone off early anyway (stitches are scheduled to be removed Saturday).  Oh, and yes, Scott, I guess it would have been a little more effective if our Girl had turned on the computer first.)

[“What?? You have to turn it ON??”]

CCV’s Warm Blender Cereal

adapted from Chocolate Covered Vegan




© 2008 Diet, Dessert and Dogs


28 Responses to “Flash in the Pan: Blended Hot Cereal (and Gluten-Free!)”

  1. VeggieGirl Says:

    GLUTEN-FREE???? I’m sold! 😀

  2. I think this is the sweetest post I’ve ever read. I’m blushing from the compliments, especially since their source is one of my all-time favorite bloggers.

    And wow, somehow you really did manage to do the impossible, by transforming my “ugly mush” into a beautiful breakfast. I am ever-jealous of your photography skills (not to mention your eloquent writing style).

    I know I’ve said it before, but I must say it again: Ricki, I am so glad to have met you through the blogging world!

  3. Ricki Says:

    Aw, you’re not the only one who can blush 🙂 I feel the same way about you–your blog posts ALWAYS make me smile (and believe me, that’s not the easiest task some mornings!). And, of course, I adore your recipes. 😉

  4. Celine Says:

    flash in the pan instead of flesh in the pan!
    ok, I obviously need sleep. or coffee. or both. how cute are those little snow flakes, by the by!

  5. maris Says:

    Sounds great! I love hot cereal, I think it is so much more filling than cold cereal!

  6. ttfn300 Says:

    i’ve been meaning to try that, now i’ve got something else to add to the list… oh how it grows 🙂

  7. Jes Says:

    Interesting! I’ve never been a big hot cereal fan (strange, no?), but this looks worth a try!

  8. Pearl Says:

    mmmmmmm looks delish!

  9. Every morning I do a pot of whole grains for breakfast but when I was younger it was a Dunkin Donuts bagel with veggie (haha I was trying!) cream cheese. Every. Morning.

  10. aTxVegn Says:

    Of course I’ve seen this on Katie’s blog, but now it sounds like way more fun than making oatmeal.

  11. Shelby Says:

    I’ve made that cereal before but your’s looks amazing!!! You make it look so delicious and comforting and I never realized I should warm it up! Thanks for the idea =)

  12. shellyfish Says:

    That picture is stunning! I’m so bad about eating a healthy breakfast…I’ll do it for a while, but then I get all lax and skip it (gasp!)
    Oh Captin Crunch! It wasn’t easy for me to skip out on the Capin’…I used to love that stuff!

  13. BitterSweet Says:

    Huh, I never thought to blend up cold cereal and make it into something hot! That’s a great idea though, since I love the flavors of my usual cereal a lot but don’t want something cold these days.

  14. Vegetation Says:

    Mmmm Yum! Looks good!

  15. Oooh, your variation sounds so yummy! I don’t crave cold cereal very often, either; pipin’ hot oats suit my fancy much more! Thank you so much for posting your discovery; I really wanna try it!

  16. Lisa Castle Says:

    How do you DO that? Make a bowl of hot cereal look so tasty!

    I do cold cereal for breakfast every day at work, and occasionally cream of wheat on the weekends.

    But I think I have to try this – it looks yumilicious(!).

    Especially since we in the Pacific NW are being told to brace for Snow, Ice, Unusually Low Temperatures, and Generally Nasty Nastiness this weekend (stop laughing! we’re not used to this!).

  17. Ricki Says:

    No flesh in the pan on THIS blog, missy! ;0)

    Believe me, it’s worth it!

    I can see the appeal–still sounds good to me! But I’m sure your current breakfasts are much more healthy 🙂

    Oh, so much better warm!

    Yep, good ole Cap’n! T’was yummy stuff, that was. (But we’re so much more mature now, right?)

    ruby red,
    It’s definitely worth a try–I was amazed at how great it tasted warmed up!

    It’s pure luck, I assure you! But thanks so much for the kind words (*blush*). And sorry to hear about the weather. . . I can definitely commiserate!

  18. holler Says:

    This sounds good, although I have not heard of flake cereal before. Is it the same as porridge oats, do you know?

  19. Liz Says:

    Gluten-free? Banana? Millet? Walnuts?

    Just a few of my favorite things!

    I can’t wait to make this. In fact I’m not… it’ll be this morning’s breakfast.

  20. holler Says:

    Excuse me, I fear I was having a senior moment there!

  21. giz Says:

    This actually looks far more appealing than the oatmeal I’m having this morning.

  22. Maureen Says:

    That’s an amazingly beautiful picture at the bottom. Totally catalogue-worthy 🙂 And is it just me or is it snowing across your blog? Maybe I’m tripping out, but I distincly see white dots twirling across the screen.

  23. Ricki Says:

    Aren’t we all!! 😉

    You are too sweet–thanks! And yes, the snow is courtesy of WordPress (those tripped-out guys!).

  24. Katie is one awesome Chocolate Covered Vegan! Even if she wasn’t chocolate covered and she was just plain she would be just as awesome!

    I love the “Flash in the Pan” posts!

  25. Bethany Says:

    looks yummy. now I just need to convice andy to make it for me 🙂

  26. Vegyogini Says:

    A delicious-looking tribute to another fabulous blogger’s recipe! So glad to hear your sweet pup is feeling a bit better.

  27. Hey Ricki,
    I just realized that my banana blender cereal post has no photo. May I feature your gorgeous photo (with a link to your site, of course) in my post?

    Don’t worry about saying “no” if it’s a problem!

    Hope you’re having a marvelous Friday 🙂


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