Creamy Wheat Cereal with Fruit & Nuts

And now it’s breakfast time!!! Creamy Wheat Cereal with Fruit & Nuts.

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This isn’t a gourmet sort of breakfast, there aren’t a whole lot of ingredients and you may even say at the end of the post “Jeez Laurie, I could have thought of that!” And then I would have to come back with the ever so witty “Well this is my blog, so there!”

My excuse is that I was about to make my lunch, sometimes I have breakfast for lunch, so what? And I thought this would make a fun post! It was a sunny, winter morning afternoon and when you live in a place like Michigan you need to jump on the sunshine. So instead of doing the grocery shopping I made lunch.

I have to admit; sometimes I need more breakfast options, and especially in the winter. I can only have oatmeal or peanut butter and jelly toast so often, and cold fruit doesn’t really appeal to me in the cold weather months, know-what-I-mean? So here is another warm and toasty breakfast option that takes less than five minutes to throw together. And who doesn’t like to hear “less than 5?”

Meet Malt-o-Meal.

Malt-o-Meal was a staple in my Mom’s pantry growing up. And she had the coolest pantry; it was a walk-in with floor to ceiling shelving. My dream pantry! I would love to live in that house still. In the country, on two acres and that pantry!

As a kid I loved this cereal with warm milk and tons of honey. And I mean TONS of honey! I don’t think my Mom knows how much I would use per serving!! Now, as a slightly older kid, I still like it with a lot of honey but with a few other toppings as well.

If you’ve never tried Malt-o-Meal, you should! Just pick some up the next time you go grocery shopping! You can find it by all the warm breakfast cereals. It’s the bright yellow and red box, and it should just beam next to all those brown instant oatmeal packets and the canisters of cocoa wheat.

Now, did you know Malt-o-Meal is good for you? In one serving there are loads of vitamins and minerals! Hey all you ladies out there, check out the folic acid! Especially all of you in your childbearing years *ahem my preggo bff Nichole… this means you*!

So today I say move over oatmeal, there’s a new hot cereal in town. Okay, so it’s not a new, and no I don’t talk to cereals… but Malt-o-Meal is just so versatile and with all the different toppings in the world… the sky’s the limit! Why not try this instead of oatmeal for a change??

Maybe you don’t have dried cherries… so what? Dried blueberries or cranberries would be fab too! And if you don’t have almonds, try walnuts or pecans… you really can’t go wrong here! Unless you forget the honey… that would be a tragedy!

For one serving just pour a cup of whole milk into a small sauce pan.

Stir in 1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt.

Heat until it starts to form little bubbles, like foam.

Don’t walk away here… or your milk will over flow and ruin your stove top. Okay maybe it won’t ruin your stove top, but it would be a pain to clean… and who likes to clean? Not this girl.

Make sure you measure your malt-o-meal before hand and have it ready to add into the simmering milk.

Warm up your whisking arm, and slow and steadily pour in the malt o meal while you whisk fast.

Reduce heat and whisk for about a minute to a minute and a half. Then kill the heat. It should be thick… unless I’ve been making it wrong all these years?! Oh no?! 😉

Pour into your favorite bowl and add a few splashes of whole milk around the edge.

Sprinkle with almond slices, or whatever other sort of nuts you have on hand. 🙂

I love the texture of the crunchy almonds with the creamy wheat cereal, so I added a lot. I can be excessive, so what!?

Living in Michigan you have to learn to take the good with the bad. The bad for example; cold winters, bad roads and below zero wind chills. The good are definitely; awesome sunsets, beautiful lakes, Kid Rock and Michigan cherries {to only name a few}!

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Sprinkle with as many dried cherries as you would like. I like a lot of these too!

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Drizzle with honey.

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Every single time I make this it reminds me of sitting at our huge family table, looking out our picture window at our back yard! I really love my childhood home. And I hope you love this cereal!

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 1 serving

Creamy Wheat Cereal with Fruit & Nuts

Creamy Wheat Cereal with Fruit & Nuts
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup milk, plus more for finishing
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons Malt-o-Meal cereal
  • 1 teaspoon sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon honey, for drizzling


  1. Bring milk and salt up to a boil on high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour in the cereal while whisking for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
  4. Sprinkle with almonds and cherries, then drizzle with desired amount of Honey.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 382mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 8g Protein: 10g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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10 Responses to “Creamy Wheat Cereal with Fruit & Nuts”

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    Medeja — January 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

    It looks really creamy and delicious 🙂 I think I should get some cereal 🙂

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    Pretend Chef — January 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Laurie you just took me back to my mama's kitchen table! This was a staple in her pantry as well and like you I would love to live in that house with that pantry out in the country in Washington! Aw memories! I love how versatile Malt-O-Meal is. Since becoming an adult and moving out 8 years ago I haven't had it since. That's a tragedy. Better add this to the grocery list! Don't

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    Ang — January 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Nice way to jazz up Malt-O-Meal. I could definitely eat that for any meal time.

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    Jennifurla — January 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    You always have the best steps by steps, this looks really great…I am definitely craving this now.

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    BakingWithoutaBox — January 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I have never tried Malt a Meal. I may have to. Something new! (Come on, I grew up on grits as my only hot "cereal.") That cereal looks soooo good. I want some for lunch. As always, your photos are gorgeous!

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    Torviewtoronto — January 27, 2011 at 12:34 am

    delicious breakfast looks wonderful

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    Amanda — January 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    mmm, this brings back so many childhood memories! i haven't had cream of wheat in ages… can't wait to try it this way!

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    Susan Lindquist — January 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Your photos are so beautiful as you build this breakfast masterpiece! Beautiful AND good for you!

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    Chef Bee — January 28, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Brings back lots of childhood memories that aren't all good. Thanks for the reminder that I should try this again.

    Plan B

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    JennyX — February 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you for posting this simple recipe with such wonderful photos.

    My daughter has struggled with gaining weight since she was 2 months old. She is 3 years old now and everyday I worry all day long and feed her whatever I can to help her gain weight. She has become quite dependent on Pediasure for nutrition because we were desperate for her to gain weight and it worked. Now that is

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