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Warm 'n' Fruity Breakfast Cereal Recipe

Warm 'n' Fruity Breakfast Cereal Recipe

Sleepyheads will love the heartiness of this nutritious cooked cereal with cinnamon. It's loaded with chopped fruit and nuts. Eat it with plain yogurt and sliced bananas or blueberries. —John Vale, Hardin, MT
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 cups seven-grain hot cereal
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Chopped walnuts, optional


  • 1. Place first eight ingredients in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Stir in water, juice and syrup.
  • 2. Cook, covered, on low until thickened and cereal is tender, 6-7 hours. If desired, top with walnuts. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Bob’s Red Mill 7-Grain Hot Cereal.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 185 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1/2 fat.

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MechEng_Bryan User ID: 7128178 171893
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"This turned out to be much soupier than what is shown in the picture. It may be that a different seven grain cereal or less liquid would work better. My family wasn't overly impressed with the flavor either."

watermelonmuffin User ID: 6735434 84767
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"This stuff tasted gross! :)"

mjounan User ID: 5799644 102852
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"I've done this using "oat groats" that I bought from my bulk food store. I use a slow cooker liner to make clean up easier. It's nice to wake up to an already cooked breakfast. We add a little water and re-heat leftovers in the microwave."

honeysucklerose User ID: 4098761 209660
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"This looks like it will be really good, but I'm wondering what others think about storing and/or reheating this. Anybody done this? Is it too soggy the second time around? If I get one of those mini-slow cookers would that work with cutting back the ingredients?"

thaicooker User ID: 2076897 102942
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"Seven grain, ten grain, they all will work. Found in the same place as the oatmeal. This is a favorite at our house. You could make it with all oatmeal. No processed cereal, puffs, flakes, buds, etc. will work. You need to find the right stuff to get the right result. We love it."

Jwright1350 User ID: 5805718 160096
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"Yuck! My oatmeal was mushy but that could have been because I could only find regular oatmeal not the 7 grain. Anyone know where to find it or what brand to look for? I might try it again if I had the right ingredients."

jeepyj User ID: 5178141 100142
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"Can this recipe be reheated it makes a lot and there is only 2 of us."

annalisa_harmon User ID: 4521665 85459
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"Yum again!"

annalisa_harmon User ID: 4521665 100141
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"This was a fair recipe!"

lhughes User ID: 159847 172179
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"I just rated this cereal with 2 stars; however my review shows 5. The recipe was DEFINITELY NOT a 5."

lhughes User ID: 159847 209659
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"This cereal sounded yummy, but it wasn't. After cooking over night, the mixture had stuck and burned on the bottom. Taste was just ok! I will return to my steel cut oats with walnuts and fresh fruit; or vanilla, cinnamon, and dried blueberries."

lbz2drop User ID: 2517123 160094
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"No 7-grain cereal here. Had a choice of 5-grain or 10-grain. After reading previous reviews, bought the 10-grain 'cause it was "ground".

How do you store/reheat?? I don't want to cut back on the ingredients, but it's just me here."

Rakhsmom User ID: 104495 170918
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"I also substituted steel cut oats and it was delicious! Either way it is great. Put it in the crockpot with a liner before I went to bed - hot cereal waiting on a cold morning! It will be a winter staple around here!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 84766
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"I'm sorry but my family will not eat this. We do not do cereal for breakfast, as we are not a cereal family, and this recipe uses way too much cereal for us."

tadesonb User ID: 504275 102941
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"In Canada, the cereal is called "Red River" cereal. I've also made a similar recipe with Old Fashioned Oats in my rice cooker. One "cup" oats & one "cup" water + all the fruit."

Hannahb User ID: 2119679 85449
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009

"The "cereal" is ground whole grains, i.e., wheat berries, barley, quinoa, flax, oats (or any other number of grains) that have been ground to about the same texture/consistency as ground coffee. Bob's Red Mill is one brand that has a 7 grain cereal. Again, you are looking for grains that have simply been ground, not made into any other type of flake, puff, or other boxed breakfast cereal."

happylady54 User ID: 4029594 100140
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"melshy19 - 7 grain cereal is the actual grains. you can usually find it in the hot cereal or health food sections of the grocery store or at the health food store."

melshy19 User ID: 1379008 172177
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"Okay I'm throughly confused on what constitutes "Cereal". I used 7 grain puffs from Kashi and it did not absorb the liquid and was the cereal flakes, oatmeal? I would love to make this but am stumped on what is the "cereal" here.

Can someone shed some light for me?"

saranne User ID: 3719055 140550
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"i made this for Christmas breakfast and it was very yummy!"

mlittle209 User ID: 3009215 171892
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2008

"I am excited to try this recipe!"

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