Monday, December 2, 2013

Crunchy Breakfast Bowl with Cereal, Seeds, Almonds, Ginger, and Fruit

Hot cereal and grains get all the attention. Yes, it is fall/winter in some places, so it is cold. But hot cereal is the thing that everyone plays with. Adds to. Personalizes. Loves.

But cereal eaten cold can also shine. I suppose I should confess that this is a rather recent revelation, as I've been giving it the cold shoulder (I'm hilarious) for awhile and eschewing it for everything else under the sun. It isn't clear how I fell out of love, but it happened.

Perhaps by relying on it for an absurd amount of years as my one and only breakfast. Perhaps by not realizing that one can add more than the occasional banana to the stuff.

But I have rekindled an appreciation, finding cool milk a creamy delicious vehicle for delivering crunchy morning time sustenance. But instead of taking it at face value, I'm adding stuff to it. Lots of stuff. To make a breakfast bowl.

Sliced strawberries and mandarin oranges are sprinkled with ginger and either 5-spice powder or cardamom. Poppy seeds and sunflower seeds are thrown in the mix, along with some chopped almonds. A drizzle of honey, unsweetened cereal, and milk brings everything together. What's not to love?

handful of sliced strawberries
mandarin orange, segmented
sprinkling of freshly grated ginger
5 spice powder or cardamom
sprinkling of poppy seeds
about a tablespoon of sunflower seeds
about 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
drizzle of honey
1/2 cup - 1 cup unsweetened cereal (I used puffed brown rice cereal)

In a bowl, mix together the berries, mandarin orange, and grated ginger. Sprinkle just a bit of 5-spice powder or cardamom. Add the poppy and sunflower seeds, almonds, and drizzle of honey. Add in the cereal and milk and you are good to go.


  1. Now, this is a cold cereal I can get behind. It looks delicious.

  2. I don't eat cold cereal anymore because I'm generally hungry an hour later but this just looks like a great vehicle for all that fruit!

  3. Hey Jennifer and community,

    My girlfriend celebrates birthday in 2 weeks so I want to surprise her with some tasty self baked stuff. As I read your blog since a few weeks and like the way you write and describe your recipes, which makes them easy to execute, i would like to ask you for an advice.
    My Girlfirend loves this new trend, lolly cakes and i would like to give it a try and bake them. Could you or maybe some fellow readers give me an advice what i should pay attention to, which mistakes are made often and so on. Maybe you could even do a blog entry to this topic?

    I look forward to all of your answers :)

    1. Happy upcoming birthday to your girlfriend! That is so sweet of you to surprise her with homemade baked goods! I've never actually made cake pops before so I don't have any advice - sorry about that! But here is a link that might be useful! Good luck with them!

    2. Thanks a lot, i hope she will be happy as well. :) The process of making cake pops is pretty well described in your link. I guess i´ll give it a try :)
      Thank you very much for your help again

  4. LOVE the cardamom in here guys!

  5. fresh,fast.flavorful and absolutely delicious breakfast,terrific recipe,thanks for sharing :-)

  6. You added so much pizzazz to this bowl of cereal!!

  7. Love everything about this bowl of will keep me happy throughout the day :D

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  9. This is truly perfect for cold weather. It's easy to prepare, full of flavor and healthy.Give us energy through out the day.

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