Lately, the mornings have been a little chilling and it sometimes seem hard to warm up after getting out of bed. I love to start these mornings with some lovely hot cereal. There is nothing better than that to get you warmed up on a frosty morning [well, at least not to me].
Being gluten free doesn’t mean you can’t have hot oatmeal anymore – it just means that you have to be careful. Oats are naturally gluten free; it is the processing that they go through that contaminates them. Some people are okay with that and eating regular oatmeal doesn’t affect them. Unfortunately, I can’t. However, there are gluten free oats available that are great. Bob’s Red Mill has one, but it is not instant.
There are a few different hot cereals out there – a few that I really enjoy are Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat and their mighty Tasty Hot Cereal, they have some great GF products on their site. I have really become a buckwheat fan – it is great with yogurt or with coconut milk and cinnamon.
A new favorite that I just started using is the Quinoa flakes; I really like the Quinoa grain I use to make my GF couscous, so I thought I would try it as a cereal. The best thing about the flakes is that they are instant [well, you have to let it is for a few minutes after you pour in the hot water]. I just pour the water and finish getting other things done – by the time I get back it is ready. I throw in some fruit and some yogurt and I have a super healthy and yummy breakfast. The flakes are also easy to take along when you are traveling – very important! I just put them in a heat proof container; add the cinnamon and then they are ready to mix with the hot water where ever I am. My kind of breakfast!I have been buying this brand and I really like it – little also goes a long way – so you don’t use that much.