As we mentioned last week in The Nutty Scoop, homemade granola is one of our favorite cool-weather breakfasts, especially when it’s laced with our favorite nuts and dried fruit. On mornings when it’s just too chilly for cold cereal, we find ourselves dreaming of hot, stick-to-your-ribs fare. However, you don’t have to abandon your morning bowl of granola when the weather turns frosty. It’s easy to convert that cereal into a toasty creation! That’s right: We’re talking about hot granola.
You can make hot granola using any type of milk you like, including soy milk and almond milk. Heat ½ to ¾ of a cup of milk in a saucepan on the stove until it’s steamy and slightly foamy, but not bubbling. Add about ½ cup of dry granola, as well as some extra dried fruit and nuts if you desire, and cook the mixture over low heat until it thickens at the oats are soft. Eat it immediately, being careful not to scald your mouth with the hot milk.
If you don’t have time to make the hot granola on the stove, you can just as easily do it in the microwave. Simply combine the cereal and milk in a microwave-safe bowl and heat the mixture on high for 30-second intervals until it reaches the desired consistency. If it becomes too hot to eat, which is more likely in the microwave, add a splash of cold milk to cool it down.
What’s your favorite hot cereal to eat when the temperature becomes a bit nippy?