Meyer Lemon & Poppyseed Hot Cereal

Meyer Lemon & Poppyseed Hot Cereal - A nutrient-packed breakfast with a flavor inspired by lemon-poppyseed muffins! |

Let’s mark hot cereal down in the column of “Things I Didn’t Understand Until I Was An Adult.” I was by no means a picky eater when I was a kid, but there were definitely some things that my parents ate where I was like “what the heck is that and why are you ingesting it?” My mom’s occasional bowl of hot cereal was puzzling to me as I slurped the cereal with cartoon characters on the box.

It’s possible that I’m old now. I spent about 40% of a recent vacation playing shuffleboard while drinking coffee. And surprise, surprise: it turns out that hot cereal is pretty awesome.

Meyer Lemon & Poppyseed Hot Cereal - A nutrient-packed breakfast with a flavor inspired by lemon-poppyseed muffins! |

When it comes to grains, my grocery store search begins and ends with Bob’s Red Mill. If whatever product I’m looking for has a Bob’s Red Mill option available, I will choose it every single time, because I know their products are of the highest quality. Their line of hot cereals is no different. With options like Organic Creamy Buckwheat Hot Cereal, Gluten Free 8 Grain Hot Cereal and Organic High Fiber Hot Cereal, there’s an option for everybody.

For this lemon-poppyseed muffin-inspired breakfast, I chose the nutrient-packed 10 Grain Hot Cereal, which is a combination of wheat, corn, rye, triticale, oats, soy beans, millet, barley, brown rice, oat bran and flaxseed. I followed the package instructions (it takes less than 10 minutes) but added some extra flavors that I like by stirring in the juice and zest of a Meyer lemon and some poppyseeds. I finished my bowl of Meyer Lemon & Poppyseed Hot Cereal with some fresh blueberries for a serving of fruit.

Meyer Lemon & Poppyseed Hot Cereal - A nutrient-packed breakfast with a flavor inspired by lemon-poppyseed muffins! |

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Meyer Lemon & Poppyseed Hot Cereal

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal
  • Zest of 1/2 Meyer lemon
  • Juice of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus additional for serving (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds, plus additional for garnish (optional)
  • 1 cup blueberries


  1. In medium saucepot, heat milk, water and salt to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to lowest setting; stir in cereal. Cover and cook 8 minutes; stirring occasionally. Watch pot carefully to make sure it does not boil over.
  2. Remove pot from heat; stir in lemon zest and juice, honey and poppyseeds.
  3. Divide cereal between serving bowls; divide blueberries between bowls. Garnish with additional poppyseeds and serve with additional honey for added sweetness, if desired.

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  1. Lemon oatmeal sounds amazing! I love meyer lemons, and with poppy seeds it’s perfect!

  2. We love Bob’s 10 Grain Hot Cereal.  It’s so good, and easy to make, like you said.  I need to find some meyer lemons now so I can make this tasty recipe!

  3. YES! I’ve been all about hot cereals lately – it’s been so cold in the mornings! And you know how i feel about anything with lemons… <3

  4. Bob really is the best. He’s my #1 when it comes to all things grain related. Love this hot cereal. Pinned.

    • Sometimes I feel like Bob is a member of my family or something. I mean, I think I would recognize him on the street before I would recognize some of my distant cousins 😉

  5. We are old, but hey, it has its benefits! Naps, hot cereal, fiber…what’s not to love? Love that this BRM blend includes so many different grains too!

  6. I love this combination, and for breakfast! Perfect! We love Bob’s!

  7. I hear you on the hot cereal growing up! Now it’s all I pretty much eat for breakfast haha I usually go for Bob’s steel or quick oats, but the hot cereal has me intrigued. I’ll have to pick that up next time I run out.

    • If you like steel cut oats, I think you’ll like this hot cereal! It has a similar texture, but a little different flavor, thanks to all those grains!

  8. I need to add Bob’s Red Mill to my grocery list!!

  9. I love lemon poppyseed everything — this is such a genius take on it!

  10. I’m so there with you, although only part of the way.  I had a thing for cream of wheat growing up but that was the only hot cereal I would eat.  I hated oatmeal but recently decided to give it a try again but real oatmeal.  I love adult tastebuds change!  Now I’m going to have to give this a try with the Bob’s Red Mill sitting in my pantry! 

    • So, honestly – the hot cereal my Mom used eat WAS cream of wheat. And as a kid, I was so grossed out by the NAME of it. Like, what does that even mean? Ugh! Luckily, I had an extra bag of BRM cereal, and I gave it to her. Upgrade 🙂

  11. Lemon, popyseed, and blueberries are a perfect combo, especially in a warm bowl of comfort!

  12. Omg, I thought my mom was such a freak for eating hot cereal as a kid too! I was completely disgusted at the thought of it. Now? There’s a bag of Bob’s 10 grain in my pantry at all times. Apparently, we really do become our parents…

    • Haha YES, Gina! Also – when people used to say my mom and I looked alike, I was like “Nooooo whhhhhyyyyy?” But now I see photos of the two and us, and yep, I can totally see it.

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