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Warm ‘n’ Fruity Breakfast Cereal

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, Long Beach, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    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


  • Place first 8 ingredients in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Stir in water, juice and syrup.
  • Cook, covered, on low until thickened and cereal is tender, 6-7 hours. If desired, top with walnuts.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Bob’s Red Mill 7-Grain Hot Cereal.
Nutrition 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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  • Orbs
    Apr 28, 2019

    I cut this recipe down and used canned apricots, no cranberries or dates. Delicious! I placed the cereal in the refrigerator for breakfast during the work week.

  • MechEng_Bryan
    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.

  • Dotxyz
    Nov 26, 2012

    No comment left

  • watermelonmuffin
    Nov 13, 2012

    This stuff tasted gross! :)

  • mjounan
    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • teri396
    Dec 23, 2010

    No comment left

  • jeepyj
    Sep 13, 2010

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