Hot cereal is a favorite option around many breakfast tables. This is particularly true when the weather cools and a warm first meal is what is needed to get the day started right.
Here are nine hot cereal brands worth a try no matter when you choose to eat them. If you already have a favorite brand of hot cereal, please vote for it in our poll at the end of this article.
Cream of Wheat
Cream of Wheat is one of the all-time favorite hot cereal brands. Its been around since 1893 when it was first made at a mill in Grand Forks, North Dakota. This mill, the Diamond Milling Company, made flour previous to making Cream of Wheat. One day, leftover wheat from the flour-making process was used to make breakfast porridge. This porridge was sent to customers who loved it so much that eventually, the mill stopped producing flour altogether to keep up with the demand for Cream of Wheat.
Today, Cream of Wheat is owned by B&G Foods who acquired the brand from Kraft Foods in 2007. It is available in stovetop, instant, and to-go cups. It can be purchased in the following flavors:
- Whole Grain
- Maple Brown Sugar
- Maple Brown Sugar with Real Walnuts
- Mixed Berry with Real Almonds
- Banana Walnut
- Bananas & Cream
- Cinna-Apple Walnut with Real Apples
- Cocoa Nut with Real Almonds
Malt-O-Meal is a brand of Post. It was invented by John Campbell who founded Campbell Cereal Company in 1919. This hot cereal brand was made of malted and farina wheat and was created to compete with Cream of Wheat. The brand’s name was not changed to Malt-O-Meal until 1953.
Malt-O-Meal makes the following hot wheat cereal products:
- Creamy Hot Wheat Cereal
- Maple & Brown Sugar Hot Wheat Cereal
- Chocolate Hot Wheat Cereal
- Original Hot Wheat Cereal
You know Quaker for being the top oatmeal brand. The company has been around since 1877 when Quaker Oats was registered as a breakfast cereal at the trademark office. Today, they make a wide variety of products including hot and cold cereals, snacks, and more. Try Quaker’s 100% Oat Bran Hot Cereal that provides 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per serving.
Wheatena has been made since the late 1800’s. Cereal was commonly sold by the pound in those days. However, the creator of Wheatena, George H. Hoyt, was innovative for the time and boxed his cereal which used roasted and ground whole wheat. The cereal became extremely popular that by about 1925, millions of boxes were being sold yearly. As of 2001, Wheatena has been owned by Homestat Farm with Camden Holdings as the parent company.
Wheatena is an excellent hot cereal for people looking for more fiber in their diet. In fact, the manufacturer states that it contains the highest amount of fiber of all the leading hot cereal brands. Each serving (40g) has 160 calories, 1 gram of fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, no sugar, 32 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. It is also calcium-fortified providing 20% daily value per serving.
Coco Wheats is a chocolate-flavored hot cereal that has been made since 1930. It was the first flavored hot cereal. Its primary ingredients include wheat farina, cocoa powder, natural and artificial flavors, and caramel color. Despite its dessert-like flavoring, this hot cereal has relatively respectable nutrition per serving. A dry 3 tablespoon serving has only 110 calories with no fat, cholesterol, sodium, or sugars. It is also fortified with 5 vitamins and iron.
Bob’s Red Mill
If you are looking for a variety of hot cereal options, Bob’s Red Mill has you covered. The company specializes in making milled grain products with more than 400 products available. In addition to hot cereal, some of its products include granola, baking soda, flours, and baking mixes. The company has been in business since 1978 with the original mill being located in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Bob’s Red Mill makes these hot cereals:
- 10 Grain
- 8 Grain
- 7 Grain
- Oat Bran
- Creamy Wheat
- Organic Kamut
- Organic 6 Grain
- Organic Creamy Buckwheat
- Organic Creamy Wheat
- Organic Oat Bran
- Creamy Brown Rice
- Gluten-Free Mighty Tasty
- Organic Creamy Brown Rice
- Gluten-Free Oat Bran
You likely know Krusteaz for its products such as pancake and muffin mixes. However, they do make a hot cereal called Zoom Hot Cereal Mix. It is made with whole wheat and can be cooked in the microwave in only about 2 minutes. 1/3 cup of the uncooked mix only has 130 calories, 0.5 total fat, and 24 carbs.
Hodgson Mill is a family-owned business. The original mill dates back to 1837 when it operated in the Missouri Ozarks. Needless to say but the company has a long history of making whole grain products. Hodgson Mill makes the following hot cereal products that are a good source of fiber and protein.
- Oat Bran
- Multi Grain
- Bulgur Wheat
- Steel Cut Oats
Highkey’s focus is on producing low carb and low sugar foods. The products are gluten-free, grain-free, and keto-friendly. The company makes an instant hot cereal that is made with flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and natural maple flavor. Each 1/3 cup (35g) serving provides 9 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar, 4 grams of fiber with 1 net carb. It is grain-free and certified gluten-free. This brand is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a healthier hot cereal compared to many of the other brands.
Poll: Favorite Hot Cereal Brand
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