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A Hot Cereal Breakfast Bar is perfect for stylish brunch entertaining. Find out how to set up a delicious hot cereal buffet that looks pretty and tastes great!

Hot Cereal Breakfast Bar brunch entertaining

If you’re looking for brunch buffet ideas why not add this hot cereal breakfast bar for easy entertaining!

I’m not a big breakfast eater during the week, but on the weekends we love brunch entertaining. This hot cereal breakfast buffet is something you can create for your family and friends and it’s pretty healthy. There are lots of choices including fruit and protein, and it’s easy!

I started by cooking a batch of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 8 grain Hot Cereal and transferring it to a small crock pot to keep it warm. Make things easier by giving the cooking task to your partner while you set up the food table.

The hot cereal is filling and provides a blank canvas for flavors! Check out the breakfast bar below, and read on for all my tips and toppings suggestions. For more brunch bar ideas check out this ultimate bagel bar brunch and this donut bar with toppings

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How to set up a Hot Cereal Breakfast Bar for brunch entertaining

Provide some Sweeteners for the Hot Cereal

I like my hot cereal sweetened but not TOO sweet so I like that I can add just the amount of sugar I want.

  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • Real Maple Syrup

Dried and Fresh Fruit 

Dried fruit is a great way to add texture and layer on more flavor.

  • Cranberries, dried
  • Apricots, dried
  • Dried pineapple
  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • Fresh Strawberries are great but freeze dried strawberries add a tasty crunch
  • Blueberries, fresh

Add a Variety of Nuts

When you start your day with something like cereal you need to balance those carbs with plenty of protein. Nuts, nut butters, and seeds are a great way to do that.

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Almond butter
  • Sunflower seeds

Round Out the hot cereal breakfast buffet with these Extras

  • Crunchy Granola adds texture and more flavor. There are tons of great varieties you can buy, or make your own simple granola.
  • A small carafe of half & half turns your cereal bowl into a delicious treat. Think “strawberries & cream” or “peaches & cream.”
  • Finish off your breakfast bar with more protein options like hard boiled eggs and Greek yogurt.

HOSTESS TIP: Put single servings of yogurt in a large bowl filled with ice to keep them chilled during the meal.

  • Provide milk and a couple of juice options to wash it all down. Set up a coffee bar too if you like.
  • Choose from a wide variety of Bob’s Red Mill hot cereals to serve at your breakfast bar.

HOSTESS TIP: A small crock pot is a terrific way to keep it warm!

Style the brunch table with an eclectic mix for a Casual look

  • A melange of colors brightens up the table in the morning. I used a pretty fabric square as a table cloth and draped it casually over the table.
  • An assortment of decorative mini serving bowls {from Target} continue the color and pattern play on the table. The colorful fruit actually becomes part of the decorative palette.
  • A tall ceramic canister is used as a flower vase. The vibrant colors echo those of the table setting.
  • Serve drinks in Moroccan style tea glasses.
  • Serve cream, milk, and juice from carafes to eliminate commercial packaging.

Some of my favorite cereal bowls are:

  • hot cereal with honey, strawberries, cream, and walnuts
  • hot cereal with almond butter, blueberries, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds

What combinations would you put together?

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    1. Thanks Tori. I think the colors are a real ‘pick-me-up’ during these cold winter months 🙂

  1. I’m with Jessica. Bob’s Red Mill is my go to for so many things. Now I want to have company over and do this! I see no reason to not add mimosas…. : )

  2. LOVE Bob’s Red Mill! We buy a ton of these products-ground flax, almond flour, cornmeal and lots more. This is just perfect for a weekend with guests. A nice alternative to a big labor-intensive brunch.

    1. I agree, Jessica. Restaurant style breakfasts are great but sometimes you just want to keep prep simple. This is a fantastic, healthy alternative.

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