I love a bowl of hot cereal for breakfast but I'm typically too lazy to make oatmeal. What about instant oatmeal, you say? I actually have a strong dislike for those because 1) they're sugary 2) they're nowhere near how oatmeal is suppose to taste like. Since I've discovered such instant hot cereal as cream of wheat and oat bran a few months ago, I've been enjoying these to my heart's content.
To make a bowl of hot cereal less boring, I like to replace the water with skim milk and throw in handfuls of dried fruit or nuts. Sometimes when I really crave sugar, I would sweeten the cereal with some lavender honey. However, my recent favourite variation tops all of those. I like to make the cereal with half oat bran and half grinded toasted black sesame. The sesame powder can be purchased at some Chinese grocery stores. Mind you, this is not the instant black sesame dessert soup mix. Those are loaded with corn starch and sugar. The sesame powder that I use is 100% sesame. This is even more delicious if made with soy milk. The cereal is fragrant and absolutely nutritious.