Cereal without Milk

United States
May 3, 2016 10:04am CST
If you can tolerate milk, then you probably enjoy cereal whenever you feel like it. You pour it into a bowl, and then pour over some milk. Simple and easy. But if you are lactose intolerant and do not trust all these “fake” milks then you have to get creative, if you want to continue enjoying cereal. I have figured out three ways to keep eating cereal now that milk is not in my life. Let me say that my sister, who can drink milk, is grossed out by what I do. I don’t find it gross. I don’t even find it odd. It’s yummy. First there is oatmeal. I eat steel cut oatmeal. Years ago, I used to sprinkle raisins and brown sugar on top, add a little butter and pour on some milk. Now, I don’t have sugar in the house, and like the oatmeal enough that I don’t usually add raisins, but sometime I do cut up a little fruit on top (strawberries, apples or peaches). Then, to make it creamy, I put four small lumps (about a teaspoon each) of frozen vanilla yogurt on top. It melts and creates little streams of yumminess. Second, I really like Trader Joe’s Raisin Bran cereal. It has lots of whole grains in it, and is fiber rich. It also tastes good in a bowl, with orange juice poured over it. This is the one that grosses out my sister. But if you like cereal and you like orange juice, mixing them shouldn’t freak you out. I like the taste, and the cereal doesn’t get mushy very fast. The final one is not really like eating cereal. It’s more like having a dessert. I put a muesli type cereal into a small custard dish, open up a small container of fruit (pineapple perhaps) or cut some up (strawberries again) and get out a container of yogurt (peach, raspberry or cherry). Then I dip my spoon into the yogurt, scoop up a small bit of fruit, and dunk it into the cereal. Yes, it is a small job to eat it this way, but I have tried mixing it together, and don’t like the consistency. This way works just fine. What other ways would you eat cereal, if you were now off of milk or cream?
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@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
3 May 16
Despite not having a problem with milk, I have often eaten cereal without.
4 people like this
• United States
3 May 16
Dry or with something else?
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@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
3 May 16
@ElizabethWallace Dry of course. Cereals like Sugar Puffs are great dry, but obviously I would draw the line with Weetabix or Shredded Wheat.
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• United States
3 May 16
@Asylum Ah, those kinds of cereal. They do seem a lot like snack food to me. I don't eat them anymore.
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@marlina (80503)
• Canada
3 May 16
I guess I would eat it just like that: dry
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• United States
4 May 16
Yikes. Raisin bran or oatmeal dry would be awful, muesli or some others, not bad.
@andriaperry (63422)
• Anniston, Alabama
3 May 16
I dont drink milk either but I will do almond milk. I also refuse to eat cereal after I sen not one wild starving animal touch it. Birds either. But no none of your stuff is gross to me :)
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• United States
3 May 16
I understand your reluctance to eat cereal. I agree that watching the eating habits of animals tells us something, but we are not them. We are omnivores. Grain is important, and animals do eat grain.
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• United States
3 May 16
Thankfully I can drink milk and enjoy it in my cereal. I don't think I'd pour OJ over my cereal even if I couldn't drink milk but if you enjoy it than I say WTG!!
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• United States
3 May 16
I don't get that. If you like cereal and like O.J. wouldn't it be the same?
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@Marcyaz (35589)
• United States
3 May 16
I don't think I could eat cereal with orange juice poured over it, doesn't sound like my type of thing. Since I'm not off milk I have no idea how I would deal with this.
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• United States
4 May 16
Hope you never have to find out. Once milk is a no no, you have to get creative, or you also lose other foods.
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@Marcyaz (35589)
• United States
4 May 16
@ElizabethWallace Since the only time I have milk is with cereal it wouldn't affect me that much.
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• United States
4 May 16
@Marcyaz So you might think. But milk and butter are in many things, you just don't know it.
@Corbin5 (122428)
• United States
3 May 16
I do not have problems consuming dairy products, I just do not like the taste of dairy products. I eat cereal out of the box for snacks and oatmeal is a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon.
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• United States
4 May 16
No kidding. If I could drink mild still, I would every day. Loved it.
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@Vjvals (923)
• Roseville, California
3 May 16
I like making breakfast the best, but occasionally do like having cereal. I have to have it either dry or use almond milk, which is too sweet, so I found at Trader Joes what they call almond creamer. The almond creamer made for coffee is dairy-free of course and there are no sweeteners added. The closest I've found to the taste of dairy milk.
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• United States
4 May 16
Good for you. I'm to reluctant to experiment. My physical reaction is far too severe to take the risk.
@irishidid (8732)
• United States
3 May 16
When I used to do hotel breakfast we had lactose intolerant guests who would put apple juice on their cereal. I buy McCann's Irish oatmeal in the tin. Steel cut is more satisfying than plain old oatmeal. Takes longer to cook but well worth it.
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• United States
3 May 16
Okay, here is me spilling the beans on steel cut oatmeal. The Trader Joe's store where I go sells precooked steel cut oatmeal in single servings in plastic. I just pull it apart, put it in a bowl in the microwave and a few seconds later, it's ready to eat. Costs more, but as they say, I'm worth it.
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@just4him (132105)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 May 16
Those are all creative ways to eat cereal. I stopped eating oatmeal with milk a long time ago. I also take a bag of mixed berries, blend it in my Ninja and mix it into my oatmeal.
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• United States
4 May 16
Berries make everything wonderful.
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@just4him (132105)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 May 16
@ElizabethWallace Yes they do and you don't need to add any sweetener with them.
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• United States
4 May 16
@just4him I find it odd that some people sprinkle sugar over berries. Addicts, all of them.
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@JudyEv (141090)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 May 16
I've heard of others eating their cereal with orange juice. My boys always ate their cereal dry - don't know why quite. When their much younger cousin came to stay, he started eating his dry and 30 years later, they're still eating dry cereal.
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• United States
4 May 16
Don't they choke?
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@JudyEv (141090)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 May 16
@ElizabethWallace The fact that they might choke never crossed my mind but no, they never have.
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• United States
4 May 16
@JudyEv Dry things can cause problems. There used to be "marshmallow eating contests" in schools for fun, but kids choked, so they were banned.
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@slund2041 (3374)
• United States
3 May 16
I eat oatmeal with water. Thanks for sharing these create ways with us to eat cereal.
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• United States
4 May 16
Water? Okay. A little mild for me. I really loved it with butter and milk, but I'm happy enough with a little frozen yogurt on top.
@JohnRoberts (66933)
• Los Angeles, California
3 May 16
There are some cereals like the Chex line that you can eat dry like a snack.
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• United States
4 May 16
Yes, as long as you add something like butter, salt, a little brittle or nuts. Although, I think I would enjoy the rice ones plain.
@puddleglum (1414)
• United States
3 May 16
Those are creative solutions. My friend recently told me about someone she knew who put 7-Up or Sprite on his cereal because he was lactose intolerant.
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• United States
4 May 16
That would sure make them sweet tasting. Not my thing, but if it works, then great.
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@ricki_911 (20073)
• Toronto, Ontario
3 May 16
I usually just add fruit or sugar to my oatmeal or a little extra water to make it runnier. I have heard of people adding orange juice to their cereals.
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• United States
3 May 16
I like the creaminess of milk, so I have found a way to still enjoy that now that butter, milk and cream are on my do not eat list.
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@MarymargII (10830)
• Toronto, Ontario
4 May 16
I,m not great with dairy either but can tolerate it a bit- but I just use Almond milk ice cold or even Rice Milk- they do the trick and honestly do not contain dairy. I like your idea of the yogurt and could totally do that too!
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• United States
4 May 16
I know the fake stuff has no dairy, but they are scary anyway. I also have other digestive issues, so I am super careful. Tired of ending up in the E.R.
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@MarymargII (10830)
• Toronto, Ontario
4 May 16
@ElizabethWallace They are only scary if you are allergic to the type of ingredient they are. And that is a bad situation with you if you end up there. Do you have a list of foods you can't tolerate?
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• United States
4 May 16
@MarymargII Yes, but it is very long. It is easier to read ingredients than give someone the list. Where I dine out, they "get it" and have made it simple for me to dine there, so I do.
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@MALUSE (45837)
• Uzbekistan
3 May 16
I never eat cereals so I don't have to think about this problem. I'm surprised that you can eat yoghurt. Yoghurt is made of milk, i.e., off-limits for the lactose intolerant, isn't it?
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• United States
4 May 16
People who are lactose intolerant do not have the enzyme to digest lactose. However, cheese and yogurt are already past that process. It happens when they are made, so for many of us, they do not cause problems. My sister cannot eat any cheese now, but she has other issues and not just the intolerance. I'm fine with Italian and Swiss cheeses, but not French or American. With these, I think it is the fat content.
@MALUSE (45837)
• Uzbekistan
4 May 16
@ElizabethWallace I didn't know that. So you can also eat German Quark.
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• United States
4 May 16
@MALUSE Probably, but I don't experiment. Too scary.
3 May 16
I love milk...
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• United States
4 May 16
I sure did too, but I prefer not to be in pain now. That happens to some of us as we age. Bummer.
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• Philippines
5 May 16
@ElizabethWallace i didn't know lactose intolerance can happen much later in life.
• United States
4 May 16
You won't find milk in my house, neither of us drink - I can't tolerate it. If I eat cereal (one in a blue moon( I just eat it dry.
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@zebra2222 (5198)
• United States
4 May 16
Those are good ways to still have cereal to eat.
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@Susan2015 (22163)
• United States
7 May 16
I like once in a while to eat it as a snack. The froot loops taste good just eating them by the handful.