For loyal hot cereal fans — the year-round lovers of thick, creamy oatmeals and porridges of all types — midsummer is the challenge. Hot oatmeal on a sticky July morning does about as much for us as a wool sweater, which means we have to turn elsewhere for our lovable mush (and stick-to-the-rib breakfast) fix. And we turn to the wonderful world of cold porridges: overnight or baked oats, chia puddings, and maybe best of all, muesli so thick you can stand a spoon up in it.
Muesli, the older Swiss cousin to overnight oats, is usually made with yogurt and milk and/or fruit juice, plus a grated apple and a heap of dried fruit and nuts stirred in — but like nearly all porridges, can have its components fiddled with. Use nondairy milk or yogurt for a vegan option, stir in big pinches of cinnamon or cardamom or a bit of grated ginger … and like all of the porridges below, you can make it in advance and dole it out over the course of the week. (And it only gets better.) Here's a little muesli inspiration to whet your appetite — and some of Food52's best cool porridges to get all you oatmeal diehards through to September:
This story was originally published on Food52.com: 11 cold porridges we rely on when it's too sticky for oatmeal.