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.

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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:

1. How to make muesli without a recipe

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2. Heidi Swanson's baked oatmeal

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3. School morning muesli

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4. Blueberry cardamom chia seed pudding

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5. Creamy vegan bircher muesli

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6. How to make overnight oats without a recipe

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7. Fresh muesli with apples, currants, and toasted almonds

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8. Raw buckwheat breakfast porridge

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9. Chia seed pudding isn't gross (here's some no-recipe proof)

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10. Muesli with lemon and dates

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11. Vanilla berry baked oatmeal

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 11 cold porridges we rely on when it's too sticky for oatmeal.