7 May 2007 05:35 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 5:35 am UTC
I used to eat a lot of cereal when I was younger, but sometime over the
last decade (I'm 31 now) I have become lactose intolerant to large
quantities of milk (like I get when eating a few bowls of cereal).
I've tried to eat cereal with just water, but it tastes terrible. I'd
rather eat it dry.
It doesn't actually have to taste the same as milk. Something completely
different would be fine just so long as it doesn't taste terrible. Is there
some flavor of koolaid that would work? How about tang?
The thing is, I have no idea why milk tastes good on cereal while orange
juice does not. So, I don't know what sort of liquid would work with it.
7 May 2007 07:17 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 7:17 am UTC
Have you tried soy milk, or, probably better, Rice Dream milk? This page also offers oat milk and hemp milk, but I believe you'll find Rice Dream closest to the
experience of milk:
7 May 2007 16:15 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 4:15 pm UTC
Have you tried one of the lactose free milks?
7 May 2007 18:46 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 6:46 pm UTC
I love cereal, and over the years I have done a lot of experimenting. Below are some of my findings. Obviously, taste preferences are highly individual, so I can't guarantee that all my suggestions will work for everyone.
APPLE JUICE (or non-alcoholic cider)
This is especially delicious on cinnamon-flavored cereals such as Cinnamon Life. And, of course, on Kellogg's Apple Jacks.
I like coconut milk (which isn't a dairy-based "milk") on rice cereals such as Rice Chex and Rice Krispies. It's also wonderful on Cheerios.
This sweet beverage is heavenly on unsweetened cereals. Plain cornflakes or Wheaties turn into a gourmet treat when doused with horchata. You can buy horchata drink mix and reconstitute it yourself by adding water, or buy refrigerated horchata in Mexican or Salvadorean grocery stores. Here's a good mix:
CREAM SODA (stale is better!)
This may be veering into the "weird things that only I like" category, but chilled cream soda that has lost most of its fizz is rather tasty as a milk substitute. I like it on Kellogg's Crispix and Post Raisin Bran.
This is probably my favorite non-dairy cereal topping. It's available in both sweetened and unsweetened versions, some of which are flavored with vanilla or chocolate. If you're allergic to nuts, of course, this is not for you.
After apple juice, I think banana nectar is the next most versatile fruity liquid for cereals. Banana nectar is often found in the health food section of grocery stores. It's also often sold as a mixer for alcoholic beverages. Or you can order online:
BLUEBERRY GREEN TEA
OK, here's another weird one. Once, when I was out of milk, I poured Arizona brand Diet Blueberry Green Tea on my Captain Crunch. It was really, really good, like a blueberry muffin in a bowl.
There are a myriad of chai products on the market, but my favorite nondairy chai is My T Chai Instant. You may want to add sweetener if you're putting it on unsweetened cereal. I am very fond of unsweetened chai on Quaker Oatmeal Squares.
GINGER ALE or GINGER BEER
I've enjoyed both ginger ale and ginger beer on cereal. Like cream soda, this is best if it is not quite so fizzy. I recommend ginger ale on French Toast Crunch cereal. Yummy!
GINSENG WITH HONEY DRINK
A few months ago, when I told an online correspondent that I often put strange things on my cereal, she recommended that I try Hung Fook Tong American Ginseng With Honey Flavor Drink. I haven't worked up my nerve yet, but here's a source for the stuff:
I hope this helps! My suggestions, plus comments from other researchers and site users. are sure to give you a variety of options for your cereal for months to come!