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ANSWERED on Mon 7 May 2007 - 6:46 pm UTC by pinkfreud

Question: What liquid would be good on cereal besides milk?

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 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 07:12 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 7:12 am UTC 

I have a suggestion ....

Which I will reveal 24 hours from now provided that none of our esteemed researchers provides an answer.



John E 


 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 08:28 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 8:28 am UTC 

I would suppose it depends on what kind of cereal you are eating.

Is this a super sweet cereal (like choco pops) or a blander type of cereal (like museli)?

I'll wait a day or so to see what the researchers come up with, and then tell you *my* solution!





 7 May 2007 10:21 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 10:21 am UTC 

I also have a suggestion, but will wait.

Probo's may be good, but since he claims to drink expensive champagne with breakfast  - which doesn't go well with milk-like products -  I suspect he also pours it on his cereal.




 7 May 2007 11:13 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 11:13 am UTC 

I also have the same problem with lactose intolerance. I noticed that I'm okay with fresh milk but not with full cream milk. So I use fresh milk for my cereal. But if I can't get it one alternative I use is Coffee-mate which I dilute first in water. Depending on the cereal brand, if it's not sweet enough I simply add honey or brown sugar. It adds to the flavor.

If you find this useful, please let me know.




 7 May 2007 11:17 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 11:17 am UTC 

I forgot to mention that sometimes I also use chocolate. Swiss Miss or Milo with fresh milk or Coffee-mate works fine for me.




 7 May 2007 16:15 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 4:15 pm UTC 

Hi HappyEngineer,

Have you tried one of the lactose free milks?



Patricia (hummer)




 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:




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.




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!



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!

Best regards,




 7 May 2007 19:11 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 7:11 pm UTC 

Wow, Pink, What a selection.

I can now reveal that my suggestion is Soya Milk, I use it myself on my cereal and I just love it.

But then I wondered if this might also cause probs so I did some modest research and found this site:


As you will see, this lists several possibilities including
'lactase enzyme tablets to have with your dinner' or (presumably) breakfast.

Of course, this is a UK site and stuff that might be available 'over the counter' in the Mother Country might be not be permitted in all our Colonies.

Anyhow, one way or another, I am sure that you should now find something that will not only suit your innards but also tickle your taste buds.

Bon Apetit!





 7 May 2007 20:59 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 8:59 pm UTC 

Some people who are lactose intolerant with cow's milk find that goat's milk is an acceptable substitute:

Other sites point out that goat's milk also has lactose, though less, so they don't recommended it as a substitute.  I expect that there are different levels of intolerance.
The one time I had goat's milk, I didn't notice a difference in taste. 

Pinkfreud's great selection of substitutes suggests that cereal can be good with many of them, but it may be difficult to adjust if you (like me) have always had milk with it.

There are also lactase tablets:

Cheers, Myoarin


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 7 May 2007 21:30 UTCMon 7 May 2007 - 9:30 pm UTC 

Hi happyengineer,

I'm not lactose intolerant, but I'm finding more and more that I just don't care for milk on my cereal as much as I used to. The milk just tastes a bit too much like something excreted from a cow, I suppose. But I've found a whole host of alternatives which I enjoy.

I know it's still cows milk, but I find that "longlife" (UHT-treated) milk has a sufficiently different taste and mouthfeel that it might appeal where milk doesn't. I even find that skimmed (non-fat) UHT milk is palatable whereas I wouldn't touch skimmed fresh milk.

Or, you can go in the other direction from cows milk and try yogurt. With lighter cereals you only need a small amount. Stir it just enough to coat the pieces of cereal rather than to soak in. For heavier cereals, do this then add a dash of boiling water to the mix, to soften and lighten it. A probiotic dairy product like Actimel is also a possibility here.

I enjoy many kinds of milk substitute with cereal. Soy milk is OK, oat milk is better, and like sublime1 I find rice milk the best of all. Two cautions here: Some of these milk substitutes are pre-sweetened which may make them more palatable, but the additional calories may not be so welcome. Also, some of the more artificial ones (often intended as for use in coffee) contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil which is a source of undesirable trans fats.

I enjoy apple juice or apricot nectar on rice or corn-based cereals (but not on wheat-based ones), and I'll second pink's suggestion of coconut milk. As you point out, citrus juices don't work.

One of the things milk does is to soften up the cereal. You can get the same effect by pouring a little boiling water over the cereal (just enough to soak in, not so much that the cereal swims). Some people eat it like that, but once it's soft the beauty is that you don't need to add much of anything to make it special - some vanilla essence or peppermint essence could be just what you need, perhaps with the addition of a very small amount of cocoa powder to either of these if you like.

Carbonated drinks are great: cream soda, ginger ale, dandelion & burdock, even possibly cola although it's a bit too syrupy for my liking. Best of all is Chinotto - a very dry fruit-based cola-type drink made by Bisleri. At a pinch, sparkling mineral water would do too. I like these with the full fizz.

Tinned fruit goes well with most cereals. Just tip a tin of crushed pineapple, or of pears in juice, over a bowl of cereal. Rice-based cereals go really well with purple fruits: blueberries in syrup, or cherries in syrup/juice. Some people may find that prunes in syrup work well, or even perhaps Ribena.

Wheat-based cereals don't seem to be as amenable to non-milk mixtures, but one thing that works for me is hot tea. Again, just enough to soften the cereal, not to make the cereal swim. (My wife makes a wonderful branflake loaf where the first step is to soak the bran overnight in tea, but that's an answer to a different question...)

If you get a cereal that is not much sweetened, you can turn the whole concept around by adding the cereal to something else. Who hasn't enjoyed corn chips with guacamole dip? What about cornflakes with a light avocado dip? Probably more for brunch than for breakfast.

I admit I felt a touch of anticipation when probo promised to reveal his suggestion. Was he going to suggest whiskey? Either whiskey or champers could be pressed into service on a bowl of cornflakes, and indeed there are Scots who do have their oatmeal porridge with whiskey. That's not for me though. Any number of fruity liqueurs would do nicely too - you can always microwave away the alcohol first if that's a problem. I'm just waiting now for someone to post a comment saying that they have Guinness with their cereal!

Now let me tell you what I had for dessert this evening. The family opened a jar of cherries in kirsch-flavoured syrup. My wife stirred a little vanilla ice cream into her portion. I was still a bit hungry so I stirred a large quantity of Rice Bubbles (Rice Krispies in the UK) into mine, until the cherry kirsch syrup generously coated the cereal, and it was wonderful.

Happy experimenting!





 8 May 2007 10:34 UTCTue 8 May 2007 - 10:34 am UTC 

After reading the answer and other comments, I guess my solution isn't so special after all!  I find that orange juice works quite nicely on
my museli (which has cranberries in it). I think it's a Dorset museli.

About the idea of using coconut milk with cereal - I believe it is high in cholesterol... so a little dab'll do ya.





 8 May 2007 11:57 UTCTue 8 May 2007 - 11:57 am UTC 

Well, if you want to try Guiness, you can just forego the cereal. 
A pint of Guiness for breakfast makes the cereal superfluous.  ;-)




 29 Jul 2007 23:29 UTCSun 29 Jul 2007 - 11:29 pm UTC 

Sorry for the delay, but I only recently discovered I could rate answers.




 30 Jul 2007 03:50 UTCMon 30 Jul 2007 - 3:50 am UTC 

Thank you very much for the tip!





 3 Jun 2014 18:30 UTCTue 3 Jun 2014 - 6:30 pm UTC 

A good substitute is almond milk. It doesn't contain lactose so it's perfect for lactose intolerant.




 20 Apr 2015 19:21 UTCMon 20 Apr 2015 - 7:21 pm UTC 

OMG i just discoverd that if you mix heavy whipping cream, water (not too much) and sugar (1.5 tsp) it tastes good if you ran out of milk, and the best substitute if you just want to mix it up is CHOCOLATE MILK!!!(or chocolate soy or almond milk, you know just cuz)




 23 Dec 2016 15:58 UTCFri 23 Dec 2016 - 3:58 pm UTC 

I am guessing the reason a person thinks one thing tastes better than another is that is what they were use to.

Use milk on your cereal and eat it with a fork.




 23 Dec 2016 16:16 UTCFri 23 Dec 2016 - 4:16 pm UTC 

I can't remember the last time I ate cereal (only with milk), early in the third quarter of the last century, but Mom wouldn't let me drink from the bowl, so I had to eat it with a spoon.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  



prawn flakes champ 


 10 Apr 2017 21:06 UTCMon 10 Apr 2017 - 9:06 pm UTC 

Major Discovery! Turns out, the best substitute for milk is tomato salsa. trust me, Put 30 grams of bran flakes in a bowl and add just enough tomato salsa to fill the bottom, then just mix it up and you will have a crunchy pizza experience! If you concern about calories or cost, it has 46 kcal per 100g and 1 gallon of tomato salsa costs just £2.30 (Atleast for me :P).

I wholeheartedly suggest you try this out and I hope you have fun experimenting with that left over salsa in the fridge XD.


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