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Cream Cheese and Lox Oat Bran Cereal

 It’s like a bagel and lox . . . hold the bagel. This is a classic flavor combo in an easy recipe that’s ready in 5 minutes flat, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a lazy morning with houseguests.  Creamy Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal with melted cream cheese embraces the tangy, smoky salmon and gets pep from fresh chopped red onion, intensely salty, vinegary capers, and fresh dill.  

“What? No bagel?!” You might ask.  I get it. Bagels are delicious. They’re also not that great for you, and I find that they don’t really keep me satisfied for long. The neat thing is, if you swap hot cereal for the bagel, you'll get fewer calories, more fiber, you will use less cream cheese, and you still get to enjoy all the flavor. It’s so quick and easy to whip up a pot of this hot cereal and have a plate of toppings ready for guests to customize their bowl that I’ll definitely be adding this to my list of easy brunches to make for company!

I’m already a big fan of Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal’s smooth creamy texture and quick prep time.  I’m also fascinated with the idea of savory hot cereal – I don’t know why polenta gets to have all the fun at the dinner table. I think oats are absolutely delicious for lunch or dinner! I always keep a box handy, and I often make a bowl with a fried egg and sautéed spinach for a quick and easy meal any time of day.

To whip up this wonderful meal, it’s just water, Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal, and a pinch of salt simmered together for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat, mix in a little schmear of cream cheese, and stir until it’s melted and creamy.  Transfer cereal into serving bowl. Top as desired with smoked salmon, chopped red onion, capers and dill. Season to taste and enjoy hot.  That’s it.

I even did the math, because I was curious about exactly how much healthier this would be compared to a white bagel. A 4 ½ inch plain bagel has 283 calories, 56 grams carbohydrates, and a measly 2 grams dietary fiber (from Self Nutrition Data). By contrast, according to the box, a serving of Oat Bran Cereal has only 120 calories, 23 grams carbohydrates, and 6 grams dietary fiber. That’s half the calories and carbs, and three times the fiber! Here’s that info side-by-side.

I think with this much flavor and that much better nutritional profile, this is definitely a win-win.

If you like the idea of savory hot cereal, you might also like to try my Savory Hot Oat Bran Cereal with Bacon, Spinach, and Parmesan from last year. Do you have any crazy ideas of your own for easy, savory hot cereal meals?

Cream Cheese and Lox Oat Bran Cereal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 1-2 oz. smoked salmon or lox, sliced (about the area of a deck of cards)
  • 1/2 tsp. capers
  • chopped fresh dill, to garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


Bring water, oat bran cereal, and salt to a boil over medium heat. Simmer 2-3 minutes, until you can see the bottom of pan exposed for a second or two when you drag spoon through. Turn off heat. Add cream cheese and stir until melted and cereal is creamy and light.  Transfer cereal into serving bowl. Top as desired with smoked salmon, chopped red onion, capers and dill. Season to taste and enjoy hot.


This recipe makes one serving – adjust amounts above according to number of people to serve.  If there are leftovers, transfer hot cereal immediately to a sealed container in fridge, where it will keeps 2-3 days. Store toppings separately.


Makes one serving.

Original recipe by Erin Goldstein

You can find Cream Cheese and Lox Oat Bran Cereal and other recipes from Hodgson Mill by visiting the Recipes page.

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