Red River Hot Cereal Mix (Copycat)

"I bought a box of Red River hot cereal recently-specifically to create a copycat version although it's been on my To Do List for a long time. All ingredients were purchased in bulk at the natural food store using Oregon-based Bob's Red Mill products exclusively including organic 'Pumpernickel Dark Rye Meal' which I was happy to discover. *Please* note that I estimated amounts for this cereal and you can adjust the amounts if you wish. The cooking directions were taken directly from the back of the box."
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Ready In:
4 cups


  • 2 tablespoons brown flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons golden flax seeds
  • 2 cups cracked wheat
  • 2 cups rye meal


  • Combine ingredients in a bowl then transfer to an airtight container or "Ziploc"-type plastic bag.
  • To prepare: For 2 servings, place 1 1/2 cups filtered water, 1/2 cup Red River Copycat Hot Cereal Mix and 1/4 teaspoon salt (the salt is optional) in a sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil; stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce to a gentle boil and cook 5 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  • After cooking is complete, remove sauce pan from stove top and cover. Set aside for a few minutes.
  • Enjoy with your favorite additions and toppings: milk, dried fruit, cinnamon, etc.

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  1. I used steel cut cracked rye as the ingredients on the side of the Red River box say “steel cut wheat.... steel cut rye”. I couldn’t tell it from the original. Cracked rye is also known as spelt rye. I found a reasonable source for steel cut cracked rye on the Internet as Bob’s Red Mill has been out for some time. My recommendation... Use the Steel Cut Cracked Rye in the recipe.
  2. I fell in love with this at Boy Scout Camp in Canada back in the 70's. Now I'm using this recipe to make it at home, and it's excellent. I used Bulgar wheat, cracked rye, golden flax meal, and brown flax seed. A couple splashes of Maple syrup, and I could eat two bowls :) Prep time isn't much longer than making instant oatmeal, so there's no excuse to not eat something delicious, satisfying and incredible healthy. Good job!
  3. Thanks for posting this recipe! I have just read that red river cereal is no longer being made in Canada which is sad. I will be using this when I run out of my current stock.
  4. I used wheat bulgar rather than cracked wheat and Rolled Rye flakes. Found those in bulk at a local health food store. This was a hit! Delicious! Of course adding brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, walnuts and dried cherries made it yummy. This cereal has so many health benefits: vitamins, minerals, plant- based antioxidants, phytonutrients which lower inflammation & prevent free radical damage. Protects against cancer, heart disease, digestive disorders, & obesity.
  5. They stopped selling this in my city, and it was prohibitively expensive to buy online. I even went to Bob's Red Mill one time, but I got cracked rye instead of rye meal. This tastes like the real deal!


  1. Thank you very much for posting this recipe. I struggled to find cracked wheat and cracked rye in my local stores, but I was able to find whole rye berries and wheat berries in 1kg bags on Amazon. I tried cracking/cutting them myself with a blender and food processor with uneven results. I ended up finding a "corona" style hand-cranked grain mill which worked very well to crack the whole berries. You can adjust the grind to your preference. Cracking a 1kg bag took about 5 minutes. Even though I mostly produced a rough chopped rye and wheat, there was some very fine flour as well, which I strained out with a regular sieve. The best mill that I found near me was supplied by an amateur beer-making website.



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