55 Better Ways to Enjoy Cereal
Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie with Cereal Crust
Made with a fiber cereal-crusted pie shell, this strawberry yogurt cream pie is the ultimate no-bake dessert. With a fruity, rich filling (made even more digestive-friendly with the addition of Greek yogurt and berries *you’re welcome*), this breakfast-inspired treat is everything you want in a (somewhat) guilt-free dessert. It’s ultra-satisfying with just the right amount of sweetness, without sending you over the edge.
Cereal-Crusted Mozzarella Sticks
If your go-to appetizer is an order those infamous sticks of deep-fried cheese, please direct your attention here. To make the ultimate breakfast mozzarella stick, we covered thick, gooey cheese with cereal—don’t freak out, it’s only cornflakes. The impossibly crisp cereal forms a crust around creamy mozzarella before taking a bath in hot oil. The result? A crunchy golden brown exterior, warm melting cheese on the inside
Mocha Puppy Chow
A teaspoon of instant espresso powder and rich dark chocolate morsels are all that's needed to add depth and a slight coffee-flavoring to classic puppy chow. You can use chocolate cereal in place of plain cereal for extra-chocolatey flavor. This delicious homemade chocolate-cereal treat comes together in less than 10 minutes for an easy, sweet, and portable snack. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
This Orange Cream Pie Tastes Just Like a Dreamsicle
The story of how a random childhood memory inspired one dreamy Pi Day creation.
Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats
This healthy version of crispy rice cereal bars uses brown rice cereal, natural peanut butter, honey instead of corn syrup, and dried cherries. With 2 grams of fiber per bar, you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging.
Master Turkey Meatloaf
This is the ultimate, foolproof, turkey meatloaf that is every kind of comforting that you would want a meatloaf to be. This just may be the only meatloaf recipe you'll ever need. Not only is this dish absolutely delicious, but it's also gluten-free. This flavorful meatloaf features bacon for added flavor and richness, and includes a special factor with a trio of tomato sauces and condiments to create an updated version of the traditional meatloaf topper. To make this meal even better, try enjoying it on a sandwich the next day.
Clara Cakes' Breakfast Cake
Teen chef Clara Cakes proves that dessert can be breakfast, too
Whole Grain Marshmallow Crispy Bars
Make traditional Rice Krispies Treats a little more nutritious by using multi-grain cereal and dried cranberries.
Shiitake-Stuffed Butternut with Quinoa Streusel
Look for quinoa flakes on the hot cereals aisle. If you can't find them, use all panko for the topping.
Ice Cream Treasures
Use any combination of cereals you like. This frozen dessert would also be delicious with chocolate ice cream and chopped walnuts instead of almonds.
These no-bake bars come together quickly with common pantry ingredients. Make sure the cereal is well crushed (try packing it in a sealed zip-top plastic bag and using a rolling pin) so it incorporates into the peanut butter mixture.
Rice Brittle Crunch
Invite friends to make the toppings for an indulgent ice-cream potluck party—peanut brittle mixed with crispy rice cereal, fresh blueberry sauce and an over-the-top mix of crushed chocolate-covered pretzels, cookie crumbs and more.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate-Oatmeal Cereal Bars
The microwave keeps preparation for these peanut butter-chocolate bar cookies short and simple. Briefly bake the oatmeal crust in the oven, then top with the cereal and peanut butter-chocolate fillings and let cool for 45 minutes.
Triple-Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow
This recipe is a staff favorite. Sweet, creamy, and slightly salty, Triple-Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow will become your new, go-to way to make the classic chocolate-cereal treat.
Crispy Chicken and Garlicky Collards
Improve on the cornflake-coating trick by using multigrain cereal to increase the fiber. Baking rather than frying the chicken eliminates a whopping 24 grams of fat per serving.
These crispy oatmeal cookies may keep everyone guessing about the ingredients. The crispiness comes from toasted rice cereal instead of nuts and the sweetness comes from brown sugar and raisins.
You’ll only need 3 ingredients—dates, puffed wheat cereal, and shredded coconut—for these super-easy, totally no-cook treats.
S'mores Chewy Crispy Bars
We take two childhood favorites—s'mores and crispy rice cereal bars—and combine to make delicious S'mores Chewy Crispy Bars.
Cornflake, Pecan, and Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole
Adding cornflakes cereal to the pecan-brown sugar topping gives the casserole extra crispiness and crunch.
Asian Snack Mix with Nori
Rice-flake cereal, seasoned nori (seaweed flavored with sesame oil and salt), miso and wasabi come together in this light, munchable, Asian-inspired riff on Chex Mix.
Oven "Fried" Chicken Fingers with Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce
There's no need to feel guilty about feeding your kids chicken fingers several times a week with this low-fat version featuring chicken tenders coated in a mixture of cereal and breadcrumbs and baked in the oven for perfect tenderness and crispiness.
Sesame-Soy Nut and Pretzel Mix
Full of salty nuts, pretzels, and cereal and doused with a butter- and Worcestershire-based glaze, the classic snack mix racks up sodium quickly (and who honestly stops at the barely 1/2 cup serving suggestion?). Our Asian-inspired mix saves 160mg sodium per serving with plenty of crunch and bold, salty flavor in a more generous 3/4 cup portion.
Double-Chocolate Cereal Treats
Skip your boring breakfast and opt for these decadent chocolate-on-chocolate cookies that boast full satisfaction and a dose of whole-grain goodness. Rich, decadent, and ultra-crispy, these healthy, bite-size snacks are the perfect start to the day. And they're ready to eat in a fraction of the time needed to prepare typical sweet treats.
Cookies and Cream Puppy Chow
4 ingredients are all that's standing between you and this delicious treat made with white chocolate morsels and plenty of Oreo cookies. We cut back on the powdered sugar here because the white chocolate adds plenty of sweetness. If you're feeling Parent Trap vibes--add 1/2 cup of melted creamy peanut butter to the melted white chocolate.
Layered Peeps Crispy Treats
Why make boring Rice Krispie treats when you can make colorful and festive bar treats using Peeps and Rice Krispie cereal? You can use any 4 colors of Peeps that you prefer--or even double up on two colors for a half-and-half treat. To make pops: Cut 1-inch think slices widthwise, and then cut the slices in half. Insert a cake pop stick into the bottom of each treat, dip in melted chocolate, and decorate with sprinkles or crushed candy pieces. Display pops in a jar or candle votive holder stuffed with Styrofoam.
Birthday Cake Puppy Chow
Sprinkles and white chocolate are the only mix-ins you need to create this birthday cake-inspired treat. Sugary-sweet, colorful, and fun, it makes an easy, portable snack for a birthday party or holiday celebration. Pro tip: For a festive July 4 treat, use red, white, and blue sprinkles instead. You can change up the colors for any holiday.
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow
Orange Dreamsicle Crispy Treats
From the Kitchen of Robin Wilson, simplysouthernbaking.com, Altamonte Springs, FL
"You can also use yellow and pink food coloring gel to make peach. Practice on a piece of wax paper, adding a little at a time to achieve your perfect shade. I serve these to family and friends, and there's never a square left."
Browned Butter-Pecan Chewy Crispy Bars
We love the grown-up flavor of Browned Butter-Pecan Chewy Crispy Bars. They're reminiscent of the treasured childhood treat but have an adult twist.
Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
Crispy Chocolate Hearts
Surprise your family, neighbors and even coworkers with a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift. Fill heart-shaped chocolate boxes or pretty tins with homemade goodies and give them away with a smile. It takes less than an hour to prepare each of these treats, but it'll look like you worked all day.
Crispy Oven-Fried Catfish
Cornflakes are the secret to a crisp baked coating. Serve with sautéed mixed veggies, such as squash, zucchini, and carrots, and a green salad. Test Kitchen secret: For an extra touch of heat, add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce to the buttermilk before chilling the fillets.
Sugarplum Fairy Wands
Whole-Grain Cereal Party Mix
No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
These bars are a perfectly portable snack you can prep on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week. Wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. The bars will continue to firm up as they chill.
Cornflake-Coated Pork Chops
Elevate easy pork chops to something memorable as you plan this week's meals.
Pistachio-Apple Bars with Chia Seeds
These homemade bars combine fruit and nut flavors to make a tasty snack.
Pumpkin Cake with Little Ghosts
Don't let this creepy cake fool you, it's infused with hauntingly-good spices, rich pumpkin flavor, and a decadent chocolate drizzle. Even the little ghosts are edible!
Crispy Oven-Fried Catfish
These muffins are loaded with many of the components of a well-rounded breakfast: fiber and whole grains from oats and bran cereal, good fats from pecans and canola oil, dairy from nonfat buttermilk, and fruit from dried peaches.
Lemon-White Chocolate Bars
Grated lemon rind and premium white chocolate elevate the favorite childhood treat of crispy rice cereal bars into Lemon-White Chocolate Chewy Crispy Bars. These treats will have adults asking for more.
Crispy Oven-fried Drumsticks
Cheese Snappy Wafers
Southern hostesses have long relied on cheese wafers to keep their party guests satiated.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bars
These homemade bars combine peanut butter and chocolate to make a tasty after-school treat.
Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
The recipe calls for smoked Gouda, but your favorite regular or smoked cheese will work just fine.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cinnamon Toast
Need to use up a small amount of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal that won't fill a bowl? Use it as a crunch-tastic accent for toast instead. This fun twist on cinnamon toast is easy enough for kids to make, and thanks to the cereal, no additional cinnamon sugar is needed.
Unicorn Snack Bars
These sweet unicorn treats are adorable enough to serve at a birthday party, but easy enough to throw together for after-school snacks during the week. Adding almonds and apple chips into the mix make these snack bars more substantial and flavorful than a plain rice cereal treat, but these ingredients are easily swapped to accommodate your favorite mix-ins or nut allergies. We added a touch of food coloring to give the bars a cheerful pink hue, but it’s A-OK to leave it out if you would prefer.
Your life could use more breakfast on a stick
Air-Fried Corn Dog Bites
Who doesn’t love a corn dog? These whimsical, perfect little bites of smoky hot dog goodness come with a crunchy cornflake coating that will make party guests smile. Look for high-quality uncured hot dogs at upscale grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Fresh Market, or Sprouts. Mustard is best friends with corn dogs, so pick out your favorite to serve with these fun and festive snacks.
Cinnamon Sugar Skull Cookies
Embrace your inner cereal killer
Confetti Frozen Yogurt
You probably have everything in your kitchen already
Honey Nut Cheerio Muffins
Apropos of muffin
1-Minute Peeps Cereal Treat
Enjoy an individual crispy marshmallow treat in a mug and use up leftover Easter candy while you’re at it. That’s a win-win!