Some Recipes that Use Cereal

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Some Recipes that Use Cereal


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Bran Muffins
Cereal Pancakes
Granola Bars
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut Butter Nibbles
Savory Cereal Snack Mix
Sweet & Salty Cereal Snack Mix


Bran Muffins

  • No-stick cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Heat oven to 400°F.

Coat 12 muffin cups (muffin pan) with no-stick cooking spray.

  • Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • 1 1/2 cups bran flakes cereal
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil

For a variation, add: 1/2 tsp vanilla

Sprinkle unbaked muffins with mixture of:

  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp margarine
  • Combine cereal and milk in a large bowl. Let stand 3 minutes until cereal is soft.
  • Add brown sugar, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add flour mixture and stir just until blended.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and cool completely.

Servings: 12

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Cereal Pancakes

  • No-stick cooking spray

Coat griddle or frying pan with no-stick cooking spray.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • Mix flour, sugar and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flake cereal
  • 1 cup fruit, cubed (try strawberries, peaches, raspberries, bananas or blueberries in these pancakes)
  • Mix egg, milk and oil in a separate bowl until foamy. Add cereal. Let stand 2 minutes until cereal softens. Add flour mixture and stir just to combine (batter will be lumpy).
  • Stir fruit into batter.

Pour 1/4 cup portions of batter onto a preheated griddle or frying pan. Wait until bubbles appear on the batter and flip over. Pancakes should be golden brown on each side.

Servings: 8

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Granola Bars

  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup raisins OR other dried fruit

For a variation, add: 1/2 cup sunflower seeds OR peanuts, chopped

  • Combine cereal, oats, raisins and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • No-stick cooking spray

Mix brown sugar and corn syrup in a small pan. Heat and stir until boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla.

Pour over cereal mixture and mix well.

Press firmly into a 9x13-inch pan that has been sprayed with no-stick cooking spray.

Cool and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.

Servings: 16

Note: You can make your own nutrition-packed version of this popular snack!

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup

Mix sugar and corn syrup in a medium pan. Heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat.

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups flake cereal OR crispy rice cereal.

Add peanut butter and mix until smooth.

Stir in cereal.

Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or foil. Let stand 10 minutes until firm enough to eat.

Makes: 36 cookies

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Peanut Butter Balls

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dry milk powder
  • 2 Tbsp honey or corn syrup

For a variation, add: 1/4 cup raisins and/or 1/4 cup sunflower seeds.

Combine all ingredients except cereal, coconut or wheat germ.

  • 1 1/2 cups flake cereal OR 2/3 cup coconut OR 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • Place cereal in a re-sealable plastic bag and crush into crumbs using hands, a cup or a rolling pin.
  • Form peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls and roll in crushed cereal, coconut or wheat germ.

Servings: 12

Note: These high-energy treats are fun for kids to make and eat!

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Peanut Butter Nibbles

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp margarine or butter
  • 6 cups Chex OR other crunchy cereal pieces (mix and match different types of Chex or other cereals)

For a variation, add: 1/2 cup raisins

Heat oven to 250°F.

Put peanut butter and margarine in a 9x13-inch pan. Warm in oven 5 minutes or until peanut butter and margarine are melted. Remove from oven and stir until smooth.

Slowly add cereal, stirring until all pieces are coated.

Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and gently stir in raisins.

Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

Servings: 8

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Savory Cereal Snack Mix

  • 2 Tbsp margarine OR butter
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt OR other seasoning of choice such as onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 5 cups crunchy cereal pieces
  • 1 cup mini pretzels

For a variation, add: 1/2 cup salted nuts*

Heat oven to 250°F.

Put margarine in a 9x13-inch pan. Place in oven until melted.

Stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and garlic powder. Add cereals, pretzels and nuts. Stir gently to coat.

* Be Careful! Nuts are not safe for children 3 years old and younger as they may cause choking.

Bake 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container when cool.

Servings: 10-12

Tip: Many cereals will work in this recipe. Wheat Chex and Cheerios are good whole grain choices.

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Sweet & Salty Cereal Snack Mix

  • 1 box Life cereal
  • 1 box Quaker Oat Squares OR your favorite cereal
  • 1 jar dry roasted peanuts*
  • 1 bag (6 oz.) craisins OR 1 cup raisins
  • 1 bag mini pretzels

For a variation, add: 2 cups chocolate chips

  • Put all ingredients in a large bowl.

* Be Careful! Peanuts are not safe for children 3 years old and younger as they may cause choking.

  • Stir gently to mix. Store in an airtight container.

Servings: 12

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