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7+ Inventive Ways to Use Your Breakfast Cereal

By Marley Goldin
on November 17, 2021
5 from 1 vote

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7+ inventive ways to use your breakfast cereal, including these protein-packed Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars— the perfect grab-and-go snack!
peanut butter cheerio bars on cooling rack

Looking for an inventive way to use your favorite cereal? We have options for dessert, breakfast, cocktails, and snacks.

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to find ways to combat food waste, and cereal is one of those things I buy on sale, thinking it will be a great solution to busy mornings, but then forget about the box in the back of the pantry.

But with fun options like these inventive ways to use your breakfast cereal, you will never waste cereal again!

Inventive Ways To Use Your Breakfast Cereal

  1. Crispy Captain Crunch French Toast
  2. Colorful M&M Rice Krispie Treats
  3. Crunchy Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars
  4. Fun Fruity Pebbles Cookies
  5. Epic Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake
  6. Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Dipped in Chocolate
  7. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shooter


1. Crispy Captain Crunch French Toast

Portrait of Captain Crunch French Toast topped with strawberries pouring syrup on top

Crispy Captain Crunch French Toast

Your favorite crunchy, sweet treat cereal makes the perfect coating for buttery brioche in this crispy pan-fried Captain Crunch French Toast.



2. Colorful M&M Rice Krispie Treats

grabbing an m&m rice krispie treat to eat

Colorful M&M Rice Krispie Treats

These M&M Rice Krispie Treats are the most colorful, fun, and sticky-sweet way to treat yourself, without ever turning on the oven!



3. Crunchy Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

stack of cheerio bars

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

These simple, 4-ingredient, protein-packed Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars are salty, sweet, and nutty—talk about snack-time perfection!



4. Fun Fruity Pebbles Cookies

stack of cookies in front of a fruity pebbles box

Fun Fruity Pebbles Cookies

These colorful Fruity Pebbles Cookies are soft and chewy with a rainbow crunch, the perfect texture, and flavor for a bright and fun bite!



5. Epic Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake

Slice of Cheesecake in front of roses and a cake stand

Epic Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake

This Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake uses sweet cereal as a crunchy base to a creamy, silky filling to create the ultimate breakfast/dessert fusion.



6. Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Dipped in Chocolate

mason jar filled with marshmallows and two chocolate and peanut butter covered rice krispie treats

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Dipped in Chocolate

These Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are sticky, sweet, crunchy, nutty, and chocolatey all at once. The most nostalgic treat!



7. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shooter

pouring shot from cocktail shaker

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shooter

Enjoy a shot of nostalgia with this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shooter that gives you all the delicious flavor of your favorite childhood cereal, but in adult fashion.





I hope this list of inventive ways to use your breakfast cereal inspired you to get creative in the kitchen! If you’re still not sure where to start, check out this recipe for these protein-packed Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars— the perfect grab-and-go snack!

7+ Inventive Ways to Use Your Breakfast Cereal, including Cheerio Bars

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: Snacks, Breakfast, Dessert, CocktailsCuisine: American
Servings

8

bars
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

3

minutes
Setting Time

3

hours 
Total time

3

hours 

5

minutes

7+ inventive ways to use your breakfast cereal, including these protein-packed Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars— the perfect grab-and-go snack!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons honey (or agave for vegan)

  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

  • 3 cups original Cheerios

  • 1/2 cup shelled peanuts

  • 1 handful sea salt (optional)

Directions

  • Line an 8-inch square cake pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add the honey and peanut butter to a large pot over low heat and stir until combined.
  • Use a spatula to fold in the Cheerios and peanuts, being careful not to crush the Cheerios, until the Cheerios and peanuts are completely coated.
  • Transfer to lined cake pan and use your spatula to lightly press the mixture down flat.
  • Refrigerate until completely solid—about 3 hours. Cut into bars in the size of your choice. Sprinkle on some sea salt for a salty-sweet finish.
  • Individually wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Pro Tips

  • Depending on the salt content of the peanut butter and the peanuts you are using, you may or may not want to add the extra salt—taste them first!
  • This recipe is designed for the use of Original Cheerios. Using Cheerios with flavoring such as Honey Nut Cheerios, Strawberry Cheerios, etc, will probably make your cereal bars too sweet.

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