Surprising Uses for Cereal

Think outside the bowl. These tasty recipes use your favorite cereals in creative new ways.

Swap cereal crumbs for breadcrumbs when coating proteins like chicken and fish.

Crunchy Chicken fingers

Marty Baldwin

This classic kid-favorite gets a mini makeover. The cornflakes add crunch to these chicken fingers without having to fry them.

Italian Parmesan Chicken

Your family will flip for this simple, 7-ingredient supper.

Bran Baked Fish

No more frozen fish sticks! This bran-coated fillet will have diners clamoring for seconds.


Cereal adds a new dimension to your favorite sweet treats.

Mini Rice Treats

Monica Buck

A mini version of everyone's favorite 3-ingredient treat is guaranteed to please.

Jumbo Devil?s Food Cookies

Rice cereal gives these soft chocolate cookies just the right amount of crunch.

Wake-up Breakfast Bars

Alexandra Grablewski

Peanut butter, bran cereal, and dried cranberries make for a breakfast bar that's nutritious and sweet.

Sprinkle cereal on top of casseroles, salads, and desserts for a sweet and savory crunch.

Sweet-Potato Crunch

Alexander Rowley

Cornflakes add the crunch in this aptly-named dish.

Turkey-Apple Salad

Dress up this anytime turkey and apple salad with crunchy glazed cereal clusters.

No-Bake Peach Crisp

Paula Hible

Even the kids can make this no-bake dessert. Just put canned peaches in a dish and top with granola and yogurt.


More Creative Ways to Cook with Cereal



  • Use ground cereal crumbs in place of graham cracker crumbs as the base for a delectable pie crust.
  • Add a nutritional kick to burgers and meatballs by mixing All-Bran cereal in with the meat.
  • Snap, Crackle and Pop may have been the first to star in the much-loved marshmallow treats, but don't forget about Corn Pops, Fruit Loops, and Apple Jacks. These kid-pleasing cereals make colorful and delicious squares when swapped in for Rice Krispies.
  • Mix your favorite cereal with nuts and dried fruits for a simple, homemade trail mix.

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