7 Deliciously Creative Ways to Cook with Cereal

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired August 28, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

Cereal -- it's not just for breakfast. From meatballs to milkshakes to desserts, we're counting down our seven favorite recipes featuring cereal!

No. 1: Sunny Anderson's Indoor S'mores

First up we have a take on Rice Krispie treats that will make you feel like you’re sitting around the campfire with a marshmallow roasting stick in your hand. Sunny Anderson’s S’mores recipe combines puffed rice cereal with the traditional marshmallows but also adds Marshmallow Fluff, graham crackers, and chocolate chips. YUM!

No. 2: Bottom-Of-The-Cereal-Box Breakfast

Can’t decide between French toast and cereal? Why not have both! Rachael created this delicious breakfast treat featuring French toast coated with a crunchy layer of your favorite cereal.

No. 3: Alicia Silverstone's Crispy Peanut Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips

Actress and nutrition-focused mom Alicia Silverstone takes the classic Rice Krispie treat and health-ifies it – using brown rice crisps cereal and peanut or almond butter instead of the classic marshmallows. She adds brown rice syrup and non-dairy grain-sweetened chocolate or carob chips for sweetness and flavor. (But we won’t tell if you use regular chocolate chips!)

No. 4: Chex Caramel Chocolate Drizzles

Love your Chex mix but want sweet rather than savory? Check out this rich, delicious caramel chocolate Chex dessert, which features Corn and Rice Chex with melted caramel and chocolate chips. And the best part? You can make this crave-worthy treat in a microwave.

No. 5: Bobby Deen's Un-fried Chicken

Bobby Deen reinvents fried chicken with a healthy spin with this cornflake-centric recipe. He coats boneless, skinless chicken thighs with a crunchy cornflake breading, then bakes in the oven in a cast-iron skillet. Who says cereal has to be sweet?

No. 6: Hungry Girl's Cravin' Cap'n Crunch Shake

Thinking of a bowl of Cap’n Crunch cereal with milk brings us right back to our childhood! How can you improve on that salty, sweet, creamy deliciousness? Why not turn it into a milkshake? This recipe combines almond milk, fat-free ice cream, Cap’n Crunch cereal and a few more delicious ingredients to make a cool treat that is also not going to bust your diet at only 172 calories per serving.

No. 7: Rocco DiSpirito's "My Mama’s Meatballs"

We’ve got another savory cereal recipe for you. Rocco DiSpirito shared his mother’s meatball recipe, but updated with a lower-calorie twist since the original features a whopping 250 calories per meatball! Instead of breadcrumbs, it features nutritious puffed kamut cereal, and it even got Rocco’s mom’s stamp of approval – she says the updated version tastes better than her original recipe!

Tell us in the comments – what is your favorite non-traditional way to use cereal in cooking?

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