Put down the milk. Cereal is way more versatile than its a.m. reputation. Here are 10 reasons why.
#1: Decorate a Cake
Surprising Use: Chocolate-flavor puffed cereal makes a pretty and sweet topper for angel food cake.
About the Recipe: Make quick work of an adorable dessert with this simple cake topping. Make your own drizzling icing from powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, then top the cake with chocolate cereal.
#2: Add Crunch to a Crisp
Surprising Use: Whole grain cereal flakes with multigrain clusters make your fruit crisps crunchy.
About the Recipe: Cereal flakes tossed with melted butter offer a crisp bite atop baked apples and dates. Maple syrup and apple pie spice bring sweetness to the dessert.
#3: Process into Crumbs for a Crust
Surprising Use: Ground whole grain nugget cereal makes delicious crumbs for a cheesecake crust.
About the Recipe: Use a food processor to create fine crumbs from your cereal. A few spices pep it up. For the cheesecake center, a splash of a favorite liquor gives the filling richness.
#4: Top Ice Cream
Surprising Use: Rice cereal adds texture to smooth ice cream.
About the Recipe: Heat and combine coarsely crushed rice cereal, butter, chopped almonds, corn syrup, and brown sugar for a sweet-crisp ice cream topping.
#5: Coat Chicken Before Oven-Frying
Surprising Use: Use cornflakes instead of bread crumbs to coat fried chicken.
About the Recipe: This is an easy way to use bottom-of-the-box cornflakes -- you'll need 1-1/4 cups of the crushed cereal plus a few spices to quickly coat chicken drumsticks and thighs.
#6: Give Crunch to Ice Cream Sandwiches
Surprising Use: Cornflakes provide a pretty, crunchy edge to ice cream sandwiches.
About the Recipe: Pep up a super-simple ice cream sandwich (made with purchased cookie dough and ice cream) by rolling the dessert in a bowl of cornflakes to create a decorative edge.
#7: Perk Up the Pastry in a Baking Recipe
Surprising Use: Lay whole cornflakes on top of homemade pastry dough for more texture.
About the Recipe: Basic ingredients make up the pastry in this apple bar recipe, but a layer of cornflakes elevates the finished treat. Inside, tart cooking apples flavored with cinnamon satisfy your comfort-food craving.
#8: Pair with Nuts and Dried Berries in a Cookie Mix
Surprising Use: Toss wheat cereal flakes into cookie batter.
About the Recipe: The crunch in these cookies is partially thanks to wheat cereal flakes. The cereal makes a natural partner for chopped walnuts and dried cranberries in this 110-calorie cookie.
#9: Add Heartiness to Healthy Biscuits
Surprising Use: Include bran in your homemade biscuits with the help of bran cereal.
About the Recipe: Whole bran cereal provides extra fiber in these naturally sweet biscuits. Rolled oats and blueberries round out the twists to an otherwise classic biscuit recipe.
#10: Give Structure to No-Bake Candy
Surprising Use: Crisy rice cereal adds structure and crunch to chocolaty peanut butter candies.
About the Recipe: Need a quick candy recipe? This one fills the bill with crispy rice cereal, peanut butter, melted chocolate, and chopped peanuts providing favorite flavors.
Bonus Idea: Top a Cheesy Potato Casserole
Surprising Use: Instead using of crackers, get buttery flavor from cornflakes atop your cheesy potato casserole recipe.
About the Recipe: This eight-ingredient side-dish casserole is finished with crushed cornflakes, which add crunch and a layer of flavor that tops dry crackers.
More Surprising Things to Do with Cereal
Want no-recipe recipes using cereal? Here are two to try:
-- Grind up a colorful cereal as sprinkles for your cupcakes.
-- Roll a cheeseball in bran cereal for a crunchy coating.
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