Who doesn’t have cereal boxes with a couple of handfuls left in the bottom?
There’s not quite enough for a bowl, it’s a bit crumbly - and yet you can’t quite bring yourself to throw it away.
Well - don’t! Try these amazing ideas for using up those leftover bits of breakfast cereal instead...
Crisp your chicken
Crush up unsweetened cereal and use as a crumb coating for chicken. First coat with egg, then roll in the crumbled cereal and bake in the oven.
Make energy bites
These little nuggets of energy will use up the last shakes of your cereal boxes and all those random bits of dried fruit, nuts and seeds in your cupboards. Just brilliant.
Broken cereal cakes
Mix all your bottom-of-the-box bits (cornflakes, puffed rice, sugar puffs) in a bowl with melted chocolate.
Then spoon into cupcake cases or pour into a tray to set into imperfect but still very tasty little treats. Crumblier cereal and, therefore, fewer sharp edges means they’re kinder to small mouths, too.
Or try this recipe for chocolate peanut butter bars with Rice Krispies.
Use as a cheesecake base
Crumble up and mix with melted butter as a substitute for a biscuit base. Add a little sugar if needed.
Make a bhel puri
This popular Indian street food snack is made from puffed rice, vegetables and tangy tamarind sauce. A different way to use up the last of the snap, crackle and pop.
Add crunch to casseroles
Broken cornflakes can be sprinkled on top of a casserole, macaroni cheese or pasta bake to add bite. Probably best not to used frosted or crunchy nut varieties, though...
Top your milkshake
Coco Pops with banana, cornflakes in vanilla, Rice Krispies stirred into strawberry... Cereal adds a satisfying crunchy texture to your shake.
Great for bulking out a breakfast smoothie, too.
Make ‘mystery’ cereal
Simply pour all those last bits into an airtight plastic container and shake, to create a whole new cereal. An ingenious way to empty those boxes that don’t contain quite enough for a bowlful - and then it’s on hand when everything else runs out.
Keep the sugar/powdery residue from the bottom of the box and use to roll your raisins in. Great for stopping them from sticking in your lunch box, or in a baking recipe.
Cereal crumb muffins
Just as oats work beautifully in muffins, so do any crumbling bits of cereal. Simply mix in to any recipe and bake as normal.
Or try these Golden Graham cupcakes, using powdered cereal.
Slow cooker chex mix
Throw leftover cereal and pretzels in a slow cooker with melted butter, Worcestershire sauce and spices. Cook high, uncovered, for two hours then spread on a baking tray to cool.
A great, economical snack for lunch boxes or just slumping in front of the telly.
Stir into a yogurt sundae
Make a healthy ‘sundae’ with yogurt, fresh or frozen berries and any cereal you have leftover. Make it prettier by layering the yogurt, berries and crunch.
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