Uses for Leftover Cereal

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Have just a little bit of leftover cereal that might even be getting stale, there are lots of ways to use it in cooking and snacks. This is a page about uses for leftover cereal.


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September 3, 2011

When you cook, you need to be spontaneous. It may sound strange, but cooking is a little like trial-and-error. I was once making a banana milkshake when my sister suggested I put Coco Puffs in it. This came out delicious. So if you see a spice just lying around try putting it into your dish; you never know!

By fenben from Totowa, NJ

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November 12, 2004

I am a child caregiver. I end up with lots of small amounts of dry cereal every week. I take the extra cereal and crush them.

Then I melt some white coating bark, pour it over the cereal and mix. When it is cool I cut it in squares, and you have a treat that kids love.

Jane from KY

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May 28, 2004

Ideas and tips for leftover or stale cereal. Post your ideas below!

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Tired of throwing out cereal when there's not enough for a bowlful? Make "mystery cereal". Get a nice large plastic container with a lid and just pour those odd bits of cereal into it. You can mix any kind - cornflakes, puffed cereal, peanut butter crunch, fruit loops. Just keep adding until your container is full, and when the boxed cereal is all gone - tada! Mystery cereal to the rescue. We all love it!


By mrs.flowerpot from Shelbyville, IN

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September 13, 2006

Use leftover or stale cereal as a casserole topper. Just crumble it up and use in place of or in addition to crackers. Not all types of cereal work well for this. For example, Fruit Loops (or other sweetened cereal) probably wouldn't work well as a casserole topper, but cheerios and corn flakes can taste fantastic.

By Fisher

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Nancy Coleman
April 8, 2001

Whenever the last bowl of cereal is emptied from a cereal container, there is a powder remnant. Instead of throwing it away or eating a really soggy last bowl of cereal, I save it for powdering raisins which I pack daily in my office lunch.

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I have been searching for ideas for using WIC cereal. I receive 48 ounces every month but we only go through about half of it. I can choose between Kix, Cheerios, Honey Bunches of Oats, and corn flakes. Does anyone have any great recipes or new uses for one of these cereals?


scruggle from Dublin, GA


June 7, 20060 found this helpful

I like to use Corn Flakes as a coating for chicken or fish before frying. Just put it in a food processor and it wil be the right texture. If you don't have a food processor, just crush in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.

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June 7, 20060 found this helpful

If you have boxes you just can't find a use for, I am sure any local food bank or church food pantry would appreciate them. Sometimes it is just so hard to use EVERYTHING up before it goes bad.

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By IMAQT1962 (Guest Post)
June 7, 20060 found this helpful


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By jean (Guest Post)
June 7, 20060 found this helpful

Crushed Kix or Cheerios can be used in place of bread crumbs in meatloaf and any other recipe using them.

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By Marisa (Guest Post)
June 7, 20060 found this helpful

I make a "trail mix" for my daughter by mixing several different dry cereals, nuts (if they're not a choking hazard or allergy for your kids), raisins, pretzels, small crackers...whatever I have lying around the pantry, usually! Anything bite-size and dry works--don't be afraid to mix salty and love that. This trail mix is a wonderful snack--both at home and on the go. Great to put in lunches, too.

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By Denise (Guest Post)
June 7, 20060 found this helpful

You can crush the corn flakes and use them to make homemade cheese sticks. My family loves to use pepper jack cheese cut into sticks.


Dip the cheese into some egg, then into some flour, and then last into the crushed corn flakes. Let them sit for about 5 minutes before frying them for a few seconds in hot oil.

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By chml (Guest Post)
June 7, 20060 found this helpful


Like someone said crushed corn flakes is GREAT for chicken coating. Try looking up clone recipes for shake and then bake---- I use ---corn flake crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, paprica, salt and pepper, then bake. You can dip in -- egg or water or milk or butter milk first. Do not save what is left if it touched raw chicken. Just sprinkle more on top before baking to use up what is left. Can spray with cooking spray if you take skin off.

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June 7, 20060 found this helpful

I always check the company websites for recipes.


go to and search recipes, entering in Honey Bunches of Oats

same here, and search entering corn flakes

for recipes using Kix, try this or other general recipes sites,1-0,kix,FF.html

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June 7, 20060 found this helpful

If you can't use all the cereal, find someone who could use it. It could be eaten as a 'starch' or 'bread' at any meal; i do this when I don't feel like cooking. Rather than high-caloried chips or other 'junk foods', fer example, they're great to snack on while watching TV.

You could give your kids a bag of it to keep them occupied when you're away from home. I've seen it at grocery stores and even a back pew of my church (as an aside, said parents also brought 'silent' toys to occupy young minds while adults were uplifted by the sermon) :o)

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June 7, 20060 found this helpful

As to crushing the cereal, I have read (probably here on ThriftyFun!) that a good way to crush stuff is in cereal bags. Someone suggested saving the inner bags from boxes of cereal for crushing crackers with a rolling pin or can.


These bags are pretty durable so that should work nicely for cereal too.

Also, don't be afraid to experiment. Check out the manufacturers' Web sites for ideas and recipes. I love to improvise in the kitchen but it's good to start with some basic ideas and work from there. Good Luck!

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June 8, 20060 found this helpful

When my kids were still at home, I would melt some almond bark or chocolate chips (or any other flavor), add some peanut butter and add odds and ends of cereals, peanuts, raisins, mini marshmallows - anything like that - and make them into bars. Even if they didn't care for the individual items, they loved the bars adn they were relatively healthy and nutricious.

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June 15, 20060 found this helpful

You can use these cereals to make into Rice Krispie squares along with the Rice Krispie cereal, or alone.

These cereals can be used as stretchers in any bread, cookie, or cake recipes. Also, if you wished they could be used in stretching meatloaf or hamburger patty recipes. Or as topping when mixed with a bit of melted butter on top of a casserole. Or crushed and used on top of salads, instead of croutons.

You could use the Cheerios for the kids to string up to make 'necklaces', for a rainy day project. They'd be edible, afterwards.

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By Sandra in KC (Guest Post)
June 17, 20060 found this helpful

Minnesota Department of Health has some great recipes for using different WIC products.

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By patches_08_04 (Guest Post)
July 16, 20070 found this helpful

well, ive heared of using crushed cornflakes as chicken batter, its like knock off kfc, i know there are recipes on the internet if you look.

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By Mfox (Guest Post)
December 5, 20070 found this helpful

I found some great recipes on that use cereal. Just put into the search POST and you'll get a bunch of recipes. There are a lot for Honey Bunches of Oats.

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October 3, 20160 found this helpful

We used to bake chicken years ago by putting chicken is Wesson oil and seasoned crushed corn flakes and baked it. Very crispy and not fried. This was a Wesson recipe and any oil would work.

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October 2, 2004

Some time ago, I saw a recipe for muffins which uses the leftover crumbly stuff that is at the bottom of every cereal box. I can't remember where I saw it, but if anyone knows, I would love to have it again. Thanks,

NC Mom


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October 17, 20040 found this helpful

I know this is 2 years late but if you ever check your post again - here's a recipe I found online.

This next one is a genuine original and has come in handy many times.

2 cups unsweetened leftover cereal or granola (this works with those sample packages that arrive in the mail no one will try)
2 1/2 cups flour
2 T baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 T cinnamon

2 cups milk
1/2 cup oil
3 eggs
Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moist. Fill greased muffin tins (paper wrappers don't work with these).

Sprinkle tops with a combo of 1 T cinnamon and 3 T sugar (can be raw or granulated) and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Makes 24.

Katie Watts

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July 13, 2016

This is a page about uses for cereal crumbs. The crumbs at the bottom of your bag of cereal can be saved and used in baking recipes such as cookies.

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November 20, 2019

Packaged cereals are used in a variety of recipes, typically sweet snacks or granola bars, along with some savory snack mixes. This page contains several recipes using popular boxed cereals.

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