Recipes using cereals

Unique ways to make use of your favorite breakfast cereal

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Everyone probably has a favorite cereal to eat in a bowl with milk, but here are three different ways to put some items from the cereal aisle to use.

Bran muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Whether you use raisin bran, all bran or some combination of bran cereals, these muffins are hearty, flavorful and most importantly — good for you!

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups bran cereal
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Set aside.
  3. Combine cereal and milk in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cereal softens.
  4. Add egg and vegetable oil. Beat well.
  5. Add flour mixture to cereal mixture, stirring only until combined.
  6. Portion batter evenly into prepared cups.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Sweet potato casserole

Serves 10

This comforting dish is seen most often around the holidays, but it's delicious any time. The flaky and clustered cereal incorporated into the topping gives a nice, contrasting crunch to the creamy filling.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 7 medium), peeled, cooked and coarsely mashed
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar, tightly packed, divided use
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups oat cluster cereal, such as Honey Bunches of Oats

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat cream cheese, sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Scrape into a 2-quart shallow baking dish and top with apples and cranberries.
  4. Combine flour and remaining brown sugar in large bowl. Cut in butter, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Stir in cereal. Sprinkle over fruit mixture.
  6. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until heated through.

Bacon and cheese strata

Serves 8

Breakfast staples like bacon and eggs are rarely combined in such a delicious and satisfying way. The fact that this dish gets prepared the night before makes it an ideal option when hosting overnight guests!

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 12 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes

Directions:

  1. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish and arrange six bread slices in the bottom. Top with the bacon and cheese. Cover with the remaining bread slices.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, black pepper and cayenne.
  3. Stir in the onion and green pepper and pour over all.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Pour the butter over the bread and sprinkle with the cornflakes.
  7. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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