Wasteless Wednesday: Cereal Delights

Turn breakfast remains into a hot or cold meal

Cereal is an easy and delicious breakfast food, but what happens when you have less than a bowl’s worth? Trying to mix and match cereals goes well until opening the fridge and discovering the milk is reduced to a few dregs. With a sigh, you retreat to the comfort of toast.

When it comes to the two most important meals of the day, breakfast and dessert, these recipes will inspire ideas about is possible with a little leftover cereal.


#1 Smoothie Fast, easy, and sometimes fun-colored, great for the young and young at heart.

Fun Note #1: Most recipes will have milk as one of the central ingredients, but if you are milk-less, use yogurt. Flavored, non-fat etc. is a great tasting substitute.

Fun Note #2: The flavor depends on the type of cereal leftover. Plain cereals: Fiber, bran, corn etc. are best for later additions   

5 minutes to make, 2 servings


¼ or ½ cup remaining cereal of choice, more or less depending on leftover

1 banana, peeled

4 ice cubes

1 ½ cups yogurt of choice

Optional: To add even more flavor

1 Tbsp. peanut butter

1-3 Tbsp. flavored protein powder

1 Tbsp. chocolate syrup or other flavored syrup


1.    Add all ingredients to blender or food processor. Yogurt and cereal first, ice second, top with banana and any optional flavoring.

2.    Blend on medium for 2 minutes and high for another 1-2 minutes

3.    Serve Immediately

#2 Oatmeal Why bother buying pre-packaged oatmeal when you can easily make your own? 

5 minutes to make, 1 serving


Leftover cereal, as much as you have

1-2 Tbsp. water, more or less depending on amount of leftover cereal. Enough to moisten, not drown.


¼ cup fresh fruit

1 Tbsp. chocolate chips or peanut butter

1 Tbsp. brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup


1.    Pour leftover cereal into microwave safe bowl

2.    Add water to cereal and mix well

3.    Microwave on high for 1.5-2 minutes

4.    Remove from microwave and immediately add any optional toppings. Add Peanut butter or chocolate chips while still hot, mix well 

#3 Parfait Like oatmeal, easy to make at home

2 minutes, serves 1


2 cups any flavor yogurt

1 cup Fresh fruit

Leftover cereal 


¼ cup dried fruit or nuts


1.    In a large glass, layer 1 cup of yogurt, ½ cup of fruit, and ½ of the leftover cereal

2.    Repeat layers over the cereal

3.    Top with dried fruit or nuts

Cereal in Dessert

Use marshmallow, peanut butter, cinnamon, or chocolate flavored cereals on top of ice cream, or to top a milkshake

Add corn flakes, fiber-based and other plain cereals to any cookie recipe for extra crunch

and lastly, Adding marshmallows fluff, chocolate chips etc. to a yogurt parfait could make it a dessert as well…

Tune in every Wednesday for more helpful hints and tid-bits, or comment with your own ideas

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