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7 Creative Ways to Use Boxed Cereal

  • Honey Bunches of Oats

    Bombay Mix

    This Bombay Mix from Honey Bunches of Oats is filled with flavorful spices, like curry and cayenne, as well as healthy fats and protein. Make a batch of this and you'll have a perfect grab-and-go midmorning snack. Or start your day off right by topping your yogurt with it for a flavorful "savory" parfait.

    Get the recipe: Bombay Mix

  • Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, CLT, RYT, author of Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation

    Salted Caramel Hippie Treats

    How about some Rice Krispies treats that everyone can enjoy? These vegan and gluten-free salted caramel bars are naturally sweetened and call for puffed brown rice over regular for an extra dose of vitamins and fiber.

    Get the recipe: Salted Caramel Hippie Treats

  • Lindsay Cotter, gluten-free nutrition specialist, food blogger at Cotter Crunch

    No-Bake Muesli Bites

    These gluten-free, no-bake muesli bites are a great way to get healthy fats, fiber, and whole grains packed into one little bite. Made with simple ingredients and natural sugars, they're perfect for breakfast, on-the-go snacking, or post-workout.

    Get the recipe: No-Bake Muesli Bites

  • Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN, weight management specialist and sports dietitian, founder of Family. Food. Fiesta.

    Ice Cream Cake

    This ice cream cake has a crust made from Rice Krispies, brown sugar, and butter to melt your soul and wow your taste buds. It's by no means a "healthy" dessert, but it is the perfect way to practice moderation and mindful eating while enjoying a small piece of decadence.

    Get the recipe: Ice Cream Cake

  • Tawnie Kroll, RDN, healthy food blogger at Kroll's Korner

    High-Protein Cheerios Trail Mix

    This high-protein Cheerios trail mix not only contains heart-healthy walnuts, but it also packs a bunch of nutrition with cashews and pumpkin seeds. Sweetened with honey and dried fruit, it's the perfect addition to your afternoon yogurt. 

    Get the recipe: High-Protein Cheerios Trail Mix

  • Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT, of Shaw's Simple Swaps

    Gluten-Free Cereal Cake Pops

    These aren't your ordinary cake pops. With just three ingredients (cereal, dates, and nut butter), you can whip these up in no time. Don't worry about turning on the oven—these babies can be made in just 5 minutes flat, meaning you can enjoy them as soon as you're craving something sweet.

    Get the recipe: Shaw's Simple Swaps

  • Anne Danahy, MS, RDN, healthy food blogger at Craving Something Healthy

    No Need to Stop for Breakfast Cereal Bars

    Consider this the perfect grab-and-go breakfast you can make at home. Filled with whole grains—quinoa, oats, and whole-grain cereal—this hearty bar is full of flavor that'll help keep you full all morning.

    Get the recipe: No Need to Stop for Breakfast Cereal Bars


Elizabeth Shaw MS, RDN, CLT

Elizabeth is a San Diego based nutrition communications consultant who works with local and national brands to help encourage healthy living behaviors. You can find her on social media @shawsimpleswaps.
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