Leftover Cereal Hacks You Will Love

Rebecca Wilson, passionate about recycling across South Yorkshire
Rebecca Wilson
19 Oct 2020

Cereal is a quick and easy breakfast that is a pantry staple in most households. But what can you do with the last little bits left in the box? Here our top tips from saving them from the bin:  

Refresh your cereal

If your cereal is soft or stale, place them on a baking sheet and place it in the oven for a couple of minutes at 170 °C to crisp up again. You can then eat it normally with milk or use them in one of our delicious recipes.


Cereal buns

We all love a good old fashion cornflakes bun, so why not switch it up using all your leftover cereal

What you will need:

  • All your leftover cereal (about 200g)
  • 75g butter
  • 200g chocolate
  • 4 tbsp. golden syrup


  1. Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a small saucepan over a low heat. Remove and cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Put 24 cupcake cases into muffin tins, or on a baking tray.
  3. Stir the cereal into the mixture, and spoon into the cupcake cases. Allow to set and then serve.


Cereal cookies

Another tasty treat to try.

What you will need:

  • 125g butter
  • 100g of light brown soft sugar
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg- lightly beaten
  • 100g leftover cereals
  • 225g self raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Pre heat oven to 180C
  2. Cream butter and sugar together
  3. Combine with egg
  4. Mix in flour and salt
  5. Add cereal
  6. Roll into walnut size balls and place on a lined baking tray
  7. Cook for 7-10 minutes
  8. Take out of oven and leave to harden for a minute before transferring to a wire rack
  9. Serve them immediately or store them in a container for later


Ice cream topping

The sweeter varieties of cereal make a great topping for ice cream and desserts.

Breadcrumb alternative

This might sound a little mad but you can use crushed up cereal, such as cornflakes and rice krispies, to make breadcrumbs to be used on nuggets, kievs or chicken strips. They make a great crunch and add a bit of sweetness to any dish.

Pasta bake topper

To add a bit of crunch to your pasta bake, cook your pasta bake as normal and before you put in on for the final bake, add some grated cheese and crushed cornflakes- it makes a delicious crunch topper!


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