As a kid, I thought an innovative thing to do with my morning cereal was to mix a bunch of them together (think: Honey Bunches of Oats + Cocoa Puffs + Cinnamon Toast Crunch). The combinations may not have always worked, but they definitely boosted breakfast's excitement level (and sugar high). As an adult, I have gotten a bit more creative—and you should too! Here, four unexpected ways to turn your favorite cereals into delicious desserts.
No-Bake Golden Grahams Pie Crust
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse 1 1/2 cups (7 oz.) of cereal until finely ground. In a medium bowl, mix the cereal crumbs with 1 stick of melted unsalted butter and a pinch of salt until evenly moistened. Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Fill with your favorite pie filling.
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"Cereal and Milk" Cupcakes
Make the cupcakes: Prepare a box of white cake mix according to the package instructions. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of Fruity Pebbles. Divide the batter into two 12-cup muffin tins that have been lined with paper liners. Bake according to the time on the box or until the cupcakes are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.