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There’s Just Something About Cereal

  • Feb 29, 2016

While today’s cereal aisles are overwhelming arrays of endless choices (of not just cereal but also cereal bars, hot cereals and toaster pastries), there was once a golden age of cereal, a time when a bowl of cereal equated to a sugar blast of fun.

Consider your favorite childhood breakfast cereal. Perhaps you were only allowed to have those sugary pebbles, pops or flakes on Saturday mornings. If you’re of a certain generation, you’ll also recall eating that big, glorious bowl of sugary cereal while watching Saturday morning cartoons and Schoolhouse Rock. Ahhhh, nostalgia.

Saturday morning cartoons have fallen by the way, as have many favored childhood cereals. But don’t despair. There is a whole world of opportunity available when it comes to cereal today, and it involves the marriage of cereal and desserts.

Many bakers already know that the most ordinary of breakfast cereals can be transformed into the most extraordinary of desserts. Not only that, but March 7 is National Cereal Day, a time when cereal lovers (and bakers!) can unite and, according to the National Cereal Day website, honor the “classic morning meal and midnight snack.”

Cereal offers an easy way to add crunch and extra flavor to muffins and quick breads. Add it to cakes and cookies for an extra dose of fiber, whole grain or bran. Fold it into brownies or bar cookies to boost texture and consistency.

With all these ideas, you don’t have to limit yourself to March 7—you can celebrate cereal every day!

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