Whether you go for the sugary sweet stuff or stick to the healthier variety, cereal is a definite pantry staple. But what’s a girl to do with that last little bit left in the bag that’s not enough for an entire bowl, but feels so wasteful to throw out? Make dessert, of course! That’s right. You can totally whip up a delicious dessert featuring your leftover breakfast go-to that’s just as good as a slice of molten chocolate cake. Whether you choose an easy no-bake s’mores bar or a full-on ice cream cake, the possibilities are endless. And since National Cereal Day is March 7, now is the perfect time to try. Here are 15 easy dessert recipes to use up your leftover cereal.


1. Cereal Pops: These treats are like a party in popsicle form. The sugary cereal-flavored milk and touch of ice cream make them perfect for a delicious mid-day snack or the perfect dessert… or both. (via Paper and Stitch Blog)


2. Cereal Milk Baked Donuts: You can never go wrong with donuts, especially when they’re baked instead of fried. So pull out your donut pan, and whip up a batch of vanilla cake donuts, topping each one with a cereal-infused glaze and crunchy cereal bits. These would also be great with a chocolate peanut butter flavor. (via American Heritage Cooking)


3. Cereal Macarons: You may think you know what a good macaron tastes like, but you’ve never had one like this before. The tops are covered with crushed cereal before baking, and they’re sandwiched around cereal milk frosting. Take care of all those almost-empty boxes in your pantry, and make several varieties of this fancy confection. (via The Busy Spatula)


4. Cereal Cannolis: Save yourself some extra time, and pick up pre-made cannoli shells at your local Italian bakery. The star of this show is the filling. Dip each end of the shells in melted chocolate and fill with a mixture of mascarpone, ricotta, powdered sugar and a dash of lemon and vanilla. Add cereal bits to each end and dig in. (via Paper and Stitch)


5. Milk and Cereal Smoothies: Indulge in an easy-to-make, kid-friendly smoothie tonight after dinner. Don’t forget to sprinkle some of the crunchy stuff over top before serving. (via A Spicy Perspective)


6. Cereal Yogurt Bark: This bark is one of the simplest (and most colorful!) desserts you could possibly make. Get help from your kiddos for a fun after-school activity, then freeze until after dinner for a majorly rewarding dessert. (via Hello, Wonderful)


7. Peach Cobbler Ice Cream Cake: Whip up this ice cream cake for those first warm days of summer. Layers of sweet peach and vanilla are stacked between crushed cinnamon cereal and topped with sliced peaches + more cereal. A ring of fresh whipped cream is the perfect finishing touch. (via Life Made Sweeter)


8. Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal Bars: This no-bake dessert will become your go-to potluck offering. These bars are loaded with peanut butter, brown sugar and two types of cereal, and that spells crowd pleaser. (via Sweet Peas and Saffron)


9. White Chocolate Lucky Charm Cookies: Cookies and milk are the epitome of easy desserts, and this recipe is no exception. With marshmallow cereal baked right into the cookies, you might as well make a double batch right from the start, because there’s no way these are going to last more than a few minutes. (via The Recipe Rebel)


10. Fruity Pebble Ice Cream Cake: We don’t know about you, but we’re thinking this would be perfect for our next birthday cake. It’s a grown-up dessert — you’ll need to bust out your springform pan — with a decidedly throwback main ingredient. Saturday morning cartoons, anyone? (via The Gunny Sack)


11. Lucky Charms Blizzard: Any excuse to eat out of a mason jar, amirite? Put that half-empty box of cereal to good use to make this frosty treat, which is basically a milkshake with sugary, crunchy, marshmallow-y cereal mixed in. Why didn’t we think of that? (via Boys Ahoy)

{No-Bake} Samoa Peanut Butter Cereal Bars @LifeMadeSweeter

12. Samoa Cereal Bars: Take a nod from your favorite Girl Scout cookie flavor, and channel it into these no-bake bars. Made with peanut butter, rice cereal, shredded coconut and caramel sauce, these bars will give those Samoas a run for their money. (via Life Made Sweeter)


13. Cinnamon Milk and Cereal Cake: This dessert is like a traditional tres leches cake, but it’s made with sugary sweet milk that has absorbed all the yummy flavors of cinnamon cereal instead. Say hello to your new favorite after-dinner treat. (via Mariah’s Pleasing Plates)


14. Cupcake Puppy Chow: This totally addictive snack will have you reaching for handful after handful. The combination of almond and butter extracts gives the cereal an impeccable cake batter taste, and the white chocolate and sprinkles make each bite taste like a delicious cupcake. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)


15. S’mores Bars: Now you can have s’mores any time you want without leaving the comfort of your own kitchen. Made with only four ingredients, these bars come together in a matter of minutes. When that craving hits, this recipe will save the day. (via Crazy for Crusts)

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