Thought it was the perfect breakfast for your diet only to discover it wasn’t what you imagined. Now you’re stuck with a box of cereal you don’t really enjoy and mentally struggle with the idea you may have to waste food by throwing it out; yet, if you save it, you have no idea what to do with it. Every now and then this happens to myself.
It was much easier as a child eating any sugar-filled cereal, but these days while trying to be a bit more health conscious, I sometimes encounter products that weren’t what I expected.
So now what do you do with unwanted cereal? How about an upgrade?
This treat is packed with a sweet and nutty flavor and a crunchy bite that will have you leave wondering how is it possible to have a cookie for breakfast or cereal as a snack.
With its perfect proportion of cranberries and variety of nuts, this is one treat you may never get enough of.
Not bad huh? In general, this is one of the quickest and easiest recipes I’ve ever made. From start to finish in less than 30 minutes, and you can transform your unwanted cereal to one of the most delicious sweet and nutty cookie clusters without ever touching the oven!
Not bad for this unpredictable change of weather into the turn of a new season. Call it breakfast or a snack, it’s one you can certainly make all year round.
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No-Bake Cranberry Nut Clusters
slightly adapted from Betty Crocker Pockets: Fall Baking. Yields 1 dozen
2 cups Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal or any cereal flakes
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/3 cup cashews, chopped or halved lengthwise
6 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/8 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
In a large bowl, mix cereal, cranberries and cashews; set aside.
In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, syrup and peanut butter. Bring to a boil for one minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
Pour syrup over cereal mixture and mix until evenly coated.
Drop 1/4 cup of mixture onto waxed paper and allow the clusters to cool completely.
- Recipe can be doubled.
- If you don’t have this brand or flavor at home, try using other cereals such as Corn Flakes, Total, or Grape Nuts.