It’s not my intention to teach you how to cook – because I am sure you know how! My intent is to help you think of recipes and ideas to help you stop wasting food. The less food wasted or more items re-purposed, the less money is spent replacing and rebuying. I find it fun to make a new recipe and use up all my leftovers or the seemingly unusable bottom of the box contents.
Does your cereal cabinet look like mine? 8 boxes of cereal and no box has enough cereal for a full bowl. My kids tire of he cereal and then move to the next box, leaving an almost empty box! Then what? Ah, you need my Bottom Of The Cereal Box recipes.
I like the challenge to come up with a way to use up the final left overs with a new way that no one realizes it’s the same thing. This keeps us living a frugal lifestyle and using our money for more important things like rides on the $2 a shot carrousel ride that the twins love!! Be warned now the Bottom Of The Box Cereal Bar recipe does have a lot of sugar, and I am sure with a bit of adapting you can lower the sugar content. I make these 2 or 3 times a year so on occasion sugar overload in okay (because we are leaving the house and heading to the carrousel anyway right!)
I am SURE many of you have some great original “Bottom Of The Cereal Box” recipes — do share yours in the comments below or HERE!!
Garbage Bars – no oven recipe.
I don’t know where the name came from, it could be better.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1-1/2 cups corn syrup
- 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
- 6 cups of any leftover cereal or snacks (I used a combination of Rice Krispies, corn Chex and Chow Mein Noodles. Pretzels, Ritz Crackers and Cheerios would also be good options)
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside. For easy stirring this sticky concoction, spray spoon/spatula with cooking spray.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Repeat again until the mixture bubbles and begins to boil.
Remove from microwave and add and stir until smooth 1-1/2 cups peanut butter. Add the cereal/snack combination.
Pour in the prepared 9×13 pan. Hint: re-spray the spoon or spatula
In a small, microwavable bowl combine the chocolate chips and 1/3 cup peanut butter. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir and if needed, microwave for another 30 seconds to finish melting the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth and spread over the bars.
Cool and cut into bars.
Garbage Cookies Bottom Of The Box Cookies
- package of or box of sugar cookies (Betty Crocker, Krusteaz etc)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 3 cups cereal
Heat oven to 350. In a large bowl combine sugar cookie mix, butter, egg mix into a soft dough. Add 3 cups any variety of cereal. Drop by the spoonful and cook for 8-10 minutes.
AND suggest a NEW NAME for these recipes!!