Okay, this is not a normal article for us (not sure if you’ve noticed, but we try to keep it high quality, lol.) That said, I’ve been wanting to drop in more bite-sized posts about random things that are on my mind. The kind of stuff that I nerd out with my girl friends over — various musings, beauty finds, and kitchen hacks that I often do almost without thinking. So, here goes.

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I’m not sure why we so frequently have large amounts of leftover cereal around the Styles-Moore household, but I think it might have to do with the fact that (a) Adam and the kids request junky cereal in the vein of Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles, or Cap’n Crunch on a weekly basis, and (b) I without fail try to trick them with a healthier organic version, and (c) they hate it and refuse to eat it.

Rather than throw it away (food waste is my most hated thing), I instead use it to make… cereal cookies!

Sounds odd, but trust me on this one. I use this as my base recipe, then sub in granola, cornflakes (yep, it’s a thing), grape nuts, etc instead of the oats. You could also swap cereal in for the nuts and/or coconut and leave the oats; you just want to make sure your dry ingredients equal out the same measurements of the dry ingredients in this recipe. Today I made “Oatmeal Chocolate Chip” cookies using a strange uber healthy copycat raisin bran I picked up last week, swapped in walnuts instead of the pistachios, and addded a pinch of cinnamon. They came out of the oven as a warm and cozy cookie with crisp lacy edges, and we were all obsessed.

I’d love to hear in the comments if you guys have any weird but wonderful leftover food upcycles! Especially during this time when we’re limiting grocery store runs and trying to use up what we’ve got, I’m looking for ways to get creative.

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    Mia | July 31, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    What a great idea! I really try not to waste food too and this means I generally eat my toddler’s leftovers (yes, peak motherhood moment, haha!) – but I draw the line at soggy leftover cereal.

    I prefer less sugary cereal too, but I wish you hadn’t called the sugary ones “junky”. I understand what you’re trying to say, but for many families this might be all they can afford, especially during this time of rising unemployment and food insecurity.

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    Tess | July 31, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Wow, didn’t see this one coming on camillestyles.com but I’m all for avoiding food waste. I think you were fine to call them junky since they are loaded with sugar and contain very little fiber — and as a regular buyer of cheerios, shredded wheat and raisin bran, I can attest to the fact that they are no more expensive than the less healthy types. My sugar-loving grandkids eat all three of these cereals, often with a banana or berries on top……sometimes for lunch!

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    Natasha | August 1, 2020 at 4:13 am

    ok so this is genius! And sustainable as well. A win-win.

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    Thokozani Sibisi (sibisitee.wordpress.com) | August 3, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    I’m actually inlove with that idea, lucky for me, we don’t have a small child at home some so there’s no food wasting because we can all think, I just got retrenched so it’s gonna get tougher but we’ll save whatever we have and hope for better.

    This idea of yours is so marvelous and I hope it helps many families.

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