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Gingerbread Breakfast Cereal


gingerbread bowl

I *heart* gingerbread.

If pumpkin is the poster child for fall, then gingerbread is winter’s darling. I kept this in mind as I blended up breakfast yesterday morning…  

A seasonal twist on my favorite Pumpkin Bread in a Bowl.

The following recipe reminds me of eating a thick slice of spicy-sweet gingerbread, hot out of the oven. But unlike a thick slice of gingerbread, the following cereal can be made in under five minutes. And there’s not even a need to turn on the oven!

gingerbread bowl

Pure comfort in a bowl.

Gingerbread Breakfast Cereal

(can be gluten-free)

    • 1 cup flake cereal (I used Whole Foods’ bran flakes. Feel free to sub your favorite cereal.)
    • 1/3 c applesauce (or pumpkin or banana)
    • 3/4 c milk of choice (I used almond milk)
    • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (also add a pinch of cloves and nutmeg if desired)
    • 1 T molasses (I used blackstrap, but regular is fine)
    • additional sweetener to taste (such as stevia, sugar, or even maple syrup)

Blend all ingredients together. (I use a Magic Bullet.) The cereal will have a thin consistency at first, but if you leave it in the fridge (after blending) for even just 10 minutes, it starts to get really thick! I usually make it before I run, and it’s the consistency of thick pudding by the time I return.

Click to see the Nutritional Information.

(Side notes: The cereal in the photos is mixed with my coconut whipped cream. Also, the recipe was difficult to photograph, but it tastes much better than it might appear in my photo!)


Serve with a Homemade Gingerbread Latte.

Question of the Day:

What flavors make you think of the holidays?

When I think of holiday flavors, my mind immediately goes to pears, peppermint, and eggnog. Oh, and gingerbread, of course!

Published on December 19, 2011

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  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    Eggnog is my *Christmas* food/beverage of the season. I also think about cranberries (even though we tend to only have a cranberry dish for Thanksgiving).

    Fruit cake (again, don’t eat it but associate it with the season)
    Peanut Brittle (we always got a tin from my aunt each year growing up)
    Several kinds of cookies we tend to only make for Christmas (not sure why, you can’t have too many cookies ever right?)
    Peppermint / candy canes (I always preferred the fruity canes growing up)

    Christmas season needs to be longer. Too much fun stuff to do/eat to have it crammed into such a short time. Besides, there’s not much great in January anyway! 😉

  2. Anonymous says

    Gingerbread reminds me of Christmas! The scent of ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg are reminiscent of the holidays. I also think of peppermint, chocolate, sugar cookie, and hints of citrus. Gingerbread is definitely at the top of my list though!

  3. Rachael says

    Peppermint is most definitely my go to winter flavor. I could/would eat almost anything peppermint this time of year from tea, starbucks soy lattes, cookies, breakfast oatmeal…basically you name it I would eat the peppermint version of it! Yum 🙂

  4. Kim says

    Mmmm….spices! Ever since your post about gingerbread lattes, I’ve been drinking coffees flavoured with molasses and spice every morning. So yeah, spices would have to be my cold weather association. That and oatmeal. Every year around October I start to crave it so this recipe is perfect for me!

  5. AikoVenus says

    I love it – it looks so delish! I just made some non-baked gingerbread this morning for the family and this inspires me to make some more. ^^ It would be really cute to make them from fresh with tiny gingerbread cookie cutters for the cereal.

  6. Nicole K. says

    Gingerbread and peppermint are the first flavors that come to mind when I think of the holidays. My favorite between the two is by far gingerbread 🙂

  7. Char @ says

    I would have made this if I had some coconut whip. Somehow that seems essential 😛 I’ll remember it for another day, haha.

    Gingerbread and peppermint are flavours that make me think of the holidays. Mmmmm I should go make a peppermint mocha…

  8. Louise Wiles says

    Would you mind sharing your coconut whipped topping? I love your website and your fabulous recipes. Thank you so much for playing such a huge part in having safe healthy alternatives.

  9. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    I *heart* gingerbread too and the candy canes in the shape of a heart are too cute!

    When I think of the holidays, I think of passports and sunscreen and traveling. Those are my favorite flavors besides gingerbread and peppermint (and i way prefer the winter holidays to the fall, i.e. pumpkin)

  10. jo @ including cake says

    I love gingerbread, and cinnamon…all year round for me! but since i made some really yummy mincemeat the other day- and still have loads left in the fridge, i’m thinking a mincemeat breakfast oats combo is on the cards!

  11. Lisa says

    still cant get over how cute that gingerbread man is! who could eat him, really!?!? 😛
    holiday flavors to me are peppermint, cinnamon, pumpkin, gingerbread and even apple sometimes! 🙂

  12. Rebecca says

    That looks out of this world DELICIOUS!! I love gingerbread flavored anything…especially when it counts for breakfast 🙂

  13. Erin @ Creative Styletopia says

    Looks yummy!

    It’s weird because I don’t usually like ginger, but for whatever reason this time of the year I love gingerbread… cookies, lattes, houses 😉 Peppermint is very christmasy to me as well.

  14. Karina says

    this looks great!! i just posted on my blog yesterday that i was wishing for a good gingerbread oatmeal recipe…but this will work just fine (although if you do have a gingerbread oatmeal recipe i would be more than happy to try it!!)

  15. Kristen-vanillabeanvegan says

    I am also a huge fan of gingerbread!! Looks like a yummy quick breakfast, Will definitly have to try soon, your photography looks beautiful!!

  16. Barb says

    I love gingerbread!! This would be delicious in the morning! Thanks for the idea.

    I was wondering – have you ever made frozen yogurt in your cuisinart maker? I made your ice cream the other day (it was great, by the way! thanks for the recipe!), but I’d like to make frozen yogurt as well.

  17. Mary Legare Whaley says

    Gingerbread is totally a holiday flavor that pops into my head immediately, but peppermint is my favorite flavor of the season. And anything pumpkin/sweet potato based. My mom has a close friend who makes these incredible spiced, toasted pecans every year, and gives them as gifts for Christmas. I have no idea what she uses to season them, but every year when we receive them as a gift, it’s like instant nostalgia. I love that feeling!

  18. Kit-Kat says

    Sugar cookie dough flavors, peppermint, mollasses, and gingerbread….. oh, and pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and anything with baked apples!

  19. Lori says

    I LOVE all of your recipes! I make your Laura bars all the time.I love to eat them before or after a run. I love the breakfast recipes as I am bad about eating the same boring thing everyday. This looks yummy I had the pumpkin bowl today. Thanks for all the great healthy recipes!

  20. MaryLee says

    I am so trying that for breakfast tomorrow! I absolutely love gingerbread too. As soon as I saw the holiday gingerbread flavor clif bar at wegmans I stocked up.

    Also, celestial seasonings makes a gingerbread holiday tea that I have been having multiple times a day. Luckily my friend bought some too and didn’t like it (I can’t see how) and I ended up with a free box 🙂

    I think the best part about gingerbread is that you can make anything taste like it with some spices and molasses, it’s such a versatile flavor!

  21. Alexa @ SimpleEats says

    Yum…this looks super comforting! I always think of nutmeg, cinnamon and buttery bread during the holidays!

  22. Erica says

    I made this for breakfast this morning (I have been wanting gingerbread all week and having to help wrap plates of gingerbread cookies in my foods and nutrition class sent me over the edge lol) but I didn’t have molasses so I used maple syrup and it was soooo good! Deffinitly making it again for breakfast tomorrow! 🙂

  23. Camille- the college girl says

    I made this yesterday morning for my mom and I! I used rolled oats and it was delicious!! Gingerbread cookies are one of my mom’s favorite cookies, so she enjoyed this LOTSSSSSS!! Isn’t nice to make something for someone and they enjoy it so much?? It seriously warms my heart 🙂 Thanks for all of your recipes!!

  24. Emma says

    I had this for Christmas Eve morning and Christmas Day! Words cannot describe – I have it warm, and let down with a little water after leaving overnight, it’s like eating warm, gingerbread muffin mixture! New. Favourite. Breakfast 😀

  25. Anna Banana says

    Ohmygosh! I made this for breakfast today and it was phenomenal. I already sent my mother the link. I can’t wait to try the pumpkin bread in a bowl tomorrow.

  26. becauseHeloves! says

    I just made this, but I used one serving of oats (cooked) instead of the flake cereal and milk, and instead of one tablespoon of molasses, I used a tablespoon of your gingerbread butter instead.
    Amazing! It was soooo thick, which is exactly how I like my oats.

  27. Rachel says

    Hi Katie,
    I made this for breakfast this morning! OMG you are actually a genius it was solo delicious! I seriously cried tears of joy while eating this (and then tears of sadness when it was gone). I actually used oats instead of a flake cereal (but only used 3/4 cup) and it turned out just as delicious and thick! Thanks for your amazing recipes! Also do you have any new recipes for milkshakes or cereal breakfasts?

  28. Diana says

    I liked this! My blender has been giving off a strange-ish smell lately (before a few days ago, it hadn’t been used in probably over half a year), so I stopped blending a bit early. Still, it tasted good and thickened up pretty quickly in the fridge. I did not add extra sweetener to it, but maybe I should have. The molasses flavor was just a bit strong for my taste. I’m sure if I had added some extra sweetener, reduced the molasses slightly, and blended it more thoroughly, it would have been excellent instead of just very good!

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