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Gingerbread Breakfast Cereal

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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!

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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!)

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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!

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Published on December 19, 2011

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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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