There’s something I remember doing when I was a kid that drove my mom insane. No matter how short on time we were, no matter how important it was that we get out the door, there was one thing that could always be counted on, and now it’s payback time for me.
Max, just like me, is unable to resist the lure of reading a cereal box when placed on the table in front of him. It doesn’t even matter what the box says; if it’s there, he’s sucked in and reading it within moments of sitting down.
I have to admit though, it’s one of those parenting moments that makes me sigh and smile a little, a reminder that the world is always spinning, and that even though it’s been 30 years, Max and I are both lured into reading the cereal box.
Cheerios™ with sliced up banana was a staple breakfast of my growing up years, and now it’s the same for Max. And again, I smile, because the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Another way to share the smiles? How about sending a box of Cheerios™ to a friend? No, this doesn’t involve annoyingly long lines at the post office and looking for the packing tape that you could swear you just put in that drawer the other day. It’s easy to give a box and share the Cheerios™ smiles. Pick up a specially marked box at Walmart, and you’ll get a code to send a box to a friend.
I sent a box to Amanda, who blogs at Old House to New Home. She’s got a million delicious looking recipes on her blog, but I also thought that maybe, just maybe, she’d love a yellow box of happy. (But wait! This offer extends to many varieties! Honey Nut, Multi-Grain, Apple Cinnamon and Frosted Cheerios™ are all included!)
All I needed to send her box was an email address, and then I could choose from a few different designs for what kind of e-card I would send with letting her know about her Cheerios™. They’re all adorable, but I went with this one:Once I had sent off Amanda’s box, I was craving my old childhood favorite, but instead wanted to put a fun twist on it. And what a twist I came up with!These waffles, topped with sizzled bananas, take everything up to the next level. The bananas are so simple, and seem so fancy, no one will realize just how easy they are, but they’re lovely and delicious.You don’t even need a real recipe for this topping; I had a couple of bananas that were almost too ripe to eat; their skins had gone brown, so Max was convinced they were inedible, but inside, the fruit is perfectly sweet and delicious. I melted lots of butter in a nonstick pan over medium high heat, and then added the sliced bananas. A little sprinkle of sugar on top to help them get golden brown, and it’s done! Flip the bananas over after a few moments, to warm both sides, then just pour it all over your waiting waffles, butter and all.
Oh. My. YUM.And now for the waffles themselves:
- 2 cups Cheerios™ (I used Multi-Grain)
- ½ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Crush Cheerios™ to approximately a flour-like texture. I use my blender’s pulse function until everything is ground up. You’ll want to yield about 1 ½ cups once it’s ground up.
- Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl, all the wet ingredients in another, then combine everything together.
- Heat up your waffle iron to medium-high heat.
- Pour batter onto hot waffle iron; let cook for 4-5 minutes.
- These are more fragile than other waffles, so carefully remove from the waffle iron onto a plate.
- Top waffles with sizzled bananas and enjoy!
Now that I’ve seen how well Cheerios™ can replace flour, I’m kind of obsessed with making all sorts of Cheerios™-flavored things! Pancakes and waffles, of course, but I’m also imagining some sort of banana muffin with some bonus goodness mixed in. Ooh! Or strawberry! Or blueberry! Yum. Eat all the Cheerios™!
Who would you send a box of Cheerios™ to? Have you ever tried doing something with Cheerios™ other than just eating them with milk? Share in the comments below!
As you may have heard, some select boxes of Cheerios™ and Honey Nut Cheerios™ produced over two weeks in July at the Lodi, California plant, have been recalled due to a wheat allergen. This recall only affects consumers with Celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity. To learn more about the recall, and if your product is affected please go to: http://blog.generalmills.com/.
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