How to Dress Up That Plain Bowl of Breakfast Cereal

When our daughter was younger, we tried to get creative with some of the plain breakfast cereals that we used to purchase at our local grocery store. Our daughter would enjoy bowls of cereal for breakfast before school or as an after school snack.

Some of these suggestions are on the healthy side and some should only be used as an occasional treat. If your child enjoys snacking on a bowl of dry cereal, you can certainly omit the milk. If you are putting together a take-along treat, only use dry ingredients placed in a zipper closure bag.

Fun Milk Tip: Instead of using white milk, you can use chocolate. If you are health conscience, you can try using soy milk.

Fun Cereal Add-Ins for Kids Suggestion List


Apples, fresh

Apricots, dried

Bananas, sliced


Blueberries, fresh

Brown Sugar

Brownies, chopped or crumbled up

Cantaloupe, chopped into small chunks

Caramel Ice Cream Sauce

Carrots, grated


Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Covered Raisins

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, 3 crushed cookies

Chocolate Syrup


Cocoa Powder, 1/4 teaspoon

Concord Grapes

Cool Whip, one medium-sized spoonful


Fruit Butters – apple, peach, pear or pumpkin

Fruit Cobblers – one scoop of left-over cobbler

Graham Cracker Crumbs


Green Grapes

Gummy Bears

Gummy Worms


Hot Fudge Chocolate Sauce

Ice Cream, one scoop



Kiwis, sliced

Mandarin Oranges, drain juice

Miniature Marshmallows


Oatmeal, sprinkle instant oatmeal as a topping

Peaches, fresh

Peanuts, chopped

Pears, freshly diced

Pecans, chopped

Pineapples, canned or freshly chopped



Sherbet, one scoop

Shortcake, crumbled up

Strawberries, freshly sliced

Swedish Fish

Trail Mix, one scoop

Walnuts, chopped

Watermelon, chopped into chunks or shaped into small balls

Wheat Germ

White Chocolate Chips


Yogurt Covered Raisins

As you can see from the above list, you can dress up that plain bowl of breakfast cereal with a lot of things. Breakfast for kids should be fun, not boring. For the majority of breakfasts, choose the healthy options…but there is certainly nothing wrong with allowing a few of the other goodies from time to time too.

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