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Apr 28, 2024

Cereal Milk Muffins

These cereal milk muffins, flavored with the "essence" of your favorite breakfast cereal, are moist and fluffy, and totally fun to make, serve, and eat. 

Cereal Milk Muffins on green individual cake stands.

What is Cereal Milk?

Cereal milk is the flavored milk left behind after finishing your breakfast cereal. I'm pretty sure a lot of kids finished all of the milk in their cereal bowl because of it. 

For me, it was the milk left behind by Cocoa Krispies (who didn't adore that chocolate-flavored milk?) or Cocoa Puffs. I'm pretty sure Cocoa Pebbles weren't invented yet, or they'd be in the mix too. 

Cereal milk kind of officially became a "thing" when Christina Tosi of Milk Bar introduced it as an ingredient for her desserts. Her first cereal milk was made with toasted corn flakes steeped in milk. 

Cereal Milk Muffins on a cooling rack.

These muffins include a cereal milk featuring Fruity Pebbles, but you can use any cereal you like, including Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles, Frosted Flakes, Cap'N Crunch, or any cereal you loved as a kid. 

I think it would be pretty cool to buy a sugary cereal variety pack and then make these muffins with milk made with one of the cereals and then top each with a different variety of cereal. I bet kids would love it for a birthday party. 

Cereal Milk Muffins with a box of Fruity Pebbles in the background.

Ingredients You Will Need:

Your favorite cereal. 

Wet ingredients: Whole milk, melted unsalted butter, egg, sour cream, and pure vanilla extract, plus sugar. 

Dry ingredients: All purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

For the Glaze: Powdered sugar and a little cereal milk. 

Cereal milk being made in a measuring cup.

To Make Cereal Milk Muffins:

First, slightly crush your favorite cereal and then steep it in whole milk for about 20 minutes. Strain out the cereal. 

Next, in one bowl, combine the cereal-flavored milk, melted butter, sugar, egg, sour cream, and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

After that, combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, stir, and then divide the batter among the cavities of a muffin tin and bake. 

Finally dip the muffins in a powdered sugar and cereal milk glaze and top with fresh cereal. 

Cereal Milk Muffins on individual green cake stands.

Make-Ahead and Storage:

Once topped with the glaze and cereal, these muffins are best the day they are made in order for the cereal topping to stay crunchy. 

You can make the muffins in advance and store them in an airtight container and then glaze and add the cereal topping when you are ready to serve them. 

Rest assured, if you have leftover muffins, they are still delicious. It's just that the cereal won't be crispy. 

More Recipes Featuring Cereal You May Also Enjoy:

Cap'N Crunch Ice Cream Pie

Big Ice Cream Taco

Raisin Bran Cereal Muffins

Nuts and Bolts Chex Mix

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Muffin Monday Recipes! 

Cereal Milk Muffins on a cake stand.

Cereal Milk Muffins

Cereal Milk Muffins
Yield: 6 Muffins
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 18 MinTotal time: 48 Min
These cereal milk muffins, flavored with the "essence" of your favorite breakfast cereal, are moist and fluffy, and totally fun to make, serve, and eat.


For the Muffins
  • 1/2 cup of Fruity Pebbles or your favorite cereal, lightly crushed
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 28 grams (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 50 grams (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 30 grams (2 tablespoons) sour cream, plain full fat yogurt, or crème fraîche, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 125 grams (1 cup) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (or 1/8 teaspoon table salt)
For the Glaze
  • 60 grams (1/2 cup) confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cereal milk
  • 1/4 cup Fruity Pebbles (or your favorite cereal)


  1. Combine the crushed cereal and milk and stir. Let steep for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain the milk through a fine-mesh sieve. Press out the milk with the back of a spoon. Discard the cereal.
  3. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with 6 paper liners. If you are using a 12-cavity muffin tin, evenly space the liners.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar, egg, sour cream, and vanilla.
  5. In a larger bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until everything is just combined. Don't over mix.
  7. Using a #16 cookie scoop, or 1/4 cup measuring cup, portion the batter among six muffin cavities.
  8. Bake the muffins for 15 to 18 minutes, until the edges are very lightly browned and the center inserted with a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Whisk together the glaze ingredients.
  11. Place the cereal topping into a small bowl.
  12. Dip the tops of the muffins in the glaze. Hold upside down to shake off excess glaze.
  13. Next, dip the glazed muffin into the cereal to coat. Let set on a plate until the glaze has hardened.

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Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

6 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

4 g

Carbs (grams)

30 g

Fiber (grams)

1 g

Net carbs

30 g

Sugar (grams)

12 g

Protein (grams)

5 g

Cholesterol (grams)

45 mg
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This recipe was inspired by the recipe for cereal milk donuts in the book Simple Small-Batch Baking: 60 Recipes for Perfectly Portioned Cookies, Cakes, Bars, and More by Mike Johnson. 

The book is loaded with amazing recipes for small batch baking. 


Would you like to comment?

  1. Fun treats and a great way to use up the bottom of the box of cereal.

  2. What a fun idea, Karen! Also the perfect use for perfectly good cereal that has lost its thrill three quarters of the way down the box. 🙄 Those Fruity Pebbles sure are festive!

  3. My kids proclaimed the flavor of the taro milk boba mix from Costco to be like cereal milk, now my brain is curious to do some comparisons! Cereal milk flavor has such a nostalgic appeal...

  4. This is wonderful idea, my kids will love it, I need to try it, my kids are fan of colorful cereals.

  5. My kid is going to love these! My favorite cereal milk is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

  6. Wow are those cute! My first thought was how great would they be as "cupcakes" at a kid birthday party. No need for an inch of frosting on top when you have those cute pebbles!


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