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Saturday, May 21, 2016

5 Things to Do With Leftover Baby Cereal & A Giveaway! #CookingWithGerber #ad

This post was sponsored by The Women Bloggers. All opinions are honest and are my own.

In the earlier days of parenting, our family utilized the county WIC program, receiving milk, eggs, formula, and more to help offset grocery costs. The program was very generous to young families and we always received a lot more baby cereal than our babies would eat. In my limited young adult knowledge, it didn't occur to me that the cereal could be used in other ways. If you're looking for ideas to use up leftover baby cereal, try some of these:


Before I tell you about these easy-to-make wraps, let me just say how much I love the plastic resealable containers from Gerber. They're way less messy than the former cardboard containers and they help keep the food safer and fresher, as well.

This wrap recipe is such a great idea, if I do say so myself. You can make one in less than two minutes, they cost pennies to make, and they're so great if you're focusing on a high protein, low carb way of eating. Just whisk one egg white, then add 2 tsp. Gerber baby cereal, and a pinch of salt, garlic or onion powder, rosemary, basil--whatever seasonings you'd like to add. Let it sit for about a minute, then pour the mixture onto a hot and greased griddle or frying pan. Spread the mixture out as thin as possible, and flip when the first side is cooked. These don't take long at all so don't leave them! Then flip it out onto a plate and fill it with whatever sounds good. You can do quesadillas for the kids, salad wraps for you---they're a savory and less expensive alternative to store bought wraps.

Tip: use Gerber Rice Cereal for a gluten-free option.


In the same style, why not try a breakfast crepe? This one features Gerber Lil' Bits Banana Strawberry flavored oatmeal, filled with Gerber Strawberry Banana Yogurt Blends and some fresh strawberries. Since Gerber is focused on healthy, high-quality ingredients, it makes me feel good to use these as creative breakfast starters. For the crepe, whisk two egg whites, then add one heaping tablespoon of cereal and your preferred sweetener, if desired. I just added a little white sugar, but you could put in honey, stevia, or nothing. Whatever makes you happy. Again, grease your pan or griddle and spread the mixture out as thin as you can. Flip it when the first side is done, then cool a few minutes on a plate before filling with yogurt, jam, and/or fruit.

Tip: Gerber cereals are iron-fortified so they're a good choice for healthy growth and development for all members of the family.

You've probably used oats as a binder or thickener for your meatloaf, meatballs, and stews---but have you considered using oatmeal baby cereal? Give it a try in my easy meatloaf recipe and let me know what you think.

So we've established that baby cereal is a great substitute in all kinds of recipes. But it goes further than that. How about using Gerber Oatmeal Cereal as an exfoliating face scrub? Just mix it with a nourishing oil like coconut or almond oil and add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil like lavender, citrus, or even peppermint for a refreshing scrub. {Note: it only looks like I'm sticking this in my eye...}

Another use for the oatmeal cereal that never occurred to me until this past week is its effectiveness as a compress or in a bath to treat skin problems. Our Kynthia broke out in a horrible rash earlier this week. I was thinking everything from allergies to measles and she was clawing at her skin so bad that I finally took her in to the clinic to see what was up. Turns out, it was just a bad case of hives at the onset of a cold, and some allergy medicine cleared it right up. Still, an oatmeal compress or warm oatmeal bath would have helped soothe the irritation.

To make an oatmeal compress, mix one cup cereal and one tablespoon cornstarch. Mix in water, a little at a time, until it makes a paste. Apply to irritated skin and leave on for about half and hour before rinsing it off.

Well, there you have it. Five things to do with that extra baby cereal in your cupboard. Don't have any extra baby cereal? Well, head to Walmart and grab some! Gerber offers single-grain and multigrain varieties, along with Lil Bits and Hearty Bits containing fruit. Walmart also offers a good selection of Gerber baby fruits, vegetables, blends, and yogurt. You can also check out the website for some great #CookingwithGerber recipes and more ideas for using baby cereal in creative ways.

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39 comments:

  1. There are so many great things you can do with this product

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  2. Ooh great ideas to use the cereal as a beauty product!
    Also love the crepe idea!

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  3. I would like to make oatmeal cookies.

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  4. The yogurt blends look good! I would make banana bread.

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  5. Great ideas! I would make muffins.

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  6. I would like to make blueberry muffins.

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  7. So many great things you can make with Gerber cereal that I would never have thought of. I would make some banana muffins.

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  8. I think I will try this in my oatmeal cinnamon cookies.

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  9. I would use this cereal to make my Oatmeal Banana Pancakes!

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  10. Never thought about using baby cereal like this, thanks for the great ideas!

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  13. I have never thought about using Gerber cereals in other recipes before! I want to make cookies with it.

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  14. I never imagined you could use Gerber cereal in so many things! I am especially surprised at the oatmeal compress, very cool!

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  15. This is so cool! I would try to make pancakes or muffins.
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  16. The meatloaf looks delicious and healthier too.

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  17. Oh the meatloaf looks amazing and so do your crepes! I have to try both of those! I would never have thought to add the Gerber cereal! What a great idea!

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  18. I Would Love To Try Gerber Cereal In Some Recipes, Love Your Creative Ideas!
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  19. So many great ideas! Love the face scrub idea... I may just try that.

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  20. We love Gerber Products in my house. I have been buying them for years.

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  21. I really like the breakfast crepe idea!

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  22. I am amazed at what all you can do with this cereal. Love that you can get all kinds of uses out of it.

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  23. I am amazed at what all you can do with this cereal. Love that you can get all kinds of uses out of it.

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  24. I would make some apple cinnamon muffins.

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  25. I didn't realize you could make different recipes with this! I'd make pancakes or muffins with it for my 1 year old.

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  26. I had no idea this cereal could be so versatile. I love all these ideas. Really cool!

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  27. Wow, Thanks this is great! Our daughter used to break out in hives a lot when she was younger! My family still gets them sometimes.

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  28. Nice! Those wraps look great!

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  29. love the crepe idea! so awesome!

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  30. Lots of interesting ideas. I will keep them in mind! Thanks.
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  32. I would use the cereal in brownies; thanks for the chance to win :)

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  33. Hey friend, hope you're having a good week. It's supposed to rain here for the next week. I hope it stops by the first. I am hoping to have an outdoor graduation party for my daughter the 4th!

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  34. What great uses for baby cereal! I'd love to try it in a batch of cookies!

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  35. i never knew you could make so much with this cereal! Id love to make muffins

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