5 healthified versions of your favorite childhood cereals


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Here’s a confession: I’m a cereal fiend. As a kid, my diet consisted of 99.5 percent Fruity Pebbles, and my love of the sugary stuff didn’t cease when I reached adulthood. If a box of cereal makes its way into my apartment, it’ll be reduced to crumbs in less than 24 hours. I avoid the cereal aisle at the grocery store altogether because I lack any semblance of self-control required to choose something other than Cocoa Puffs.

While most of the cereals ’90s kids grew up eating—some with more sugar per serving than a Snicker’s bar (yikes!)—were certainly unworthy of the distinction “Most Important Meal of the Day,” some savvy food bloggers have figured out a few genius workarounds. By whipping up better-for-you takes on the classics, you’ll get the nourishment your body needs and feed your need for something magically delicious.

Make these healthified versions of your beloved childhood cereals.

Healthified versions of your favorite childhood cereals
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1. Trix

A version of Trix that’s Paleo and gluten-free sounds like a dream, but it’s reality when you use almond flour, coconut sugar, and finely-ground freeze-dried fruit and spirulina for color.

Healthified versions of your favorite childhood cereals
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2. Cinnamon Toast Crunch

All the benefits of cinnamon without the copious amounts of sugar? Yes, please. This recipe for Cinnamon Toast Crunch is super easy and all sorts of yummy.

Healthified versions of your favorite childhood cereals
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3. Cocoa Puffs

Try to name a kid who doesn’t love Cocoa Puffs. You can’t. This vegan version uses a mix of oats, cacao, and dates to get close to the unmistakeable flavor.

Healthified versions of your favorite childhood cereals
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4. Lucky Charms

It’s a safe assumption that marshmallow cereal isn’t the healthiest choice. But this version, which creates the colorful charms out of aquafaba (the liquid in a can of chickpeas), is a surprisingly tasty alternative.

Healthified versions of your favorite childhood cereals
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5. Rice Crispies

Get your snap, crackle, and pop on with this wholesome version of Rice Crispies, made from oats, seeds, and puffed brown rice.

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