Food Friday: Cocoa Puffs Carbonara Recipe by ‘Hello, Cereal Lovers’ & Chef Justin Warner

Who said cereal is just for kids? One of the great things about cereal is there's no age limit! Cereal can be enjoyed by anyone and in so many different ways. Did you know that you can use cereal in a cooking recipe?

Cocoa Puffs Carbonara Recipe by Hello, Cereal Lovers and Chef Justin Warner

Thanks to celebrity chef Justin Warner and “Hello, Cereal Lovers,” an online community of more than 430,000 cereal fans, I've discovered some new cereal-inspired recipes.

“I’ve loved cereal since before I had teeth, and as a chef, I’m always looking for inspiration and mixing unexpected ingredients to create knockout new flavor combinations,” said Warner, winner of Food Network’s “Food Network Star” and owner/chef at Brooklyn’s Do or Dine. “Incorporating cereal into things like carbonara pasta or even a cocktail just makes sense to me. Cereal is awesome in a bowl with milk or as a snack, and delivers all kinds of tastes and textures to play a starring role in any dish.”

Cocoa Puffs Carbonara Recipe by Chef Justin Warner

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: 4


2 eggs; 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Cocoa Puffs® cereal
4 slices bacon, diced
2 2/3 cups rotini pasta (8 oz)
Finely chopped fresh parsley

  • In small bowl, beat eggs, lemon peel, lemon juice, cheese and cereal, set aside
  • In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Reserve bacon drippings with bacon, set aside
  • Cook pasta as directed on package, drain
  • Add pasta to skillet with bacon and drippings, toss. Over medium heat, gradually add egg mixture, stirring constantly, to make a sauce. Toss, sprinkle with parsley.

Besides this unique cereal-centric Cocoa Puffs Carbonara and Fizzy Trix recipes created by Warner, the ‘Hello, Cereal Lovers’ website also features award-winning New York-based chefs Amanda Freitag, Elizabeth Falkner, Nate Appleman, Dale Talde, Harold Dieterle and the hosts of ABC’s “The Chew,” who also showed their love by sharing their favorite cereal-based concoctions.

To see more recipes, visit

“Cereal is one of America’s favorite foods and people express their love for it in amazing ways – from using a go-to bowl and spoon, to how they like to dunk those little Os, to sharing ‘selfies’ with their favorite cereals or cereal-inspired crafts,” said Carla Vernón, director of marketing for Hello, Cereal Lovers. “On top of that, cereal is a lot healthier than most people think. So what’s not to love?”

Better than you think
New research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) showed the nutrition profile of ready-to-eat cereals has markedly improved, according to data collected between 2005-2011. The study found that whole grain is now a key ingredient in two-thirds of cereals made by leading ready-to-eat cereal manufacturers.

In addition to whole grains, supermarket shoppers will find more fiber and less sugar and sodium than they did seven years ago. Fiber in breakfast cereals increased 32 percent on average, while sugar and sodium decreased on average 10 percent and 14 percent, respectively. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans notes that cereals provide less than 4 percent of total sugar and only 2 percent of sodium in the diet.

Research also continues to show that people who eat cereal have healthier body weights and better intake of nutrients including fiber, calcium and vitamin D; all identified as nutrients of need in the most recent Dietary Guidelines 1-14. They also get more whole grain, and less cholesterol and fat, compared to people who don’t eat cereal.

As an industry leader, General Mills remains committed to enhancing the nutritional value of cereal. The company offers more than 40 cereals that have 130 calories or less per serving. As of January 2012, all Big G cereals have more whole grain than any other single ingredient providing at least 10 grams of whole grain or more per serving. Big G cereals are a leading source of whole grain in America.

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  1. I have to say, I never in my life would have thought of cereal in a savory entree. Hey! :)

  2. Cereal isn't just for breakfast. So many great recipes on the site that uses cereal. Yummy.