Cereal Crumble Cake

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Last night, I dreamt of coffee cake (must have been all the time I spent in Barnes and Noble yesterday), but with a cereal crumble topping.




This Cereal Crumble Cake was a delicious change of pace for breakfast.  It tastes like a moist, fruity cake, but it’s actually quite healthy.


Ingredients (For 2 servings.  You could reduce this recipe to one serving by halving all the ingredients and baking it in a single serving ramekin instead of a loaf pan):


  • 2 servings rice or corn crisp cereal – approximately 1.5 cups (I used Puffins)
  • 2 bananas, sliced thinly
  • 4 large strawberries, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, separated into 1/4s
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pancake mix




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1/4 almond milk, cinnamon, and pancake mix.
  • Add sliced bananas and strawberries and coat thoroughly.
  • Grease loaf pan and spread fruit mix along the bottom.  Pat down with spatula.
  • Place cereal in a ziploc bag and crush the cereal into tiny bits.
  • In a small bowl, mix cereal and 1/4 almond milk.  It should be chunky.
  • Spoon mix over fruit and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil and broil at 500 for 2 – 4 minutes until top starts to brown.  Be really careful not to brown!
  • Serve warm or cold – it’s delicious either way.


I really loved this breakfast!  It was so unique and fun to both prepare and eat.  And it went really well with a tall, strong cup of coffee.  🙂


I’m off for a running date with my brother-in-law Nick.  He got into running several months ago, but I’m going to take him to the trails and show him the glory that is off-road running.


But first… I have to put together our new vacuum and clean.  Our vac broke a few weeks ago and our apartment desperately needs to be vacuumed (I normally vac once a week – we have two dogs, and I hate carpet to begin with).  I don’t know why we have such bad luck with vacs, but we’ve owned 4 vacs in 3 years.  Isn’t that ridiculous?  (They weren’t all the cheapies, either – one was $150 and it busted in a year!)



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 13, 2010, 9:25 am

    What a cool breakfast!! I love how imaginative you are with recipes 🙂 it looks so delicious!
    Have a good run – is this the same Nick that was going to do that race a few weeks back, but overslept?

    • Caitlin May 13, 2010, 9:28 am

      hahah yes, lets hope he doesn’t miss our run!

  • Jaya May 13, 2010, 9:30 am

    Wow, what an imaginative breakfast! You actually made your dream come true, too!
    I al with you on off-roading alllll the way. I only ran road races for about 5 years before I switched to trail and off-road. My partner (I just found out recently) loathed running, but I was training for a 10k obstacle/mud race when we started dating and so he just started running to get to know me better. One of the best parts was that we would do hard intervals and climb trees in between. So glad you have a buddy to enjoy it with!
    Do you use your regular runners for trail? I used to run in trail shoes (I love Solomon runners) and it really added stability for all of the extra proprioception going on. I definitely recommend picking up a pair of trail runners, if it’s in your budget 🙂

    • Caitlin May 13, 2010, 9:32 am

      i think if i ran on trails more than a few times a month i would definitely invest. maybe there will be more trails near my new home in charlotte!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 13, 2010, 9:30 am

    That is a genius idea. It looks like cobbler!

  • Jenny May 13, 2010, 9:30 am

    Thanks for the breakfast tutorial! You should get an Oreck, I don’t think they ever break!

  • Christie {Honoring Health} May 13, 2010, 9:32 am

    What a delicious looking breakfast.

    I almost just typed what a delicious looking vacuum.

    Are you changing the bags often enough? I’ve had the same $75 vaccum for over 10 years and it still is kickin’ it.

    • Caitlin May 13, 2010, 9:35 am

      no they are the bagless kind!

      • Christie {Honoring Health} May 13, 2010, 10:31 am

        Oh, my husband had one of those that he brought to our marriage and it sucked.

  • Evan Thomas May 13, 2010, 9:34 am

    Good luck to Nick on off-road running. I’ve been running almost 2 years now and off-road is so much more intense than anything else

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 13, 2010, 9:35 am

    That breakfast is so creative and delicious looking!! I have bad luck with vacuums too – and you are right, they are NOT cheap!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 13, 2010, 9:37 am

    I keep holding off on buying a Dyson, but we really need it with our 3 animals and ridiculous carpets…

    Check out my blog today for a $25 Wal-Mart gift card giveaway!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired May 13, 2010, 9:40 am

    I wanted a Dyson for like 3 years. I finally asked for one for Christmas (yes, I wanted one that badly). I love it and can’t imagine having another one! With our two dogs and all the dog hair that accumulates, we needed one that could get the job done.

  • Mary May 13, 2010, 9:43 am

    I hope nick makes it to your run unlike the race a couple weekends ago 😉
    the coffee cake looks delish!

  • *Andrea* May 13, 2010, 9:45 am

    genius recipe!!! looks like a decadent bakery good. (make recipe book now ) 😉

  • Amanda (Amanda "Runs") May 13, 2010, 9:46 am

    Is that the same Nick that overslept? Run to his house an hour early with a megaphone and an airhorn! (BLEEEEEEP!)
    Could you take out the bananas and substitute almond milk for cows? (I don’t like bananas and don’t have almond milk around..) My parents use the bag kind, and they seem to work. maybe you should get a bag brand next time!

    • Caitlin May 13, 2010, 9:50 am

      maybe try it with peaches or pears! and yes you could sub in cows milk.

  • giordin May 13, 2010, 9:47 am

    Mmm your breakfast looks delicious…did you make the recipe up? So creative!

    That really sucks about the vacuum (sucks…haha!) I am so happy to have hard-wood floors and a broom. Although I end up sweeping up dog hair nearly 3 times a week (at least I should!)

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries May 13, 2010, 9:52 am

    Where do you come up with all of these amazing breakfast ideas?? I’m still obsessed with the pancake truffles!

  • Ilana May 13, 2010, 9:57 am

    Breakfast is about the only time in my day I have actual time to cook. You are so inspiring with these creations!

  • shannon (the daily balance) May 13, 2010, 10:00 am

    reason #986 you are one of the smartest people i know 😉


  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 13, 2010, 10:01 am

    We go through vaccums pretty quickly too…but I LOVE using new ones!!! Ahhh, suction 🙂

    Yummy breakfast! So professional looking!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 13, 2010, 10:08 am

    That looks scrumptious–my stomach is already growling and I just ate breakfast a couple hours ago!

  • Erin @ Cooking and the City May 13, 2010, 10:08 am

    OMG that breakfast looks so so good, I can’t wait to try it! Coffee cake is totally my weakness, especially when the crumb topping is taller than the actual cake (I may or may not pick off each crumb piece by piece when I eat it). :-p

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 13, 2010, 10:11 am

    This looks so good! I love this idea. Come Saturday, I’m giving it a try!

  • Matt May 13, 2010, 10:15 am

    I seriously hate vacuuming! Have fun with that 😉

  • Ashley (whole-ier) May 13, 2010, 10:16 am

    you breakfast looks fantastic. I immediately copied the recipe- will have to test it out this weekend. I find it so hard to find good healthy recipes- I’m always happy when you post a new one. thanks!

  • Christina May 13, 2010, 10:18 am

    Excellent breakfast idea!!!! California strawberries are so good right now and I have a few bananas to use up, I’ll be making this very soon!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 13, 2010, 10:19 am

    you’re so good to vacuum as much as you do! we have two HUGE dogs as well, and i don’t get around to doing it that much. AND we have white carpet. oops 🙂

  • Kacy May 13, 2010, 10:22 am

    That coffee cake looks fantastic!

    I’m in the same way with vacuums. Most of mine have been hand me downs, so I guess that was expected. But recently I got a new one and assembled it incorrectly and it randomly like to throw up all the dirt it just vacuumed up. It’s awesome..

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 13, 2010, 10:27 am

    Oh YUM!!! I’m loving all of your new experiments in the kitchen and recipes!

  • Sarah for Real May 13, 2010, 10:28 am

    Wow that looks so beautiful! I’m definitely going to have to try that.

    I used to have vacuum trouble, then after our wedding, we used a bunch of gift cards and got a dyson. Miracle of miracles! I love my dyson 😀 (While $150 IS a lot of money, unfortunately it’s nothing when you’re talking vacuums. We got the mini dyson and even it was $$$ Oreck or some of the other major hard-core brands are WAY more expensive! It’s shocking and ridiculous.)

  • Jenna (Hello, I Love You) May 13, 2010, 10:31 am

    Cereal Crumble Cake? I think you might need to write a cookbook soon! You have been on fire with these recipes!

  • Wei-Wei May 13, 2010, 10:44 am

    My favourite part of apple crumble is… you guessed it. The crumble. Does the crumble on this really taste like the (rather unhealthy) butter+sugar kind of crumble? What other kinds of cereal do you think this would work with? (Would it work with oatmeal?!) (Wait… I take that back)

    Have fun on your run! I hope Nick doesn’t miss it again. 🙂


  • cara May 13, 2010, 10:45 am

    Wow that breakfast sounds really really tasty. I might have to try this out soon.

  • Sarah W. May 13, 2010, 10:58 am

    $150 IS cheap for a vaccum

    Try the Kenmore Progressive from Sears – we’ve been using ours for about 2 years now. my parents have had theirs for 5+ years. Rates high in consumer reports. Don’t waste your money on a Dyson

  • Samantha @Food Edu May 13, 2010, 11:02 am

    That crumble cakes looks bomb! I feel you on the vacuum–we had a cheapie that hardly worked, but future FIL bought a new one as a gift a few months ago–I love it!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 13, 2010, 11:09 am

    You are a genius Caitlin! I really want to serve this to my family!

  • skinnyrunner May 13, 2010, 11:14 am

    my husband is a freak about vacuuming. he will do it everyday. he likes to leave the vacuum out like its a piece of furniture just for easier access to it again!

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun May 13, 2010, 11:18 am

    You are so creative with recipes. About the vac, we had issues w/ our bagless until I discovered it needs filter changes or it will quit sucking.

  • Maria May 13, 2010, 11:20 am

    ah that looks amazing! did you think of it yourself? It kind of reminds me of healthy cobbler!

  • Heather May 13, 2010, 11:28 am

    that fruit looks so good!
    I hate vaccuming. I make my husband do it. all my friends swear by the dyson but I am not about to drop that kind of cash for a vaccuum!

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner May 13, 2010, 11:45 am

    I go through vaccuums like nobody’s business too! What’s that about? Thanks for the Saturday morning breakfast recipe – I can always count on you to post something tempting and unique.

  • Heather I. May 13, 2010, 11:46 am

    Your coffee cake looks and sounds way too good, I can’t wait to try it!
    Vacuums are such a pain; ours is on its last leg and I’m stretching it out as long as possible…good luck assembling!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 13, 2010, 11:51 am

    Mm what a good idea for breakfast!! 🙂

  • Lisa May 13, 2010, 11:52 am

    My Grandma makes the BEST coffeecake. Even though she gave me the recipe, I can’t seem to recreate it. 🙁

    And YES I have the worst luck with vacuums. We bought a new one in December and it’s already breaking on us. And it doesn’t suck very well. So frustrating!

  • Jessica May 13, 2010, 11:53 am

    You always post the BEST breakfast recipes! I’m so happy to have a source of insipration for some great morning eats! This coffee cake would make a great snack anytime too. Keep ’em coming 😉

  • Bethany (Not Unless I'm Being Chased) May 13, 2010, 11:53 am

    I hear you on the necessity of vacuuming with two dogs — our house is the same way!
    We bought a Hoover bagless upright “wind tunnel” or some such nonsense a while ago. I love it — it totally does the job. It’s the only time in my life I have hugged a vacuum.

  • Camille May 13, 2010, 11:54 am

    What a unique breakfast!
    I will have to try it… it looks so good 🙂

  • Nicci@NiftyEats May 13, 2010, 11:56 am

    I have to vacuum everyday, it’s the ocd in me. Maybe that’s why my vacs don’t last forever too. I think every 2-3 yrs, it’s comes time to buy another one.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 13, 2010, 11:57 am

    Caitlin I’m DROOLING. That looks so freaking delicious.
    Have fun on your run!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 13, 2010, 11:58 am

    We have had a robot vacuum for years, luckily it has never broken on us!

    The cereal cake sounds very interesting!

  • Therese May 13, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Oh my God! You kill me with your awesome breakfasts! I must try it!!!

    I can rarely find a vacuum that works properly and was VERY thankful when I moved in with my boyfriend…NO CARPETS!!!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 13, 2010, 12:05 pm

    your breakfast ideas just kill me!!!!!!!!! I cannot handle it. I am making this if I ever find some strawberries. Still waiting on those banana truffles too 🙂

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 13, 2010, 12:07 pm

    What a YUMMY breakfast! You come up with the best baked stuff 😉

  • jenny (green food diaries) May 13, 2010, 12:22 pm

    looks pretty like something you’d order at starbucks 🙂

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 13, 2010, 12:30 pm

    love this recipe! how creative and good….hope you have a good run. i am gonna do hill repeats this afternoon 🙂

  • Tay May 13, 2010, 12:34 pm

    That looks fabulous!! What a great idea 🙂

  • Catherine May 13, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Have an awesome run! I love my road running, but I think I really need to get acquainted with off-road running… it just looks like so much fun! Too bad I live in the middle of NYC… 🙁

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 13, 2010, 12:41 pm

    I enjoy non-paved trails as well, but I’ve found that since most races are paved, I need to get in at least one paved run per week to train.

  • Michelle May 13, 2010, 12:43 pm

    OH MY GOSH that crumb cake looks INSANE. Just like dessert, yet i couldn’t believe my eyes when i read the ingredients that go in to it!!! I have a ton of TJ’s pancake mix i need to use up, I am bookmarking this recipe right now. Wish I wasn’t at work so i can whip up a batch of that goodness and eat it all for lunch. 🙂 Thanks Caitlin!!!

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged May 13, 2010, 12:51 pm

    Genius. I think I’m going to whip some of that up and keep it as a dessert, warmed up with almond milk drizzled over the top!

  • Anne P May 13, 2010, 12:55 pm

    Um… wow. That breakfast looks EPIC!!! I had no idea it wasn’t a normal crumble with a sh!tload of butter. Must try.

  • emily May 13, 2010, 12:58 pm

    I’ve always thought you were a genius, but I just ate a sweet potato with baked beans for lunch and now I’m convinced!

  • Heather ODonnell May 13, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Everyone with at least one pet should get the purple (pet hair) Dyson. We got ours about 4 1/2 years ago. It was expensive (we found one on Ebay for less than retail, but still pricey). It works great. We have 4 pets and it really sucks up all that hair.

  • caronae May 13, 2010, 1:23 pm

    I love your creative healthy breakfasts. Your next book should be about these!

  • Sammyy May 13, 2010, 2:08 pm

    This looks sooo delicious! But I wonder what I could substitute the pancake mix with? Do you have any ideas? I always make pancakes fresh… never have the mix lying around!

    • Caitlin May 13, 2010, 2:17 pm

      prob just whole wheat flour will be fine. let me know if you try it!

      • Sammyy May 13, 2010, 3:46 pm

        It’s in the oven right now… just realize I should have probably halved the baking time or at least reduced it to 20 mins since I halved the recipe and baked it in an individual ramekin! Time to put it on broil and then I’ll let you know how the ww flour worked out

        • Sammyy May 13, 2010, 4:26 pm

          ok so… i dont think it turned out. it was still delicious and i just finished eating it, but it wasnt a CAKE it was just… mushy cinnamony yummy fruit on the bottom and wet baked cereal on top. it was delicious, but by no means could i cut a slice out of it like your picture indicates. next time i would make it not in a single ramekin, but in a loaf pan even if i didn’t half the recipe since that would allow me to spread the cereal topping over the fruit more, so it wouldnt be as deep and a “separate layer”. hope that makes sense. still yummy and glad i made it! oh and i subbed papaya in for strawberries… yum

  • PippaPatchwork May 13, 2010, 2:39 pm

    You always have the best breakfasts!

  • Tammy @ Defining Wellness May 13, 2010, 2:48 pm

    Seriously Caitlin, how do you come up with these unique recipes? Love it! Bookmarking it!

  • Ellen Collis May 13, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Now THIS is definition of food porn. YUMMM! What a great idea—thank you! And I’m a big believer in karma. I took on a freelance job recently that has proven to be quite stressful (I never thought I’d actually have my own Devil Wears Prada experiences!), and the other day I was so upset about something that happened that I wanted to quit right there on the spot. However, after I calmed down I realized it would be best to finish out the job bc I believe in karma so much that I’d be afraid that leaving someone high and dry would totally come back to bite me!


  • Ellen Collis May 13, 2010, 3:12 pm

    Oops, I just realized that I intended the karma comment to be for the other post!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 13, 2010, 6:47 pm

    That is a lot of vaccummes!! We are still on our first (6 years now), but it isn’t very good. It was $250 but it doesn’t suck anything up. We need to buy a new one soon.

  • Alycia @ FitnFresh May 13, 2010, 9:04 pm

    Ummm wow – I know what I’m making for breakfast (multiple times) this weekend now

  • Christine @ Grub, sweat and cheers May 13, 2010, 9:39 pm

    That looks absolutely AMAZING. I’m bookmarking this page.

  • Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) May 13, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I love you easy but amazing looking creations! I need to get motivated in that direction! Sounds like you had a fun trail run too, those are such a nice change of pace.

  • Kath May 14, 2010, 6:59 am

    Looks delicious!!

    you should see the Coffee Cake Scuffin I have from GH right now!

  • Wei-Wei May 15, 2010, 10:21 pm

    I’m trying this! I don’t have any strawberries or bananas (?!) but I’m going to try this with sliced pears. I’m hoping for a sort of gooey pear-pie/poached pear sort of texture, I guess? I’ll let you know how it turns out! 🙂

  • John May 16, 2010, 9:22 am

    I bookmarked this recipe as it looks great and simple enough I could make it!

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