Learn how to make your own incredibly delicious puffed rice cereal and adds tons of flavor like churro-inspired sugar and cinnamon! Serve as a dessert bowl with a bit of extra crunch or for a fun homemade cereal snack that the entire family will enjoy.
Preheat oven to 170ºF. Cook rice according to package directions. Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheet; bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until dry to the touch and all the moisture has evaporated. Let cool completely (rice should be dry and hard before frying).
In bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
Pour enough oil into large saucepan to come 2 inches up side; heat over medium-high heat until instant-read thermometer reaches 425°F. Add a few grains of cooked rice; if oil is hot enough it will start to puff up instantly.
Working in batches, carefully add 1/2 cup rice to hot oil; fry for 5 to 8 seconds or until puffed. Using small metal wire sieve, carefully transfer rice to paper towel-lined baking sheet. Toss with cinnamon sugar while still warm. Repeat with remaining rice and cinnamon sugar.
Divide puffed rice among 6 bowls. Divide milk evenly among bowls. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and salted caramel sauce.
Top dessert bowls with a generous dollop of whipped cream if desired.
To ensure proper drying, spread the rice evenly in a thin layer with minimal clumping on the baking sheet.
A cinnamon and sugar-coated treat, churros have been around for generations. You can enjoy all the delightful tastes of a churro with the amazing crunchy twist of this homemade puffed rice cereal. Like the traditional dessert, it was something that families shared together and this cereal can do the same. Gather your family for a tasty breakfast before everyone gets going with their days, or serve for a fun snack alongside a glass of Horchata Whipped Iced Coffee.
The classic combo of sugar and cinnamon is delicious on any simple dessert for an exciting twist or crunchy finish. Try making these tasty treats for dessert or snack and adding the final touch of this sweet sugary cinnamony combo:
Serv this tasty bowl of homemade sugar and cinnamon rice cereal or swap out the cinnamon for unsweetened cocoa or cocoa powder and enjoy how the milk is infused with chocolatey flavors. Or you can make your own chocolate bar in these Puffed Rice Chocolate Bars. For more tropical flavors, leave out the cinnamon and serve with coconut milk and fresh sliced banana or other fruit in your bowl!
Puffed Cereal is a great topping for many other breakfasts, desserts or snacks. You can keep flavors more neutral by only tossing with sugar. This way, your rice puffs will add a little sweetness and crunch without overpowering the rest of your bowl.