Award-Winning Healthy Dessert: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Nachos

This nutrient-packed, sweet and delicious healthy dessert recipe is a winner! Literally!

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Nachos recreated at home

Call me lucky! I was invited to spend a couple days at the General Mills headquarters in Minneapolis with a small gathering of colleagues. We were treated to a fun and informative event hosted by General Mills’ Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. Cooking in the Betty Crocker Kitchen was one of the most exciting aspects of this trip. Imagine my excitement when my cereal nacho recipe was named Best of Show!

Healthy dessert of cereal, fruit and chocolate

My winning cereal nachos/ photo credit Paul Markert

You should know that this experience was at the expense of General Mills. I was not asked to write this post or to share this recipe, nor was I compensated for any aspect of this.

How I created this winning recipe

Our instructions were pretty simple: use cereal and any other ingredients to create some version of nachos. No one said that it should be a healthy dessert, but well, you know me. Chocolate is my thing, and desserts with benefits make me happy. At first I was nervous when I found out that our cooking experience was a contest, especially since we were given just a short time to whip something up. I shrugged off my anxiety and decided simply to make something that I would eat.

That, of course, started with Wheaties because of its taste, fiber and whole-grain goodness. For more benefits, I chose dried fruits, fresh berries and some cinnamon. These are ingredients that help with insulin resistance, so they are good for people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. In the Betty Crocker Kitchen, I used a chocolate hazelnut spread, but at home, I recreated this recipe with dark chocolate and natural peanut butter, also health-boosting ingredients. This way I could play with the amount of chocolate to nut butter. The results were awesome. And only about 100 calories per serving. My carb-counting clients and friends with diabetes will be happy to know that a serving provides a mere 15 grams of carbohydrate.

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Sporting the apron I won for my wholesome cereal nachos. I love the General Mills Purpose: “We serve the word by making food people love.”/ photo credit Paul Markert

Me with General Mill's Trix and Buzz

In the Betty Crocker kitchen with Trix and Buzz/ photo credit Paul Markert

Award-Winning Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Nachos

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Course: Healthy Dessert
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Jill Weisenberger MS, RDN, CDE, FAND


  • 5 cups Wheaties
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate
  • 5 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups dried fruit such as a combination of diced apricots figs and tart cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh berries such as a combination of raspberries, blueberries and sliced strawberries


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Spread the Wheaties out onto a jellyroll pan.
  • Place the chocolate in a small glass bowl. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, stopping each 30 seconds to stir. Add the peanut butter and microwave on high for another 10 seconds. Stir. Add the cinnamon and stir.
  • Place the melted chocolate-peanut butter mixture into a pastry bag or a small plastic bag with one corner cut. Squeeze the chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the Wheaties. Sprinkle with the dried fruit.
  • Bake for about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the berries.
  • Enjoy hot. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy them cold.


This counts as 1 carb serving for diabetes meal planning. And what a delicious, nutritious way to use your carbs.


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 81mg | Fiber: 2g

Let me know if you like this concept. You can personalize it to include your favorite flavors and fruits.

Jill Weisenberger

I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.

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