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Morning Energy Muffins

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We love cereal around here.  Seriously.  It's our go-to after school snack.  I keep big glass jars of it on our countertop so it's always easy for my kids to get at.  My husband and kids would be pleased if I spent our entire grocery budget on cereal and milk.  Needless to say, when a box full of *BRAND NEW* cereal arrived in the mail the other day it was like Christmas all over again.  Pure elation.

Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy cereal is full of whole grain, protein, and fiber so it fills my kiddos tummies and keeps them going all morning, but it is still yummy enough that they didn't complain about having to eat "grown up cereal".  It comes in two flavors -- Cinnamon Crunch and Chocolatey Almond Crunch.  I especially like the Chocolatey Almond Crunch because, hello, chocolate and almonds - duh - but the rest of the fam preferred Cinnamon Crunch.  Both were pretty dang tasty!

Our days start early around here.  We have to be out of the house by 6:15 to get Sis to her zero-hour seminary class at the high school and Ri to track practice.  The kids aren't always hungry that early in the morning -- or they're more eager to sleep in an extra 10 minutes rather than make time to eat a bowl of cereal.  I still want them to have a good, healthy breakfast they can take on the go so I baked up a batch of these Morning Energy Muffins using Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolatey Almond Crunch cereal to make the batter.  They were super delicious, with little chunks of chocolate and granola clusters throughout the muffins.  My kids requested that I make more as soon as they were gone, which is high praise!

Morning Energy Muffins

½ C. applesauce
3 C. Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Cereal
1 ½ C. milk
1 C. whole wheat flour
1 C. white flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ C. packed brown sugar
Preheat oven to 400ยบ.  Place paper liners in muffin tins.  {This recipe makes about 2 dozen muffins.}  In a mixing bowl, combine the milk and cereal.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes until the flakes get soft.  In another bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Stir the applesauce, egg and brown sugar into the cereal mixture.  Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Divide the batter between your muffin cups.  Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

My kids can grab a couple of muffins and a piece of fruit out of the fridge and have a super delicious, healthy breakfast on the go.  Mom for the win!!  Time to go make another batch of muffins with the Cinnamon Crunch cereal before the family eats it all.  Which flavor sounds yummiest to you?

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