Monday, March 30, 2009

Hot Cereal Muffins

Those of you who frequent my personal blog know about my tendency to be sneaky and underhanded when it comes to dishing out stuff to my family which is good for them. We don't always have to be sneaky about it, but serving up meals which are nutritious is wise in many ways. And believe you me, it does save money--in medicine and doctors! I made this post today and Susan asked if I would post it here too. I'd be glad too!

Sometimes I push a specific ingredient or item, but this time I just thought I'd share what I believe is my favorite muffin. I don't remember where I first got the recipe, so I can't give credit to anyone. I love these, particularly when I make a mixture of cottage cheese and cream cheese, add a little vanilla to the mixture, and spread that on the muffins. Yum-YUM. The rest of my family prefers them with peanut butter. It's not going to be necessary for me to tell you all the reasons why these muffins are nutritious. You'll be able to figure it out yourself. I just wanted to share it, since I had lost the recipe for a while and it wasn't so long ago that I found it. So now I've started making them for breakfast again. Enjoy!


1-1/4 cup uncooked hot cereal (I use oatmeal)
1/2 - 3/4 cup hot apple juice or orange juice (heat until almost boiling)
2 Tablespoons canola or sunflower oil
1/4 - 1/3 cup honey
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup plain yogurt (I use Stonyfield organic)
1-1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind (best with fresh grated)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cereal and hot juice. Mix until well blended. Mix in the oil, honey, egg, and yogurt.

2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, orange rind and raisins. Mix the dry ingredients into the cereal mixture.

Fill 12 greased baking cups about two-thirds full with batter. (For some reason, I had a lot of batter last time.I put the overflow in a small pan. Usually, though, it's just enough for 12 nice size muffins.) Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

If you make a double batch, you can put some in the freezer for busy (or lazy) mornings. Try them, you may like them. I never got past oatmeal, because that's my favorite hot cereal. You may want to experiment with something else. Hope you and your family find them as tasty as I do.


  1. Thanks so much, Maxine, for posting this great idea here.

  2. These sound delicious!!! I am always looking for ways to make food healthier, without the kids knowing they're eating health food. (Esp. because their dad died from colon cancer at 36, I don't want that to happen to them.) I have to try these!!!

  3. Looks delicious. I'm not a hot oatmeal eater, but husband and daughter like it. I don't mind oatmeal in other things tho'. I'll give it a try and let you know how we like it!

  4. That must be good.