Breakfast is the greatest meal on earth. You sit me down in front of a perfectly made 3 egg omelet stuffed with cheese and I will be a happy man. Toss in a side of hash browns and pancakes, and I’ll thank you after my nap.
Of course, those were special occasion breakfasts when I was a kid. Usually it was some Rice Krispies covered in sugar or some other delicious breakfast cereal that was about as good for you as rubbing sugar directly on to your teeth. Even now I cannot resist the allure of a box of Golden Grahams or Fruit Loops when I see a sale price on the supermarket shelf. The power of Post and Kelloggs is too, too strong.
One day a few weeks back, Katie asked me to make some healthier snacks, which resulted in these Oatmeal Bran Muffins. Sure, you can make them healthy like I did, but isn’t the allure of swapping out the bran and oatmeal with something like Golden Grahams and Cocoa Krispies calling out your name?
Breakfast Cereal Muffins
- 1 cup bran cereal
- 1 cup dry oatmeal
- 1 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1 cup bread flour
- 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2-3/4 cup Craisins (or chocolate chips if you want them slightly less healthy)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine bran, oatmeal and milk. Let stand 5 minutes, or until nice and mushy. Mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda together, and set aside. Melt the butter. Add the melted butter and egg into bran mixture. Stir in the dry ingredients until blended. Fold the Craisins (or chocolate chips) into the batter.
Spoon into 12 lightly oiled 2 1/2 inch muffin pan cups. Bake for 18 minutes or until done.