Our weekday mornings are busy and full. With everyone scurrying around to get ready for work or school, there just isn't time to linger over a leisurely breakfast. Some mornings it's grab and go, and others we may have just enough time to sit down for a piece of toast with butter and honey or a bowl of cereal.
But on the weekends, breakfast is a totally different ball game. We don't necessarily go all out on both Saturday and Sunday, but on at least one of the weekend days, we are good for whipping up a breakfast that rivals one you'd find at the best diner in New Jersey.
Although I'm not a huge fan of breakfast foods (this cereal is one of my favorites), my family loves them. I do, however, love preparing a big breakfast complete with eggs, pancakes (or waffles), potatoes (home fries or hash browns), and bacon or sausage. On many occasions, I'll bake a batch of muffins to munch on while we wait on the rest of the food to be ready and served. Plus the leftover muffins are good for a quick breakfast or after school snack during the week.
Lately I've been trying to find ways to jazz up our favorite muffins. By either adding a topping or mixing in a secret ingredient, it's been fun discovering new ways to enjoy our old favorites. We absolutely love blueberry muffins. They are a breakfast staple, but the same old, same old muffins can get old fast. In an effort to make my family excited about them once again, I decided to make them with a new kind of topping last weekend.
I wanted a topping that is similar to a streusel topping but with less sugar and more nutrition without sacrificing flavor. I couldn't think of a better ingredient than Post® Grape Nuts cereal as the base for the topping. Grape Nuts are packed with nutrition and are a reliable and timeless classic cereal that has satisfied generations of cereal lovers.
Grape Nuts are made from neither grapes nor nuts. But they are made from wheat and barley, both of which are the perfect fiber-based additions to muffins. When combined with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter, Grape Nuts make a delectable topping for any kind of muffin. What I love most about this streusel topping is that it's got a crunch to it. The Grape Nuts provide a crunchy bite along with the soft, buttery streusel.
BLUEBERRY MUFFINS WITH THE SWEETEST STREUSEL TOPPING
(Makes 12 - 18 muffins)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into 2 pieces
1/4 cup Grape Nuts
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Heat oven to 375°.
3. In a medium bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until mixture is fluffy.
4. Add egg mixture and beat until combined well.
5. Beat in vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt.
6. Using a spoon, fold in half of the flour and half of the milk. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.
7. Fold blueberries into the batter.
Store in an air-tight container or freeze for up to 2 months.
*Take a short cut! Use a box mix for the blueberry muffins and prepare the topping and proceed from step 9 above.
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What's one of your favorite recipes that incorporates Post® Consumer Brands Cereals?