My family loves Christmas traditions. We have a lot of them. One of them is every Christmas morning my husband and kids wake up to a hot breakfast casserole that I prepare ahead of time. Last year I made 3 different kinds (we have a BIG family}. This year I wanted to add some muffins to the mix and so created these Grape Nuts® Cherry Pecan Streusel Muffins. I can make them ahead and freeze them and pull them out of the freezer with the casseroles.
I ran across a recipe that was made with coupon and was at Target and picked up a box. My husband was thrilled because are his very favorite cereal., bananas and walnuts but I decided I would love to use Cherries and Pecans my favorite. I printed this Grape Nuts® cereal
- 1 c Grape Nuts original cereal
- 1 c Milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp butter,melted
- 1/2 c Canola Oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 c chopped pecans with 12 whole ones for garnishing tops
- 1 1/2 c all purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 c brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- Streusel Topping:
- 1/4 c of brown sugar
- 1/2 c of flour
- 1/4 c of cold butter
- Heat oven to 400^. Spray 12-16 regular size muffin wells--(cupcake pan);with no stick spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl add the cereal and milk,mix slightly-then set aside for 15 min.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder,baking soda,cinnamon, brown sugar and salt.
- To the cereal /milk bowl add the egg and beat with a spoon. Stir in the oil,vanilla, melted butter and nuts.
- Stir your wet mixture into the flour mixture.
- Spoon batter evenly into the prepared muffin tins, fill each cup almost to the top.
- Mix your streusel ingredients together in a bowl. Place a teaspoon on top of each cup and add a pecan to each one.
- Bake 20 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
- Cool in pan 2 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.
- You could substitute 3 overripe smashed bananas and 1/2 c walnuts for the cherries and walnuts.
I have them made and in the freezer for Christmas morning. I do have to say I cheated and had to taste them. They were so good I ate two of them, but shhhhh don’t tell anyone.
This year Santa just might get a bowl of Grape Nuts® Cereal instead of cookies. It is his favorite after all!
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