One Bowl Cheerios Muffins

We’re having dark, drizzly jacket weather today. Everyone I’ve talked to seems happy, but there’s this underlying sense that it could very well be 85 and sunny tomorrow, so we’re all just enjoying it while we can.

Rachel and I spent the morning driving up north to do Girl Scout business. We had a good time exploring the Girl Scout Store (some of the badges are exactly the same as I remember) but the drive used up most of our morning. Today’s recipe needed to be quick, so I decided to go with a batch of muffins.

I’m trying to turn Fuzz on to muffins. I don’t know why, because they’re not particularly healthy in my opinion and to her credit, she’d rather eat fruit or nuts. But selfishly, I get some satisfaction out of making hot fresh muffins for my kid. It’s a bonus when she actually eats them, and I’m only half kidding about that. Fuzz likes muffins, but she’s discriminating. She does not tolerate fruit chunks of any kind and anything too grainy or oaty or with shreds of carrot gets a veto as well. Bran, surprisingly, is okay so long as the muffins are soft and sweet. Her favorite at the moment, are plain muffins with brown sugar and cinnamon. This recipe, which will make your house smell like Fall, is easy and delicious. I sprinkled cinnamon chips on top I adapted this recipe from an old one on a box of Fiber One, so if you’ve got some Fiber cereal around, you might try it with that. Fuzz likes both versions.


One Bowl Cheerios Muffins

1 large egg
1 1/2 cups low-fat yogurt (not non-fat)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Cheerios
Optional: cinnamon chips – sprinkle on top or add ¼ cup to batter (more or less)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg, yogurt, oil and vanilla. Add brown sugar and whisk until smooth. Whisk in cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Put down the whisk and with a mixing spoon or heavy duty scraper, gently stir in the flour, stirring only until flour is moist – batter will be lumpy. Stir in the Cheerios (or other cereal). For sweeter muffins, add about 1/4 cup of cinnamon chips to batter.

Spoon or carefully pour the batter into the muffin cups, dividing evenly among all 12. Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon chips.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes or until muffins appear set. Sprinkle tops with a few more cinnamon chips while hot.

Set on wire rack to cool slightly. Remove from muffin pan.

Makes 12

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  1. says

    HEY ANNA! I can finally leave comments on your blog (my laptop wouldn’t let me). Just wanted to let you know I’m still enjoying every bit of your site and read it religiously everysingleday! =)

  2. Isabelle says


    I just baked those muffins. However, our house seemed to be out of yogurt so I used drinkable yogurt.Since it was much more liquid, I only used 200ml of drinkable yogurt and no oil. The texture turned out interesting (surprisingly soft), although it was much more on the chewy side then on the moist. The cinnamon flavour overpowered the cheerios. I’d say that this recipe would be best for a simply plain cinnamon muffin.

  3. says

    Hi Isabelle!

    Thanks for being brave and trying the recipe without oil. Now we know that leaving the oil out makes chewy muffins. Oil is pretty crucial here, I suppose. One might be able to cut it down to 3 tablespoons or something like that, but leaving it out entirely throws off the balance. Another thing that *might* work is using prune puree instead of oil.

  4. says

    I made these this morning and they were super yummy! I used multigrain cheerios cause that’s what I had in the house and it worked fine except that some of the darkest cheerios didn’t “dissolve” all the way – little chunks left. Also – I can’t find cinnamon chips up here in Canada so I just used butterscotch chips. I’ll have to add cinnamon chips to my shopping list next time we head for Buffalo!

  5. dylan says

    My son just asked me to make cheerios muffins so i found your recipe. made them with out cinamon chips, and added one Tbsp of wheat germ. we both really like them. especially that they are not too sweet. thanks for the recipe!

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