Growing up I didn’t have a lot of restrictions on food. This was before everyone was having a shit fit over gluten and sugar. So I was allowed to eat pretty much anything I wanted once I finished my vegetables. But there was one treat that was withheld and only allowed to be eaten on camping trips in the summer, and that was sugary cereals. That’s right, I’m talking Snack Packs! Who doesn’t remember those sweet morning treats that you ate out of miniature cereal boxes?! There was a special selection of cereals in these packs, probably handpicked by Mr. Kellogg’s himself, all in individual perforated boxes just ready to be enjoyed. But let’s be honest, there were really only two flavours that every kid had their eye on, Fruit Loops and Corn Pops. As if anyone was reaching for the Corn Flakes at 7 years old.
My personal favourite has always been Corn Pops. There is nothing better than letting those sweet crispy balls of heaven get slightly soggy in a bowl full of cold whole milk and then inhaling the entire thing in one minute flat.
As an adult I tend to shy away from cereal all together, especially sugary ones. In fact the idea of cereal is so bizarre to me now. What is it? Strange little processed flakes and balls of sugary dust that we put in a bowl and pour milk over? That is weird, it bears no resemblance at all to actual food and there is an ENTIRE aisle in every grocery store dedicated to the stuff! And yet, I love it, and so do most of my adult friends. In fact cereal seems to be a favourite among most adults.
But like me, most adults avoid it because we can no longer get away with putting garbage in our bodies every morning and expect to have a productive day. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a more grown up version of our favourite childhood breakfast food, disguised in a more healthy light. All you need to do is add in some fruit, call it a muffin and voila. It’s just as bad for you as regular cereal but it doesn’t feel so wrong when you are scarfing it down in the morning. Now go try out my cereal muffins and let me know what you think!
Blueberry Cornpop Muffins (makes 12-15 muffins)
¾ cup (75 g) cornmeal
1 ¼ cup (120 g) AP flour
1 tbsp (15 g) baking powder
½ tsp (2.5 g) baking soda
½ tsp (2.5g) salt
½ cup (125) g) white sugar
½ cup (125 g) brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp (5 g) vanilla
1 cup (240 g) cereal buttermilk* (1 cup of Corn Pops and 2 cups buttermilk)
½ (125) cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Corn Pops for garnish
- Combine 1 cup of Corn Pops with 2 cups of buttermilk and set aside. The idea here is to allow the flavours of the Corn Pops to seep into the buttermilk for a more cereal flavoured muffin. Let this sit for at least 30 min, the Corn Pops should be soggy.
- After 30-60 min, drain off 1 cup of the buttermilk from the Corn Pops and set aside
- Preheat oven to 375°F and prepare muffin tins, either with muffin liners or by spraying the tins with a non-stick spray.
- Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and white sugar in a bowl and mix well.
- Combine the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk together.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Fold in the blueberries.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins and sprinkle each muffin with Corn Pops.
- Place in oven and bake for 5 min at 375°F. After 5 min lower the heat to 350°F and bake for another 8-10 min. Muffins are done when cake tester or toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
- Allow to cool for 10 min in tins before removing then STUFF YO FACE!