I bought some Kashi GoLean Crunch cereal at Costco last weekend because I wanted the kids to have a nutritious cereal to eat (as opposed to, oh, say, Froot Loops). GoLean Crunch has an impressive résumé of protein and fiber, and one of my sisters said it’s good, so I decided to give it a try.
The verdict: It’s tasteless and painful. It’s like eating gravel. If you eat much GoLean Crunch, you will definitely “go lean” because you’ll knock out your teeth and block your digestive tract.
And I have a Costco-sized box of it.
So when hubby announced that he has to bring something to work for a breakfast potluck tomorrow, naturally I started plotting how to unload my bounty of Kashi GoToothless Crunch on them. I found a perfectly healthy Kashi muffin recipe online, but I don’t want his employees thinking his wife can’t cook, so I tweaked it (read: made it unhealthy and fattening) to make it taste better (and to make use of what we had on hand).
The muffins turned out surprisingly good. I might even make them again sometime. I might even try something closer to the original recipe (especially since having something healthy for the kids was the whole point of getting this stuff!).
The recipe didn’t specify how to crush the cereal, so I tried pulsing it in the food processor. This just made it mad. And probably ruined my food processor. But the resulting pea-sized pieces are what I used in my muffins. I might just use a big Zip-Loc bag next time and take a hammer to it (though I’m skeptical the bag could withstand the punishment).
Kashi GoFat Muffins (at least they won’t knock out your teeth)
3 cups Kashi GoLean Crunch, crushed (measure before crushing)
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup oil
1-2 cups coarsely chopped and peeled apples
coarse sugar (or just granulated sugar)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two 12-muffin tins with paper baking cups. Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl. Mix remaining ingredients except coarse sugar and apples in large bowl. Stir in dry ingredients just until moistened (I left the mixture soaking at this point to soften the Kashi Pebbles while I peeled and chopped the apples). Fold in apples. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (I scooped it in using a 1/4 cup measuring cup). Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.