Kashi GoLean Crunch Muffins Recipe

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 egg
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.

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10 Responses to Kashi GoLean Crunch Muffins Recipe

  1. DS says:

    Update: My husband called me from work this morning and mentioned that the mere mention of “Kashi” made some people pass on the muffins, saying, “Oh, I don’t like Kashi,” so apparently it’s not just me!

    I told him to encourage people to try them anyway and reassure them that I had thoroughly deKashiized them. A little while later, he forwarded an e-mail from a co-worker: “Tell your wife the muffins were amazing!! Love them!!” That made my day, of course.

    I’ve been thinking about how else I might healthfully, yet edibly, use the Kashi. Maybe I could cook it like oatmeal and add some cinnamon and chopped apples.

    • Lori says:

      Can’t wait to try this! My sister works for Kashi, and every time she comes over we get 3-4 boxes. I however DO like the crunch but what do you do with so much of it? MAKE MUFFINS! (normally I eat it with vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit, haven’t lost any teeth yet :’)

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  3. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for this recipe. Same problem with the kids — no taste. Looking for muffin recipe – just what I needed and also added some cranberries. Kids loved them. Did pour some warm milk over the cereal and let it set awhile, added some stevia and it was tolerable.

  4. Sush says:

    This is SO funny! I just did a google search to try to find ways to use the TWO Costco boxes of GoLean I got with a coupon because nobody here likes it and I need to find a way to use it. I refuse to waste it… I’m the only one who is brave enough to eat it, I can’t bear to waste the money. I add lots of raisins and craisins to make it edible. I will try these muffins, thanks.

    • DS says:

      Yeah, I’m the same way; I can’t bear to waste money! I was really happy to have a way to use up the rest of the box. Ironically enough, if I hadn’t started low-carbing, I probably would have actually gone back and bought more by now just to make these muffins. Hope you enjoy them, too!

      • Sush says:

        Just made these tonight. We love them! I let the cereal soak in the oil, milk egg while I prepared the apples. Baked them in my preheated Pampered Chef stoneware muffin pan. Made 12 large ones, baked just 16 minutes, moist and PERFECT; love the apples, thanks again 🙂

  5. Erica says:

    I have the same problem, bought it from Sams to eat healthy and low carb and almost broke my teeth. I grinder the cereal up with my ninja. I’m baking bread. It’s rising now. Muffins next.

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