I’ll be the first to admit I’m as much a novice blogger as I am a novice cook. I’ve only been at this gig for less than a year, and I’m still clumsily finding my feet. So when a local breakfast cereal brand reached out to me a few months ago to help develop two recipes using their products, I could’ve peed my pants with excitement. It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Mom, I’d like you to meet NutriStart.
They have a huge – and yummy! – selection of oat-based breakfast cereals, from instant oats and porridges to muesli and flavoured granolas. And let me not forget their finger-licking-good peanut butter and chocolate bars, which I could eat every day for the rest of my life.
With so many different cereals to choose from, it was a tough job trying to decide which to use and what to bake! After tasting my way through almost every one of their various breakfast cereals, I decided on two of my favourite things in life: chocolate and coffee.
These chocolate breakfast muffins are made using NutriStart’s Chocolate Smooth cereal. They have a rich, dense texture, a decadently chocolate flavour and are sprinkled with mouthfuls of mixed berries. They’re an easy-to-bake breakfast treat, whipped up in about half an hour.
Once you’ve tried these chocolate breakfast muffins, I swear you’ll be baking up a second batch in no time at all. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to buy a second box of NutriStart!
As for the coffee-based recipe, you’ll just have to wait and see 😉
Chocolate Breakfast Muffins with Mixed Berries
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup NutriStart Chocolate Smooth
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 cup mixed berries
Prepare a 12-hole muffin tin with paper liners and preheat oven to 170°C
Add flour, NutriStart Chocolate Smooth, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar to a large bowl. Whisk until all ingredients are well-mixed
Make a well in the centre of the bowl, and add milk, egg and melted butter. Stir until the mixture begins to thicken and combine, but do not over-stir. Reserve a handful of mixed berries on the side, then add remaining berries to the mixture and stir
Use a spoon or cup to fill the paper liners to just below the top, then sprinkle remaining berries on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes. To check, stick a toothpick into the centre and ensure it comes out clean
- I used a mixture of strawberries and blueberries, but you can use whichever berries take your fancy. Raspberries, blackberries and cranberries would taste great!