Finding something quick and easy to eat on the go can be a challenge, especially one that packs some protein and fills you up! But General Mills asked me create a recipe that does all that using their new Cheerios Protein cereal. They sent me some products for inspiration, and I was immediately attracted to the flaxseed and orange extract. Since I love the combination of cranberry and orange, I thought it would be an ideal flavor combination for some easy to grab-on-the- run protein clusters. What I didn’t expect was what a hit they would be with my family!
- 2 cups Cheerios Protein Cinnamon and Almond
- 1 cup flour
- ⅓ cup flaxseed
- ⅔ cup dried cranberries
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup coconut oil (in liquid form)
- ½ cup honey
- 1½ teaspoons orange extract (or 3 tablespoons orange zest)
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
- In large bowl, mix cereal, flour, flaxseed, dried cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together. Create hole in center of mixture and pour in coconut oil, honey, orange extract and egg. Mix until completely combined.
- Drop into mini muffin tin and bake until a light golden brown, approximately 16-18 minutes.
- Cool for 5 mins. Move to wire rack to cool completely.
TIP: I used liners for my mini muffin tin. Keep in mind that my liners did stick a bit to the clusters the first day but by the second and third day, the liners were extremely easy to remove. If you are looking to serve these right away, I suggest spraying your tin instead before baking and dropping them liners if you like afterwards.
These clusters are quite easy to make and are soft with a little crunch. If I were to describe them, I’d say they are a cross between a muffin and a granola bar. They store great, and I liked them just as much, if not more on the second and third day. My husband loved grabbing them to eat at work for breakfast after working out.
These clusters hold their shape well and were easy for my kids to eat without making a big mess. They went nuts for these clusters and gave them two enthusiastic thumbs up. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The recipe shared and thoughts remain my own.