Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Brunch

A few weeks back, I mentioned some muffins that my grandmother would make and I thought that the basis of the recipe was Cream of Wheat. I was wrong, it was Malt-O-Meal. I ate a lot of hot cereal when I was growing up. Hey, I eat a lot of hot cereal now :)
As it turns out, her recipe was exactly the same as the recipe that is still on the box. I love these muffins, they are light and just the right amount of sweet. Notice that there is only a 1/2 cup of sugar in the recipe. They are very quick to make and they store well too.

Malt-O-Meal Magic Muffins


  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup ORIGINAL MALT-O-MEAL®, dry
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Heat oven to 400°F. Grease muffin cups or line with baking papers. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients; stir just until all ingredients are moistened. Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Bake at 400°F. for 18-20 minutes or until center is firm to the touch. Yield: 12 muffins. Tip: Try these variations… Chocolate Chip: Add ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips to batter. Blueberry: Add ½ cup blueberries to batter. Banana: Add ¾ cup mashed banana (approx. 2 medium) to batter. Poppy Seed: Add 1 tablespoon poppy seed to batter.
You can also find a nice downloadable recipe here.
I've never had the muffins with any of the variations, but the poppy seeds I think would be lovely.
Making these today has been like a trip down memory lane. Just the smell alone brought back so many lovely memories. So I guess the muffins really are magic ;) I hope you will make a little magic of your own.

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  1. I've never seen Malt o Meal. Is it made with malt and have a malt flavor? I love malt and add a bit to my breads when I bake them. What grain is the basis? I am just so darn curious, Rhonda. The muffins look lovely.

    1. Wheat is the grain. As for the
      Malt, I'm not sure, but the taste is lovely. One you should try. You should be able to find it at your local supermarket. One of the things that I really like about this cereal is that it is very high in iron.

  2. malt o meal or cream of wheat...made with milk and a generous handful of raisins...one of my favorite cold morning treats! I'll have to try the muffins someday...

    1. I'm with you Lisa, especially come winter. Just thebest cold weather comfort food :)

  3. I've never seen malt o meal. I'll have to look for it next time I'm at the grocery store. I'm sure my boys would live these muffins and the cereal toot. They love oatmeal.

    1. If your children enjoy hot cereal, I think they'll love Malt-o-Meal. It has always been one of my favorites. The muffins are especially nice for packing in lunch boxes.

    2. Regular grocery didn't have it. I'll check some other stores.

  4. Rhonda...did you ever eat Coco Wheats? That was a winter morning staple when I was growing up, but it's not marketed in my current location...

    1. Oh my goodness, forgot all about it. I didn't get it too often because of the chocolate. It was thought to be not as healthy as a non chocolate cereal. I'll look here and see if it's still sold and I'll let you know.