; Supermarket Serenade: Muffin Mix Fix

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Muffin Mix Fix

Muffins make the perfect little something to add to breakfasts or lunchboxes. They're compact, they're tasty, they're cute-even the name is cute: muffin.
Now while I know that there could probably be nothing easier to make from scratch than muffins-it's all in one bowl for goodness sakes, sometimes things catch your eye in the supermarket and you just have to give them a try. The something in question that recently caught my eye was a muffin mix called Fiber One Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix.

I've tried other Fiber One things, like their cereals and granola bars with mixed results. The cereals I will often snack on and while I really like the taste of the granola bars, I'm not exactly sure what's in there, but, about half an hour after eating them I have stomach cramps and gas. Now why you ask given those results would I try another of their products? Well...I don't know exactly, but I did and I can say that the muffins were delicious and gas/cramp free.

I felt compelled to fiddle with the mix a bit and I added a cream cheese walnut component-which I thought was just right; I like a little crunch in my muffins so the addition of walnuts seemed natural. Other possible add ins could be a streusel topping or a cream cheese frosting. I did burn mine a little bit, but that's just because I was on the phone when the timer went off and didn't hear it...oops.

Fiber One Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Cream Cheese and Walnuts

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 package Fiber One Apple Cinnamon Muffin mix prepared according to package directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.

In a small food processor, combine the cream cheese, brown sugar and egg; process until smooth. Stir in the chopped walnuts.

Divide half the Fiber One batter between the muffin cups. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the batter in the cups, evenly dividing. Spoon the remaining batter over the cream cheese mixture.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in the center of each comes out clean.

Yield: 12 muffins


Bridgett said...

I like this idea for a school lunch treat, especially with the addition of the walnuts. I also like a bit of crunch. I think a crumb topping would make it all the better, good idea! These look delicious.

Allie said...

I think it would make the perfect snack. I haven't seen that in the store so I'll have to keep an eye out next time.

The Blonde Duck said...

So how were they? Did you like them? I've been eyeing them for awhile...

Maria said...

I haven't seen these. Glad you played around with the mix a bit. They sound great!

Veronica said...

Bridgett, I like crumb topping anything!
Allie and Maria,
I actually found them at Target! They're easy and tasty!
Blonde Duck,
They were tasty and no gas or cramps!

Anonymous said...

I bet the cream cheese makes these so moist. I love adding it to my baked goods.

Your chicken dish looks mighty fine, too.

Lisa said...

These look great! I know what you mean about fiber one cereal....and it almost looks like rabbit food. I would definitely try these muffins.

That Girl said...

I love additions to boxed mixes. It's so "semi-homemade" of me.

Grace said...

gas-free is always a good thing. :) thanks for the review!

Prudy said...

I used to buy that cereal all the time-I'll buy it again now for the muffins!

Anonymous said...

randomly ended up here on a muffin info search... but figured i'd comment even though its a few months old..

issue with the bars is probably either sorbitol and/or xylitol. they like to use it in anything with a low cal version thats a baked good, or has a lot of milk (pudding cups, ice cream), and most sugar free candy.... but they don't have to give a warning about "dietary effects" unless it has a whole ton in it.. even though a lot of people have sensitivities to a lot less. (eat a few jello brand sugar free pudding cups at once on an empty stomach... it may give you the same effect if you are sensitive to it)

not a fun ingredient... but i've always thought it kinda interesting. diet ice cream, eat too much, it gives you side effects, so maybe you eat less next time remembering that, so it helps the diet after all?