Protein Packed Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Last school year I discovered something hilarious, but also something that was costing us a lot of money. My oldest son, Lane was eating breakfast at home, and when he arrived at school buying breakfast in the cafeteria. It truly amazes me how much a ten year old boy can eat! Although I appreciate that he is hungry and active, buying two breakfasts is not in the food budget.

This school year I hope to find breakfast options that are filling for Lane. I know he needs more protein in the morning, and a protein bar or shake isn’t going to cut it. I’ve been trying different recipes for breakfast sandwiches and muffins, anything that would keep the kid full while being quick to serve before school.

I’ve narrowed it down to a couple options: frozen breakfast burritos with eggs and sausage, special K cereal with almonds, and apple cinnamon muffins using whole-wheat flour and oats. The apple cinnamon muffins are definitely the favorite; they taste great and pack 8 grams of protein per serving!

Apple-Cinnamon Muffins

2 Cups – Kodiak Cakes whole-wheat, oats and honey flapjack mix
1 Cup – Room temperature applesauce (natural and unsweetened)
¾ Cup – Light Brown Sugar
1 – Egg
¼ Cup – Softened Butter
1 Teaspoon – Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon – Pumpkin Pie Spice
½ Teaspoon – Nutmeg

Ingredients: Kodiak Cakes, Milk, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Applesauce, Egg, Butter, Brown Sugar (not shown)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth
Prepare muffin pan with either paper holders or grease pan
Fill muffin cups about ¾ of the way full
Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

The Kodiak Cake muffins turned out so yummy! The recipe makes twelve big muffins. You can double the recipe, and get two batches out of one box of flapjack mix. I love that the ingredients in the mix are clean ingredients! The ingredients list is: 100% whole grain wheat flour, 100% whole grain oat flour, non-fat dried milk, dried honey, baking powder, wheat protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and sea salt. There is no added sugar, making this a great option for my child with ADD.

Protein Packed Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Each muffin has enough protein to serve by itself, or if you’re like me feeding a pre-teen, I served one muffin with raspberries and string cheese. Luckily a muffin, fruit and cheese stick kept Lane full until lunch.


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