Special K Breakfast Muffins

Saturday 10 April 2021

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
Special K Breakfast Muffins.  I love baking muffins that can be made with breakfast cereal.  Bran Muffins, Oatmeal Muffins, etc.  I love them all.  

I had bought myself a box of Special K cereal with the red berries a month or so ago, and then I went and fell on it. (Don't ask!)  Okay, I was tidying my room up  and I tripped over something.   

Special K Breakfast Muffins

Anyways, I am no light weight, as you can clearly see, and I crushed the cereal somewhat.  I decided to look for a recipe that I could use some of it in today and I found this one.    

I actually found quite a few, but this was the one that I thought looked the soundest.  It rang true with me and I think I can tell if a recipe is going to be any good or not after all the experience I have had through the years. 

I also loved that it only made six muffins.  She shows 5 on her page, but mine made 6 medium sized muffins.

Special K Breakfast Muffins

I also wanted to showcase this dinner set that was my mothers. Not this set IS mine.  And I just love it. No, its not worth a fortune.  It is an old melamine set that my mother received back in the 1960's.

It consists of 6 dinner plates, cups, saucers, fruit nappies, roll bowl, and a cream and sugar set.  I do not know the pattern. The plain pieces are brown and the plates are printed with autumn leaves and wheat sheaves.

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
Used only for special occasions I can remember exactly when my mother got this set. We had gone with my father to Winnipeg for one of his business meetings.  He had a TV Arial and Television Repair business that he did on the weekends for extra money.

He had a meeting with a supplier in Winnipeg and we went into the city with him as my mother wanted to do some shopping.  We had to wait in the car while he was in his meeting and it went on overly long. It seemed we were in the car for hours.

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
Finally my father must have said something to the client about us waiting in the car because the man was very apologetic.  He came out to the car to apologize and gave my mother this dinnerware set to sweeten up the apology.

I can remember mom using it on special occasions like Christmas and Easter. For some reason she was really proud of it, even though it was plastic.  None of it ever broke. The set is entirely intact and I love it.

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
The set is mine along with my mother's teacups.  My mother promised me her tea cup collection many, many years ago, and in fact, had already given them to me when my second marriage broke up.  She got them back from my ex's house one day for safe-keeping (he wouldn't let me take anything.)

And she saved them for me.  There are quite a few and I love each of them. There are even several clear bubble glass ones. I know I don't drink regular teas, but I do love herbal teas and I do enjoy drinking my tea from a cup and saucer.

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
Anyways, this set is mine, along with the cups and saucers. And I am grateful to have them and for the memories they contain.

Now back to the muffins.  I do like to make us something special for the weekend.  I've always been like that Saturday has always been a bit of a treat day in my home.  I would either be making muffins or pancakes or some such for breakfast on Saturdays.

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
Oh, I baked during the week also, but usually just cookies and the odd cake now and then.  Weekends were reserved for muffins and pies . . .  pancakes.

On Sundays we would have bacon and eggs.  But Saturday breakfasts were a bit lighter. 

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
I adore muffins, especially muffins that are not like cake.  When I eat a muffin I don't want a piece of cake, or muffins that are like eating cake. Overly sweet . . . 

I want a muffin as it is supposed to be.  Slightly raised with rounded pebbly tops.  The insides filled with nice holes. Perfect for spreading with a tiny pat of butter.

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
A muffin is a quick bread after all. Its not meant to be a mini cake. We have cupcakes for that. They are not meant to be cupcakes.

Muffins are as easy to make as stirring together wet and dry ingredients and spooning them into paper-lined muffin pans, or well buttered muffin pans.  Its not rocket science.  Anyone can make a good muffin. 

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
Having said that here are my hints and tips for making sure that your muffins turn out beautifully every time:

1. Mix wet and dry ingredients separately. To prevent the mix from being overworked, first mix the wet ingredients together in one bowl and mix the dry ingredients in another. Make a well in the dry ingredients, carefully pour in the wet ingredients, then stir the mix a couple of times to roughly combine. 

 2. Don't over mix your muffins. The most important rule of muffin making is to not over stir the mix. What you really want is to just moisten the ingredients. Do not stir or beat the batter until it is smooth and lump free. You want the final mix to be lumpy, and thick with a few floury streaks.

 3. Add your flavors last.  While spices should be added with all the other dry ingredients, additions like fruit and nuts should be added last. Give the batter one more light-handed stir once you've added them in just to combine. 

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
4. Line the pans. You can choose to either grease the muffin tin or line it with paper liners. If you choose to forgo the liners, make sure you grease the base and sides of the cups with oil spray or a little melted butter. If you're not going to eat the muffins for a while, do use paper liners as these will keep the muffins fresher for longer. 

 5. Don't overfill your pans. Aim to fill the cups ¾ full to get muffins with nice round tops and to prevent them from spilling out over the top of the cups.  Often if your tins are over filled the muffins will rise to the top and then collapse on themselves.

 6. For extra interest, add a flavorful sprinkle on top.  Once the muffin cups are all filled, you can choose to sprinkle the tops with more fruit, nuts or a crumble topping, even sanding sugar or cinnamon sugar, for even more taste and or crunch. As the muffins rise these toppings will cook into the tops of the muffin. 

Special K Breakfast Muffins 

7. Protect your baking pan.  If there isn't enough batter to fill all the cups, half fill the empty ones with water. This will help the muffins bake evenly and will help to protect your pan from buckling. 

8. Cooling them down. Once you remove the muffins from the oven, let them sit in their pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack. This is especially important for muffins that aren't in a paper liner, as it will help them from falling apart. However, remove them after five minutes otherwise you risk them going soggy as they cool in the pan. 

9. Freeze extras for later. Muffins freeze beautifully, so if you can't enjoy them all on the day they're baked, wrap them in plastic wrap  tightly,  and put them in the freezer for later. They will keep for about 3 months and reheat wonderfully in the microwave for about 30 seconds on high from frozen.

Special K Breakfast Muffins 
One of the main things is not to overmix them really.  They should be lumpy.  Over-mixed muffins often end up tough and heavy.  Or they won't rise as well as they should do.

Perfect muffins should have a crispy top, a moist interior and loads of little holes which invite butter.  I know second time I have talked about buttering muffins.  I can't help it. I love butter on warm muffins.

Special K Breakfast Muffins

I also love muffins that are interesting, which is why I added more cereal to the tops of these.  I used the Special K with red berries, but I did not put any berries on top. Its been my experience that these will burn unappealingly.

You don't want that, but for a bit of crunch some of the cereal crushed and sprinkled on top is great!

These are the PERFECT breakfast muffins. Quick to make. Easy. Delicious. I highly recommend. That's one of my hand embroidered tea towels they are sitting on top of. A part of my preparations for my new home once I get it.


Special K Breakfast Muffins

Special K Breakfast Muffins

Yield: 6 muffins
Author: Marie Rayner
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 30 Min
Simple and delicious and filled with fiber. You can use plain Special K or the one with berries, etc.


  • 1/4 cup (20g) crushed special k cereal
  • 3/4 cup (105g) all purpose plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60g) melted butter
  • 1 large free range egg, lightly beaten
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • additional crushed cereal to sprinkle on top (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. 6 muffin cups lined with paper cases.
  2. Measure the cereal, flour and sugar into a bowl along with the baking powder. Whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla. Add all at once to the dry ingredients and stir together just to combine.
  3. Spoon into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle some additional crushed cereal on top to decorate if desired.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes until well risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Serve warm.
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  1. These look good, Marie. I love the maple leaves and wheat on your mom's dishes. Lovely that you have them now. I'm glad your mom rescued your cups and saucers. My mom had a nice collection, too. Not sure what happened to them. On occasion I will find a cup and saucer the same as one mom had and buy it. Enjoy your Saturday. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. I always loved my moms cups and saucers when I was a child and these dishes. I need nothing else. It’s a cute set. Very retro, and I love that! How did your squares turn out? I hope you are enjoying them! Love and hugs, xoxo
      PS thanks for the lovely card and sweet smelling sachet! 😘❤️

    2. The squares are lovely. I used almond flavouring and cherry jam. Didn't have dark brown sugar so used light brown and that worked well. I would certainly make them again. The next endeavour is your lemon pie. Need to get lemons, though. It's supposed to be a rainy day here tomorrow. I'm going to roast a plumb little chicken. That will make the house smell nice. Enjoy your Sunday. Love and hugs, Elaine

    3. OH, that makes me so happy Elaine! I love it when you try one of my recipes and then enjoy it! I bet your chicken was lovely. I do so love roast chicken! love and hugs, xoxo

  2. I love the look of these and don't make muffins anywhere near as often as I should.
    Your mum's dinner set is lovely. They bring back so many memories.
    I also have my mum's dinner service. It's not that old - 1980's, but until then she couldn't afford a whole matching set of anything and my entire childhood was spent eating off mismatched, often slightly chipped, hand me down crockery. She always said that what was on the plate was more important than the actual plate but when she finally got a whole matching set she was pleased as punch.

    1. My mom basically only had bits and pieces also prior to this. When we were grown up she bought both my sister and I some pieces of lead crystal a few Christmas’s. I think she always wished she had had some herself. Your mom was right about what’s on the plate being far more important! Xoxo

  3. I meant to add that I love your embroidered table linen too!

  4. Made today: Yummy. I added 1/2 softened raisins and sprinkled with sugar before baking. Taste great, but not much rise to them. Any suggestions?

    1. I am happy they were enjoyed. I am not sure about the rise problem. Mine rise fine. Did you over beat them? Is your baking powder/soda old? Did the weight of the raisins drag them down? Maybe the weight of the sugar on top? My tips for great muffins with a good rise, never over mix (a few lumps are fine), use fresh ingredients and make sure they are all at the same temperature, get them into the oven as soon as they are mixed. I hope this helps! xo

  5. Just taken these out of the oven and they smell delicious. Would you happen to know the baking time for the larger muffin tin , Texas muffin pan we call it in Australia . I’m loving your recipes , thankyou.

    1. I am not really sure as I have not baked these in a larger tin. I would suggest adding no more than five minutes of time to the bake time and checking them then. I hope this helps! Thank you for your lovely comment! xo

  6. Could you use just plain cornflakes with success ?


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