Fruity Breakfast Cookies! Packed with rolled oats, cashew butter and some of your favorite cereals, these Fruity Breakfast Cookies are so good!
Before I got married, I lived off of cereal. Like, I would not only eat it for breakfast, but I would have cereal for dinner too. And then I got married, and we were always working late so some nights the cereal for dinner continued.
I ate and loved Cheerios, any type of granola or anything with nuts or almonds and dried fruit. I loved cereal. And I still do today.
But now I have kids and we can’t give our kids cereal every morning for breakfast, can we? Or, can we?
Recently, I attended a press trip to General Mills to learn about all the new things they are doing with cereal. In case you didn’t know, General Mills has removed artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from some of your favorite cereals. Trix, Reese’s Puffs and Fruity Cheerios being the first ones.
Before they started the process, about 60 percent of their cereals were already free of artificial flavors or colors from artificial sources and have been that way for several years. General Mills was aiming for 75 percent by January and 90 percent free of artificial flavors or colors from artificial sources, by the end of 2016, giving their product developers time to make sure they look and taste great.
I loved visiting General Mills headquarters. I learned so much about the company, why they came to the conclusion to change the cereals in the first place, what they are learning from consumers and what their plans are for the future.
I love it that a large (I should say huuuuuge) corporation like General Mills is actually taking risks, because not everyone will like the new cereals, and they are actually listening and acting. Who wants artificial ingredients in their cereal? If you had the choice, what would you buy? What would you buy for your children?
One day several groups came to talk to us and we learned so much. A larger portion of Americans care more about fresh ingredients and don’t want the artificial colors or flavors in their foods.
I love that we live in a time now where people care about ingredients, they are actually reading labels and care about how their food is grown and raised. I think it’s great to keep learning and to continue asking questions.
I am far from the perfect eater but I try my best. I also try my best with the food I give to my children. Some might say, don’t give cereal or sugar to your kids at all. But, for me and my family, that’s not realistic. I still make pop tarts for my kids in the morning on weekdays if things are crazy.
In my mind, if we’re eating fruits and vegetables and protein (your balanced diet), you can have the other things and it’s fine.
My kids and I loved the cereals (and my husband too) and I could care less that the colors aren’t as bright as they were before. The cereal tastes the same, if not better. At General Mills, we learned how they, the cereal team, figured out the new recipes. They tested a bunch of different things and, for cereals like Trix, used fruit and vegetable juice and spice extracts for color. In Reese’s Puffs, they used flavors like natural vanilla.
We then got to create some recipes of our own! Using the cereals! As you can probably guess, I made Fruity Breakfast Cookies, using Trix and Fruity Cheerios!
The next day was the best part. People from the Betty Crocker kitchens made all of our recipes again and then we got to shoot them and, of course, we got to visit the huge prop room to grab some things.
Don’t the cookies look yummy?? I was pretty pleased with how they turned out. The perfect breakfast cookie. Not too sweet and the right amount of texture and flavor.
Before we left, we got to create our own cereal mixes. . which got me thinking. . what would be the perfect cereal???
I’m not suggesting that we feed cereal to our children every morning. I think it’s good to throw in a little variety, like eggs, waffles and a bagel or toast. But the next time you are at the grocery store going down the cereal aisle, take a look at the new General Mills cereals and give them a try . . and if your kids start to fall in love with Trix or Fruity Cheerios, that wouldn’t be a bad thing!
- 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temp
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup cashew butter
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup coarsely chopped cereal (blend of Trix and Fruity Cheerios)
- 1 cup cereal (blend of Trix and Fruity Cheerios); not crushed or blended
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using your stand mixer, beat together the butter and the sugars, add in the cashew butter and mix again. Add the egg and mix again until combined.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and coarsely chopped cereal.
- With the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry ingredients until combined. Add in the cereal, rolled oats and chocolate chips and mix together (on a low setting) until just combined.
- Place cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet, about 1 to 2 inches apart and bake for about 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We were not required to write a blog post after the visit to General Mills. All opinions are my own.