Grape Nuts Muffins

Grape-Nuts muffins on a wire rack
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 22 mins
Total: 32 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
144 Calories
6g Fat
20g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 99mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple recipe takes the nutty crunch of Grape-Nuts cereal in a whole new direction: a highly portable, snackable form of a muffin.

Grape-Nuts muffins are the perfect afternoon treat or breakfast on the go. This six-step recipe prepares a dozen not-too-sweet muffins in about 30 minutes. The recipe can easily be altered to your liking. For example, it calls for a few tablespoons of sugar, but you can use maple syrup or honey instead.

Want to add a little fiber to your morning routine? Add some oat bran. Do you like your muffins to have a little more texture? Fold in some chopped pecans or walnuts (toast them first for extra nuttiness).


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 3/4 cup Grape-Nuts cereal

  • 1 large egg, well beaten

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3 tablespoons melted shortening

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease and flour muffin pans or line with paper liners.

  3. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar; whisk to blend thoroughly. Add cereal and mix.

  4. Combine beaten egg, milk, and melted shortening; add to dry mixture and mix just until all ingredients are moistened.

  5. Fill prepared muffin pans about 2/3 full.

  6. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until done.


These muffins are especially good the day after you make them, split in half and toasted in a toaster or right on a hot skillet. Add a bit of butter, or a drizzle of maple syrup or honey on them.


These muffins are endlessly adaptable. Try some of the following ways:

  • Add a 1/4 cup of rolled oats to the dry ingredients.
  • Boost up the nutty flavor and nutrition by adding a couple of tablespoons of either wheat germ, oat bran, or flaxseed meal.
  • Add 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries for some sweetness.
  • Replace the melted shortening with melted butter, olive oil, or coconut oil.

How to Store and Freeze Grape-Nuts Muffins

  • You can store these muffins in a covered airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • For longer storage (up to 6 months), wrap them individually in foil and freeze for up to 6 months. Reheat in the foil in a 350 F oven for 15 minutes or so until hot all the way through.

Why are they called Grape-Nuts?

Grape-Nuts contain neither grapes nor nuts, despite what the name suggests. The cereal is made from wheat and barley, but there are a couple of origin stories floating around. One suggests that the cereal looks a bit like grape seeds, and the taste is nutty, so the name Grape-Nuts was born; another suggests that cereal inventor C.W. Post believed that “grape sugar” (his name for glucose) formed during the baking process.