Sunday, March 9, 2014

Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Cereals Are Helping to Jump Start My Family's Days + 24-Hr. Sweepstakes for $1000! #MorningEnergy

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

If I skip breakfast in the AM, it is a slippery slope weight loss wise because by mid morning I am craving sweets and quick to grab anything in site.  But, I don't have the luxury to whip together pancakes, egg sandwiches or many other breakfast foods, as my girls are up at the crack of dawn, 6AM, each and every morning.  So, I find that if I wake at 5AM, I am able to get in a hot cup of coffee to kick start my date.  And, as I wait for the girls to come downstairs, I will have a bowl of cereal.  

Recently, I was given the opportunity to sample two new Honey Bunches of Oats flavors -- Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Chocolately Almond Crunch and Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Cinnamon Crunch.  My family has been a fan of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal for years, and I have shared numerous reviews of new flavors from this line of cereal from Post.  

Who doesn't need energy in morning?  Parents especially benefit from foods that not are good for them, but can also give them an extra push each morning, in place of strong coffee or other caffeine drinks.  And, they are right when they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because if you skip this meal, you will drag all morning, and find yourself trying to snack or catch up on calories throughout the day -- not good for children or adults.

So, finding the right cereal for busy parents and families on the go is crucial in making sure you don't miss breakfast before heading out the door to start your date.  And, thanks to these two new Honey Bunches of Oats varieties, Post has you covered.  What I love about these two new cereals is that they contain 33-35g of Whole Grain per serving, with only 220 calories.  And like other Honey Bunches of Oats cereals, these two new varieties are also heart healthy and filled with 5 g of fiber.  Oh, and don't let me forget to mention that this cereal also provides 6 g of protein or 10 g per serving when combined with a half cup of fat free milk.  What more could you ask for from a nutritious, wholesome family?  Your entire family will love this cereal, even if it doesn't contain a toy in the box.  

We sampled both flavors to compare flavors to see which one was our favorite.  My girls and I, all chocolate lovers, found ourselves reaching for another handful of the Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Chocolately Almond Crunch.  If you were to grab a handful from the box, you will find delicious chocolate morsels and clumps of crunchy granola bunches, along with crispy flakes.  My oldest loved to pick out and eat all the chocolate morsels, and then would follow by finding all the granola clusters.  Then, she would ask for her milk and wait until the crispy flakes were soggy before finishing her cereal.

Even if it wasn't breakfast time, I found myself reaching for a handful of this cereal to snack on. When the girls saw me snacking, they too, would ask for some.  How could I say when I knew that this was a healthier alternative to most kids' snack foods. 

We are loving these two new flavors of cereal from Post's Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy line, and I know your family will enjoy them, too.  Full of flavor with each spoonful, this is a great way to fuel up in the AM, and get you ready for the day ahead. 

To learn more about these two new varieties or others from Honey Bunches of Oats, as well as other Post cereals, head on over to the Post cereal website today --

-- Delicous Recipes to Try Using These New Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal --
You can also get energized and keep your morning routine in check with a few tasty recipes featuring Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy. The first recipe for “Morning Energy Mocha Balls” combines the Chocolatey Almond Crunch variety with nuts, seeds, cranberries and espresso powder for an energizing morning fix you can take on the road. The second recipe for “Cinnamon Breakfast Squares with Yogurt and Berries” uses the Cinnamon Crunch variety to create delicious breakfast squares, perfect for topping with Greek yogurt and fresh berries for a breakfast treat the whole family will love!
Morning Energy Mocha Balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


1-1/4 cups Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Chocolatey Almond Crunch cereal
1/2 cup walnut halves
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon flax seeds
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
4 Tablespoons almond butter
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 Tablespoons dried cranberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 cup toasted unsweetened coconut for rolling (optional)


Place the cereal in bowl of food processor.  Process until finely ground.  Add walnut halves, chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, almond butter, honey, maple syrup, cranberries, vanilla, espresso powder, and sea salt to bowl and process until well blended and mixture forms a stiff dough.  Remove dough and form into a compact ball with your hands.  Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in toasted coconut, if desired.  Place balls on a wax-paper lined sheet and let stand for an hour or so, then transfer to a tin or container with a tight lid.  The power balls will keep for at least a week at room temperature, or they can be chilled.  This recipe will make around 20 balls.

Cinnamon Breakfast Squares with Yogurt and Berries
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Cinnamon Crunch cereal
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs
1/2 cup nonfat milk
2 Tablespoons melted butter, cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 container (6 ounces) Greek yogurt
3 cups fresh berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries) or favorite fruit of choice
Honey, for drizzling
Nutmeg or Cinnamon, for sprinkling


Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Lightly butter and flour an 8-inch square pan, or coat lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, stir together the cereal, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon.  While stirring, slightly crush the cereal using the back of the spoon or rubber scraper; set aside. 
In another bowl, beat eggs until well blended.  Add milk, melted butter and vanilla, and mix well.  Combine egg mixture with flour mixture.  Pour batter (it will be thin) into prepared baking pan.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until it is set when lightly touched in the middle.  Remove from oven and set on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
To serve, cut into 6 equal-sized bars and place on serving plates.  Top each square with a dollop of Greek yogurt, surround with fruit, and drizzle with honey.  Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon and serve immediately.  Serves 6. 

I am not one for contests that go for a long time, as I like to know if I won or not.  And, when the giveaway is for a product I know my kids or family would enjoy, I don't like to wait long to see if I have to purchase it, and chance it selling out.  Well, for one day only tomorrow, the folks at Post are hosting a Twitter Sweepstakes, where one person will win $1000.  

So, how do you enter?  Simple.  Follow these steps tomorrow and be entered for a chance to win $1000.  
  • Follow @HBOats on Twitter
  • Tweet @HBOats, letting them know what you would do with more energy in the morning
  • Be sure to use the hashtag #MorningEnergy with your tweet and you could win a $1,000 VISA gift card!
It really is that easy – Tweeting @HBOats could win you $1,000! (Please note, when you submit your tweet, it must include the #MorningEnergy hashtag to qualify. The sweepstakes is one-day only, on Monday, March 10, 2014.)

What could you do with $1000? I love imagining how I would spend free money if I won it.  If you are the same, make a point to log onto Twitter tomorrow and enter this 24-hour sweepstakes.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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