Food Drive and Fruity Pebbles Cupcakes: Post Bowls of Hope , Champions For Kids #PostCFK

I want to get serious with you guys today. I want to talk about childhood hunger and food donations.  Most food donations are made during the winder holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. What most people don’t realize, is that childhood hunger goes up the most in the summer. During the summer months, children don’t have access to school lunches and school meal assistance programs and unfortunately the income does not get any higher in the summer.
Low income families are struggling during the summer months and frequent the local food banks. We all need to remember that without our donations, the food bank’s shelves go empty!
This summer, Post cereals is urging everyone to help fight hunger by uniting with Champions for Kids in the Bowls of Hope Simple Service Project. You can learn all about participating and helping HERE, on the Champions for Kids website.
Anyone and everyone can help by gathering friends and family and asking them to donate food to the local food bank. Even if everyone brings only 1 box or a can of food, remember, it is 1 more box of cereal for a family in need!

I was very happy to participate in this Simple Service Project. I asked my husband to help me with organizing the food drive with his employees. I asked those who can, to bring healthy cereal and cereal bars as a donation to our local food bank. They were so wonderful with going out to the store and buying boxes of cereal  and cereal bars. I got many boxes of Shredded Wheat, Raisin Bran and cereal bars. As a thank you for all their donations, I made them some treats.
I went out to my local WalMart and got a few boxes of cereal myself. Some to donate and some to make the treats for those to helped me with the food drive. (You can see my entire trip here) I made Peanut Butter Chocolate and Pomegranate Cereal bars and Fruity Pebbles Vanilla Cupcakes. (I am sharing the recipes with you below. )
Before I share the recipes with you, I wanted to say and big
“THANK YOU”
to the wonderful people who helped me with the food drive!!
I took all these donations and what I got at the store and drove it our local Second Harvest food bank. They were so grateful and it felt incredibly good to be a part of this project.
Please join this fight against childhood hunger by donating food to your local food bank. Join the Post Bowls of Hope #PostCFK campaign, buy 2 boxes of cereal and donate 1!
TREATS
cereal bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate and Pomegranate Cereal Bars

Ingredients:
4 cups of Post Grape Nuts cereal
1 cup of Peanut Butter
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1/2 cup dry pomegranates

3 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 tbs butter

Directions:

1. Warm up the peanut butter and the maple syrup until hot. Place the cereal into a bowl and add the hot peanut butter, syrup and pomegranate seeds. Mix very well.

2. Line the 13×9 baking dish with parchment paper and grease slightly. Transfer the cereal mixture into the baking dish. Spread evenly and press hard. Refrigerate until completely cooled.

3. While the cereal bars a cooling prepare the chocolate drizzle. Cut the chocolate into chunks. Melt the chocolate and butter over medium heat in a small sauce pot. Mixing constantly. Let cool to room temperature. Drizzle the chocolate over the bars and refrigerate until all cooled.

4. Cut into squares.

cereal bars
Fruity Pebbles Vanilla Cupcakes
vanilla cupcakes

Ingredients:

This is actually a modified recipe of my Blackberry Daiquiri Cake. Love the way cupcakes came out!



Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup whole milk

Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter,  softened
3-4 cups powdered sugar,
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease the 12-cup muffin pan.
2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
3. Beat the sugar and eggs together, on high speed, until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
4. With mixer running, drizzle in the oil and beat until well combined.
5. Alternating, beat in dry ingredients and milk. Start and end with dry ingredients.
6. Divide the batter between the muffin cups. It should fill them all 3/4 of the way.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:
1. Beat the butter on high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Turn off the mixer, add the sugar and salt and mix a little by hand so that the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere.
2. Add the vanilla extract and heavy cream. Beat on high until all light, soft and fluffy (another 2-3 minutes).
3. Frost the cool cupcakes.

4. In a shallow bowl. Crunch about a cup of fruity pebbles cereal. Take each cupcake and dip it in the cereal evenly.

vanilla cupcakes

Enjoy!!

vanilla cupcakes
For more information, please visit the following links for more information on Post Bowls of Hope and Champions for Kids:

Post’s Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Post-Cereals/204852876206048
Post’s Twitter Handle:https://twitter.com/#!/PostCereals
CFK’s Twitter Handle:https://twitter.com/#!/champions4kids
CFK’s Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/ChampionsForKids

Lyuba

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Comments

  1. Wonderful idea and yummy besides! Great that your hubby could work with you on this! Cheers to both for a job well done!

  2. Awesome Job!  Plus those cupcakes look cute and yummy.

  3. kim @ oh, sweet joy! says:

    those cupcakes look amazing! 

  4. MamaLuvsBooks says:

    Your recipes look yummy!  And what a great cause!!  LOVE Champion for Kids!

  5. Love the Cupcakes!

  6. Tsue1136 says:

    What wonderful recipes and what a giving heart you have!  I hope your efforts inspire many to make a difference!

  7. The daily smash says:

    Yummy this looks so good. I need to try it soon. I love the idea of fruity pebbles on the cupcakes.

    Love your blog

    Check out my food blog if you haven’t already :)

    http://www.thedailysmash101.blogspot.com

  8. Andrea Kruse says:

    I love the treats you made inspired by this project! I will have to try those cupcakes with my kids.

    Love that you got others involved in this project. :)

  9. Lovley treats you’ve made, pinned them both :) Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays …

  10. Mallery Schuplin says:

    You did an awesome job collecting cereal and I totally ate dinner before checking out your post!  I will be linking back to your frosting recipe when I make my birthday cupcakes!

  11. WillCookForSmiles says:

     Thank you so much! You are so sweet!!

  12. WillCookForSmiles says:

     Thank you!

  13. WillCookForSmiles says:

     I think it will be a big hit at a kid’s party :) Hope you get a chance to try them!

  14. WillCookForSmiles says:

     Thank you so much!

  15. WillCookForSmiles says:

     Thank you! I hope it does too!

  16. These are some OMG cupcakes. Love your project, but cupcakes are just irresistible 

  17. T Marilyn says:

    That looks AMAZING.. YUM.. Can I live in your kitchen..? You always have FAB cooking happening. ;)) I’d LOVE if you could please link thi sto Pin’Inspirational Party happening tonight pweease.. This is just wonderfull.. Wishing you a lovley evening. Xo.. Marilyn

  18. WillCookForSmiles says:

     You are so sweet!! Thank you!

  19. Thank you so much for linking this excellent post to my Say G’Day Saturday Linky Party. Thanks also for the reminder about supporting our local food banks. We are living in hard times at the moment so it’s so heart warming to see wonderful people like you being so caring and kind.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  20. Charlene@A Pinch of Joy says:

    What a wonderful reminder to support our local food banks year round.

      Thanks so much for sharing on Busy
    Monday at A Pinch of Joy.  Hope to see
    you again soon! 

  21. That is such a great thing to do!!  I love to hear of others giving back!  Thank you so much for sharing your passion for this!  And the cupcakes are too cute with cereal on top:-)

  22. SarahCarletti says:

    I love your blog and I would be so honored if you could link up to Thursday Food Fest at http://www.theeaseoffreeze.com. I open on Wed eve’s. I hope to see you! Smiles, Sarah

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