Instead of buying more, I’ve been experimenting with learning to make your own homemade cereal. Turns out, it’s much easier than you would imagine! The homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch like cereal I’m sharing with you today is so easy to make. If you can make Homemade Crackers, you can easily make your own homemade cereal. Even if you aren’t a big fan of cereal for breakfast, this makes a great afternoon snack!
Make Your Own Homemade Cereal
In our home, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Ever since my babies were old enough to understand the concept of breakfast, I’ve tried to make it a delicious, but peaceful morning time that we spend together. I usually like to make a big breakfast…bacon or Homemade Sausage, pancakes with Blueberry Sauce, or a delicious quick bread like Banana Bread. I light a few Beeswax Candles, play some soft comforting music, and let everyone slowly wake up for the day.
But some days, that just isn’t possible. We are in a hurry to get out the door for an appointment or on town day and we just don’t have time for an overdrawn breakfast. I’m no perfect mom, I feed my kids cereal on occasion for breakfast (although always with some kind of protein and fresh fruit otherwise it’s just not filling enough for my boys!) but I don’t always keep it on hand since it’s not a “regular” breakfast staple.
Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch
What You Need to Make Homemade Cereal:
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour OR Whole Wheat Flour OR All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Raw Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 1/2 cup Water
- + Extra Cinnamon, Sugar, and Coconut Oil for the topping. (Optional)
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, honey, and melted coconut oil. For this recipe, I used a refined coconut oil instead of extra virgin so it would not have the coconut flavor. You can use whatever you have on hand.
Add in the baking soda, 1 1/2 cups of the flour, and the water. Stir until combined, mixture will be messy.
Add in the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. You want the mixture to be somewhat crumbly but not completely dry so if you need to add a bit less or a bit more flour, use this time to get the batter to the right consistency along with whatever flour you are using. I’ve found that a total of 2 cups of my gluten free flour blend works perfectly with this recipe but depending on the blend you use, or if you decide to use all purpose or wheat flour, the amounts may be slightly different.
Place a piece of parchment paper onto two baking sheets or cookie sheets. Divide the batter in half between the two pans. Spread it out a little with your fingers and then top with another piece of parchment paper and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick. The thinner you get, the crunchier the cereal!
Melt another tablespoon or two of coconut oil and brush over the tops of the flattened dough. In a small bowl, combine 1/8 cup of cane sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to sprinkle over the coconut oil. This step is optional…if you want to add as little sugar as possible, you can go ahead and skip this step! A layer of melted coconut oil will still add some nice flavor and crunch so I would still add that even if you don’t do the cinnamon/sugar mix.
Use a pizza cutter or a small paring knife to score the cereal into small pieces. Bake the sheets at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the cereal has turned a nice shade of brown. After you remove it from the oven, let it rest for a minute or two on the counter and then use your knife to score the pieces again, but only widthwise (or they will break). Let the pieces cool completely before scooping off the trays.
This recipe will fill about 2 quart size jars or a half gallon jar. Store in the jar with a plastic lid on the countertop if you plan on eating soon or stick it in the fridge or the freezer for longer term storage.
Enjoy for breakfast or as a snack. Not only is it tasty, but it will make your home smell delicious as it’s cooking. Win-win!
Have you ever tried to make your own homemade cereal?