Keto Cereal


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This keto cereal recipe is the BEST make ahead breakfast made with just 4 ingredients! Crispy, crunchy, and perfect served with milk! 2 grams net carbs per serving.

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Keto Cereal

Whenever I crave cereal on a keto diet, I have a few go-to recipes. I sometimes make crunchy granola and sometimes I make keto overnight oats. If I want something quick and fast that reminds me of my childhood, I make keto cereal.  

Why this keto cereal recipe will be your go-to low carb breakfast-

  • 4 Ingredients. Seriously, that is it. No hard to find or expensive ingredients needed, just four ones you probably have in your pantry right now. 
  • Cheaper than store bought. Most commercial keto cereals cost over $10 a box, and nearly all of them are only available online. 
  • Crispy, crunchy, and perfect with milk! This is NOT the cereal that becomes soggy once you add milk to it. It remains perfectly crunchy throughout and naturally sweetens the milk!
  • Easy to customize. This cereal forms a fabulous base and so easy to customize. You can add your favorite nuts, seeds, or flavor extracts to change up the flavors. 

What I love about this keto friendly cereal is just how much it reminds me of my favorite childhood cereal. Growing up, I used to have my cereal with flavored milk, and I’ve been doing it again, serving this keto cereal with some strawberry almond milk or keto chocolate milk!

How to make keto cereal?

The Ingredients.

  • Almond Flour- Blanched almond flour or superfine almond flour must be used, NOT almond meal. 
  • Coconut Flour- Works with the almond flour to achieve that crispy, while fluffy on the inside. Do not substitute this for other flours, otherwise, it will affect the overall recipe.
  • Keto maple syrup- To give the cereal some sweetness, while also helping hold the cereal balls together. Skip the expensive store bought kind and make your own!
  • Coconut oil- Adds a buttery flavor, while also keeps the cereal intact, so it doesn’t crumble and fall apart when added to milk. You want your coconut oil to be melted. 

The Instructions. 

Start by adding the almond and coconut flour into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Add the keto maple syrup and coconut oil and mix until a thick dough remains.

Next, using your hands, form bite sized balls and place them on a lined baking sheet. Bake the cereal for 10-12 minutes, until ‘just’ done. Remove the cereal from the oven and let it cool completely, before adding it to a cereal bowl with your favorite milk and enjoy.

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Tips to make the best recipe

  • Do not over-bake the cereal at all, as they are fragile and continue to cook as they cool down. If they look golden brown, you can remove the baking pan from the oven. 
  • This low carb cereal holds its shape when added to coconut milk, almond milk, or whatever milk you enjoy cereal with. 
  • Don’t worry if your cereal is all different shapes and sizes. As long as they are tiny pieces, that will be perfectly fine to still form cereal. 
  • For extra crispy cereal, bake for an extra 2-3 minutes. 

Flavor variations

  • Chocolate– As pictured, divide the dough in half and fold through 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into it. For an extra chocolate hit, add 1/4 cup of sugar free chocolate chips. 
  • Coconut– Add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract and, once the cereal has cooled, fold through 1/2 cup of toasted coconut flakes. 
  • Mixed berries– Serve this cereal with a handful of your favorite low carb berries, like strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. 
  • Vanilla bean– Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Trail mix– Once the cereal has cooled, fold through half a cup of keto trail mix

Storing and freezing instructions

  • To store: Cereal should always be stored in airtight container. It will remain fresh for at least a month.
  • To freeze: Freeze extra portions of cereal in a ziplock bag, and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

More keto breakfast recipes to try

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I eat cereal on a keto diet?

Low carb cereal is a fantastic breakfast option on a keto diet. This recipe is the best keto cereal option because it is easy to make and has just 2 grams net carbs per serving.

Where to buy keto cereal?

There are some keto cereals available online or in select grocery stories. Two popular brands include Catalina Crunch and Wonderworks.

Is Kellogg’s cereal keto friendly?

No Kellogg’s cereal is suitable for a keto diet. Several varieties contain added protein and have reduced sugar, but the carbs are still too high and will kick someone out of ketosis.

keto cereal recipe

Keto Cereal

5 from 169 votes
This keto cereal is the best make ahead breakfast recipe made with just 4 ingredients! Crispy, crunchy, and perfect with your favorite low carb milk!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your coconut flour and almond flour and mix well. Add your keto maple syrup and coconut oil and mix until a crumbly texture remains. Using your hands, form into a ball of dough.
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  • Form tiny balls of dough (cereal sized) and place on the lined tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely, before transferring to a sealable container.


TO STORE: Cereal should always be stored in an airtight container. It will remain fresh for at least a month.
TO FREEZE: Freeze extra portions of cereal in a ziplock bag, and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 8gFat: 16gSodium: 32mgFiber: 7gCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 3g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. In the intro net carbs are 2 grams per serve, but the nutrition info states 3 grams per serve. Can you please indicate which is correct. Thank you

  2. Made this, and it is amazing!!! The flavor was great, and the recipe was super easy. Well, besides rolling them in balls-contemplating how to make that step less time consuming-maybe a cookie press and some scissors?? Thanks again for another amazing recipe, so appreciated!!!

    1. You could roll it into a thin tube (like a snake) and use a dough cutter to chop into little pieces? Not perfect balls but far easier.

  3. Hi! I’ve been craving cereal but refuse to pay $10-12 a box. So i’m excited to try this one. Is there a substitute for maple syrup because i can’t seem to find a good one in stores. TIA

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for this recipe, it turned out so well! Instead of rolling them out, I just piped the flour in a line and scored each line so that it can break up. I added 1/4 cup peanut flour and 1/4 cup cocoa powder and it made it so good! It kinda reminds me of cocoa puffs with the peanut flour and cocoa powder. God Bless!

    1. I love the sound of this recipe. It has me thinking!
      TEMU offers a 468 round cavity silicone sheet…they suggest small candies, chocolate chips….
      But with a spatula…your batter could probably be spread onto this baking sheet right?
      Is it wet enough to be spread with a silicone spatula? It would make uniform cereal shapes, to be sure. Only $7.49🇨🇦Canadian dollars.

      Or…could a pancake batter be used! Yes…that is it…if this recipe is too dry to spread…medium thick pancake batter would work well…well baked to be golden and crunchy! Add fruit extracts for a fruity cereal!

      Thanks for all your inspiration!

  5. What a great idea! I feed a family of 6 – I loved the high ratings on this cereal, but was SO not willing to make tiny balls for cereal for this many people!! lol.

  6. 5 stars
    Excellent! Making more. Tried adding powdered peanut butter, and also cocoa powder for different flavors. What is the serving size?

  7. I’m new to counting carbs. How did you come up with neg carbs? I calculate it quite a bit higher than 3 net carbs.

  8. I was thinking of substituting sunflower seed flour or pumpkin seed flour for the almond flour because of my nut allergy. Is there a way to add cocoa powder to this recipe?

  9. Does this mean there’s 4 cups per batch? You keep saying 4 servings but what is the serving? Serving Size 1 cup and 4 cups per batch?

  10. 5 stars
    My 9 year old son has been placed on the ketogenic diet by his neurologist due to unstable epilepsy. He’s doing really well but is missing cereal (& hates keto granola). I made these and put a hole in the middle of each ball to make them sort of cheerio shaped. They are delicious!! Thanks so much