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.
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?
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
There are some keto cereals available online or in select grocery stories. Two popular brands include Catalina Crunch and Wonderworks.
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.
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 6 tablespoon keto maple syrup
- 6 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- 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.
- 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.
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Would sugar free honey work in place of sugar free maple syrup? Sugar free honey has a thick sticky texture like regular honey.
Could I add some flax seed to the recipe for extra fiber, and if so would you recommend cutting down on the oil slightly for the texture to stay crispy?
I want to try a peanut butter flavored version. I saw one commenter used PB powder. How much? Did they taste like peanut butter? Thanks!
Not sure- I haven’t tried it!
You’re going to make me the greatest husband that ever lived.
Can I use allulose or erythritol (granulated) instead of maple syrup?