Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch Cereal – Low Carb and Gluten Free


I’ve been kicking this recipe idea around for a few weeks now.  It all started when I was pouring my son a bowl of his favorite “treat” cereal one morning, and it smelled so good that I suddenly missed eating cereal.

The cold, creamy milk mixed with the sweet crunch of the little squares just sounded amazing to me right then.  I didn’t cave and eat any, but I added a low carb cereal recipe to the top of my “to do” list!

This morning I finally had time to do some experimenting with it so I got to work.  Because I’m doing the Whole 30 in August and the only approved sweetener is the occasional fruit or fruit juice, I wanted to develop a low carb cereal recipe that would be Whole 30 compliant.

As it is, I’m giving up my Cream Cheese Pancakes, because you can’t have dairy on the Whole 30 – which also rules out another of my favorites, Greek yogurt.  On top of that, I can’t have bacon or sausage unless I make my own, or pay through the nose for one cured without any sugar at all.  So I’m going to be seriously hating eggs by the end of the month!

Or at least I would be if I didn’t have this awesome low carb cereal to add to my breakfast menu!  Served with unsweetened almond milk, it’s pretty amazing, and stays crunchy for about as long as a typical breakfast cereal.

For those of you not doing the Whole 30, the cereal recipe can be sweetened with the sugar substitute of your choice – just remember to add 1/2 cup of water to replace the liquid from the apple juice.  Start with the equivalent of 1/4 cup of sugar when figuring out your measurements and go from there to get it as sweet as you prefer.

This recipe is pretty easy to make too, which is an added bonus.  On another note, good quality cinnamon will really make a difference.  You don’t have to buy an expensive brand but if your cinnamon jar is from the 90’s, it’s time to throw it out and buy some fresh stuff.  You should really be replacing your dried herbs and spices at least once a year because they lose their potency over time.

Makes six 1/2 cup servings

1/2 cup milled flax seed
1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
2 Tbl ground cinnamon
1/2 cup apple juice
1 Tbl coconut oil

Combine the dry ingredients in a Magic Bullet, blender or food processor.  Add the apple juice and coconut oil and process until fully combined and mostly smooth.  Spread the batter out on a parchment lined cookie sheet until nice and thin – about 1/16 of an inch thick.  Bake in a preheated 300 degree (F) oven for 15 minutes.  Lower the heat to 250 degrees (F) and bake for another 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and using a pizza cutter or knife, cut into squares about the size of the keys on your computer keyboard.

Turn off the oven and put the cereal back inside for about an hour, or until it’s crisp and breaks easily.  If it’s still soft, keep in the oven until completely dried out and crisp.  Serve with unsweetened almond or coconut milk!  SO good!  Can’t wait to hear what you guys think of it!

Approximate nutrition info per serving as is: 138 calories, 9g fat, 3.4g net carbs, 5g protein

Approx nutrition info per serving if using a no calorie sugar substitute in place of the apple juice:

129 calories, 9g fat, 1.25g net carbs, 5g protein

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  1. Page

    you may have just made my month! I have been craving something crunchy and nuts just aren’t cutting it. I can’t wait to try this recipe

  2. Christine

    At the top of my to-make list for sure! YUM!

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)07-27-2012

      I’m already planning a huge batch to have on hand for August while I’m doing the Whole 30! I even ate it for dinner last night – so good!

  3. Aline - Yoshii
    Aline - Yoshii07-26-2012

    What have you done!!!! Cereals! Oh my god! If I only imagine this sweet crunchy stuff with delicious cold milk..oh my god, this is just too good to be true! MUST TRY! I love you, I really do! :D

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)07-27-2012

      Thanks Aline! You’re going to love it – it’s everything I was missing about cereal!

    • Lee Kirsten MacKenzie
      Lee Kirsten MacKenzie01-24-2013

      Ditto to everything said above! I do SO miss cereal…and now for the cold almond milk- yeah, Baby! Can’t wait to go to the store to see if I can find that hemp seed…

  4. Dawn

    I love this! I have been wanting to make cereal for a long time! Guess this is a reason to buy those hemp hearts at Costco. Although I didn’t consider them particularly low carb…maybe I am remembering wrong.

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)07-27-2012

      Only 1g of net carbs per 3 Tablespoons in the hemp hearts so it’s almost as good as flax seeds as far as being low carb friendly! And they are SO good for you – loaded with Omega 3’s and other vitamins and minerals. Not to mention delicious. I usually mix a few tablespoons into my morning yogurt. Yum!

  5. cravingsgoneclean

    Wow! I used to LOVE that cereal…well, I probably still do, but it’s way too loaded with sugar for me to buy it these days. I think you’re on to something :)I will have to try this. My next question is, can you figure out a way to make a healthy version of Reese Puffs? All my cereal cravings would be taken care of!

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)07-27-2012

      Hey Lauren! I laughed at the visual of me rolling hundreds of tiny balls of peanut flavored cereal and placing them on a cookie sheet to bake! Maybe I can get the flavors but don’t think they’ll be round! ha ha! :)

  6. Sarah @ The Fit Cookie
    Sarah @ The Fit Cookie07-27-2012

    This is awesome! Can’t wait to try this : )

  7. Mara

    Hey, I love the recipe, but getting hemp seeds here is nearly impossible, can I susbtitue them for anything else

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)07-27-2012

      You can try ground almonds or walnuts which should work in theory – though I haven’t tried it myself yet!

    • Mara

      Okay, thanks, I´ll try it out and report back =)

    • Dems

      I couldn’t find any hemp seed either. I substituted Chia seed! Might want to try that :)

      • Mainegarden

        I used sunflower seeds instead of hemp seeds. They were tasty, but the texture was like graham crackers, not really crunchy. Was that the ingredient, or the baking/drying? I will make these again! Maybe a Tbsp of cocoa and a Tbsp of cinnamon?

  8. Heidi @ Food Doodles
    Heidi @ Food Doodles07-27-2012

    Great idea! Your cereal looks so yummy :)

  9. Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk07-27-2012

    This is absolutely wonderful…love the healthy touch and the appealing breakfast idea!

  10. claire

    I’m thinking about trying this using unsweetened applesauce instead of juice. Any thoughts whether that would work?

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)07-30-2012

      It’s hard to say without actually trying it, but I suspect the pulp of the apple left after the liquid evaporates out might keep your cereal from crisping up nicely. But it’s just a theory – I’m curious to know if it will work, so I hope you’ll report back!

  11. Liz

    Would it work to sub chia seeds for the hemp?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-20-2012

      Not sure Liz, it would definitely alter the flavor – I think going all flax would be better than chia seeds, but I’m not a fan of them so that might be why! Let us know if it works!

  12. MemoryKeeper

    This recipe looks scrumptious. BTW, I know that lower sodium bacon is sugar free, hope that helps!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-20-2012

      I did find that out and was very excited about it! I have only eaten bacon once since I started my Whole 30 though and I didn’t miss it as much as I thought I would!

  13. Javelin Warrior
    Javelin Warrior08-02-2012

    What a cool recipe and I love that you found a way to make healthy “cinnamon toast crunch” cereal! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I love the inspiration I get from your food…

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-20-2012

      Thanks JW, I appreciate being featured in another Food Fetish Friday! Hope you try the cereal!

  14. Jeanette

    Hi! I’m a new reader of your blog, and I love it. You have so many inspiring recipes!

    This cereal was really delicious!! I used hazelnuts instead of hempseeds, and it was lovely. Will make again, when I get my hempseeds :-)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-06-2012

      Thanks Jeanette and good to know that it worked with with an alternative to the hemp! I appreciate you reporting back and I’m glad you liked it!

    • AnDee

      Thanks for posting the nut substitution. But, if you were to use stevia, or some other sugar-free sub, how much would you use? Thanks!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-24-2012

      Mix 1/2 cup of water with a sugar free sub that is equal to 1/4 cup of sugar – it’s different depending on your brand so you can check their website for a chart of equivalents to figure it out. Enjoy!

    • Nada Quraishi
      Nada Quraishi06-15-2014

      Quick question. If I am substituting the hemp seeds for almond meal and regular flax seeds for the milled kind – can I just use 1/2 cup of almonds, with 1/2 cup flax seeds and then grind them all at once with the oil and juice? Or should I use 1/2 cup of pre-ground almond (almond meal) with 1/2 cup of pre ground flax seeds, and then put that combo through the magic bullet again with the oil and juice? Hope that even made sense

  15. Donna Young
    Donna Young08-04-2012

    Any substitution ideas for the apple juice to make it more low carb?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-06-2012

      There are instructions above the recipe on how much sugar substitute and water to sub for the apple juice to make it low carb. There is also nutrition info for each method. Enjoy!

  16. kimberly

    I made this recipe yesterday and it has a great flavor! I used sugar substitute and water instead of apple juice. My cereal never dried out or got crispy. I feel like I made it as thin as possible. Maybe I need a little less water? Thanks for the recipe. I probably miss cereal most since going low carb.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-06-2012

      Hi Kimberly! I don’t think it was too much water – that would evaporate eventually and should have left you with a crisp cereal. It’s possible that the sugar sub you used altered the texture and somehow prevented it from becoming crisp – or that it just needed more time in the oven. If you try again, you might want to bake it in the evening and then turn it off and leave it in there overnight. Let me know if you try again and what the results are! Thanks!

    • kimberly

      Yeah, the more I thought I about it, the more I decided I should have baked it longer. I’m planning to do another batch this weekend so I’ll let you know how it turns out! Thanks again for your input AND recipes. :)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-20-2012

      Hope the second batch worked better for you Kimberly! :)

  17. Anonymous

    I made this today! It’s currently in the oven drying out.

    It was so difficult to spread on the baking sheet. I ended up ditching the spoon and used my fingers to spread it out and it was like glue/paste. I don’t know if I was the only one with this problem, but I ended up coating my fingers in coconut oil to keep the mixture from sticking to my fingers. It helped a bit, but it was still hard.

    I can’t wait to try it though with some almond and coconut milk! I’m having it for dinner tonight after a long run, so I’m very excited!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-20-2012

      The longer the mixture sits, the more gelatinous it gets from the flax meal. Next time try spreading it out immediately after mixing and you can use a silicone spatula coated with coconut oil to help smooth it out. Hope it turned out ok!

      • Jordan Tanaka
        Jordan Tanaka07-05-2013

        I too was having an issue pressing it out (I did have to let the dough sit a bit before I was able to get to it so that explains why is was harder) but I just put it between two sheets of parchment paper and rolled it with a rolling pin…worked like a charm! The cereal is so good and even my 2 1/2 year old loves it! Thanks for sharing your great recipes :)

  18. mandapanda

    I just made this but subbed Almond meal of the hemp since it was all I had on hand. It is sooooo good! Next time I will be a little more generous with the cinnamon but I love it. This will be a staple in our keto house for sure! If you are spreading it on parchment its super easy if you slap another piece of parchment on top and roll it with a rolling pin then peel the top parchment paper off before baking. :) Mine certainly are not as good looking as yours since husband recently broke my pizza cutter but, they taste fabulous!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-21-2012

      Thanks for sharing the parchment tip! Glad you guys are enjoying the cereal!

  19. Anonymous

    Any idea how long this keeps before it either A) goes bad/spoils or B) becomes noticeably less crunchy? I’m intending on making a batch soon and trying to decide how much I should make based on how much I’ll eat/how long it keeps. Any advice is appreciated. :)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-21-2012

      I haven’t stored any for any length of time, but I kept mine in an airtight container in the fridge just to be safe and I had it about a week. You can also freeze it if you’re making a LOT. Might even be ok at room temp if it’s stored airtight but it’s probably safest in the fridge. Enjoy!

  20. Anonymous

    Im just wondering what you considered a serving for this? Can’t wait to try it but dont want to go overboard when pouring myself a bowl ;) Also, is there any substitution for coconut oil? I dont have any, and I’m not sure I want to buy some just for this! Looks awesome, thanks for the recipe!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-23-2012

      Hi Sydney – the nutrition info is per 1/2 cup of cereal so add up accordingly depending on how much you eat! You could use clarified butter if you’re paleo or any other light tasting oil if you are just watching your carbs. Enjoy!

  21. My name is Charles
    My name is Charles08-22-2012

    I just had a bowl of the cereal with some almond milk for dinner. Its been a long time since I had cereal (much less for dinner!!), so thank you for that.

    Anyway this batch definitely was too thick. That and it appears that I ate a third of my batch. Which leads me too a couple of additional thoughts:

    1 I think next time I will attempt to use a rolling pin to thin it out.

    2 I will make a double batch at least given the high work-to-food-output ratio. (vs, say, a bag of frozen hot wings)

    - cheers

  22. My name is Charles
    My name is Charles08-23-2012

    Hmm, I replied earlier suggesting that a video of the process might be helpful to your audience, for this recipe in particular, to make clear what exactly the consistency of the dough should be.

    I also wondered if a bit of salt in the batter might amp up the flavor a little in the finished product — had you tried that?

    Also I just made another, more successful, batch, this time first using a lubricated cutting mat to “smush” the dough and then a rolling pin (on top of the mat) to even it out. (I also attempted to use lubed up wax paper for smushing and that didn’t work since the dough stuck to it in spite of the Pam.)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-24-2012

      Thanks for the input Charles, I’m not really set up to do any video tutorials yet though it’s something I’d like to add at some point. I didn’t use salt but I can see where that would give it a little something extra. I also find that using parchment paper on the bottom and top works well and it doesn’t stick as much. But the most critical thing is to mix and spread it right away because the flax as it sits gets more and more gelatinous which makes it gummy and harder to spread. Hope that helps!

  23. Dems

    Hello! Love your blog and this recipe, just wondering how you spread this? Do you just use a spatula, fingers, rolling pin? What? Also, are your squares fairly small?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny09-01-2012

      Hi Dems! Yes, the squares are small, about one inch in diameter. I used a spatula to spread it out but it’s key that you do it right away as the flax causes it to stiffen up after a few minutes and then it’s harder to spread. Hope you like it!

  24. Dancing tigga
    Dancing tigga09-07-2012

    Have a Batch in the oven, mixed the fat into the dry ingredients. By hand and then mixed in the apple juice…mixture felt quite wet. Used the parchment technique for rolling and it was all very easy – kids skipped off to bed, very excited about a new cereal for breakfast. They seemed a bit soft still when I retired to bed but this morning they are perfect, had some with a strawberry and a splash of cold milk – I couldn’t resist it. So thank you – again for another wonderful recipe – I tried your cream cheese pancakes yesterday, simple but clever, well done.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny09-07-2012

      Thanks so much DT! Glad the cereal recipe worked so well for you – it really hits the spot when you’ve been missing that crunch in the morning! Oh and I’m happy that you enjoyed the pancakes too! :)

  25. Kaitlyn

    Where do I find flax and hemp seeds??

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny09-18-2012

      You can get flax almost anywhere, even Walmart in the baking section. Hemp seeds are a little harder, I get mine at Costco but you can get them at Whole Foods and other natural food stores. Or order them online from or other sources. If you don’t have hemp seeds you can substitute almond meal. Enjoy!

  26. Susan

    Made this with almond meal today for my kids… huge success!

    thank you so much for your creative recipe!

  27. becxk

    This is awesome! But mine tasted a little burnt… :( not sure if I’m just not used to adding SOOOO much cinnamon or if they were left in the oven too long. Any less time and they weren’t crispy enough. I’ll try again though. I miss cereal too much! I’ve recently started following your blog. It is so great! Some things are a little difficult to source where I am here in Australia but am loving the adventures of obscure ingredient hunts! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny10-26-2012

      Thanks becxk! A couple of mine on the edges where they were really thin got a little darker – it’s possible that yours were thinner than mine in which case they might have needed a little less cooking time but more time drying out in the oven. You’ll have to tweak it batch by batch as you get the hang of it!

  28. Bonnie Buckner
    Bonnie Buckner01-06-2013

    Can’t wait to try this as is and just add a touch of real maple to them babies before adding coconut milk to the bowl!

  29. Melissa K
    Melissa K01-14-2013

    These are in the oven now! I can’t wait to try them!!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny01-21-2013

      Great, hope you like them! I haven’t made this cereal in a long time, I think I’ll have to add it to my rotation soon!

      • Maura

        I’ve been making this for awhile since I first found it on here.Yesterday I decided to make it look like bran flakes by rolling it as thin as the rolling pin would make it between two parchment sheets.I had to do it on two cookie sheets,dividing the mix between the two.Leaving both papers in place ,I started cooking and eventually the top layer of parchment lifted right off. I was left with a thin crispy flax sheet which I then broke into flakes.Worked out great! Flax Flakes! I do use stevia, water instead of juice and all flax but I just love this cereal as squares and now flakes!

  30. Marouli

    This sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to make it. How many servings does it make?

  31. Tabitha

    Hey Mellissa,

    I just made this…AMAZING! I would like to try making them bigger like graham crackers! Have you tried that? I bet they would be good with some cheese cake on top.

  32. running betty
    running betty02-04-2013

    In the oven right now. Just licking the spatula was yummy

  33. lucie

    is there a substitute for coconut oil?? Can i use spreads or other oils??

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny02-12-2013

      You could use other oil or butter according to whatever your diet allows. Enjoy!

      • lucie

        what can you replace the almond meal or hemp seeds with? like wheat or oat bran?? it is too many seeds, my hubby gets diarrhea from it :(

        • Mellissa Sevigny
          Mellissa Sevigny02-13-2013

          Oat bran would probably work – you’ll just have to experiment I guess. You can also use some coconut flour if your hubby can tolerate that. Hope it works out for you!

  34. melissa

    I love this idea! has anyone tried usiing stevia instead of apple juice? and if so, how much did you use?

    • lucie

      “Mix 1/2 cup of water with a sugar free sub that is equal to 1/4 cup of sugar – it’s different depending on your brand so you can check their website for a chart of equivalents to figure it out. Enjoy!”

  35. Andie

    I didn’t have flax or hemp seeds on hand, but I really wanted to try this recipe, so I used 1/2 cup of ground mixed raw almonds, sunflower seeds and pepitas and 1/2 cup of chia seeds instead and it turned out so well! It was so easy to make and it’s so nice to be ale to have cereal again! Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  36. Sonia! The Healthy Foodie
    Sonia! The Healthy Foodie02-19-2013

    OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, Mellissa, YUUUUUM! I want some of that NOW! I’m like drooling all over the place here. Can anyone say craving grains, maybe?

    Seriously, this looks amazing and I really want to make them. But would it not be considered SWYPO? So far, this would be the one thing I’m having the hardest time dealing with… But I so badly want to make this.

    Please, please, please, tell me I can!

    And mind you… did I not say that I was not going to adhere to that SWYPO rule for my first attempt? ;)

    PINNED FOR SURE! (I think you are my new hero)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny02-20-2013

      Hey Sonia! This cereal is definitely yummy, and technically Whole 30 compliant – though it probably does fall into the SWYPO category, especially if you’ve been craving grains. But I won’t tell anyone if you don’t! :)

  37. Kate Koger
    Kate Koger02-25-2013

    My eldest daughter (9 years old) and I are having a go at this but using pecans, ground almonds, coconut oil, grass fed butter, cinnamon and a dash of vanilla!!! I have been wanting to make this for months and months!!

    Can’t wait to try it!!!!

  38. JustMe

    I see you said you kept this in your fridge. I’m traveling for several days and I’ve been looking for some easy snacks or even breakfasts to take with me while I’m flying and staying at a hotel with no fridge. Do you think I could freeze a couple of batches and then let them thaw out my first day of travel? By the time I get hungry on the plane they might be ready to eat. Could a coupe of servings last a day or two that way outside of the fridge?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny02-27-2013

      I think it would be fine for a few days – I just keep it in the fridge and freezer to be on the safe side.

  39. Laura S.
    Laura S.02-28-2013

    Wow. I rarely ever had cereal but now I want some! Going to have to give this a go.

  40. April

    Im newly (less than a month) Gluten, Sugar, Grain, Dairy free. Thankfully i can have honey and agave. I’ve been struggling with what to have for breakfast since i cant stand eggs. BLECH. I’ve always been a cereal person and really miss my daily breakfast. WELL…yesterday a friend of mine brought me a baggie of your cereal that she had made. It smelled DEVINE, but when i munched on one, it was a little…well…not quite there. But it had major potential! I was hopeful! So, this morning i was really looking forward to trying it. I pour some in a bowl, drizzled it with a bit of honey, cut up two beautiful strawberries and poured Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk over the top. Boy was i surprised and very HAPPY! It was ABSOLUTELY delicious! The texture took a few mins to get used to, its a little grainy. But other than that, it was awesome. It didnt get soggy at all. The crunch was perfect. The cinnamon was perfect. Everything!!! I wouldnt change anything! I really am trying to have an open mind with all these new foods, and im thankful for people like yourself giving us more / new options for what we CAN have. :)

  41. wifeson

    OMG I miss cereal. The crunch and the ease of getting something quick. Thanks so much cant wait to try this! I just bought a magic bullet and flax seeds! Can I put some chia seeds in there too. I have to get hemp seeds I never heard of them. Is there any subs for it!
    I recently was diagnosed with diabetes so I stay away from carbs. I have lost 35 lbs in 9 weeks and love eating healthy. I love your recipes! Thanks a bunch!!

  42. Dani

    I just found this recipe and I am really wanting to make it! I am finishing up my first Whole30, and plan to go to a mainly Paleo diet afterwards. I tried to find the milled flax seed last night, but had a little trouble. Is it different from regular flax seeds? Can I just use them instead? Or is it flax seed meal? Thank yiou for any help!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny03-22-2013

      Flax seed meal will work fine Dani, or if you have whole flax seeds you can grind them in a blender or coffee grinder. Enjoy!

      • Dani

        Thank you! I can’t wait to make this.

        • Danielle B.
          Danielle B.04-03-2013

          I love that you did W30 and are now eating Paleo….same thing for me!! I finished W30 partway through March and I can’t imagine ever going back to the way I used to eat. Congrats on a successful finish!!! :) :) :)

  43. Danielle B.
    Danielle B.04-03-2013

    Yum! I made this with the water/sugar substitute since I didn’t have apple juice on hand (and I didn’t feel like dragging out my juicer!). I used Swerve. I bet it would taste better with apple juice, but it’s still pretty darn good!

    For those that have trouble with finding Hemp Seed- I found it on Vitacost and iHerb. iHerb is a little cheaper and has lower shipping in most cases….I’ve had awesome experiences with both and have ordered from both many times! Even better….if you go to iHerb, you can use coupon code NQC939 and save $5 (or $10 off a purchase $40 or higher I think)….which basically covers shipping :).

    Thanks for this awesome recipe!!!

  44. Jaime

    This looks fantastic and is going to be my project this weekend – I think I’m going to try to make it raw!

  45. Melissa

    Hey! This recipe looks great! I have some questions about what you think about possible substitutions.

    1. I have a ton of raw sunflower seeds in my pantry but no hemp seeds. Do you think the sunflower seeds could work?
    2. You mention in the nutrition info something about using a no-calorie sugar sub instead of the apple juice. What might you be using instead of the apple juice? Also, do you think unsweetened apple sauce would work as a sub?

    Thanks! I love your blog!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-16-2013

      Thanks Melissa! You’d have to grind the sunflower seeds a bit, but yes, it should work! Instead of apple juice you could use splenda or another sweetener mixed with water – or unsweetened apple juice would work great as well. Enjoy!

  46. Lisa

    This sounds so good, I love cereal. I was just wondering what I could use in place of the flax seed (I love flax but am highly allergic) .

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-19-2013

      You could use all hemp, or substitute almond flour for the flax meal – these are just suggestions though as I haven’t actually tried either. Hope you can find a way to make it work for you!

  47. Vittoria

    Looks very good; better recipe than another online low-carb cold cereal recipe I tried today, which had me baking it at too high a temp and nearly burning it.

    However, I am confused about the yield. You call for only a cup of dry ingredients, yet state that the recipe makes six half-cup servings. I guess I should triple your recipe to get a six-serving yield?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny07-14-2013

      The yield is correct – your dry ingredients are compressed, the addition of wet ingredients adds volume, and a 1/2 cup of cereal has air space in between the pieces so it wouldn’t equal the same as the dry ingredients. Enjoy!

  48. Misty

    Just wondering if coconut flour and flax seed meal would work. Thanks!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-08-2013

      I haven’t tried it but in theory it should work fine Misty! Hope you like it!

  49. TDC

    I’ve had this saved to Evernote for about 7 months, keep meaning to try it out. I was never a huge cereal fan but my favourite was a Nestle one called ‘Curiously Cinnamon’ in the UK ( which I guessed was the same as the one you’re trying to replicate here so I was keen to try it out. I didn’t have ground flaxseed but had a bad of golden linseed which I thought would grind up well enough. I couldn’t find hulled hemp (or at least I didn’t know what I was looking for) so I just bought a bag of hemp seed hoping for the best. In fact neither of the seeds broke down much and I ended up with a much chunkier version compared to what you have in the photographs. It was difficult to spread out — very sticky. I took them out after the pre-requisite 25 minutes and cut them up as best I could although they weren’t anywhere near as neat as yours. When I went back to check on them after about 15 minutes they were still quite soggy so I whacked them back in the over on 200C for about 10 minutes and that did the trick. They are a much darker brown than yours but they taste quite nice. I will probably eat them by the handful as a snack rather than as a cereal as I don’t drink milk and don’t like almond milk. Might try it with coconut milk though!! thanks for the recipe, I’ll keep tweaking.

  50. Katie

    Hey there – can you sub Chia seeds for the hemp seeds? This looks great!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-21-2013

      I haven’t tried it katie, but I don’t see why not! Let us know how it comes out if you do!

  51. PudgyBunny

    any way to make this without any oil, butter, or fat product?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny09-05-2013

      That’s not really my area of expertise, you’d have to experiment – maybe with egg whites but I don’t think they’d crisp up the same. If you find a way to make it work I hope you’ll let us know!

  52. Nicole Davis
    Nicole Davis11-18-2013

    This sounds great! I just shared it on my Facebook recipe page for those who have been asking me about out-the-door breakfasts and cereal! So yay!! All your recipes look fantastic by the way :)

  53. Chantal

    Thanks for sharing such a easy cereal recipe. For my kids i just sprinkled some honey over it and they like it. I do share it on my website if you don’t mind.

  54. jo

    Thank you for this recipe, I made it the other day and subbed chia seeds for hemp seeds, I used unsweetened almond milk and sugar free syrup to flavour and sweeten, it tastes fab ! Actually, being diabetic, it made my blood sugars really low, probably to do with the fibre content……this is a hit with me, thanks once again

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny01-07-2014

      Thanks for letting me know Jo! So glad you liked it! Sometimes I miss cereal and this gives me the perfect bit of crunch!!

  55. AlysonGib

    Hi! I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe, but I was wondering if there would be a substitute for the coconut oil? And would it be possible to make this without a sweetener of any kind, no apple juice or honey/agave/syrup?

  56. Karla

    I made this, and although I love the texture, I am not so pleased with the bitter aftertaste. Reading the other comments, it doesn’t seem that anyone else had that problem, so it must be the kind of hemp seeds I bought or something.

  57. Melisa

    I think the photography is amazing, and the idea fantastic! I, however did not like the taste at all! I do like hemp seeds and flax, so for me it wasn’t a matter of a particular ingredient. I followed the recipe EXACTLY. I used fresh ground cinnamon, which in my opinion is the best, fresh hemp and flax. The flavor was just not there. I am a picky eater, my husband however is not. My husband tasted a small piece after my son said it resembled pumpkin seeds, and spit it out saying it was just plain gross. This is the first recipe I have tried from IBIH and as a long time low carber I do intend to try some others. I think maybe with all the rave reviews and beautiful photography, my expectations may have been to high. Sorry to be a negative to such an overwhelming positive crowd.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny03-01-2014

      Sorry this didn’t work for you Melisa! I hope that you will enjoy the other recipes more than this one! Appreciate the honest feedback!

  58. amanda

    do you think you could make this recipe and it would work without the apple juice?

  59. Erin

    Your website has made me so happy! I have been gluten free for about 5 years now and it’s been really hard finding good substitutes for so many things. I have really missed cereal. I’m excited to try this!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny03-08-2014

      I hope you like it Erin! It hits the spot for me when I miss something crunchy – and you can tailor the flavors to whatever you like!

  60. Kim

    I am so excited by this recipe!! Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day for me: I can only eat so many eggs before I don’t want to see them anymore. I haven’t had cold cereal in such a long time. I can’t wait to try this! I’m not sure if I can eat hemp as I’m on a specific carb diet and no one seems to know how hemp digests, so I’ll be using almond meal in its place. I’m already excited for breakfast now…

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny04-08-2014

      Hope you like it Kim! Hemp seeds are a little coarser than almond flour but it should still come out OK!

  61. Jenny

    Mince came out a little soft… I followed the recipe to the T…. Any suggestions?

  62. Mary

    I finally got a chance to make this and I really liked it! It hit the spot and satisfied my craving for something crunchy.

  63. megan

    do you think i could use apple cider vinegar in place of the apple juice? i dont have any at home.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-12-2014

      I don’t recommend it megan – try omitting it and using water and sweetener instead!

  64. Becky

    Am I reading this right? 2 tablespoons of cinnamon? It looks like it makes about 2 servings, so you would be consuming a Tablespoon of cinnamon at one sitting… That just sounds toxic:). No one else mentioned this… I made this according to the recipe but was afraid to have my daughter eat it for fear the cinnamon would irritate her stomach. Just checking… Thanks!

    • Linda

      This makes A LOT of cereal. Much more than two servings. The yield says 6, and 1/2, and I believe that to be about right. (without having measured it myself)

      • Linda

        ooops 6 1/2 cup servings.

  65. Carol

    Mmmmm, this sounds like it would make amazing little crunchy cookie nibbly thingys! Can’t wait to try it!

  66. Alison R.
    Alison R.08-01-2014

    Mellissa – wasn’t sure if you were aware but this recipe doesn’t contain a blue “Zipit” box so I was unable to add this to my list :(

  67. Sara

    I love love love this!!! If I wanted to make a chocolate version…any idea how much cocoa powder I might use, and whether it would replace any of the flax or hemp? Thanks!!

  68. Andrea

    Thank you for this recipe! I have been gluten free for 2 years and I sorely miss cereal and crunchy food. All the gluten free alternatives on the market are always so high in sugar. I work 4 day trips and pack a large cooler bag with food for the week and almost all of it needs to be kept cold which can be difficult. Its so nice to pack an item I don’t have to worry about spoiling! My third batch this week is in the oven now :) Oh and my house smells so wonderful from the cinnamon, I can unplug my Yankee Candle scents!

  69. Linda

    Very delicious batter… just put the cereal in the oven- can’t wait till it comes out! Thanks for the recipe!

  70. Linda

    Piece of cake to make and delicious!

  71. judy

    Can’t wait yo try this. I have golden flax seed meal. Is that OK for the flax seeds? I have tried some of your other recipes, and enjoyed them very much. Thanks!

  72. Jana

    This was perfect. I did use the water/sweetener version, and I am in love. Thank you so much. It’s such a treat to be able to have cereal… my house smelled lovely while it was baking and my tummy and heart are happy. Thank you so much.

    • Jana

      Sorry to maybe overuse the “thank you so much”, but I don’t know how else to word it. :) I’m very appreciative.

  73. Arlene

    I can’t seem to get the bits to crisp up. I’ve let them sit and even heated up the over again, but the bits are still soft.
    Any suggestions?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny11-10-2014

      Sorry Arlene I’m really not sure, not knowing exactly how you made them. Did you deviate from the recipe at all, and if so how?

      • Arlene

        Thanks for responding so quickly. I used all of the required ingredients but substituted the water for the apple juice. The consistency was perfect and I had no trouble spreading and cutting the bits.
        I may try heating them again on a little higher heat.

  74. Nelson

    Has anyone had success with using a hemp seed alternative and how did it come out? I saw one person used sunflower seeds, but the cereal didn’t come out crispy.

  75. Donna

    I’m not a big cereal fan (as far as eating it with milk etc), but I love to snack on it dry. Always looking for new grain-free ideas and was happy to come across this. It’s in the oven drying right now. I added pinches of nutmeg, ginger, cloves to it (simply because I love all those spices together with cinnamon!). I wished I read through the comments first…. Loved the suggestion of adding a little bit of salt to help bring out the flavors, so next batch will have just a tiny sprinkling of Celtic sea salt added. Thank you for this recipe!

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