Simple Homemade Cereal

In my quest for a low sugar, frugal, low maintenance breakfast food I have been making my own cereal for a few months now.  My primary problem with store bought cereal is sugar content, even the boring or healthy cereals can have a surprising amount of sugar in them.   This recipe is originally a conglomeration of several different recipes, and is very flexible so feel free to scale or substitute ingredients to fitDIY Cereal your pantry. It will likely work with whatever breakfasty foods you have on hand.

Makes about 6 Servings


  • 4 Cups Quick Oats
  • 1/4 up sliced almonds
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • Preheat  oven to 250 degrees, and lightly grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray
  • Toss together oats, almonds, coconut, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl
  • In a separate bowl whisk the maple syrup, brown sugar, oil, water and salt
  • Pour the liquid over the dry mixture and mix until thoroughly coated then spread out on the greased cookie sheet
  • Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes stirring occasionally until evenly roasted
  • Mix in raisins and cool.  Store in an air tight container at room temperature.

Is this cereal not your style?  want other options?  Before I created this recipe I spent quite a bit of time researching homemade cereal options.

Here are a few of my favorite links on the cereal subject:

Here is a recent blog entry from Jackie’s Kitchen on making homemade gluten free granola.

Mr. Breakfast has an Almond Maple Granola that is just delicious (and also a major source of inspiration for my recipe).

The Kitchn discusses 7 recipes for homemade breakfast cereal.

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2 Responses to Simple Homemade Cereal

  1. YUMMMMM. It looks so delicious! Looks great!

    Much Love,

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