Healthy recipe for homemade peanut butter cookie cereal, deliciously perfect in a bowl with milk or stirred into yogurt. No sugar added!
Grain-free boxed breakfast cereal is becoming very popular at the health food store.
Possibly the most popular brand is Catalina Crunch. However, the ingredients are far from desirable.
I bought it one time to try. It was an impulse buy without careful inspection of the ingredients first, which is almost always a bad move!
Shortly after eating a bowl, I was doubled over in digestive pain! I think it was the massive amount of fiber and denatured pea protein that were the culprits.
Natural flavors are listed as well, which can literally hide almost everything including MSG from prying consumer eyes.
If you need a grain-free option for cold cereal in the morning, try this recipe for peanut butter cookie crunch instead!
While you can include an optional whole sweetener to this recipe to mimic store brands (if you are weaning off them), feel free to leave it out if you are watching your carbs and prefer to avoid any added sugar.
I typically opt for a drizzle of raw honey at the table instead of adding sugar to the recipe itself.
The small amount of coconut flour adds sufficient sweetness to my taste buds.
With regard to the type of grain-free flour, I highly recommend the simple process of making almond flour fresh. It goes stale very fast and possibly rancid sitting on the shelf at the store.
You can really taste the difference. I mill sprouted almonds in an inexpensive herb grinder.
Tip: This cereal is deliciously crunchy mixed with yogurt instead of unhealthy grain-based granola.
Peanut Butter Cookie Cereal
Healthy recipe for homemade peanut butter cookie cereal, deliciously perfect with milk or stirred into yogurt.
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 1/2 cups plain whole milk yogurt
- 1 cup roasted, creamy peanut butter or nut butter of choice
- 1/3 cup expeller pressed coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar optional
Mix almond flour and coconut flour in a large glass bowl. Mix in yogurt until well blended.
Cover and soak overnight. If using sprouted almond flour, skip this step.
Blend in all the remaining ingredients to flour/yogurt mixture to form the cereal batter.
Pour batter evenly into a 9 x13 pan greased with coconut oil.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 °F/177 °C or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool and then crumble the baked cereal cake in the pan.
Spread the crumbled cereal thinly on two large baking sheets greased with coconut oil and dehydrate at 200 °F/ 93 °C for 4-6 hours. Turn cereal once or twice to dry evenly. Take care to not over-dry, which makes the cereal too hard.
Remove from oven and cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Carol A Peterson
I made this last weekend. I LOVE it!! Going to make again to take on a visit to see my youngest granddaughter next month. I used coconut sugar vs. cane sugar. Thank you for the recipe.
Thank you for sharing your substitution and what the results were! Coconut sugar is an excellent alternative for cane sugar if you prefer it.
Next time, perhaps try making it without any sweetener and drizzle with a bit of raw honey at the table. This is my favorite way to enjoy it 🙂
Soaking overnight in the fridge or on the counter?
On the counter. It must be room temperature for the anti-nutrients to be deactivated.
Some write that peanut butter is not healthy. Response?
Peanut butter can be problematic for those with mold sensitivity or leaky gut. For people with healthy gut function who eat a traditional diet, it is usually fine. Always get roasted and never raw peanut butter to ensure the lectins have been deactivated.
I’ve raised 3 children (all adults now) with a traditional menu that included good quality peanut butter (in Florida, with high humidity and mold potential nearly year round) … none of them have autoimmune or behavioral issues or even a single food allergy.
Most of the issues that people experience from peanuts comes from those who received pediatric jabs which can really inhibit proper development of the immune system and gut function. Other issues are from eating raw peanuts or peanut butter which is loaded with lectins (roasting the peanuts eliminates this issue).
If you still wish to avoid peanut butter, then simply substitute another nut butter instead that is better tolerated.