Chocolate Cookie Breakfast Cereal – Gluten Free

Chocolate Cookie Breakfast Cereal – Gluten Free


Homemade chocolate breakfast cereal on blog.

It is evident that we should not be eating chocolate cookies for breakfast. Except when we are making homemade cookie cereal from scratch with pure and healthy whole food ingredients. Do not fear, even though the name is suggestive of a cereal I would never purchase at a store, I stayed true to health and flavor as always. Grab a spoon and join me for breakfast!

Recipe for gluten free chocolate cookies breakfast cereal.
Not only is this cereal great served up in a bowl with cold milk, you can also munch it as a crispy crunchy snack by the handful. My husband likes it in a bowl with salty peanuts as a snack mix, so do our kids.

Preschool boy in puppy pajamas looks into camera lens

My little guy waits patiently to get served…..

Homemade gluten free chocolate cookie breakfast cereal recipe.

My kids had so much fun snacking on this cereal in those teeny tiny bowls.

Recipe for gluten free chocolate cookies breakfast cereal.

It was a happy day. I took my daughter to a fun Daisy scouts event while my little guy hung out at home in his pj’s with “dadad.”

First grade girl with pigtails in Daisy scouts uniform.

Love it when they are sweet to each other….guess the cereal put them in a good mood.

Little girl in Daisy scouts uniform kissing little brother.

Even our friends who eat gluten free can enjoy this cereal. Use certified gluten free corn and oat flour to be sure your ingredients have no gluten.

Gluten free homemade cereal ingredients

This cereal is simple to prepare and you can make it in any quantity you wish. It stores well in your pantry as long as it is in an airtight container.

Recipe for gluten free chocolate cookies breakfast cereal.

So next time you want chocolate cookies have them for breakfast.

Recipe for gluten free chocolate cookies breakfast cereal.

Do you ever make cereal from scratch?

This recipe is inspired by one I found at Edible Perspective

Chocolate Cookie Breakfast Cereal

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Chocolate Cookie Breakfast Cereal


  • 3/4 cup certified gluten free Corn Flour
  • 1/2 cup certified gluten free Oat Flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup warm Water
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined Coconut Oil or Butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Stevia Powder adjust to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Prepare a cookie sheet with raised edges with a Silpat or parchment paper. If using parchment, spray the pan first with some cooking spray so the paper sticks to it. Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Mix peanut butter with warm butter or coconut oil until there are no lumps, stir in water. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • Spread the batter as thin as possible on the cookie sheet with an offset spatula. About 1/8" is good. Try to keep the same thickness throughout the batter. Bake for about 22-25 minutes until edges are browned. Leave oven on and remove baking pan. Carefully place on a cutting board (be sure parchment/Silpat is removed too, it can go back in the pan for the next step.) Cut strips of dough with a pizza cutter or serrated knife, then cut into squares. 1/2 inch is a good size that fits well on a spoon.
  • Arrange cereal squares back on sheet pan in a single layer. Put back in the oven and bake for another 3-5 minutes per side, flipping once. Be sure to watch they do not burn. Your cookie cereal will crisp up more as it cools. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
  • Notes
  • You do not have to use peanut butter in this. Any other nut butter or sunflower seed butter would be great if you need to go nut free.
  • You can make oat flour by grinding up gluten free old fashioned rolled oats in a food processor until you have flour.
  • These are also great as crackers or dipped in coffee.

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88 Responses to Chocolate Cookie Breakfast Cereal – Gluten Free

  1. This is heaven. Chocolate cookie cereal made with such excellent ingredients is the best breakfast I could hope for. Bookmarked.

    Your little folks are adorable.

  2. Marla amazing job on this cereal!

    So I have seen chickpea flour crackers and cereal sprouting up in the ‘sphere but love that you didn’t do that and went with oat flour and corn flour.

    Ironically on my site right now is a re-post of homemade mary’s crackers. I came up with the recipe a year ago before crackers and cereal got “popular”. haha! But mine is just cinnamon and sugar, not chocolate.

    I love your cereal base b/c one could adapt it to be savory, sweet but not chocolate, the combos are endless.

    Great work and STELLAR photography. As usual :)

    • Averie: You are right all the recipes I saw online called for chickpea flour. I have that flour here, but I love the oat and corn combo. The flavor is awesome. I need to do a “Cinnamon Toast Crunch” concept too. I will check out your post now 😉

  3. Chocolate for breakfast? Ofcourse yes! there is never enough reasons to have chocolate. Lovely recipe Marla and love the action you have used in the pictures for kids!

    P.S.- The little guy is a carbon copy of you. So adorable!

    • Kulsum: I had waaayyy too much fun with actions this weekend as you can tell. I am totally addicted to them. My kids are mini me’s for sure. Especially when they throw tantrums 😉

    • Victor: Little would you know you just taught me a new word. I had not a clue what a verrine was. Now I do and I will never forget. Love that you ate the chocolate crumbles as breakfast cereal. I bet they were amazing!

  4. I actually really hate storebought chocolate cereals because, well. If I want to eat chocolate, then I want to eat CHOCOLATE…not imitation chocolate. These sound amazing though! All good quality ingredients that you can feel good about…and delicious to boot!

    • Joanne: I am with you. Pre-packaged store bought chocolate cereals have way too much sugar and I can’t even taste the chocolate. These little squares are rich tasting and I bet you can add some more cocoa powder to up that chocolate buzz. Besides, I can’t really find the “health” in the packaged stuff.

  5. I LOVE your ingenuity and your passion and fervour regarding your focus on health and nutritious, Marla, but I must say that I do believe it is critical that we work to change the palate of this new generation to not expect these kinds of flavours at the breakfast table.

    • Valerie: Thanks for your comment. I agree that the mass marketing of sugar filled cereals is disgraceful. As you said (and you know me well by now) I was being whimsical with the creation of this recipe. The meaning behind it is that food can be real, tasty and fun and much more so with healthy whole food ingredients. If I had named the recipe “Antioxidant Whole Grain Squares” perhaps it would have appeared a bit more health driven. But then it wouldn’t sound nearly as fun 😉
      My goal is to provide delicious, whole food recipes to inspire healthy lives. Thankfully an occasional bowl of this cereal will keep us on this path.
      I love that you raise strong awareness and encourage dialogue with me and our fellow foodies, this is what it’s all about. xo

    • Heather: I figured you would have made a cereal like this. Awesome for all those tough workouts. A great pre or post recovery meal with the healthy carbs, little bit of fat and protein too.

  6. Oh yum Marla! Who needs that boxed stuff when you can have this? A great treat with milk or without….no wonder your kids and hubby like this cereal. Looks delicious and love that it’s gluten-free too. Can’t wait to try!
    Love the pictures of your little ones too! So cute!!

    • Heather: This would be a great snack mix to take along for the kids. Great for travel, hikes and theme parks. Add more protein and healthy fat with some nuts, sunflower seeds etc. Some raisins tossed in would be yummy too.

  7. I would love a bowl of this for breakfast. It looks wonderful and wholesome. I am a total believer that breakfast sets your mood for the rest of the day. I just have to be more disciplined to make it everyday before I head off to work. Your children are beautiful.

  8. Cookies should always be homemade with high quality, preferably natural ingredients :)
    This looks like such an indulgent and decadent breakfast – what a great treat!

  9. Marla, I am so behind–this is the first I’ve seen your new site (sorry) and it looks g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s! Lovely photos! Great recipe! Lots of exclamation points!! Hope you are enjoying spring. That is, if you can differentiate the seasons. I’m sure you scored some serious points with this breakfast. Very nice, indeed.

  10. This look delicious! I have honestly never thought to make
    my own cereal. I would love to figure out how to make a healthy
    version of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch…if that’s even
    possible….hehe :)

  11. Sorry to ask, but is there anything I can replace the corn flour with? This sounds so great otherwise… thanks! :)

  12. It seemed like a fun, cool idea.. until I actually made the cereal. I followed all the steps and used the same ingredients and it ended up tasting extremely chalky and bitter. I wouldn’t recommend this recipe unless you plan to add a pile of sugar into the mix to fix it..

  13. Just made this and to my relief it came out great! I tried to make my own pop tarts once… not so good. Most things I try to bake are disasters. But this was super easy and idiot proof 😀 When I took it out of the oven the first time, it had cracked in a lot of spots and my heart fell, I thought I had messed up yet another fun recipe with my bad baking curse. But I just cut it into strips as the recipe said and couldn’t tell the difference. I did cheat and add a ton of sugar, so maybe not so healthy, but it sure is yummy!

  14. Strange question but is there a way to make these with regular flour and granulated sugar. We don’t need to eat gluten free but I have been starting to make a lot of foods instead of buying them. Thanks!

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