Chocolate Cookie Breakfast Cereal – Gluten Free

by Marla on March 28, 2011 · 88 comments

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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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{ 80 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nisrine M March 28, 2011 at 1:53 am

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 Rosa March 28, 2011 at 2:38 am

A lot better than the bought kind and much more delicious! Your children are so cute.




3 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 28, 2011 at 2:40 am

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 :)


4 Marla March 28, 2011 at 5:47 am

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 😉


5 Dishes of Mrs. Fish March 28, 2011 at 3:00 am

This is such a great idea! It will be perfect for my spring break this week! :)


6 Jessica @ How Sweet March 28, 2011 at 3:29 am

What a fabulous idea… I need some of this!


7 Jeanette March 28, 2011 at 4:10 am

Marla, what a great idea – I would never think to make my own breakfast cereal. What a wonderful mom!


8 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 28, 2011 at 4:46 am

i mean, who WOULDN’T love this? i’m sending this recipe to my sister immediately…she’ll just die :)


9 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 28, 2011 at 4:49 am

This cereal looks perfect Marla! My daughter would love this :)


10 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen March 28, 2011 at 5:11 am

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!


11 Marla March 28, 2011 at 5:48 am

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 😉


12 Maris (In Good Taste) March 28, 2011 at 6:19 am

You cannot beat chocolate for breakfast! What cute kids!


13 Jenny Flake March 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

Ok, I better stop what I am doing and make this for my boys today! Love your photos and LOVE this cereal!


14 Maria March 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

Great way to start the day!


15 Kristen March 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

What a fantastic idea for a cereal – seriously brilliant.


16 Brian @ A Thought For Food March 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

You sure do know how to make little kids (and big kids) happy! :-)


17 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 28, 2011 at 8:39 am

I would have never thought to make my own cereal! What a clever, fun idea! I bet your kids absolutely loved this. Great photos and such a creative recipe, Marla! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to try something new. :)


18 Marla March 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Georgia: They did have so much fun stirring the batter and watching me bake up this breakfast cereal. Well worth the wait for them :)


19 HeatherChristo March 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

Oh my- your children are gorgeous! This cereal looks sinful. My girls would love it. Any way you can make a healthy cinnamon toast crunch? (uhh… that would be for me :))


20 Lisa {With Style and Grace} March 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

YUM! I love that this is gluten-free, thank you for sharing!


21 Esi March 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

I would totally eat this as a snack!


22 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 28, 2011 at 11:28 am

Looks great to me! I want to try it!


23 Lesley Lifting Life March 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

What a great cereal idea, I think anyone would enjoy starting their day out with that! :)


24 Shaina March 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I love that you made cereal! I haven’t tackled that one, yet, aside from granola, but you’ve inspired me to try. Fabulous, Marla!


25 Katrina March 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

This sounds so yummy!! I love the idea of homemade breakfast cereal. So creative :)


26 Cookin' Canuck March 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I’ll bet your kids said, “You are the best mum in the whole world” when you served this to them. What fun!


27 5 Star Foodie March 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Chocolate cookie cereal, how cool! My daughter is looking over my shoulder, saying that we must make it right away :)


28 Heather March 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

This has got to be one of your best yet! Cookies that are good for you? As cereal? In milk!?


29 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food March 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Oh, heaven, Marla! You’re always such a star when it comes to developing innovative and delicious recipes. I would love a small bowl — OK, a big bowl — of these crunchies with my morning coffee. Just wonderful!


30 Victor @ RandomCuisine March 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Chocolate cookies as a cereal, that’s amazing. A few months
ago, I made chocolate crumble for verrine and my leftovers are used
for breakfast as cereal.


31 Marla March 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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!


32 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm

My daughter would adore these, as would I. The only homemade cereal I’ve made is granola, but you’ve inspired me to broaden my horizons!


33 traci March 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Fabulous! I seriously can’t wait to try this. Yummy


34 Kat @ Cupcake Kat March 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I’ve never made my own cereal before! I didn’t even know
that it was a possibilty. Definately want to try this


35 the urban baker March 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

wow, Marla – this is a crazy good idea. There is so much
you can do with this and I think my kids would kiss me all over if
I gave them this for breakfast! xx


36 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 29, 2011 at 12:36 am

Cookies for breakfast! Yum! I’m happy to eat a bowl of cookies for breakfast 😉 I can always count on you to come up with great ideas like this one.


37 Joanne March 29, 2011 at 4:19 am

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!


38 Marla March 29, 2011 at 6:48 am

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.


39 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 29, 2011 at 5:58 am

This is genius! I could see kids and adults loving this for breakfast. :)


40 Megan March 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

What a great breakfast! I know I would love a little bowl of this.


41 megan @ whatmegansmaking March 29, 2011 at 7:16 am

I want to make this! probably a dumb question, but is corn flour differen’t than cornmeal?


42 Min {Honest Vanilla} March 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

How interesting, I’d never have thought of cookie cereal and homemade at that! Nice~


43 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction March 29, 2011 at 10:18 am

Fun recipe! I am not much of a cereal eater, but I’d definitely snack on this. :)


44 carolinaheartstrings March 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

What great pictures!!!!! The cereal looks absolutely delicious. Cannot wait to try it out.


45 A Canadian Foodie March 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

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.


46 Marla March 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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


47 Kiran March 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Your kids are super cute :) Cookies for breakfast sounds


48 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit March 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Other than granola, I’ve never made my own cereal! This looks like it would be great in a snack mix. :)


49 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Now this is the kind of breakfast cereal I like! I made a batch similar to edible perspectives and ended up eating it all off the tray! So good. I can’t wait to try yours Marla. Guess we both had breakfast cereal on our brains :)


50 Marla March 30, 2011 at 3:01 am

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.


51 Heather at Multiply Delicious March 30, 2011 at 1:53 am

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!!


52 Marla March 30, 2011 at 3:04 am

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.


53 tinytearoom March 30, 2011 at 3:09 am

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.


54 Jennifer @ Loving Bytes March 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

I cannot wait to try these- they seem to good to be true!
What an awesome recipe!


55 Joyti March 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm

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


56 SMITH BITES March 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

i do believe that you should be nominated for ‘Mom of the
Year’ – all the kids would vote for you!!! this is a breakfast
cereal i can get behind!


57 Cara March 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm

oh wow. It’s time for dessert over here and I want some


58 Sally March 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

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.


59 Nutmeg Nanny March 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm

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 :)


60 Amanda March 31, 2011 at 6:14 pm

What a cool recipe! And I LOVE those shots of your angels… they are just so adorable!!


61 Marla March 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Amanda: I am so happy to see you back! I missed you bunches. How is little Eddie doing?? xo


62 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I remember being in Daisy’s! It was so much fun!

You cereal looks divine! LOVE Chocolate! 😀


63 Georgia Pellegrini April 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Fabulous! This is too good to be true…chocolate for


64 Nicole April 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

If i dont have corn flower is there another flour I could use?? i want to make this so much!!


65 Marla April 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Nicole: You can use all oat flour if you do not have the corn. You should still end up with great results. Come report back if you try :)


66 Jaime {sophistimom} April 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Marla, your kids are so beautiful. That one of your son waiting is just precious.
And I love the cereal. What a perfect idea!


67 bobbie February 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

i would love to make this for my kids but one has a peanut/nut allergy… any suggestions on altering it? thx!


68 Marla February 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Hi Bobbie, how about trying sunflower seed butter? Love that stuff!


69 bobbie February 9, 2012 at 9:09 am

i’ll try it… thanks!


70 Ashley February 9, 2012 at 8:00 am

Cute photos!! So glad the kiddos enjoyed the cereal!


71 Jennifer S March 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Homemade cereal…LOVE THIS! Gonna try it tomorrow! So excited!


72 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free April 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm

This look so tasty!!! Reminds me of pb coco puffs….but healthy!


73 Jessy (squeezetheday) May 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

What an awesome idea and I love that the recipe doesn’t use many weird/hard-to-get ingredients. :)


74 April June 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

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


75 Marla June 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Perhaps you can try more oat flour?


76 Sarah August 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

Would it be alright to substitute regular all-purpose or whole grain flour for the oat/corn flour?


77 Willow June 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

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..


78 Marla June 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Thanks for sharing Willow!


79 Candice January 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

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!


80 Angela May 28, 2014 at 7:49 am

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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