homemade cocoa puffs recipe

by purelytwins

Hey there friends. Are you excited? We are!!!!

Awhile back we made this super cool recipe. Well we think it is pretty cool.

We have this hunch that we are not alone when it comes to loving cocoa puffs. Didn’t we all grow up love seeing our milk turn into chocolate milk? Not that we did that or anything.

Homemade gluten-free (and egg-free option) cocoa puffs cereal.

gluten-free egg-free cocoa puffs cereal recipe

We admit we loved cereal growing up.

Okay. Okay.

We actually kept eating cereal through college. But for some reason after college we pretty much stopped cold turkey. Once we changed how we wanted to eat. Goodbye sugary, processed cereal.

Until now. Thanks to coming across this recipe where we got our inspiration.

And now we can enjoy our cocoa puffs once again that remind us of our childhood. And eating cocoa puffs is cool 😉

Plus having any excuse to have chocolate at breakfast is always nice.

Just like our other childhood favorite recipes from soft batch cookies and chocolate chip cookie cake… these cocoa puffs have upgraded ingredients. Ingredients you can recognize.

homemade cocoa puffs

And like our banana bread we made these homemade cocoa puffs with a hemp protein gluten-free flour blend mix to make them protein packed grain-free cocoa puffs!

Warning these are highly addictive. Great as a little fun snack, dessert and of course breakfast if we say so ourselves. Pretty much can eat the whole batch. Not saying that happened.

grain-free gluten-free cocoa puffs recipe

Notes about these cocoa puffs: we made these cocoa puffs one with an egg and one without. And they both turned out great! We also played around with doing all cocoa which really makes it feel like the original. And we also wanted to see what would carob powder do, so we did another version half cocoa and half carob. And that too came out amazing!

Another note: these do get softer over time. Store in an airtight container. We kept ours in the refrigerator.

To get the flour blend we use you can find in our Purely Classic Recipes ebook.


homemade cocoa puffs recipe

Chocoately, not too sweet healthy cocoa puff.s

Adapted from Heathers French Press



  • 1 cup of gluten-free flour blend (the blend we use is find in our purely classic recipes )
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (we use raw cacao; could do 1/4 cup cocoa and 1/4 cup carob)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 whole egg or chia gel (1 tbsp chia seeds with 3 tbsp water, let sit for 10 minutes)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, semi-soft (ghee or butter)
  • 34 tablespoons maple syrup (honey or coconut nectar)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Next add ingredients into food processor (or In bowl of a stand mixer) except maple syrup.
  3. Begin to pulse the ingredients.
  4. Slowly add in your maple syrup one tablespoon at a time.
  5. Continue to pulse until the dough is just coming together. It may look like it is too crumbly, but if you put some in hand and roll it should hold together.
  6. If it does not — add more maple syrup. Should take 3 or 4 tbsp.
  7. Start to take some batter and roll into balls {about the size of a blueberry}. This takes awhile to do.
  8. Bake cocoa puffs for 15 minutes.
  9. **Vegan ones we suggest going more like 16-18 minutes.
  10. Let cool.
  11. Enjoy.

We are already thinking of so many other childhood recipes we can make with more upgraded ingredients. Hang tight friends…cereal lover friends… we will be back with more. For now go enjoy some homemade cocoa puffs.

Twins question: Are you a cocoa puff cereal fan? What is your all time favorite cereal?

What cereal would you like to see us make gluten, grain and/or egg free?

till next time,




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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 7, 2013 - 11:16 am

These look amazing! My favorite has always been Cheerios. Love the honey sweetness and oats.

Great recipe ladies!

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 11:25 am

Oh Sarena, Cherrios was another all time favorite too 🙂

lindsay August 7, 2013 - 1:47 pm

cheerios! us too! but i am pretty sure my husband will be IN LOVE with these!! wow!

jen September 21, 2014 - 9:34 pm

What are the flour mixture ratios?

Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake August 7, 2013 - 11:20 am

Oh my, I am so gonna make these! Yummmm

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 11:25 am


Raw Vegan Mama Kelle September 6, 2013 - 5:44 pm

Hi! Im a raw vegan chef at a health institute and love ya all… your my internet fitness sisters! haha… so, What protein powder do you all use? Ive experienced but it helps to have suggetions and ratios. its hard to perfect it. i realize tht you all have become increasingy paleo and not vgan or raw but you guys make some great stuff!!We are (raw) vegans that eat a little gluten free cooked food. Im doing a candida cleanse now, but if i was able to use stevia it may work… otherwise itll be in the recipe book!! Would chocolate sunwarrior work? And which hemp? Manitoba farms?? Thanks!!

purelytwins September 6, 2013 - 7:25 pm

Thanks sweetie for the sweet words!
We used basic protein hemp flour in our recipe, not sure about chocolate sunwarrior it might. and for the hemp we like Nutiva brand.

Marie Nielsen August 7, 2013 - 11:27 am

OMG, they look so cute 😀

Was wondering how many servings this recipe makes? It would be pretty nice if you would add that fact to your recipes in the future 🙂



purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 11:31 am

well, we are really good at how many servings things make for recipes as it varies from person to person. but we feel this would feed 4-5 servings. again thats just a guess. really depends 😉

Barb August 7, 2013 - 11:28 am

Yum! I need to make these immediately. Super creative. I can’t eat maple syrup though, or honey or any kind of sugar. Can I just leave it out and add some stevia?

kat August 7, 2013 - 11:35 am

Ahh!! I’m freaking out, cocoa puffs were my favorite as a kid!! Looks a bit time consuming but completely worth it, I will for sure be making this…

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

yes worth it 🙂

sarah August 7, 2013 - 11:35 am

Yum! Loved these growing up! It would be great if you could make honey bunches of oats with peaches, that was my fav in college;)

Eating 4 Balance August 7, 2013 - 11:51 am

This is awesome! I just need to find a way to make this completely grain-free. Maybe a combo of almond and coconut? A peanut butter version to mimic captain crunch would be amazing too.

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 12:02 pm

ya we did our cocoa puffs grain free with using a combo of hemp, arrowroot and coconut flour. Play around with the flours to find a combo you like for the grain free.
Oh yes captain crunch is on our radar to make next 😉

Jojo @ RunFastEatLots August 7, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Wow, these look like the real thing! As a kid, I wasn’t too fond of sugary cereals, and I actually didn’t like chocolate-y cereals, preferring the blander kinds, such as Kix, plain Cheerios, corn flakes, etc. Probably because I didn’t like the fake flavor of those super sugary cereals. I love chocolate, though, and these cocoa puffs are made with the real thing!

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Kix another favorite of ours too 🙂

Chris August 7, 2013 - 12:17 pm

I think you read my mind!!!

Can you use stevia instead of maple syrup?


I’m cocoa for cocoa puffs!

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 12:24 pm

not sure about the stevia, you could try and use some form of liquid like coconut milk or something to replace the maple syrup.

Elyse August 7, 2013 - 12:53 pm

These look awesome! I may try adding some nut butter or peanut flour for a “Reeses” flavor. My favorite cereals growing up were the simple ones – Life (all time favorite!)and Honey Nut Cheerios.

…Though I always found excuses to sleep over my childhood best friend’s house so I could have a bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning, since my mom wouldn’t let us buy them 🙂

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Elyse great idea! OH yes lucky charms and Life, we loved those too!!

Heather @ French Press August 7, 2013 - 1:23 pm

thanks for the link love 🙂 your cereal looks terrific! I’m thinking of trying cookie crisp next

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Heather thank you!! Cookie crisp yes!!

Laura @ Mommy Run Fast August 7, 2013 - 1:48 pm

You two are SO creative! I’m always inspired by your madeover treats. I definitely was a huge cereal girl, even through college as you mentioned. 🙂

jill August 7, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Thanks for the recipe, I am curious though; I wonder if instead of rolling them into balls if you made them into logs and cut them like gnocchi, if that might be faster. I will have to give these a try sometime.

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Jill haha that might be faster! let us know if you try that

zosia August 7, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Hey. Could you please provide the ratios? You’re posting the recipe on the blog, but because some of us don’t have your book…we won’t know how to properly make the flour…and you make no mention that we have to buy your book in order to make these recipes. I’m just a little confused…

Great sounding recipe though…

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Zosia sorry but we worked hard on our recipes and our flour blend is a basic ratio of most gluten-free blends, so any gluten-free blend would work.

Danielle August 7, 2013 - 2:48 pm

You girls are geniusses!!!

inga August 7, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Thanks for that recipe! Great that there are only a few ingredients needed. I loved Smacks and Clusters! A healthier Clusters recipe would be awesome! Can imagine it would taste great upon an green smoothie….

Nancy August 7, 2013 - 4:00 pm

No freakin way. Homemade cocoa puffs, yum – and brilliant!

Emma August 7, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Wow what a fun recipe! I’ve recently got back into cold cereal although I only buy pretty plain, unsweetened or fruit juice sweetened ones. Your cocoa puffs would be a great treat.
As a kid I loved “cinnamon grahams”…I think they’re called cinnamon toast crunch in the US?

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Emma oh yes cinnamon toast crunch is another great one!

Lauren Y. August 7, 2013 - 7:36 pm

my kids have been BEGGING me to buy cereal again… I used to buy the organic gluten free cereal but it’s very pricey and I’m really trying to cut their sugar and processed food intake. SO excited to make these, they’ll be so happy! 🙂

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Lauren awesome!!

Morgan August 7, 2013 - 8:55 pm

You girls are so creative!! I may have to surprise my boyfriend (who recently went grain & dairy free with me) with these! Q about your grain free flour blend, do you make your own or purchase that mix? If you do make it, what are the ratios? Thanks loves!

purelytwins August 7, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Morgan we made our mix, if is from our cookbook. But any gluten free flour blend would work.

Andrea August 8, 2013 - 12:40 am

Hello you two. What a great idea. I can’t wait to make these.
I have one question: How do these do in the freezer, just in case I would like to make a super large batch.

purelytwins August 8, 2013 - 9:31 am

we think they would do great in the freezer 🙂

Natalie August 7, 2013 - 9:50 pm

My daughter has to write a procedure for school this weekend about assisting an adult to cook something.

I think she will love making these!!! How much fun.

purelytwins August 8, 2013 - 9:30 am

awesome 🙂

Meagan August 7, 2013 - 10:22 pm

I used to LOOVE cocoa puffs!!

Kristine August 7, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Captain Crunch please!

purelytwins August 8, 2013 - 9:31 am

you got it 😉

Linz @ Itz Linz August 7, 2013 - 11:40 pm

you girls made your own cereal?!?! seriously how much more amazing can you get?!?!?!

purelytwins August 8, 2013 - 9:31 am

aww thanks Linz!!! HUGS

Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff August 8, 2013 - 12:54 am

Lucky charms all the way baby! 🙂

purelytwins August 8, 2013 - 9:31 am

another classic favorite 🙂

Jessica August 8, 2013 - 1:29 am

I can see this being very time consuming but they look really good!! Now I wish I had a food processor.

Tala August 8, 2013 - 4:17 am

I am litteraly the biggest cereal fan ever!! I have been looking for a homemade cereal recipe for EVER. Thank you sooo much because I know how bad real cereal is. Do you think I can sub the gluten free flour blend with whole grain or spelt flour? Thanks!

purelytwins August 8, 2013 - 9:32 am

ya I think Spelt flour would do great 🙂

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 8, 2013 - 8:33 am

You geniuses, you!! But now, can I challenge you to make Captain Crunch? That was always a favorite! 😉

purelytwins August 8, 2013 - 9:36 am

we got that request a few times… a favorite of ours too… so we have our thinking caps on and hope to create it soon!

jen August 8, 2013 - 10:03 am

mm I used to love cereal and totally crave it sometimes still. I would be soooo happy if you ladies made a plantain carrot cake. I might actually get my boyfriend to try plantains that way..

amanda jewell August 8, 2013 - 2:15 pm

How do these hold up once in a bowl of almond milk? OR should they remain a dry snack? Awesome recipe ladies!

purelytwins August 8, 2013 - 4:40 pm

we think that they would be fine in almond milk, might get a little soft but still yummy. we made homemade cashew hemp milk with them and it was yummy which we plan to share next week.

Sam August 8, 2013 - 2:26 pm

O.M.G! I cannot wait to try this recipe. I’m tempted every time I walk down the cereal aisle to pick up some cocoa puffs, but I resist due to that darn ingredient list. This is a perfect solution! Thanks, Ladies!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 8, 2013 - 9:40 pm

Oh girls… You never cease to amaze me! I’m drooling over these!

Jennifer August 12, 2013 - 11:05 am

Ok, this is seriously beyond AWESOME!! I can’t remember the last time I’ve had cereal since I discovered my food allergies…..2 of them being gluten and corn.

Can you guys share the flour ratios for each type of flour to make a cup? Thanks and you are both so amazing!!! Love your blog:)

sandra August 12, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Yes what are The flour ratios please thank you.what a wonderful cereal!

Susy August 12, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Hi! what would happen if i used what i have, which is homemade almond flour, and coconut flour? I have arrowroot, but it came in a spice bottle…is that even the right arrowroot to get? and like the ladies above, I am also curious about ratios. Thank you!

purelytwins August 12, 2013 - 6:27 pm

not sure if you could do almond flour or not, maybe if you used eggs it might work. arrowroot starch is a fine white powder.

Susy August 12, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Oh i see! so i am guessing you can buy it in bigger quantities??

purelytwins August 12, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Yep 🙂 it is similar to corn starch and tapioca starch.

Sarah @ The Fit Cookie August 13, 2013 - 8:59 am

Awesome!! I am definitely making this cereal for my kids and I, without the eggs (we have egg sensitivities). I think I will be making cereal at home from now on 😉 Thanks for the recipe ladies!

Aurélie August 15, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Hi! Awesome recipe! Cannot wait to sit in front of a big bowl of this cereal! it will bring bag memories. Quick question about hemp protein, do you reckon I could use hemp flour? I’m confused about these two because where I live (France) I cannot find hemp protein but just hemp flour…Thanks

purelytwins August 16, 2013 - 9:41 am

Aurelie not sure, we think it would come out just now sure how the taste might be. But you could try hemp flour, we are not too familiar with hemp flour.

Aurélie August 16, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Thanks for the reply! I will try with hemp flour and let you know how it turns out!

purelytwins August 16, 2013 - 4:03 pm

THanks!! fingers crossed 😉

Laura August 17, 2013 - 10:48 pm

How many servings is this? I could gobble them all up!

purelytwins August 18, 2013 - 9:38 am

Laura it depends, for us 2-3.

Mary August 23, 2013 - 2:57 pm

going to make these right now! How about a recipe for Cinnamon Toast Crunch? or Apple Jacks? Thanks for reinvigorating breakfast time!

purelytwins August 23, 2013 - 5:00 pm

we did cinnamon toast crunch – here is the link http://purelytwins.com/2013/08/16/homemade-cinnamon-toast-crunch-cereal-recipe/ 🙂

Mandy Jian August 23, 2013 - 11:42 pm

How long can these be stored? And does it need to be refrigerated?

purelytwins August 24, 2013 - 7:38 am

If no refrigeration probably 3-5 days.

Samantha September 20, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Hi there,

How many servings is in this recipe? and what is the serving size??

Looking forward to making these this weekend!! Wooo!


purelytwins September 21, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Samantha we would say the serving size is about 1/3-1/2 cup.

Samantha September 22, 2013 - 7:43 pm

great! And how many servings total???

Tiffany September 25, 2013 - 2:14 pm

I made these twice in the last two days.

purelytwins September 25, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Tiffany yay!! so happy you are enjoying the recipe

justice November 9, 2013 - 7:39 pm

Do you girls think you could make apple jack cheerios? Those are my addiction. Or reiece piece puffs?

Anonymous December 1, 2013 - 12:32 pm

These look amazing and I really want to try them, but I only have whole wheat flour and oat flour. Do you think either of these would work?

Brianna February 16, 2014 - 10:11 pm

Oh my goodness, you are a lifesaver for posting these high protein, grain free cereal recipes! Before going paleo, is was seriously addicted to cereal and I haven’t had it in almost 2 years, and now I am totally going to make this because I miss cereal! My favorite cereal ever used to be fruity pebbles, but i really did love any sugary cereals!
Oh, and a quick question- if I were to use your arrowroot/coconut/protein powder flour mix, how much of each powder/flour would I use?
Thanks in advance!

Ula April 25, 2014 - 12:53 am

Hi girls
First of al I would like to say I love your Page!
I have my own food blog in polish and you are a big inspirator to me.
Now i was wondering did you ever try to add edxra dark chocolate pieces to this cereal?
Thank you for inspiring me!
Greetings from Poland!!!

LindaS April 26, 2014 - 4:37 pm

I read a lot of requests on your blog for the ratio to the flour blend (that you always say is in your cookbook) as well as other cookbook recipes. I get a little upset because these readers say they are such fans yet seem annoyed that they have to buy the cookbook to get it(which by the way, are only $6.99!) These girls put a lot of time and effort into creating these cookbooks and give us PLENTY of recipes for free, but they also need to promote their cookbooks so any TRUE FANS should help support them by taking advantage of such an amazing deal and to thank them for all their hard work. Just some food for thought 😉

purelytwins April 27, 2014 - 8:16 am

Thank you Linda for your support 🙂

Emily @SinfulNutrition May 9, 2014 - 4:43 pm

This is awesome. I am thinking of subbing the cocoa powder with peanut flour for a peanut butter captain crunch version! Oh I am drooling just thinking about it 😀

jen September 22, 2014 - 11:56 am

What are the flour ratios?

New Tastes and Treats - The Fit Cookie December 14, 2014 - 10:44 am

[…] Homemade cocoa puff cereal from Purely Twins. I made mine egg-free and used a blend of coconut flour, hemp protein powder, and tapioca starch to make these. They are grain-free and fun to snack on, but I am not a fan of how long it takes to roll the dough into the little balls. It’s fun to do occasionally, but I can’t imagine myself doing this very often. If you have the time, give it a shot! […]

Whitney February 22, 2015 - 9:36 pm

Love your recipes! I understand your special flour blend is in your cookbook….but I notice you have a few books. Can you tell me which book has that flour blend ratio??

purelytwins February 23, 2015 - 9:38 am

Whitney it is in our purely classic cookbook. Thanks for the support and understanding.

Carolyn Walden August 18, 2015 - 9:04 am

What do you think of all tigernut flour rather than a blend or maybe 1/2 tiger 1/2 coconut????

purelytwins August 19, 2015 - 1:34 pm

both of those flours absorb a lot of liquid, so if you do that you will have to increase the liquid in the recipe.

Stephanie Fink February 9, 2017 - 11:05 am

I replaced the cocoa powder and honey with 3/4 home made peanut butter! Made both and mixed together! Its reeces and cocoa puffs!

purelytwins February 10, 2017 - 2:23 am


deryn from running on real food April 1, 2017 - 8:28 pm

Oooh, how cute and fun are these? I see these topping all my smoothie bowls for a little crunch! Can’t wait to try, thanks ladies!

Harsha January 10, 2018 - 3:46 am

I made this recipe for my children last weekend, which came out very well. Thanks for sharing awesome recipes.


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