homemade cinnamon toast crunch cereal recipe

by purelytwins

Hello luvs!!!! Happy Friday!

Oh yes we did…thanks to many of you requesting it. We made cinnamon toast crunch cereal.

We have made a few different recipes of these already and enjoy them all. So good. Keep reading to find out how we made cinnamon toast crunch a bit healthier!

Cinnamon toast crunch cereal gluten-free and egg-free. Plus, free of a few other allergens. It can also be made grain-free

Plus we added in some perfect fit protein powder to these babies!! Nothing like boosting the protein a little. Now adding in perfect fit protein does make them contain a grain, so we suggest using coconut flour to keep them grain-free or use hemp protein powder (note it will change the final COLOR of the cereal).

And the main ingredient is a special favorite of ours. Bet you guys already know what it is.

gluten free healthy cinnamon toast crunch cereal




Kid parent friendly.

Apparently we are on cinnamon sugar kick. Hey nothing wrong with that, right?

plain cereal dough

First you need your basic dough. Roll it out.

roll out dough

You want to roll it out as thin as you can. The thinner the cereal dough the more crispy cereal… although there is more chances of them burning some. not that we did that 

coated in sugar

Once your dough is spread thin. Take a knife to start slicing into mini squares. CAREFULLY pick up squares to place in a bowl to toss with cinnamon sugar. The dough might be a little soft.

cinnamon toast crunch grainfree cereal recipe

All you have to do next is toss them with cinnamon sugar, place slices on cookie sheet and let them bake in oven until desired crispiness is achieved.

Who knew making homemade cinnamon toast crunch could be so much fun.

homemade grainfree cinnamon toast crunch

Pour with some cashew hemp homemade milk. Or any milk or non-dairy milk of choice.

And devour savor every bite.

We found our recipe to be pretty darn tasty for being free of most common allergens. Of course the mix of cinnamon and sugar helps.  But we worked so hard in creating this recipe to be easy and that most people could make.

We also knew that not everyone can get plantains… so we thought of a new recipe meeting that need. You just have to okay with baking your nuts. Using nuts in our cereal recipes does provide more of a crunchy texture.

We try to avoid our nut intake and try to avoid cooked nuts for health reasons. That is why you don’t see us baking with nuts very often. Actually it’s very rare these days. We just rather bake with protein powder over using cooked nuts. Just our opinion. We do love using nuts in our raw recipes.

cinnamon toast crunch healthy cereal recipe

So we hope you enjoy our second recipe for homemade cinnamon toast crunch that is  grain (if you switch out the protein powder or use hemp protein) and gluten free based out of almonds, coconut flour, and arrowroot.


homemade cinnamon toast crunch cereal recipe made from plantains (gluten, nut, soy, dairy, egg free; can be made grain-free)

A healthy cinnamon toast crunch cereal recipe. Allergy-friendly. Enjoyed by kids and adults.



  • 1 large yellowish plantain (7oz once peeled)
  • 1/4 cup perfect fit protein powder**
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 24 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, semi soft
  • Cinnamon sugar topping:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 11 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325.
  2. Peel plantain and weigh it out to get 7 oz. Roughly chop and place in food processor. Pulse until pureed. This takes a little bit of time to get it smooth.
  3. Once smooth, add in coconut flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, sugar, and coconut oil. Mix together.
  4. Then dump batter into a large bowl and stir in arrowroot. Add 1 tablespoon in at time. Add enough to where the batter is not too sticky. Want batter to be easy to work with.
  5. Roll out cereal batter as thin as you prefer. Remember the more thin you can get it, the more crispy it will be.
  6. Once rolled out, cut into squares. Carefully pick up squares, we recommend using an offset spatula. Place squares into a bowl and toss with cinnamon sugar topping. Carefully toss with fingers as they are soft.
  7. Place squares onto a parchment lined cookie tray.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes.
  9. **NOTE: to make grain-free do 1/4 cup coconut flour over the perfect fit protein. And do about 1/4 cup of arrowroot starch as well. And omit the 2 extra tbsp of coconut flour listed in ingredients.


  • Serving Size: serves 2-4


We played around with the plantain free dough and we feel it would work for our vanilla cocoa puffs and possibly our cocoa puffs (just reduce almonds by 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup of cacao). We got a lot of request for a grain-free option for those recipes.

We hope this helps with providing some ideas.


homemade cinnamon toast crunch cereal recipe (grain,gluten and egg free)

Healthy almond protein cinnamon toast crunch cereal recipe.



  • 1 cup almond meal (ground from almonds) *note we made this homemade, not store bought almond meal
  • 1/4 cup protein powder or more almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, semi soft
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Cinnamon sugar topping:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 11 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place almond meal, protein powder, arrowroot, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon and water into food processor. Pulse together. Batter should come together nicely and not sticky.
  3. Roll out cereal batter as thin as you desire. Cut into squares and place squares into a bowl. Toss with cinnamon sugar topping.
  4. Once covered in cinnamon sugar, place squares onto parchment lined cookie tray.
  5. Bake 20 – 30 minutes.


  • Serving Size: serves 3-4

Enjoy your homemade cinnamon toast crunch cereal!

Twins question: Do you like cinnamon toast crunch? Would you like a bowl?

till next time,




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Jojo @ RunFastEatLots August 16, 2013 - 11:15 am

Yes! Cinnamon toast crunch is one of my favorite cereals, and I’m so glad that you’ve included two variations of the recipe 😀 The store-bought kind is too sugary for my taste, but I’ll have to try this recipe at home.

purelytwins August 16, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Thanks Jojo hope you the recipe!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 16, 2013 - 11:19 am

LOVE Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and I love even more that you came up with a healthy version! Yum!

purelytwins August 16, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Thanks Ashley.

Megan (The Lyons' Share) August 16, 2013 - 12:45 pm

I am giddy with excitement!!! Totally can’t wait to try these, and super bummed that it won’t be for a while … a major downfall of traveling for work 4 days a week is that when you’re out of town for a weekend, you don’t get to your kitchen for 11 days straight!

purelytwins August 16, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Oh no! Wish we could send you some 😉

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables August 16, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Best cereal EVER! 😉 This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

P.S. I couldn’t resist giving you guys a shout out on my blog today!

purelytwins August 16, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Oh Liz you are too sweet! Thank you 🙂 xoxo

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 16, 2013 - 10:41 pm

Looks and sounds delicious ladies! My boys used to love cinnamon toast crunch. They haven’t had it in a long time. I think I need to treat them to a bowl of this!

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Brooke August 17, 2013 - 12:49 am

Hi ladies – should the chocolate and vanilla dough roll out the same way as well? If it is too crumbly should I add more coconut oil or maple syrup? thanks!

Brooke August 17, 2013 - 12:50 am

Hi ladies – should the chocolate and vanilla dough roll out the same way as well? If it is too dry should I add more coconut oil or maple syrup? thanks!

purelytwins August 17, 2013 - 10:21 am

add more maple syrup

Laury the fitness dish August 18, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Ladies this looks and sounds absolutely amazing!!! I LOVE cinnamon and sugar, it’s one of my favorite combos! I can’t wait to try it, I bet Ella would love it!

And thanks for mentioning/spreading the word about almond flour! I get frustrated when I see so many using is as a health food and it really can be damaging to ones health when used as often as people are using it!XOXO

Hannah August 22, 2013 - 7:21 pm

Totally looking forward to breakfast tomorrow because I just made these:) They are tasty!

purelytwins August 22, 2013 - 8:26 pm

so glad to hear it Hannah 🙂

Hannah September 20, 2013 - 12:41 am

Hey ladies so I tried making this today and it tastes delicious, can’t get enough of it, but the texture came out really hard and tough not crunchy :(. I used just coconut flour and arrowroot. Could i have added to much arrowroot? The dough was a little dry even though I added close to another tablespoon of coconut oil (which was liquid I don’t know if that matters). I will still eat it since the taste is good but the next time I make it I hope I’m able to make it crunchy. Thanks ladies I hope ya’ll have a wonderful day!!

purelytwins September 20, 2013 - 10:08 am

Hannah as we mentioned in the post they are more chewy not as crunchy unless you use nuts. We actually found out to make them crunchy store them in freezer.

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Vero May 16, 2014 - 7:54 am

This recipe looks amazing!
I will try to make it without sugar. I know it will not be the same but it is all I can do for now.
I cannot have arrowroot starch either. Any suggestions to substitute it? Thanks again!

purelytwins May 16, 2014 - 9:25 am

You can use tapioca starch or potato starch for the arrowroot, or cornstarch of you can handle corn.

Amy August 15, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Even after adding an additional tbsp of maple syrup, this was way too crumbly. However, I bet it’s because I used store-bought almond meal, which is likely drier than your homemade stuff. So, note to others: don’t make the almond meal version unless you make it all from scratch!

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Carolyn Walden August 14, 2015 - 9:52 am

Hi there….I want to try the plantain free version but my daughter is allergic to almonds….what do you think about a combination of tigernut flour and chia meal? If you think this will work should I use the same amounts? Let me know your thoughts and I will try out and post. Thank you!

purelytwins August 15, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Yes you can use a combination and do the same amounts.

Gina March 16, 2016 - 9:24 pm

Thank u so much for ur recipes cant wait to try them out…especially the cereal…hopefully my kids will like it since I don’t buy processed foods anymore…they have missed cereal ????

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Mio January 10, 2020 - 1:09 pm

What a healthy cereal recipe! I like the idea of using plantain and protein powder to make it. However plantain is not something we often in my country. Do you think I can substitute it with green bananas?


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