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Extra Crisp Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal 🥛 gluten free, keto & paleo

Our gluten free and keto cinnamon toast crunch just got a big makeover, making it much (muuuch!) crunchier. Plus less ingredients and just 2g net carbs a serving!

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Grain Free & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch 🥛

Now Extra Crunchy! ⚡

We’ve got grain free keto cinnamon toast crunch cereal, and we’re (most definitely!) sharing. Here’s your childhood’s cereal bowl dream, low carb and with all non-processed ingredients. And most definitely, one of our favorite sweet treats we’ve cooked up as of late.

Who doesn’t remember getting home from school, and devouring a bowl of good-old cinnamon toast crunch with iced-cold milk. Or that late-night snack. That flavor will forever be engrained in our tastebuds. And since we’re in this woe for good, we thought we’d revive this classic for the sake of nostalgia.

Though do note that the taste cannot be replicated exactly, blame it on artificial flavorings, refined sugars and processed carbohydrates. But trust us when we say that it will more than satisfy your cinnamon toast crunch cravings. And more.

And talking about ideal, you can always freeze half the dough for a rainy day. 🌧

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Keto-fied 💁🏿

Keeping keto macros in mind, aside from making this classic cereal low carb, we made sure to up the fat in these keto cinnamon toast crunch.

And we absolutely adore grass-fed butter as the fat here. Though do note that coconut butter can be subbed in, just note that the resulting cereal will be denser and therefore slightly less crunchy.

So at 2g net carbs, we find these keto cinnamon toast crunch to be a very good deal. Particularly compared to the whooping 19g net carbs of the original!

Though let’s face it, just like with the original, you might be doubling the serving size on occasion always. Still, 4g net carbs. 💁🏿

Essentially a cookies & milk sorta thing, it makes for one truly special keto breakfast treat.

The Deets 🔍

Creaming the butter properly with the sweeter is paramount here to build a nice structure for the cookies (think rise and crunch!). And creaming with sweetener, in case you haven’t done it before, takes a bit longer to incorporate than with good-old sugar. But don’t give up, and keep going until you’ve got the sweetener well incorporated into soft and fluffy butter.

The other indispensable thing, is that the dough be thoroughly chilled before rolling and baking. Why? The butter in the dough has to solidify once again before you can roll it out and cut it up. Think 1 to 2 hours (or overnight).

And if the dough becomes too sticky while rolling and cutting, just pop it in the freezer for a few (and a sprinkle of cocoa powder always helps too).

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Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch 🥛 Extra crunchy & just 2g net carbs! #keto #ketobreakfast #lowcarb #paleo #glutenfree

The Cinnamon 🍂

We made this with both Ceylon cinnamon and Mexican cinnamon. And it’s probably no wonder (as it’s much less pricey), but Mexican cinnamon won all the way. Its sweet and strong aroma is key to get your cinnamon toast crunch right.

Note: if your label doesn’t say Ceylon, it’s most likely the Mexican variety. So don’t sweat it.

The Flours

We found that super fine almond flour did a killer job (solo!). Add a touch of xanthan gum, and we’re golden.

In terms of brands, for the almond either Anthony’s or WellBees work great. Both are super fine grinds.

The Sweetener 🍯

Erythritol lends a very similar crunch and chew to sugar for crisp cookies, and no other low carb natural sweetener does that (xylitol takes up to a day to crunch up and will result in chewy cereal!).

My current favorite for these guys? Lakanto golden without a doubt. Least cooling effect, nice maple-like taste. But Swerve  and Pyure (at half the amount) are awesome too. 

As for the ‘sugar’ cinnamon topping, you can either carry on with erythritol or use xylitol  (with a preference for the later, as it has less of a cooling effect).

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup or cat around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

The Cut-Up 📏

This really depends how OCD you are. But please forget your pastry cutter or knife here. It’s all about the ruler.

Wash up a ruler and use one of its edges to press down on the dough and cut it up. Then take a small fork and prick down each square to avoid excessive puffing.

But note that we timed ourselves and it took 3 minutes 40 seconds to cut up and do the pricking for the whole batch. 🙅🏿

Totally worth it for the sake of a true bowl of keto cinnamon toast crunch.

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Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch 🥛 Extra crunchy & just 2g net carbs! #keto #ketobreakfast #lowcarb #paleo #glutenfree
Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch 🥛 Extra crunchy & just 2g net carbs! #keto #ketobreakfast #lowcarb #paleo #glutenfree
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Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch 🥛 Extra crunchy & just 2g net carbs! #keto #ketobreakfast #lowcarb #paleo #glutenfree

Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal 2.0

Course: Breakfast, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, grain free, keto, low carb
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 172 kcal

Our gluten free and keto cinnamon toast crunch just got a big makeover, making it much (muuuch!) crunchier. Plus less ingredients and just 2g net carbs a serving!

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Customary for an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

For the cinnamon topping:

Instructions

  1. See recipe video for guidance!

  2. Add almond flour, cinnamon, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt to a medium bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.

  3. Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer, 2-3 minutes. Add in sweetener and continue to beat until thoroughly light and fluffy and much of the sweetener has dissolved. 

  4. Add in egg, mixing until just incorporated. The mixture will appear slightly 'broken' (i.e. not thoroughly smooth). 

  5. With your mixer on low, add in half of your flour mixture- mixing until just incorporated. Mix in the rest.

  6. Wrap cereal dough with cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 3 days.

  7. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

  8. Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper until nice and thin. Using a ruler, cut dough lengthwise and then crosswise into squares. Prick each piece with a small fork (optional). 

  9. Transfer parchment paper with the keto cinnamon toast crunch to a baking sheet or tray, and place in the freezer for 10 minutes prior to baking. The shaped dough can be frozen for up to 3 months, and baked straight from the freezer (adding 2-3 minutes more to the baking time).

  10. Bake for 8-12 minutes, until fully golden (depending on size and thickness). Keep an eye out for them, and note that if you like them crisp you'll want to push the baking time as much as possible (until deep golden). 

  11. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon 'sugar'. You can also do this prior to baking for a more 'crusty' result, both work well just depending on your preference so feel free to experiment.

  12. Allow to cool for ten minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely, as they'll continue to crunch up (this may take a few hours for the sweetener to harden up again!). 

  13. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

*Coconut butter can be substituted if dairy free or paleo. Just note that your cereal will be less airy (and therefore crunchy). Having said that, still much crunchier than our previous version! 

 

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal 2.0
Amount Per Serving (40 g)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 234mg10%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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323 comments

  1. ericka marino says:

    How come it doesn’t say how big a serving is? I don’t want to make it and then have to divide it all out by serving. I need to know the serving size so that I can put it in a container and then scoop out the appropriate size. I’m worried that 2g Carbs per serving is actually a few little squares? Does anyone know what the actual serving size is??? I would assume this has been asked many times… I know the most recent question was. Thanks. 🙂

  2. Bryna says:

    Made these yesterday and love them! Just the right crunch and texture, and delicious. I left out the coating as the plain squares were just the right sweetness for me. I couldn’t believe how great they taste with plain almond milk. My squares are not as precise as yours, in fact they are “no two alike” type pieces, but yummy just the same & less time consuming..lol. Thank you for a great recipe!

  3. Suz says:

    Sadly wasted time and ingredients on this recipe. The ‘cereal’ cane out cake like and I even tried twice. Hopefully will be able to find another, giving up cereal has been quiet hard

  4. Annabel says:

    1. I really like this recipe. Ive used it at least 5-6 times.

    2. My feedback is Ive cooked it following her instructions and it didnt come out very well. I want to echo what someone else previously commented. Roll the dough into individual thin strips, freeze for more than 1 hour, then take it out and and cut it into small cereal pieces. Then the thickness comes out well and they dont burn while coomkng.

    Thanks!

  5. Melodie says:

    I made this twice. Both time, it cooked very uneven, and my oven is only 2 years old. So I have some parts burnt and others not. So the steam made the whole thing taste burnt. I sat and watched it the second time because 10 minutes was much too long at the required temp! Can’t waste more ingredients on this recipe 🙁

  6. Jamie says:

    Since this recipe was created, allulose has come on the market. Have you tried this instead of erythritol? It’s my preferred sweetener. Also, have you ever subbed in a combination of whey isolate, flaxseed meal, coconut flour and/or oat fiber for some of the almond flour? I wasnt sure if it would crisp up with a combo of flours.

  7. Brie says:

    This recipe was fantastic!! These came out super crunchy and not a big cooling taste.. I did use Swerve golden as well as Lankanto Golden if that makes a difference. I just want to say thank you for bringing cereal to my life again! 👍🏾👍🏾

  8. Garifalia says:

    hello from sunny Greece! Do i replace xantham gum? its a little bit hard to find it in local markets in my country town. thank you for your time

  9. Lindsay says:

    Super disappointed! Followed the instructions to a T and mine are super soft/cookie-like. Can’t get them to crisp up whatsoever! I used erythriol (not golden- regular) what happened?!

    • Sami says:

      I had this problem too, but thankfully I’ve made a different cereal before, so I modified directions and came out perfectly:

      Add almond flour, cinnamon, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt to a medium bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Add sweetener, melted butter, and egg.

      Wrap cereal dough with cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 3 days.

      Preheat the oven to 300.

      Transfer the dough to a large silicone baking mat or a large piece of parchment paper. Top with another piece of parchment and roll out as thinly as possible (without being see-through!).

      Remove the top piece of parchment. Use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter to score into small squares, about 3/4 inch wide.

      Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until firm to the touch. Remove and let cool completely. If it’s not completely crisp, return to a warm oven (175F) for another 20 or 30 minutes.

      Break into pieces and serve.

    • Linda says:

      Consider them like a biscotti…twice baked cookie! I’ve had great success letting them cool and THEN putting back in the over (low heat) for a little while! Mine are always crispy!!!

  10. Winnie Kuo says:

    These tasted good though the dough is difficult to roll! Tested a few ways to work with it, and I think freezing the dough and cutting them out as slice n bake is the easiest (no re-freezing needed :)). Roll into square logs, freeze, cut into thin slices and then cut each slice into smaller pieces.

  11. Priscilla says:

    Hi, my son is keto for epilepsy and can’t have sugar alcohols. I use a powdered monkfruit extract… will it work in this recipe?? I know it won’t crunch up the way erythritol will, but I also don’t want to waste all that almond flour to try if it’s going to be terrible 🙁 Help!

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