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.

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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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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, 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*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Potassium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 4.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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223 comments

  1. Ana says:

    Help! I’ve turned off my adblocker and still can’t see the recipe video, despite refreshing my browser and everything! 🙁 I so desperately want to make this cereal lol

    • Paola says:

      Have you cleared your cache Ana? Can you see other ads? From what I heard from readers it takes a little bit

  2. Roberta Rogers says:

    What can I sub for the butter? We are a DF household but all of the cereal recipes call for butter. Ghee? Avocado oil?

  3. Julie says:

    You have the cinnamons a bit mixed up, I think. Mexican cooking uses Ceylon (verum) cinnamon, which is milder tasting and generally expensive. The link you posted for “Mexican cinnamon” is apparently Saigon (loureiroi) cinnamon, which is the strongest in flavor. The usual cheap American cinnamon is Burmese (burmanii), generally grown in Indonesia. Chinese cinnamon (cassia) is less common, but tastes very like the Burmese. Burmese and Chinese cinnamons are both often called “cassia.” And all three of those naturally have high levels of blood thinners that people who take blood thinners need to watch out for. Ceylon cinnamon is the only one that doesn’t.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Julie! I’m not sure about the blood thinners etc, but I’m certain that Ceylon cinnamon isn’t Mexican (because it’s to Sri Lanka!) xo!

      • Julie says:

        There isn’t really any “Mexican cinnamon.” But Ceylon cinnamon is used in Mexican cooking and is sometimes sold as Mexican. Yes, grown in Sri Lanka.

  4. HARMONY OLSEN says:

    Hello…I have a question about coconut palm sugar it is so good it’s just like sugar? Is th his any healthier for someone on a keto zone diet?
    I’m just courious. I bought coconut flour n coconut sugar …. i will try getting hazelnut flour. Thanks for that!
    Also xanthan gum is that a thinking agent like arrowroot? Can you sub arrowroot for xanthan gum?

    Thanks so much ,
    Harmony

    • Paola says:

      Hi Harmony! I wouldn’t use coconut palm sugar if on a keto diet, keep in mind that it will spike your sugar and kick you out of ketosis… and unfortunately xanthan gum is more than just a thickener, so arrowroot isn’t a sub in this case 🙁 xo!

  5. Claire Illingworth says:

    This is awesome. Mine didn’t turn out that crunchy but think I need to roll them thinner next time. However when I put the nutritional info in MFP it sys its 15g per serving 😭😳 why would this be? It’s looks like all the carbs are coming from the erythritol? I’ve out not in as 10 servings too. Any help greatly appreciated

    Claire

    • Paola says:

      Hi Claire! You can always pop this batch back in the oven now that its cool and it will surely get a lot crunchier 😉

      Also, keep in mind that its common practice to subtract sugar alcohols such as erythritol as you do fiber- so that should account for the discrepancy? xo!

  6. Shawna says:

    I’m thinking you could make a mixture of peanut butter powder, powdered xylitol or erythritol sweetener, and cocoa. Think Reeses’ cereal in square shapes!

  7. JayNa says:

    Hey Paola, thanks for sharing this great recipe!
    My first try, though, went not all too smooth, I am afraid.
    I mean the taste was really great, the first batch also got a nice crunch to them, but with the second half of the dough I had even more difficulties rolling it out, because it was all crumbling apart and the bits that stuck together I could’nt roll out too thin because of that.
    Can you think of anything I might have done wrong with the dough for it to end up that crumbly? For sugar, I used half powdered Erythriol and half Swerve. Maybe that’s a problem? Or did I not beat the butter enough (do you warm it up before so you can actually beat it?).. when do you know the texture of the butter+sweetner is just right?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Paola says:

      Hi JayNa! If you had difficulties rolling out the second half of the dough, I’m thinking that the butter in the dough likely began to melt away… are you working in a warm environment? The easy trick is to keep the dough you aren’t working with in the fridge, and if it begins to become unmaneagable simply pop it in the fridge or freezer for a bit! xo

  8. Jessica says:

    Wow this looks amazing!! I’m going to make them soon but I’m wondering how I should store the ones that haven’t been eaten (if any will be left 😜) thanks for all the wonderful recipes. Xo

    • Paola says:

      LOL! In an airtight container (roughly a week? depends on your humidity, but you can always pop them back in the oven if they get soft on you). Or you can freeze the shaped and unbaked for a month or two xo!

  9. Kim says:

    Turned out great! I baked mine on 300 and it took a long time, maybe 30 minutes. I rolled it super thin. Took it out close to being finished, brushed on the topping then back in the oven. I tried it alone and with a little half and half. It is fantastic!

  10. Rachel says:

    Do you think the dough would roll out using a pasta roller? Just curious if you’ve tried it

    Thanks! Going to try these, my youngest loves CTC but they’re so unhealthy – this sounds like a much needed ‘mom guilt’ free version!

    • Paola says:

      I’m Sorry Elizabeth, I don’t know what that is! Though do keep in mind that the recipe was modeled around almond flour xo!

  11. kay osterberg says:

    Turned out pretty dang yummy!! So what EXACTLY is a serving size? I’m assuming 2 ounces as in the title CTC 2.0. I ask cuz I could have just kept eating the whole batch! Lol ❤️

    • Paola says:

      Awesome Kay! 40g is the serving size. In all honesty if you don’t have a scale this can look VERY different depending on how you rolled it out etc 😉

  12. Jaclyn says:

    Can you leave out the artificial sweetener altogether? Looks yummy but I don’t like erithritol and try to leave sugar out when I can as it tends to give me sugar cravings in the long run.

    • Paola says:

      Yes, just keep in mind that because it’s more ‘mealy’ than almond flour, it’ll likely not be as crisp (you can let it cool down and then bake it again for 4-6 minutes to get it extra crisp).

  13. Bernadette Schell says:

    I made these but they weren’t very crunchy. Took out of oven at 8 minutes and there were burnt edges, so I didn’t want to leave them in longer. I followed directions exactly.

    • Paola says:

      Ovens vary quite a bit Bernadette, and you just need to get to know yours a little better for different baked goods! Simple solution is to crank down the temp and cook for longer so they crunch up and dry out rather than burn on the outside and stay mushy inside 😉 xo!

  14. Kevin says:

    Mine came out pretty soggy, too much liquid? Or maybe not enough flour?

    I froze it for ten minutes too..

    • Paola says:

      Did you make any subs Kevin? Roll it out thin enough? You can always let them cook then pop them back in the oven for 4-7 mins more (that way they won’t burn!). Otherwise keep in mind that erythritol isn’t like sugar and you cookies will be soggy until it hardens up (anywhere from 1-4 hours depending on the brand). xo!

    • Paola says:

      If it’s the Lakanto monk fruit with erythritol it works, pure monk fruit won’t unfortunately. xo!

  15. Michiko says:

    Hey! Made them… Only a 5 serve batch… Had to make another one right away 🙂 I wonder if I can substitute the almond flour with coconut flour… Have you ever done that? Which substitution ratio would you recomend? Thank you!

  16. Ping says:

    Questions for you
    How thin the dough that you roll out? What size of the baking sheet do you use?
    What size of the squares? How many squares approximately you’d get?

    • Paola says:

      Hi Ping! I use a standard half sheet baking sheet (i.e. not the professional baking ones). You can divide the dough in two and work in batches, just roll it as thin as you can. In all honesty I didn’t measure the squares and theres no way I would’ve counted them all lol! 😉 xo

  17. Bernadette Schell says:

    Has anyone used coconut flour instead of almond flour? I only have coconut flour and want to try this.

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