This Paleo Cracklin Oat Bran is a copycat of a popular cereal. Made grain-free, but just as delicious! Easy, healthy, and the perfect breakfast!
Cracklin Oat Bran brings up so many good memories for me. I am the youngest of 5 kids and growing up, boxes of cereal disappeared so fast. A small box of this stuff is expensive and there was no way my parents would buy it for all of us. It was my dad’s favorite and when he had some, he would hide it in his room. On special mornings when we were up without anyone else, we would share a bowl. It is still one of my favorite, I just don’t buy it anymore because the ingredients are not good at all. It is full of corn syrup, soybean oil, and other ingredients I try to avoid.
My dad just came to visit and while he was here, he requested a homemade version of this cereal. I love being able to take something unhealthy and make it over to be healthy and unprocessed. I already had an idea of what was in it, but obviously I left the oats and bran out to keep it paleo. Paleo is grain free, so I used almond flour as the base and it works perfectly. Coconut, molasses, and cinnamon are the other key ingredients. I swapped out the soybean oil (from the original) to coconut oil which is so much healthier. All the ingredients work together perfectly and create the same texture and flavor. If you’re familiar with the original, you know it’s a thick, hearty cereal. It’s super crunchy and so is my version. I am so happy with how it turned out. My dad loved it and took a whole batch home- that makes my heart happy!!
This is so easy to make. I know making cereal homemade sounds hard, or time consuming, but it’s not. Everything is mixed in one bowl and baked for less than an hour. It can be stored in an air tight container and eaten throughout the week. If you can make cookies or cake, then you can make this- it is even easier!
Here are the ingredients: Golden Barrel Blackstrap Molasses, almond flour, Golden Barrel Coconut Oil, finely shredded coconut, coconut sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and an egg. I’ll give you a little information on the ingredients in case you’re not familiar with them. The almond flour can be found at Trader Joes, most health food stores, and even a lot of major chain stores. I like to use finely shredded unsweetened coconut because the squares are cut pretty small and I like it to blend well. That is either by the other coconut or in the “health” section of stores. Coconut sugar is an unrefined sugar that has a lower glycemic level than granulated sugar. It is usually found on a higher shelf, right above the regular sugar. Of course, these items can be bought online as well. They are all ingredients I keep in my pantry now.
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, then press it out evenly on a parchment lined sheet tray. Try to make it as even as possible, so it cooks at the same rate.
After it cooks for 30 minutes, remove it from the oven and cut it into squares. I like to cut it in 11×8 strips. A thin knife works best for this, and you’ll have to remove some cereal from the blade as it builds up. Flip all the squares over, and move the outside pieces to the center, and the center pieces to the edge. That way they cook evenly. Bake for another 15 minutes. They will harden as they cool.
Even if you have never tried the original I encourage you to try this cereal. It is crunchy, sweet, and so delicious! The combination of cinnamon, molasses and coconut is incredible and makes a great breakfast or snack.
Jessica is a self taught cook/baker from Michigan who enjoys local farmers markets, baking competitions, and kayaking with her husband. She specializes in Paleo and other desirable recipes that can be seen over on her own food blog.