Frosted “Corn” Flakes Cereal

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All I can say is OMG… Oh My Goodness, I think I am in Heaven!!!!! How can toasted coconut flakes taste like Frosted Flakes??!  I am still puzzled by this but grateful I figured it out!!!

My intention was to figure out a nut-free and quicker version of my already popular granola recipe on the blog.  The current recipe is delicious and everyone loves it but because I have recently started cutting back on the amount of nuts and nut products I consume (see THIS blog post), I needed to tweak the recipe. This recipe also eliminates the use of eggs. Eliminating nuts from the existing recipe saves $$$ because Nuts are just so EXPENSIVE!! This recipe only uses unsweetened coconut chips which I just started purchasing from Tropical Traditions in a 2.2 lb bag for $8.50.  WOW!

NOTE: I used Tropical Traditions Chips or other Bob’s Red Mill Flaked Coconut!  Why the 2 brands have 2 different definitions, I do not know!

My version of Frosted Corn Flakes is:

  1. Grain-Free
  2. Nut-Free
  3. Dairy-Free
  4. Soy-Free
  5. Sugar-Free

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This cereal really did remind me of eating Frosted Flakes cereal but without any corn, sugar and processed junk! If you were one of those to eat cereal right out of the box (I was in my former life), this cereal is great all by itself!

Don’t think you can sit down and eat the entire batch in one sitting. Be careful not to over consume any food, healthy or not! Also, coconut has very little protein so I would advise eating some form of protein with it if eating for breakfast. 

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You may wonder if it taste like coconut. I personally don’t think it does. I taste the touch of sweetness and vanilla and not the coconut.

Give it a try to let me know what you think!  More important, what do your kids think!!

**I have not tried this with any other sweetener other than Pure Kal Stevia.  If you do, please let me know how it turns out. cookbook collage 3-5-14

Frosted "Corn" Flakes Cereal

Makes 16, 1/2 cup servings; 1.5 net carbs per serving

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Ingredients
    • 1 lb unsweetened coconut flakes, approximately 8-9 cups*
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (I used homemade)
    • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2-1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg (fresh is best)
    • 1/4 tsp Pure Kal Stevia or 1/2 tsp. Trader Joes's Organic Stevia OR sweetener of choice, to taste

    * I use Bob's Red Mill "Flaked Coconut" from Amazon or Tropical Traditions Chips

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Line 2-3 jelly roll pans (cookie sheets with sides) with parchment paper. Using 3 cookie sheets will speed up the dehydrating process (see Fast Method below).

    In a large bowl, add water along with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and Stevia. Whisk until dry ingredients are dissolved. Add coconut flakes and stir well until flakes are evenly coated. Be sure flakes are not sticking together. Taste for sweetness.  Add more sweetener if desired.

    FAST METHOD: Divide flakes between 3 cookie sheets and spread out evenly.  Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove from oven and carefully stir. Return to oven for another 5-10 minutes or until the flakes are slightly golden brown but NOT BURNED!

    or

    OVER NIGHT METHOD:   Divide flakes between 2 cookie sheets and spread out evenly.  Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove from oven and carefully stir. Return to oven for another 5 minutes. Turn off oven and leave for anywhere from 2-4 hours or overnight.

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Allow to cool and then transfer to an airtight container.  Will keep a few weeks in refrigerator.  Top with fresh or freeze-dried fruit and dairy of choice.

Note: Cooking Times may vary.

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This is how I store and measure my cereal.  I could not find the exact container online but THIS ONE is similar.

Portion out into bowls with lids for pre-portioned bowls of cereal!

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Comments

  1. Angela says

    Mmmm, Thank you! I think I may try this in a dehydrator. I know I won’t get the toasted effect though but I do not have a working oven at the moment.

  2. jen says

    Sounds great – love your recipes! Does this have a very coconutty flavor? Also, do you think this would work with honey instead of stevia, if so do you have any idea how much honey would be used in it’s place? Thanks!!!

    • says

      Jen, I personally don’t think it taste like coconut. It taste sweet with a touch of cinnamon. Let me know if you try honey… I am worried it would burn or either carmalize….that would be awesome!

  3. Karen Hyer says

    Your recipes all sound yummy and I’ll be trying as soon as my new cookbook arrives. I’m confused though on the almond flour you use. On the Honeyville website they have blanched almond flour and natural…which do you use or prefer or are they pretty much the same?

  4. Andi Adams says

    I used 2 tbs of your cajun seasoning mix, 1/8 tsp Pur Kal Stevia,1/8 tsp liquid smoke, 1/8 tsp smoked paprika to make a savory version. The taste reminds me of Lays BBQ potatoe chips.

  5. The MamaS says

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! This recipe is PHENOMENAL! I did sub raw local honey, I eyeballed it at around 3-4 TBS. But it’s definitely a personal taste thing with the amount. The flakes didn’t really caramelize with the honey, and I followed the initial cooking times and temps as the recipe suggested. I felt like they needed to go longer, so I dropped the heat to 170 F (the lowest my oven will go) and stir at 10 minute increments. I just keep going until they are a lovely golden color. This seems to dry them out nicely to yield that cereal CRUNCH I’m so desperate for since going Paleo. Thank you again for this wonderful recipes… (I just don’t know how I’ll limit myself to 1/2 cup servings…I’m going to 2x the batch next time!)

    • says

      Glad you enjoyed it! I usually finish mine off by leaving in the oven to crisp up! I have been meaning to try it with honey… I’m glad it worked! I just has a bowl for a snack… I felt like I was cheating!

  6. Sarah says

    Just made this recipe and it is amazing! Thank you so much! Before this wheat free lifestyle I LOVED cereal. I have missed it and this tastes exactly like sweetened corn flakes! I have really been enjoying your recipes! Thank you!

  7. Kelly says

    This looks so good!. I love your recipes!. Can you make a healthy version of candied yams with marshmallows recipe? and totally sugar free jello recipe?. Most of the naturally sugar free jello recipes still are made with juice or fruit, which still has a lot of sugar. Maybe put in a Stevia, Xylitol or another naturally sugar free subsitute drink/beverage in it instead of the juice or fruit – any ideas?.

  8. CT says

    Looks amazing! I can’t wait to have cereal again without all the bloat. I am allergic to Stevia so will be using dates with the 1/2 cup water instead. Thank you for the recipe!

  9. Brooke says

    Just made this – it is SO good. I felt like I was actually cheating instead of making a healthier choice. Thanks!

  10. says

    I am so glad to find this recipe! Not only did I used to LOVE corn flakes, but I just bought an abundance of coconut chips, and then thought “what am I going to DO with all of these?” Problem solved. I have just recently found your blog, and have enjoyed several of your recipes.

  11. Shelli McGehee Gray says

    Great recipes! I just found your site and I’m eager to try some of these. Also interesting that we share the same name, and the very unusual spelling. I don’t find many who spell it this way, and I remember having to spell it for others my entire pre-married life!

  12. says

    Well I have to say I love most of your recipes but this one was a huge disappointment. It didn’t taste anything at all like corn flakes, I threw it out :(.

    • says

      Did you dehydrate or toast it long enough? If not, it will be chewy and not crunchy. Also, be sure to taste it before you bake to make sure it is sweet enough or if you want to add more vanilla or spices. Yesterday I added pumpkin pie spice. It is impossible to 100% replicate frosted corn flakes but I think this is a pretty good attempt. I hate that you threw it out… If you don’t want to eat it as cereal, it should be tasty enough to munch on kind of like sweet chips. With any recipe, taste it before you bake it to see if you need to adjust anything before it goes in the oven. Hope this helps.

    • says

      Thank you Melissa I thought I toasted it long enough some of it almost looked like it was beginning to burn but it was a bit chewy. Maybe I’ll try again. Thank you for all your hard work, it so helps me stay on this plan.

      • Anna says

        I, too, am getting results that are chewier than I would like. I am using coconut flakes from the bulk bins at my co-op. Will keep trying to get them more toasted and dried out.

        • satisfyingeats says

          Anna, make sure the flakes are in one layer and you may need to cook them longer. Allow them to brown slightly without burning. I hope the helps!

  13. TheMom51 says

    I jut tried to buy the coconut chips at Tropical Traditions but they aren’t available at this time! The coconut flakes are available but they won’t be the right size for the “corn” flakes. grrrrrr!

  14. says

    I made this tonight. Super yummy! I can’t wait to have a serving in the morning. Also, I checked out both Wheat Belly and the Wheat Belly Cookbook yesterday at my library. I can’t wait to check them out. Thankfully, I have been on a lifestyle change for about 4 months now and have a lot of the main ingredients on hand in my pantry already. I’m looking forward to learning more & getting rid of this belly!

  15. elise says

    I have made this a few times now and tweaked the recipe slightly. I added a bag of chopped walnuts to the mix to make it more like honey bunches of oats cereal. It came out great. I don’t like the bitterness of stevia so I used Xylitol Honey, some Ideal Sweetener, and little bit of sugar free (splenda) maple syrup. I used less water and more of the Torani vanilla syrup. The key is leaving it overnight I have found to get it to dry out as much as possible.

    • says

      Glad you have enjoyed the recipe. I think everytime I make it, I change it up a bit! It’s SO wonderful to have “cereal” again! Yes, it must be dried out to be crunchy! Thanks for your feedback Elise!

  16. Erin M :) says

    Thank you so much for this recipe (and so many other recipes from your books that have made this grain free deal pretty easy)! My husband LOVES cereal and this is the first low carb cereal I have given him where he has said, “Oh, that’s good! ” Success! I may be able to get him grain free yet! I think I am going to mix it with some grain free granola and hopefully get something like honey bunches of oats. Thanks again!
    P.S. As another mother of small children I am amazed that are able to find the time to create so many awesome recipes all the time. Good job on that!

  17. Kelly says

    Hi, I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m on Atkins and miss cereal a lot. I’ve recently found almond milk and I’m dying to put it on “cereal”! Can you tell me the net carb count on this though? Thanks!

  18. Kelly says

    Thank you! Also, do you recommend the overnight method over the fast method? And I only have one jelly roll pan….could I just do it in batches?

    • satisfyingeats says

      Kelly, I would just do it the fast method in small batches. It really won’t take long.

  19. Kelly says

    Ok thanks! Ok…last question, I promise, LOL! I picked up a bag of the Red Mill coconut flakes today and just realized it’s a 12oz (3/4 lb) bag……can I just adjust the measurements of the other stuff so I don’t have to wait ’til tomorrow? Reduce each by 1/4, maybe?

  20. Kelly says

    OMG!!! I couldn’t wait ’til it cooled all the way, I had to try it! I used unsweetened almond milk on it and YUM!!! I used granular Splenda too and it was awesome. I had to add more than the tsp but that’s ok! So does this HAVE to be stored in the fridge? Or are you just saying it will keep longer that way? I honestly don’t think this will make it through the week. This will be my night time snack….I’m so over string cheese and jello, LOL! The coconut wasn’t in the fridge before and nothing we added makes it need to be in the fridge so I’m thinking no? Thanks again for a great recipe! I have my cereal back!!! :)

    • satisfyingeats says

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Kelly! It doesn’t have to be stored in the fridge, but make sure it’s an airtight container! Sounds like you are a cereal girl too! :)

  21. Amy says

    I just had to leave word that this is a life changing recipe! It is so easy and so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • satisfyingeats says

      :) That’s wonderful to hear Amy… this is one of my favorites because I used to be a cereal girl too! :)

  22. Robin says

    It’s like the amazing child of corn flakes and granola! It tastes a lot like granola to me because of the spices, and also the high fat content in the coconut getting nice and crispy in the oven. SO GOOD. Only had enough flakes to make 1/3 recipe, but can’t wait to make a whole recipe next time. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  23. Rebecca says

    I have the trader joes stevia, did you mean 1/2 tsp of the liquid or powdered stevia? Thanks for another great recipe! I love your granola recipe!

    • satisfyingeats says

      Rebecca, I have the organic powdered stevia from Trader Joe’s in the little bottle. You can use any kind but the 1/2 tsp. will be more precise for this kind. I hope you enjoy!

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