Make Your Own Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal

When you think “homemade cereal” you might think tedious, time consuming, or labor intensive. Um, hi. Would I be sharing this recipe if it were any of those things? Ok then.

You mix up the ingredients, you dump it into a pan, you bake it, and you eat it. I’ve already taken it upon myself to double the recipe from what it originally was, because why make a little when we can make enough for two or three meals or snacks? You can make this with wheat flour or gluten free flour – whichever you need.

Huge thanks to my friends Katie and Kim for sharing this amazing recipe idea with me!!

Homemade Cracklin' Oat Bran
I have no idea what the actual boxed variety looks like or tastes like. Don’t know, don’t care. You know why? This homemade version of Cracklin’ Oat Bran is amazing. I’m quite sure making it homemade saves me a nice chunk of change and I know the homemade version is healthier.

Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal RecipeYum

Make Your Own Cracklin' Oat Bran Cereal
Serves: 10-12 cups
  • 4½ cups rolled oats (ground in the blender to become flour*)
  • 1 cup whole grain flour (I used freshly ground wheat, but you can use rice, sorgham, or another gf option if you like.)
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 cups unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 3-5 teaspoons cinnamon (the cinnamon is what makes this really yummy!)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar of choice (sucanat, coconut palm sugar, or brown sugar)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • 4 egg whites, whisked to frothy**
  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Add all wet ingredients to the dry ingredients at the same time, mixing until combined. Mixture will resemble large crumbs.
  3. Crumble the mixture onto two baking sheets or Pyrex casserole dishes.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-40 minutes, stirring and breaking up large chunks every 10 minutes. (Baking time varies as every oven is different.)
  5. Once cereal is golden brown, turn off oven but leave the cereal in the oven to crisp up.

Here’s what the mixture looks like in “crumb form” before being baked. I found it easiest to break up the mixture with my fingers before putting it into the oven. Then, as it’s baking, I use a wooden spoon to break it up more so it becomes bite-sized cereal pieces. :)

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* It’s very easy to make Oat Flour in your blender. Simply put the 4 1/2 cups of oats in your blender and whirl until the oats become fine. You can read more details about this here. Be sure to use gluten free oats if you need this cereal to be GF!

** I often have egg whites hanging out in my fridge after I make Tapioca Pudding, so this is a perfect way to use them! Otherwise, separate your eggs for this recipe and save the yolks for scrambled eggs. To “whisk to frothy” I simply put the egg whites in a bowl and whip them with a fork for a couple minutes. Easy as that!

Make Your Own Cracklin' Oat Bran

Want other Homemade Cereal ideas?

So far this recipe has been a huge hit with our family! I hope to keep at least one variety of homemade cereal on hand during the school year so I can fall back on it as a breakfast option on busy mornings.

Have you tried any other homemade cereal recipes I should look at?


  1. says

    You continue to amaze me! Although I’m a tad disappointed you didn’t manage to get them into those cute little rectangles! (So kidding – I just had to do it!) This reminds me of your homemade peanut butter Captain Crunch – I remember thinking, is she going to roll each one of these into tiny little balls?!


  2. Ingrid says

    Oh wow. My mom used to buy us Cracklin’ Oat Bran on rare occasions and we LOVED it! I am definitely going to try this :)


  3. Emily says

    What exactly is arrowroot powder and what else could I use it for?


    Laura Reply:

    It’s a thickening agent, much like corn starch. I use the two interchangeably so I think you could do the same with this recipe!


    Emily Reply:

    I am definitely going to try this….I love Cracklin Oat Bran.


  4. Colleen says

    I loved this cereal when I was a teenager, my hs bf asked me once, why are you eating a bowl of dry cat food?


  5. Amy-Joy says

    Hey Laura, any idea how long this cereal stays fresh when stored in an airtight container? Can’t wait to try it!


    Laura Reply:

    I’d say 3-4 weeks! It would also freeze well. :)


  6. Ashley T says

    I LOVED that cereal as a teenager too! I am interested in trying it. What is the purpose of the egg whites. ( I get terrible headaches from them.) It would help me to figure out what to replace it with.


    Brighid Reply:

    I’m not sure if this would work for you but it might. I recently read about using the water leftover from either canned or homemade chickpeas as an egg white substitute. You could probably scale down this recipe to give it a try. Here’s some information on the process:


    Ashley T Reply:

    Thanks for the idea! I have heard of that, so perhaps I will try it (okay maybe not too soon, read on)! Our world was rocked a bit since I posted the question. I was diagnosed with breast cancer-very treatable they believe (found during a routine mamma and ultrasound). So, life is filled with all sorts of additional things as we figure out what we are going to do to treat it. So making cereal won’t be at the top of the list right now but it may resurface soon. Thank you so much for your blog! It has been one of my go-tos (I think I have 4) for years now. I love how you write! While I need to modify many of your recipes for our sensitivities to food I find it a great starting point. Thank you for blessing me :-).


    Laura Reply:

    Blessings to you, Ashley, as you begin this journey. :)

  7. Bekah says

    Well, I made this the same night that you posted the recipe, and my kids didn’t even wait for the morning to start devouring it. They snacked on it as it finished cooling. I made a small adjustment by substituting molasses for half of the maple syrup (so an 1/8th cup of each but I just poured both into the 1/4 cup) to increase the iron content. I also left out the coconut as I’m not a fan of that, and that didn’t cause any problems. It tasted great, and I already need to make more. Thanks for the recipe!


  8. says

    My husband made this for my bday breakfast (my pick…baby cravings :) for a first time and it was super yummy but got a tad burnt. I just made it tonight and it’s brown and the oven is off, it’s been in there for 20 min and it’s not as crisp as I would like it (I did leave the oven door open a crack for awhile to avoid burning). How long would you say it needs to crisp up with the oven door shut?

    And THANK YOU for another delicious recipe! We now have adopted a phrase in our home. “Heavenly Homemaker’s done it again!!” I probably make 15-20 of your recipes that are in my regular rotation :)


    Laura Reply:

    First, you make my day with your fun phrase!! :) It’s very hard to advise how long to leave it in the oven since every oven is different. Good idea to crack open your oven. Mine crisps up in about 30 minutes after I turn off the oven.


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