Gluten Free Homemade Cocoa Puffs


Do your kids love cereal? I know what is about to come out of my mouth might sound crazy to some but I WISH MY KIDS LOVED CEREAL! They just don’t. Now if some cheerios are tossed in a trial mix then by all means they will happily munch on them but no way are they going to pick up a spoon and scoop out a mouthful of cereal and milk for breakfast each day. Its just not going to happen! Well, that is until Cocoa Puffs came into the picture.


Not just any cocoa puffs though- Gluten Free Homemade Cocoa Puffs. I know exactly what is in them and exactly how they are made and although yes sugar IS involved at least it is a minimal amount and can be controlled by the chef:)It is has become increasingly easier to find gluten free cereal here lately but they are mostly geared towards adults and not children. Enter my Gluten Free Homemade Cocoa Puffs. They are made from a mixture of almond flour and coconut flour and they are simply delicious. The cocoa powder provides the perfect hint of chocolate and the almond flour actually gives them a slight nutty flavor.


Now this cereal is filling. It is denser than the original cocoa puffs and the smaller the “puffs” you make the crispier they come out so just decide on the best size for you and your family. For us it takes an army to get my boys to finish a meal under an hour! They just take FOREVER TO EAT! So due to our excessively long eating process I decided to make my Cocoa Puffs a little larger which means less bites- SCORE ONE FOR MOM! Regardless of the size this cereal is crazy good and I do hope you give it a try!

By all means if you don’t want to spend countless hours rolling out tiny balls of dough then this mixture also poses for a great crispy cookie recipe!

Gluten Free Homemade Cocoa Puffs
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 2 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1 TBSP of butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 6 TBSP Cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup of Crown Maple Syrup ( I use light amber) Any maple syrup will do and or honey or agave
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor except for the maple syrup. Pulse to combine then slowly pour in the maple syrup. Pulse until a soft dough forms and you have a somewhat ball of dough. Turn onto a lightly floured board ( I use powdered sugar instead of flour) and begin rolling out the dough into a large rectangle. Pinch off small bites of dough and roll into a your desired size ball.
  2. Bake at 350 for approximately 15 minutes.

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  1. Catherine

    A great version of a classic cereal!

  2. nancy at good food matters

    I am impressed. I loved this cereal sooooo many years ago, but of course it wasn’t good for you. These puffs are.

    1. kbelleicious

      I am a nut for cereal so stay tuned Nancy! I have many more to share

  3. Daphne

    This is exciting to me because you know how much I love to eat clean! I have been making my own granola but this… brings a new world of breakfasts!! Well done!

  4. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    My daughter is eating gluten free for health reasons right now, this will be a fun recipe for her. And honestly it sounds wonderful, I think a great snack for me too! thanks.

    1. kbelleicious

      oh she would love this! Don’t forget you can also roll the dough into large rectangles and make crispy cookies as well

  5. LaCuisineHelene

    My family does not eat cereals but this treat might change their mind.

  6. Bonnie Hunter

    Our boys were/are not cereal eaters but I think we’d all like this.


  7. Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    I never know that those could be homemade at all! Really impressive that you even made them gluten free. Excellent!

  8. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    I know this adult would love these 😉

  9. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    This is so completely cool! I have always loved cocoa puffs – yes I’m that girl! I love chocolate in all shapes and consistencies. This recipe is amazing! Good for you!

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Tricia! It was a winner for us- hope it is for you too!

  10. Asmita

    Hi Jessica,
    What a great and delicious gluten free food!

  11. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    This is an amazing recipe! My favourite breakfast- definitely need to try it out!

  12. Joanne

    I am just so impressed right now. I mean…homemade cereal. That is so WHOA.

  13. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Love this! I wish I had a bowl in front of me right now.

  14. kitchen flavours

    Homemade cocoa puffs! You are simply awesome! My kids do not like cereal but they would not say no to cocoa puffs!
    These are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    1. kbelleicious

      No kid would. The great thing about this recipe is it has the perfect balances of sweetness so its not overwhelming. Believe it or not my kids don’t like cereal that is too sweet!

  15. Carina

    Can you make this recipe nut free? What would be a good replacement for the almond flour?

    1. kbelleicious

      you most definitely could. I would replace the almond flour with gluten free flour blend of your choice. If you can have almond extract but not almond flour I would suggest adding it in still and even increasing it by another tsp to maintain that nutty flavor

  16. lena

    my first time seeing homemade cocoa puffs. Genius! my family dont eat much cereals too but if they do, it’s always cocoa puffs!

  17. Eva Taylor

    What a clever recipe; we never had sugary cereals growing up, it was puffed rice or corn flakes and on occasion wagon wheels, which were my brother’s favourite.

  18. Gintare @Gourmantine

    This looks sensational! A really perfect sweet healthy breakfast!

  19. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Homemade cocoa puffs! This sounds fun for summer cooking project with my kids! And they will be happy eating them for breakfast.

  20. Eva

    My children love cereals but me don’t because so many sugar! Yours are perfect, I will try this !

  21. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    My kids love cocoa puffs even now that they’re 18, but I rarely by them because there’s so much sugar. Yours should like a perfect compromise. So fun!

    1. kbelleicious

      Hey! 18 is never too young to start! LOL!

  22. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Oh yum! These look fab! What a brilliant idea to make your own cereal.

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Jessica! Love your tips for piping icing!

  23. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Homemade cereal? You never cease to amaze me with the things you’ll try in your fearless kitchen!

  24. Mary

    Aren’t you clever!!! these look wonderful and sound delicious – I think my kids would be happy campers to wake up to these!

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