Paleo Chocolate Cereal

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Last Updated on December 7, 2020


Somehow I found myself wandering through the middle of the grocery store, well, more to the point,  the cereal aisle. I must have looked for nuts or something to end up in the isle but while visiting, a lot of my childhood memories rose up and slapped me in the face.

I can not count on my fingers and toes the numbers of boxes of Captain Crunch that tore the living daylights out of the roof of my mouth. Seriously. I don’t know if that’s a rite of passage as a kid or what, but it never stopped me from devouring box after box of it.

My absolute favorite cereal as a kid was Cocoa Puffs and my visit down sugary memory lane had me nostalgic for a taste. I decided to try my hand at making a Paleo cereal version.



Ok, first off, right out of the oven this stuff is crazy good.

Do not eat a huge bowl of it because you will absolutely burst at the seams.

It is filling. I’m warning you ok.

Second, this will soften up over time. I didn’t store it in an airtight container and that may be why but by day three is was softer -still yummy- but softer.  It was almost the consistency of a graham cracker.

Third, when I make this in the future I will simply make it a flat cereal like Paleo Chex.  Why? One – rolling it into small 1/4″  balls takes a lot of time and I am too LAZY to do that.

Also, when rolled flat it was super crispy.  This recipe would also work well as a chocolate graham cracker – just saying.


Yield: 10

Paleo Chocolate Cereal

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee, or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Coconut flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 Tablespoon Cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. First grind the almonds in a food processor or blender until you have a flour.
  2. Add the ground almonds, ghee, sea salt, coconut flour, egg white, honey and cacao power to a bowl and mix with a spoon until you have a dough.
  3. Either:
  4. a) Place the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Place a second piece of parchment paper over the top and roll it until it is ¼” thick. With a wet knife, score it into 1” squares. Place the parchment paper on a baking sheet when finished.
  5. or
  6. b) Take a small pinch of the dough and roll into a ¼ round ball and set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Turn on your oven and set to 350 degrees and bake for 15 - 18 minutes for cereal balls or bake for 8 to 12 minutes for flat cereal.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan.
  9. Top with your favorite milk and enjoy!
  10. You can store this in an airtight jar for 3 to 4 days (if it lasts that long).

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

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93 thoughts on “Paleo Chocolate Cereal”

  1. Can you tell me how much flour the 1 cup of almonds produced? I was thinking I would just skip right to my bag of almond meal, would this be ok? So so so excited for this recipe lol

  2. Wow! Even though I really do not like paleo-versions of “bad food,” I really lack creativity in breakfast meals. Kinda tired of eggs every day and very lazy to do something more complicated. I am gonna try these and I am sure my boyfriend will LOVE it :)) Thanks for sharing! :))

  3. I had seen this recipe earlier and so far this is the best recipe for grain free cereal I have seen so far. This is like the best discovery of the week for me. Thank you for this recipe. I am definitely going to try this recipe during the weekend. And I bet this would be delicious with a dash of cinnamon on top just saying.

  4. My daughter and I made this today and it was fun and yummy! We also think we might just make small cookies next time and dip them in our milk. It’s not cereal then, but lol, we’re lazy πŸ˜›

  5. I made this last night! It tastes really great, but mine were kind of soft on the inside. Is there anything I can do about that? Has anyone else experienced this?

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. Kelly I see your recipe calls for baking the cereal, how do you think it would work if they were dehydrated? It makes it more of a raw cereal that way. Once I started doing the Paleo-ish diet (I still have the butter and cheese in my diet) the one thing I really miss is cereal & milk, I worked out the milk (making almond milk) but the cereal is still a work in progress so I’m glad I found your recipe. I have all the ingredients to make it just need to start it, please let me know what you think about the baking alternative…..thanks

  7. Hi! I’m going to try this recipe this weekend (started a paleo challenge abt 4 weeks ago and seriously miss cereal….which is odd b/c I never really eat it anyway). Did you use unsweetened cocoa? I have some in the pantry and have been using the unsweetened variety for paleo recipes.


  8. This looks awesome! Found you through a friend’s share on FB. Hope you’re having a nice week. I’ve posted the new Homemaking Party for the week and would love to have you link up, if you’d like!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  9. I am planning to create a food blog and post your recipe. I would love to site you and show my followers how amazing you are! Is that possible?

    • Hun, I would be happy to talk to you about sharing my recipes if you email me. I do ask that you only share my photo and link to the name of the recipe and not post my recipe on your site.

  10. Would any other sweetener work? Don’t do honey, agave, or maple syrup. How do you think liquid or powdered stevia would affect consistency of the final product? Thanks!

    • I have never baked with stevia so I can’t tell you exactly how to go about this. I would add the sweeter of choice – taste. Then add the egg and then add water til you get a cookie dough consistency.

  11. Great idea! We’ll definitely try this as occasionally it’d be nice to have cereal for brekkie instead of eggs, meat, veg etc.

    We’ve shared it on our Sunshine Coast Paleo/Primal.Real Food Meetup Group facebook page for our followers to see as well πŸ™‚

    Thanks for this great post!

  12. Made this for the first time today. I made flat pieces and balls. We like the flat pieces better. We will not eat this as a cereal, but it is a good snack. Also, you definitely need the parchment paper the ones on the outside burned.

  13. So I made this these morning, and I think it needs some tweaks. I did half balls and half “chex” squares. I used 1cup of almond flour rather than whole almonds. The squares burnt at about 13mins. So less time on those next time. The cereal itself was soooo bitter. I’m going to use less coco powder time and add a little vanilla extract. Thanks for the starting point!

  14. We made these this past weekend and they were a hit. They were not super sweet but we like that, I’ve been weening my kids off the sugary cereals so this was perfect. It’s a lot of work but a treat. Thank you so much.

  15. made these but BEWARE cooking for even 15 minutes burnt these to a crisp. Bummer such a waste of ingrediants. Made a second batch with dough I had left and cooked for 10 min and bottoms were still burnt. kiddo ate it up anyway tho so progress

  16. Made this cereal today, it came out much better than other chocolate paleo cereals I have made, yum yum yum! I had fun cutting the squares all up and attempting to spread the sticky sticky batter

  17. Just made these as chex/flakes instead of balls as recommended. Definitely NOT a recipe to skimp on the sweetener, I just did a drizzle of honey and the cocoa makes for an intense almost bitter dark chocolate taste. Not complaining! Am enjoying a bowl w some coconut flakes and a bit more honey over the top.

  18. Hi, I was wondering what you thought of double batching the recipe and freezing half. Since they don’t last long, it’d be a pain to keep making but if you just dough frozen and defrost and bake, Maybe you could even freeze in rolled out form even?
    is that a crazy idea?

  19. My ‘dough’ was extremely dry, I had to add almond milk. Was I the only one?
    Plus super easy to burn them but i like the not-burned half. great idea btw.

  20. These are seriously amazing! But yes, total gut bomb. And yes, squares over balls. Looking to tweak it a tad so that it’s not so heavy but I’ll be making the original recipe (again and again) for the kiddo. Thanks so much!

  21. I did some digging and found that 1 cup whole almonds equals 1 1/2 cup ground almond flour.
    This is what the calculator I found said exactly:

    Enter Your Amount: 1 cup, whole of Nuts, almonds
    Equals: 1.51 of cup, ground

    Will try the recipe using this data as I don’t have whole almonds. I love the fine texture of Hoosier Hill almond flour!

    • Sorry…meant to say Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour.

      Hoosier Hill is a protein powder I also use for baking sometimes. (I’m actually grain free/low carb, not true paleo. Most paleo recipes work for grain free people too.)

  22. WOW! I made these because I am paleo for a month right now and they are so Delicious!! They taste like little brownies! Next time I am making a double batch cause they go so fast !

  23. Can I use chia seeds soaked in water to substitute the egg white? I’m not vegan but I’m terrible at separating egg whites and I don’t want to use up my eggs


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