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Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal Clone Recipe

You can make a healthier version of Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal in your own kitchen. This recipe is a delicious take on the popular high fiber favorite.

plate of homemade cereal

Cracklin’ Oat Bran is one of my favorite cereals.  I am not the only one – in searching the internet for recipes, I found the word “crack” used a few times to describe how addicting it is.  I am sharing with you my Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal Clone recipe so that you can make a healthier version in your own kitchen.

The cereal that is sold on the shelves of grocery stores has more ingredients than the homemade version.  It also contains wheat bran, wheat starch, and malt flavoring – therefore prohibiting it from being gluten-free.

The homemade copycat Cracklin’ Oat Bran recipe cuts out palm, palm kernel and/or soybean oil with TBHQ, and soy lecithin.

gluten-free cracklin' oat bran homemade

An advocate of making things easier, I like to use my food processor.  It helps to blend the ingredients much better than a mixer or blender would.

healthy cracklin' oat bran

There are no eggs or dairy products in this, so if you must sample a little before it goes in the oven it should be okay.

A nice, somewhat thin layer is ideal so that it can “dry” out when it bakes.  That’s what makes it “crackle.”

homemade version of cracklin' oat bran

Homemade vs. Commercial Version

How To Make Cracklin’ Oat Bran

To make this tasty breakfast cereal, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1½ cups oats
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, in a liquid state
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees.

Add all of the dry ingredients to the well of a large food processor and pulse it 5-6 times.  Next, add the remaining ingredients and process on high until the mixture is moist.

Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Place in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes.

Once the cereal is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool. Break granola into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Alternatively, after you remove the cereal from the oven and while it is still warm, gently cut (score) it into small rectangles but don’t separate it.  If you want to try to replicate the hole in the middle, insert a chopstick point into the middle of each piece and lightly move it around.  The cereal will be soft and pliable while it is still hot.  Allow it to cool and harden, then break it into pieces.

Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal Clone (Gluten-Free Recipe)

Lynda
Adapted from http://foodfunlife.blogspot.com/2013/04/cracklin-oat-bran-copycat-granola.html
4.71 from 41 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Additional Time 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 297 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups oats
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil in liquid state
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients to the well of a large food processor and pulse 5-6 times.
  • Add remaining ingredients and process on high until mixture is moist.
  • Spread mixture onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for approximately 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool. Break granola into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/16 batchCalories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 169mgFiber: 5gSugar: 23g
Keyword breakfast, cereal, Cracklin’ Oat Bran
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The homemade version won’t have those perfectly shaped in the cute little “O’s” like Kellogg’s.  At least we know exactly what is in our cereal and just how fresh it is.

homemade Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal on a plate

If you find yourself always in a hurry in the mornings, consider cutting the cereal into bars instead.  Then you will have a delicious breakfast treat ready to go when you are.

homemade cereal bars

What is your favorite cereal?

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