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Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal Clone Recipe

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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.

homemade Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal on a plate

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.

Cracklin’ Oat Bran Ingredients

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 version also cuts out palm, palm kernel and/or soybean oil with TBHQ, and soy lecithin.

Though my daughter is not a fan of the cereal like I am, I was able to get her to taste my homemade version and compare it to the store-bought.  She *honestly* told me that she preferred mine.  That’s what I am talking about!  Homemade winning the showdown over the original.

gluten-free cracklin' oat bran homemade

An advocate of making things easier, I like to use my food processor.  (Thanks, Mom, for the Christmas gift.  I really am using it!)

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 branHomemade vs. Commercial Version

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.

Yield: 8 servings

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

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

Adapted from

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 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 liquid state
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla


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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/16 batch

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 5gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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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.

plate of homemade cereal

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

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Thursday 24th of September 2020

This recipe is seriously addicting! It's a staple in our house now. I don't eat flax, so I use ground hemp seeds. (I did try ground chia seeds once but that turned out really gross.) Anyway, thank you for this wonderful recipe that makes me so happy! 😁


Thursday 24th of September 2020

Your comment makes my heart happy! Thanks for stopping by to let me know that you enjoy the recipe.


Friday 18th of September 2020

To much sugar, and Carbs sorry but thanks.


Thursday 10th of September 2020

Any ideas on how to omit the flax seed?


Sunday 13th of September 2020

Being that the flax seeds are there for added nutrition and not for any other purpose, you should be able to omit them.


Saturday 29th of June 2019

This is brilliant and exactly what I was looking for. I used to enjoy this cereal as a kid before the recipe change in 1989. Due to pressure from "public health advocates," Kellogg removed the coconut oil. Saturated fat was considered evil at the time, and they replaced it with far worse soybean and cottonseed oils. I occasionally wonder why a healthier alternative isn't offered today to capitalize on the popularity of trends like organic foods and coconut oil.


Sunday 21st of October 2018

I finally made this recipe today. It turned out very good. I did make a couple of changes: I substituted 1 cup of almond flour for the cup of oat bran; substituted 1/2 cup coconut sugar for the 1/2 cup brown sugar; omitted the nutmeg. Also, I mixed the dry ingredients in a large bowl until well blended, then mixed all the liquid ingredients together, made a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and poured it in, mixing well with a wooden spoon. I used an 11"x 15" stoneware bar pan lined with parchment paper, pressed it out flat and baked it at 325*for 25 minutes as directed. When it cooled, the edges were crispy and the middle was somewhat soft. So you may need to bake it longer if you want it to be crispy all the way through. My daughter and I think this is better than the Cracklin' Oat Bran. We crumbled half of it to use like cereal and cut the other half into bars. An excellent recipe and not hard to make variations. Raisins would be a nice addition. Thank you for sharing this!


Monday 22nd of October 2018

Thank you for sharing your version - I am so glad you enjoyed it!