One crucial component of weight loss success is finding foods that are convenient, satisfying, and healthy. The perfect example of this is keto granola cereal.
Not only is it a quick convenient keto meal, but each mouthful is fulfilling, flavorful, and filled with healthy fats, fiber, micronutrients, and health-promoting plant compounds. However, there is one problem: low-carb granola products can be expensive.
Rather than letting my grocery bill climb, I decided to try making it myself. After a few trials (and plenty of errors), I found this simple recipe to be the best crunchy granola cereal for keto. Simply serve with some almond, hemp, or coconut milk (from the carton) for a satisfying high-fat breakfast any day of the week!
Is Granola Cereal Good for Keto?
Most granola cereal products and recipes include sugary sweeteners, dried fruits, and oats. If you see high-carb ingredients like these on the list, the granola won’t be keto-friendly. You can always double-check the carb counts on the package to see if the granola will fit into your keto carb limits.
Fortunately, these ingredients aren’t essential components of delicious, satisfying granola. All you really need are some low-carb nuts, seeds, and sugar-free sweetener.
How to Make the Best Crunchy Keto Granola Cereal
Though homemade granola can be as simple as blending some nuts, seeds, and sweetener together, a few extra steps and ingredients are needed to make it crunchy and crave-worthy.
1. Create the base.
First, your goal will be to get the right texture by pulsing your nuts, seeds, and coconut flakes together. We recommend starting with coconut flakes and harder nuts (i.e., the almonds in this recipe), followed by softer nuts like pecans, and finally the seeds.
2. Add the keto-friendly flavors and binders.
Next, you’ll add the remaining ingredients, including the flavor enhancers (vanilla extract, butter, cinnamon, and keto sweetener) and the binders (flaxseed meal and egg white). After your nut, seeds, and coconut flakes are coated with these ingredients, all that’s left is the baking.
3. Bake, cool, and enjoy!
The baking process is what will really bring the flavor out and make your granola cereal crunchy. You’ll know it’s ready when the granola is lightly browned (especially around the edges).
Once cooled, break your keto granola into your desired morsel sizes and eat them by the handful or make yourself a bowl of cereal with a keto-friendly milk alternative.
How to Store Your Keto Granola Cereal
This keto granola recipe will yield you several servings, so make sure you store it carefully. After it is fully cooled, store your granola in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
Stored in this way, it’ll stay fresh and crunchy for up to 2 weeks. (You can even throw a small desiccant pack in there to absorb excess moisture and store in the fridge to preserve it longer.)
Customizing Your Keto Granola Cereal: Other Sweeteners, New Flavors, and Allergy-friendly Options
To ensure that you end up with keto meal you love, we’ve included several solutions to your FAQs:
Can I use a different sugar-free sweetener?
We call for powdered erythritol because it mixes thoroughly and adds a gentle sweetness to each bite. That being said, this recipe will also work well with most keto-friendly sweeteners.
To learn how to replace powdered erythritol with your preferred sweetener, use our keto sweetener substitution guide.
What other keto-friendly granola cereal flavors can I make?
This is one of the best low carb granola recipes simply because of how easy it is to adapt the flavor and ingredients to your preference. For example, here are few of the most popular keto cereal flavors you can make:
- Gingerbread Keto Granola Cereal — Add 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1-2 pinches of ground nutmeg with the ground cinnamon.
- Pumpkin Pie Flavor — Add the gingerbread spices along with 2 tablespoons of pure, sugar-free pumpkin puree and a 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Flavor — Mix in 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter and sugar-free dark chocolate chunks, chips, or cocoa nibs.
- Maple Flavor — Replace the butter with our keto maple syrup.
- Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel Flavor — This will require you to use pork rinds as your cereal base. Follow this link to learn how to make this unique keto cereal.
After adjusting the ingredients, make sure to change the nutrition info to reflect your customized keto granola cereal as well.
Allergy-friendly Options: Nut-free, Dairy-free, and Vegan Substitutes
For a dairy-free option, use coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter) instead of butter.
To make it into a vegan keto cereal, use coconut oil and skip the egg white. Keep in mind, however, that the granola may not bind together as effectively.
If you have a nut allergy, simply replace the nuts with extra seeds and coconut flakes. To get you started, give this nut-free granola base a try:
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- ½ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes (for larger morsels with each spoonful)
Keep your flavoring and binding ingredients the same as you would for the nut-based granola.
Yields 8 servings of Keto Granola Cereal
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 6 tablespoon erythritol
- 1/2 cup golden flaxseed meal
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg white
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* If you’re using salted nuts, you can omit the salt from the recipe.
1. Pre-heat oven to 325F. Prepare ingredients by measuring them out.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
3. Add the almonds and shredded coconut to a food processor and pulse until the almonds are broken up into smaller pieces.
4. Add the pecans and pulse again until the pecans are broken up.
5. Add the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, erythritol, golden flaxseed meal, cinnamon, and salt and pulse again until mixed together. Try not to overprocess here as you still want to have small pieces of nuts and seeds throughout.
6. Lastly, add the egg white, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
7. Pulse a few more times, and if needed use a spoon to scoop the bottom of the mixture to the top so that everything is incorporated well. Repeat pulsing and scraping the mixture to the top until everything is mixed and coated evenly.
8. Transfer the granola cereal mixture to a baking sheet and spread it into an even layer.
9. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
10. Let cool and break apart into pieces. The granola will be soft when it comes out of the oven but will get crispier as it cools.
This makes a total of 8 servings of Keto Granola Cereal. Each serving comes out to be 362 calories, 33.5g fat, 4.1g net carbs, and 8.4g protein.
|1 cup almonds||825||73||29||15||14||29|
|1/2 cup unsweetened coconut||281||27||10||6.9||3.1||2.9|
|1 cup pecans||719||75||14||10||4||9.5|
|1/3 cup pumpkin seeds||94||4.1||11||3.9||7.1||3.9|
|1/3 cup sunflower seeds||231||21||6.5||3.8||2.7||8.2|
|6 tablespoon erythritol||31||0||0||0||0||0|
|1/2 cup golden flaxseed meal||278||22||15||14||1||9.5|
|1/2 teaspoon cinnamon||3.2||0||1||0.7||0.3||0.1|
|1/2 teaspoon salt||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1 large egg white||17||0.1||0.2||0||0.2||3.6|
|1/4 cup butter, melted||407||46||0||0||0||0.5|
|1 teaspoon vanilla extract||12||0||0.5||0||0.5||0|
|Per Serving (/8)||362.3||33.5||10.9||6.8||4.1||8.4|