Think you can’t have cereal on a keto diet? Think again, my friends! You don’t have to forego the crunchy breakfast treat anymore. These delicious low carb cereal recipes will make your morning fun again. This post has been updated to include some wonderful new recipes!
If you grew up in Canada like I did, you probably spent a large portion of your formative years eating Quaker Harvest Crunch for breakfast. I was never that much of a cereal fan, but a bowl of that granola from the orange box was always welcome.
In fact, I was happy to eat it any time…breakfast, lunch or dinner. It was so good, so crunchy and so, so sweet. Addictively sweet. I shudder now to think of how much sugar was in what I assumed back then was a healthy option. No wonder I liked it so much.
But I don’t miss it anymore, not since I discovered that there are so many delicious ways to make keto and low carb cereals!
Can you have cereal on a keto diet?
Cereal is a tough one to give up when starting a low carb, grain-free, or paleo diet. It’s easy to put together, it’s tasty and it fills you up. For a little bit, anyway, before the subsequent blood sugar crash.
But it turns out that you don’t have to give it up at all, as long as you are willing to make your own. And many of these keto cereal recipes are almost as easy to make as grabbing the box from your cupboard and pouring cereal into your bowl.
From granola to squares to hot cereals for a cold winter morning, we’ve got you covered.
The Best Keto Cereal Recipes
- Baked Keto Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter Power Granola
- Keto Cinnamon Crunch Cereal
- Keto Chocolate Cereal (Nut-Free)
- Granola Clusters
- Low Carb Banana Nut Cereal
- Coconut Cacao Nib Granola
- Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Chocolate Hazelnut Granola
- Maple Pecan Granola
- Keto Instant Hot Cereal
More great keto cereal recipes from other bloggers
- Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch
- Berry Nut Cereal
- Maple Almond Hot Cereal
- Butter Pecan Breakfast Porridge
- Keto Cinnamon Coconut Cereal
- Grain-Free Granola
- Pumpkin Spiced Granola
- Breakfast Muesli
- Warm Chia Porridge
- Keto Butter Crunch
- Cinnamon Pumpkin Flax Cereal
- Baked Spiced Granola
- Hazelnut Mocha Cereal
- Blueberry Morning Cereal
- Cinnamon Cranberry Coconut Crunch
- Gingerbread Toast Crunch
- Blueberry Hemp Breakfast “Oatmeal”
- Dairy-Free Chocolate Granola
- Coconut Flour Porridge
- Crunchy Coconut Cluster Cereal
Store-Bought Keto Cereal
Yes there are even some pretty great low carb cereals you can buy at the store (or online!). Here are a few of my favorites…
HighKey Protein Cereal
My kids love these little crisps that resemble Rice Krispies, and I love them for using in other recipes!
I love making my own keto granola but this stuff is the next best thing, in my opinion.
This is my favorite store-bought cereal, and I love to just grab a handful and snack on it. The serving size is small (about ⅓ cup) but it’s really crispy and super satisfying.
The Granola Bakery
My girls adore their Chocolate Macadamia Granola. It’s not available on Amazon right now but look for it when it comes back!
I thought their fruity cereal really did taste like Fruit Loops! It’s not really my kind of thing first thing in the morning, but it might be yours…
I have to be honest, I did not like this. It was far too sweet, with a distinct aftertaste. My kids didn’t like it either. But I do know a lot of people love it so I thought I would include it here.
Oh my gosh, thank you for this!! I’ve been on keto for a decade but I just found out I have to go egg-free and low sodium for a few months.???? I think this post just saved my life (the alternative was looking strongly like skipping breakfast altogether).
Francine Hall says
SO many choices. Thanks for sharing.
I’d love to know about store bought option just as a back up which is so important. However I’m in Australia and don’t recognise any of those brands. I’ll keep searching. Thanks again.
Rachel Drummond says
Hi Carolyn, thanks for sharing again! I tried the High Key and it was waaayyyy too sweet as a morning breakfast but like you said, may be good in dessert recipes. I’m all about that Magic Spoon tho, and Catalina Crunch is a big fave as well.
So funny, I find the Magic Spoon too sweet. Just another example of how we all experience these things differently! 🙂
Can you tell me the name of the cereal in the bowl in the first picture on here? It looks so good that I want to try it. I love crunchy cereal dry for snacking and I like to add it to yogurt.
Thank you so much!
I am not quite sure which “first photo” you are talking about. If it’s the collage at the top, then there are 3 different cereals – nut-free chocolate cereal, granola clusters, and cinnamon crunch cereal. If it’s the next one down, that is also the cinnamon crunch.
Cereals are among my favorite breakfast fare, so this is definitely good news for me! I can’t wait to try these recipes. Thanks for these helpful info!
Misty Bailey says
Do you stay under 20 g of carbs a day? And is there somewhere I can read about your story? Thanks Misty Bailey
Yes often I am under 20g, sometimes I am more like 30g total. To be honest, the best place to read my full story is my cookbook, The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen. That’s where I talk a lot about how to approach keto, how I do keto, and how keto can work for you. Plus why I am keto in the first place!
alexis @ ketodiet says
This is a great idea for tomorrow’s breakfast 🙂 Thank you for sharing.
I love cereal for breakfast. Thanks for sharing…
This overview is great! Very excited to try some and add more variety to my breakfast routine.
Libby at ditchthecarbs.com says
What a superb round up and thank you for including me. I also make a chocolate grain free granola for my children (well that’s my excuse anyway 😉 ) and add berries and coconut cream.
Oh my word I will have to try some of the recipes above, all in the name of research of course.
Sending you some low carb love from far far away in NZ, xxx
Hey there! Thanks for these wonderful recipes. Such a variety to choose from. I am allergic to eggs and dairy products, and now wheat, so I am very, very limited. Also, I just had dental surgery, so I’m going easy on the crunchy stuff. (But I know I can soak them to make them more digestible and softer.)
I want to share a quick recipe with you and your readers that I use occasionally. It is Warm Quinoa Cereal and tastes like baby porridge. It’s healthy and nutritious.
1 cup of almond milk (or milk of choice); 1/3 cup quinoa flakes (purchased at http://www.nuts.com); sweetener of choice; pinch of salt; toppings of choice (usually nuts or berries or banana). Heat the milk in medium saucepan. When it comes to a slight boil, drop in the flakes and salt. Remove from heat, stir and let the cereal cook for about 3 mins. Give it a final stir after 3 mins. It will be thicker and creamier and ready to serve.
Thanks so much for sharing!
Wow thank you.
Michelle K says
In your peanut butter power granola, can I use another nut besides pecan? I’m not much of a pecan or walnut fan. Maybe cashews or peanuts?
Thanks for including me! WOW! This is amazing… I had no idea there were this many low-carb cereal options!
You’re welcome! You’ve got some great recipes.