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Cinnamon Puffed Rice Cereal

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Cinnamon Puffed Rice Cereal // nutritionstripped.comMove over store bought cereals, today I’m sharing with you all a deliciously simple cereal to make in under 30 minutes using only natural ingredients you all are familiar with. Cinnamon Puffed Rice Cereal is a gluten free friendly breakfast cereal made from oats, seeds, and of course puffed brown rice! It has all of the requirements for a satisfying breakfast cereal; crunchy, sweet, filling, nutritious, and so delicious.

Gluten free cereals have come a long way since gluten free living has become the lifestyle for many more individuals suffering from Celiac, gluten intolerances or sensitivities- and thank goodness for that. Although I’ve had some great gluten free cereals, I’d much rather make my own to control exactly what goes in it from the types of sugar/sweeteners used to the flavors. Not to mention making your own is much more fun and friendly on your wallet.

Brown rice is the beez neez when it comes to gluten free cereals. It gives cereals a light, fluffy and crunchy texture; a texture I used to love growing up eating cereals that weren’t the healthiest. Brown rice contains the whole rice kernel, which means it’s higher in fiber, vitamins and minerals compared to white rice. Both the brown rice and rolled oats are full of fiber, B vitamins, minerals, and protein and give this cereal a carbohydrate-rich texture. The pumpkin and sunflower seeds in this recipe contribute to the fiber, healthy fat, and protein content as well as containing good-great amounts of vitamin E, B vitamins, iron, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, and copper. 

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Cinnamon Puffed Rice Cereal //

My Cinnamon Puffed Rice Cereal has under 10 ingredients and more importantly than the number is the fact that you can pronounce every ingredient and find it in a pantry- that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Also, this recipe is perfect for families to make and share with their little ones- you’ll have peace of mind knowing every ingredient going into your children’s growing body is natural, healthy, and nourishing. That’s a perfect way to start the morning!

Enjoy with |

  • Top with fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries
  • Top with fresh sliced banana and a dollop of peanut butter/almond butter
  • Serve with homemade almond milk or another nut milk you enjoy
  • Pour on top of your favorite yogurt or make a fancy parfait alternating layers
  • Mix with dried fruit for a snack on-the-go, keep in a snack size bag
  • To sweeten // add fruit or stevia to taste
  • Pour on top of your Stripped Green Smoothie Bowl

Cinnamon Puffed Rice Cereal //

Hot or cold? You choose! This cereal is great both as a cold cereal or a warm cereal. Here’s how to enjoy it cold: add your favorite homemade nut milk to a small bowl, top with your favorite fruits or go au naturel. To enjoy warm simply heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or on the stovetop just until it’s warmed throughout. The warm cereal will not be as crunchy and light as the cold cereal version, but still tastes great when you want something softer.

TIP // make this on your batch cooking day to save you time throughout the week, prepare for the busy mornings, and to make sure you or the whole family is on track when it comes to breakfast or snacks.

Cinnamon Puffed Rice Cereal //

4.5 from 2 reviews
Cinnamon Puffed Rice Granola
Recipe type: breakfast, snack
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10+
A gluten free friendly puffed brown rice cereal perfect for a snack or morning meal.
  • 3 cups puffed brown rice (I used Arrowhead Mills organic)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional // add coconut sugar or stevia to sweeten
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or well grease with coconut oil.
  3. In a small mixing bowl combine maple syrup, coconut oil, and coconut sugar. Heat on the stovetop or microwave for 1 minute or just until everything is melted.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine all other ingredients.
  5. Pour wet mixture in the large bowl with all the dry ingredients and stir until everything is coated.
  6. Pour onto the baking sheet and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, take out, stir, and check continuously
  8. Continue baking until golden brown.
  9. Let cool for 10-20 minutes.
  10. Store in an airtight container, glass mason jar, or other at room temperature.
  11. Serve as cold cereal with almond milk and top with your favorite fruit or serve plain and eat like granola.
  12. Enjoy!
LOWER SUGAR // add half amount of maple syrup
LOWER FAT // use 1 tablespoon coconut oil or omit (note this will change the texture a bit)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¾ cup (1/10th of recipe) Calories: 260 Fat: 14 Carbohydrates: 24 Sugar: 6 Fiber: 4 Protein: 8

What was your favorite cereal growing up as a kid? My favorite (and don’t laugh!) was Crackin’ Oat Bran and Honeycomb. Share below!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe and be sure to “save” it in your Recipe Box for later!

xo McKel

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  • Ah! This blows my mind! I’d never ever have thought to make my own cereal. I think I’d like having this around to top yogurt with or even to just munch on when I want a crunchy snack. I’m going to have to try this recipe. 🙂

    • Hi Dana! Haha I’m so glad this recipe has sparked your interest in making your own cereals- I hope you love it 🙂

  • I am a cereal addict. Where has this recipe been all my life? Actually making it this weekend.

  • Julie

    Love your recipes! Crackin’ Oat Bran was my favorite too!! Just visiting your blog while I make my shopping list. Thanks for all the yummy and healthy recipe ideas!

    • Hi Julie,
      I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who loved that cereal! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • This looks amazing! If I were at home this weekend I would totally make it but since I’m not, I’ll pin it and make it later. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • Misty

    So Yummy! Great for kids too!

  • Tanya

    So I can’t find puffed brown rice, is there a way to do it by myself? 🙂 going to try this recipe soon!!

    • Ginger Golz

      Tanya – I had the same problem. If you go to there is a store locater button and if you enter your zip code it should tell you the closest store – i found it at publix!

      • Nancy

        Puffed Brown Rice
        I went to the Arrowheadmills website and searched for Puffed Brown Rice and it is not listed.

        • I believe they may have got rid of this after several people having trouble finding it! If you google puffed rice you’ll find some other brands!

  • Misty

    My kids gobble this up! I feel like everything I make from nutrition stripped becomes a staple in our house! Thank you McKel! Your batch cooking tips and tricks have made it possible for me to keep up on my families health in this busy world!

  • Leanne

    Hey there!!

    I’m extremely new to this way of living and found it all a bit overwhelming so I’ve decided to go one meal at a time and this month I’m focusing on breakfast!
    I figure once I’ve got my head round that, I’ll move on the lunch and before I know it, it’ll be like second nature to me.

    Will definitely give this recipe a go! My partner is allergic to most seeds and nuts though unfortunately so will have to leave some of the ingredients out!

    • Hi Leanne,
      So glad you’ll give this one a try! Feel free to use extra oats if you want to keep the nuts/seeds out of the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  • Leanne

    As an after thought, is there an alternative I can use for the coconut milk at all?

    Many thanks!

  • Lisa

    So about a year ago, before I switched over my life from no exercise and eating fiber one bars as my “health food” to getting regular exercise and eating lots of produce, cereal was my FAVORITE food ever. I’m capitalizing that for a reason. I could have eaten cereal every meal if I’d had the choice. Then, when I started taking better care of my health, I swore off cereal because none of the boxed kinds at the store had good ingredients (even organic ones). I made this recipe last night and just ate it for breakfast. It was better than any bowl of honey bunch of oats or lucky charms I have ever had! So. Delicious. Tasted like comfort food to me! And all awesome ingredients!! Thank you McKel, you’ve reunited to long lost loves (me and cereal).

    • Hi Lisa,
      I’m SO glad you enjoyed this! I LOVE cereal as well and this is one of my favorites to still enjoy a good ole’ bowl of cereal without the guilt of questionable ingredients. thank you again for sharing and your support 🙂

  • Hi! Was just wondering, I use arrowmill’s puffed rice too but they’re slight on the soft side. Will doing this crisp them up a little? Also could I sub the coconut oil with applesauce instead? Thanks!

    • Hi Adeline,
      Great question- when you bake them, the puffed rice gets crispier, but you also need the maple syrup and coconut oil to get it “crispy”. The substitution of apple sauce wouldn’t give you the same texture, but you may try!

  • Joa

    This cereal was amazing, I make it every weekend!! What is the serving size and more or less how many calories? Thank you!!!

  • Inês

    Hello McKel! If I keep this granola in a glass mason jar, for how long do you think it will last? Moved by the enthusiasm of such a delicious and easy recipe, I’m afraid I’ve made much more granola than what I can eat in a month… Maybe I should frozen some… Thanks for everything!

  • Elizabeth McGuire

    Thanks for a great way to add flavor to basic puffed rice. I needed new ideas for breakfast.

  • Hi McKel!

    I was wondering, if I wanted to leave out the oats, what do you recommend I’d do with the amount of maple syrup and coconut oil?

    Thank you for the recipe!

    x Marieke

    • Great question, you can use sunflower seeds instead of oats and keep the maple syrup and coconut oil the same, or slightly reduce it depending on the consistency!

  • Ann

    I am to avoid sugars for 6 weeks, along with gluten. Any suggestions for replacing the maple syrup? I can have Xylitol and Stevia. Thanks in advance!

    • You can use a bit extra coconut oil to make it crisp, the maple syrup makes it sweet and helps keep the cereal crisp- I would serve with a little stevia in your milk to sweeten!

  • carmen

    Thank you for this recipe! I have a daughter with lots of food sensitivities and she has been eating cocoa crunch (nature’s path) for weeks…I really wanted to get her off chocolate every morning! so this will do the trick! she loves rice cereal and the oatmeal will give her extra protein! thank you!

    • McKel Hill

      So glad she (and you) enjoyed this Carmen! 🙂

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