Homemade Vegan Cinnamon Toast Crunch thats easy to make and perfectly crispy and sweet! A healthier take on everyones favourite cereal, this version is made with only 5 ingredients and is gluten free and oil free.
Will all my CTC lovers please stand up. We are throwin' it back and making everyones childhood favourite cereal today FROM SCRATCH.
In the midst of this whole pancake cereal craze, I've just been craving cinnamon toast crunch cause IMO cereal should be crispy and be paired perfectly with some cold (non-dairy) milk.
So why not make some at home? It's simple, easy, fun and just as good (if not better!!) than the boxed stuff.
Ingredients for Vegan Cinnamon Toast Crunch
FIRST! Is cinnamon toast crunch vegan? Thats the question I asked when I first went vegan because 1. it was my favourite cereal and 2. I heard that some cereals are not due to vitamin D3.
And it saddens me to say, CTC is not vegan. Let's take a look at the ingredients of the original (from their website): Whole Grain Wheat, Sugar, Rice Flour, Canola Oil, Fructose, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Salt, Cinnamon, Trisodium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Caramel Color. BHT Added to Preserve Freshness. Calcium Carbonate, Iron and Zinc , Vitamin C, A B Vitamin , Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, Vitamin A , A B Vitamin , Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3.
So not the healthiest food in the world and definitely not vegan. Well, what if I told you you could make your own healthy cinnamon toast crunch with just 5 ingredients?? It happened, people. Here's what you'll need:
- Oat Flour: The base of the cereal-- so yes, we're still eating oats for breakfast!
- Almond Flour: Gives a slightly pleasant buttery flavour and gives it the perfect crisp-flaky texture.
- Apple Sauce: Helps bind the dough together.
- Cinnamon: This is a given. I mean... you could also try pumpkin spice or apple pie spice for a pizzaz.
- Granulated Sugar: I used organic cane sugar because the sugar crystals hold up the best but you could also use coconut sugar! The coconut sugar will dissolve so you may not see the sugar crystals but it's still very tasty.
I also added in some flax meal for some extra health but thats totally optional! Also some vanilla if you have some on hand to throw in, it adds an extra lovely flavour element. You'll also need some water for the dough for it to come together.
How to Make Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Making cinnamon toast crunch cereal is actually very simple and easy (AND fun!!) to make.
First, mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl. Thats our cinnamon sugar, pretty easy right?
Next, combine the rest of the ingredients together with a spoon or your hands until a dough forms. Start with the listed amount of water and if it's still dry after mixing for 3-4 minutes then add in 1 teaspoon of water at a time. You don't wan the dough to be too sticky!
It's time to roll out the dough! I found it easiest to roll out between two pieces of parchment paper so you don't have to worry about the dough sticking everywhere and breaking the dough. You want to roll it out as thin as possible without it tearing apart. The thinner the dough the crunchier the cereal!
Once the dough is nice and thin, remove the top later of the parchment paper and brush with aquafaba or water. Generously sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. If you want both sides of the cereals to be coated, place the parchment paper back on top and flip the rolled out dough. Remove the top layer or parchment paper, brush with aquafaba and sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. This time, place the parchment paper back on top and roll once-- this ensures the cinnamon sugar sticks to the dough.
Now, cut the dough into ½ - ¾ inch squares. They don't have to be perfect but defiantly try to keep the size consistent for even baking. The side scraps can be rolled out and sliced again repeatedly until you run out. Once they're all cut into squares, remove the side scraps that aren't in squares. Place the parchment paper onto a light coloured baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes.
The hardest part is waiting for them to cool but you must! They won't be as crispy right out of the oven so if you're looking for the perfect crispy cereal, you gotta wait. Andddd that’s pretty much it. Easy right? So worth it for the delicious outcome.
So you guys might be asking, what does this version of homemade vegan cinnamon toast crunch taste like?
It defiantly tastes like cinnamon toast crunch! The texture is crispy, almost flaky (so good IMO) and yes, it stays crispy in milk as long as you eat it straight away. Eric said, and I quote: "It has the texture of the crust of McDonald's apple pie". AKA CRISPY and delicious. I think the apple sauce also gives it a slight apple pie vibe but defiantly not overpowering.
I really hope you guys are inspired to make your own cinnamon toast crunch! It's fun to make, fun to eat and trust me-- waaaaay more tasty than the boxed stuff.
Tips to Making Homemade Cereal
- Keeping the cinnamon sugar on the cereal: I've tested 4 different batches where I brushed nothing, water, aquafaba and maple syrup on the dough before adding the cinnamon sugar and aquafaba did the best at keeping the cinnamon sugar on the dough even when swimming in milk. If you don't have aquafaba, use maple syrup or water-- they still get the job done.
- Roll out the dough THIN: when I mean thin, I mean like 1.5-2 mm. Thats about the thickness of a coin or actual ruler. You also want to try and keep the thickness consistent. The thinner they are, the easier and faster they will crisp up and you won't be left with any soggy / undercooked cereal. If you find the cereal to be a little stale in texture, it was probably under baked or wasn't fully cooled.
- Stay by the oven: while they're baking, you want to be near the oven so you can keep an eye on it (at least for the last 5 minutes) because they go from perfectly golden brown to burnt in SECONDS. Trust me.
More Yummy Crunch-y Breakfast Favourites:
- Snickers Granola
- French Toast Granola
- Pumpkin Spice Granola
- 3 Ingredient Microwave Granola
- Chocolate Espresso Granola
- Vegan Matcha Granola
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Vegan Cinnamon Toast Crunch
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 Servings 1x
Mind blowing 5-ingredient homemade vegan cinnamon toast crunch! Perfectly crispy, sweet and reminiscent of everyones childhood favourite cereal. Simple to make and it’s healthier and so much better than from the box!
- 1 cup oat flour (120g)
- ⅔ cup almond flour (75g)
- 2 tbsp flax meal, optional (15g)
- ⅓ cup water + additional water for brushing (80ml)*
- 2-3 tablespoon apple sauce (30g)
- 2 ½ tsp cinnamon (12g)
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar (68g // cane, coconut or maple sugar)
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pre-heat oven to 375 F (190 C).
- Mix the 2 teaspoon of cinnamon and the sugar together in a bowl and set aside.
- Mix together oat flour, almond flour, flax meal, cinnamon and salt. Add in the water and lesser amount of apple sauce and stir until a roll-able dough forms. If its too dry, add in extra tablespoon of apple sauce. If you still find it not coming together, add 1 teaspoon of water at a time (the amount of liquid you will need to add depends on the humidity of your kitchen). You want a dough that you can roll out (so not too wet) but also not crumbling apart. It should kind of has the texture of pie dough.
- Place the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and then roll the dough into a very thin sheet (1.5 - 2 mm). Brush with water or aquafaba and then generously coat with cinnamon sugar. Place the parchment paper back on top and then carefully flip to the other side. Peel the parchment paper off the dough, brush with water and then sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar. This time, place the parchment paper back on top and roll once-- this ensures the cinnamon sugar sticks to the dough.
- Using a pizza cutter or very sharp knife, cut the dough into ½ - ¾ inch squares. Separate the pieces of dough and place on to lined baking tray (I just place the parchment paper I was using to roll it out). Gather the scraps and repeat the process starting from rolling out until you've used up all your dough.
- Bake for 9-12 minutes, keeping a very close eye on them for the last 3 minutes. They go from perfectly crispy brown to burnt in seconds!
- Remove from the oven and let them fully cool before serving (they crisp up as they cool even more).
- Serve with your favourite non dairy milk or store in a air tight container for up to 2 days. After 2 days, they do tend to get a little softer in texture.
- Helpful Equipment: light coloured baking tray, flipper, parchment paper, pizza cutter, rolling pin
- Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: breakfast
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, north american
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 316
- Sugar: 18g
- Sodium: 151mg
- Fat: 8.1g
- Saturated Fat: 0.85g
- Unsaturated Fat: 9.5g
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 43.5g
- Fiber: 3.9g
- Protein: 9g
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: cinnamon toast crunch, vegan cereal, homemade cereal, healthy cereal
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Francheska del Pilar says
This recipe looks delicious and easy to follow!! Can't wait to try it out 🙂
Hi Lisa! Could you sub spelt flour for the oats? I’m alkaline vegan so I don’t use oats or any acid forming flours. Thank you!
Lisa Kitahara says
Hi Tammy! I haven't tried but I think you could-- let me know how it goes!
It looks amazing! I found a non-vegan version right before yours but I think I want to make this one! (yours) :p
Lisa Kitahara says
I hope you enjoy!
I did! It was awesome and crunchier than any regular cereals I ate before 🙂
Lisa Kitahara says
So happy to hear you enjoyed!
Such a simple and delicious recipe, I loved it! The texture is wonderful and I like the nutty flavour the almond flour adds- would definitely make it again 😍 Thankyou!
Lisa Kitahara says
Hi Evie! I'm so happy you enjoyed. Love almond flour for that reason too!!
Hi, I have a nut allergy. Is there something I can substitute for the almond flour? Thank you.
Lisa Kitahara says
sunflower seed flour or any sort of seed meal should work! 🙂
Kiki M says
Homemade cereal makes me feel like I am putting in extra effort which I am!! but this recipe makes it feel way too easy. The crunch is real and I love how puffy and light this cinnamon greatness gets! Thank you for creating such a delicious and accessible recipe!
Serena Di Sabatino says
Hi! I made these Cinnamon Toast Crunch and they were amazing!
The recipe is easy to follow and I loved every spoon of this vegan cereal 🙂
I didn't use aquafaba but just water for brushing.. loved it!
Made this today - mine are not nearly as pretty as yours, but they taste so good! Thanks for this easy recipe 🙂 cereal is one of my favorite foods, and I know I'll be making these often!