Low Calorie Cereal Recipe

May 1, 2024   41 Comments

Low calorie cereal is easy to make. I know you want to buy it - but it tastes much better to make it.

Low Calorie Cereal Recipe

I know that there are people out there who will take on look at this recipe and decide it isn’t low calorie. But, I would argue that it isn’t good enough to be simply low calorie -you can do that with Rice Krispies - you also need nutrition that gets you off on the right foot for your day.

The cereal manufacturers want you to believe that their product is the perfect choice for the morning.

For example, I believe a package of Cocoa Krispies had a "boost your immune system" statement on the front of the box. I will not even list all the things that are wrong about such a claim.

The best low calorie cereal that you can buy has little or no added sugar. Fiber One is potentially a good choice but it does use Sucralose. I buy a couple of cereals with no added sugar - Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Wheat Puffs, and I make my own cereal.

You heard me! I make my own cereal (and, no, I am not related to Martha Stewart).

Raise your hand if you make your own cereal! Hmmm, not so many of you. Why is that? Is it because you can just buy it and you know that you don't have time to make it?

Cereal is ridiculously easy to make and the TASTE. You will never go back to a box of packaged cereal. I mean it.

You can also reduce the amount of sugar per serving by not including the dried fruit. It tasted great without it - it is just a matter of personal preference.

You mix up some oats and chopped almonds with a little oil and honey - and put it on a parchment lined tray.

If you are in a hurry try my stove top granola recipe.

I know that some will think this is “granola” and it really isn’t. It is much simpler than the packaged granola you can buy. Almost all packaged cereal is a baked grain in a box with some added stuff. This recipe for low calorie cereal isn’t that different.

You don't have to use almonds if you don't like nuts - you can simply bake the oatmeal and that will cut calories quite a bit (but you miss out on all the good stuff in almonds). Also you can use your favorite nuts - hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, to make this cereal.

When I add dried fruit, I use raisins, cranberries, and chopped up dried mango, apricot, etc.

The route to FOREVER with this recipe is to make it with different ingredients so you don't get bored with it.

Do you make your own low calorie cereal? What do you put in it?

I wrote this post in 2011 and updated it in 2023.

Low Calorie Cereal Recipe

2.1 from 31 reviews

Makes 5 cups
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min

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3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 cup raisins or any dried fruit you prefer


Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a large rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the oats, and nuts in a large bowl. Mix the canola oil and honey and pour onto oat mixture. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

After it cools, lift up parchment paper carefully and pour cereal into a bowl. Add the dried fruit and enjoy! Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until you finish it.

Nutrition Facts

For breakfast serving without dried fruit (1/2 cup) = 222 calories, 11.8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 25.7 g carbohydrates, 7.6 g sugar, 5.3 g protein, 3.7 g fiber, 2 mg sodium, 7 Green, 7 Blue, 5 Purple WW SmartPts

For 1/2 cup with dried fruit = 265 calories, 11.8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 37.1 g carbohydrates, 16.2 g sugar, 5.7 g protein, 4.2 g fiber, 3 mg sodium, 10 Green, 10 Blue, 8 Purple WW SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Sounds good and so much healthier! I think I'll make some today.

Looks amazing!! i absolutely love granola!! i love putting it in my yogurt!!

It never occurred to me that I could make cereal myself. Thanks for the recipe and the idea. Probably this will be something we will make at our house next weekend when we have time.

Great idea! I don't really eat cereal (ate too much as a kid, I suppose) but the same concepts works for oatmeal. I get plain and add in my own mixes. You can make something different every day!

Yummy... I started making my own granola recently. I adapted a WW recipe and use apple juice concentrate instead of the oil (cuts down on calories/points). I also tend to use it as a topping (on yogurt or cottage cheese).

Thanks for sharing!

Well, you have my wheels spinning this morning.

We have nut allergies in our family -- just the kids, and not severe. So, after reading your post, I had a flash of brilliance. I envisioned our "cereal shelf" in the pantry completely differently, and instead of seeing a row of boxes there, I can instead envision a container of toasted grains -- oats, quinoa, millet, etc -- along with containers of add ins like chopped apricots, raisins, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts for those who can eat them, etc, etc, etc ... YUM!!!

Now I'm hungry!!! :-)

this sounds delicious! can't wait to try it! breakfast was always my hardest meal on weight watchers. i'd usually end up using my points on eggs and then i was hungry again an hour later. this sounds delicious and filling!

This sounds great! My only hesitation is the amount of fat per serving. How much would it reduce the fat by using the juice concentrate that Maria suggested? Or is the fat mainly coming from the nuts?

Sounds simple and good. Any suggestions on hi-fiber additions? Constantly searching for low/natural sugar, 10+ grams fiber cereals. Easy shortcut for me to my fiber goals for the day (and I need easy). Depend a lot on Uncle Sam cereal. Love it but gets boring.

That's REDUCED in calories? 246 is a LOT for a serving of cereal if you're going to add milk or a milk substitute, fruit etc. for breakfast.

You can have 1 and 1/2 cups of something like All Bran for 240 calories. AND you'd be getting around 30 grams of fiber! (which I can handle as I eat 50 grams of fiber MINIMUM a day between high fiber cereals, GG crispbreads and fruits and veggies but I will grant that not everyone can.)

Or do you have a really fast metabolism?

I like to mix the high fiber cereals like all bran and puffed cereals so I can have a bigger bowl... A cup of All Bran plus a cup of puffed rice is a lot more filling/lot more volume and 210 calories...

THANK YOU! I've been using this recipe since you first posted it and have gradually been reducing the oil to see how little I could get away with. Now I know! Instead of dried fruit, I eat it with fresh fruit and plain Greek yogurt. I also change it up by using different nuts and adding in vanilla and ground flax seed. I even gave it as Christmas gifts!

I love my cereal in the morning and actually look forward to it! My recipe isnt exactly homemade but its soo good and high in fiber. I use Trader Joe's Bran Flakes then add wheat puffs and a sprinkle oatmeal (not instant)on top. Then I mix them together. To top it off I add strawberries and blueberries and sprinkle cinnamin on top. It is my favorite meal of the day!

Cocoa Krispies 'boost your immune system'? Since when!?!? I make pancakes(freeze them) and my overnight oats (which taste great up to 3-4 days) and just eat those on my weekdays but I am going to have to try this!! I'm bad at making granola...all my batches never work but I'm gonna have to try this!

@Sue: That is NOT a lot of calories for breakfast. Some people eat 500-700 calories per day, but do not gain weight. Why? Because they exercise it off.

@Kathy: "Some people eat 500-700 calories per day, but do not gain weight. Why? Because they exercise it off."

And because that's too little to survive a day!! That is, if they don't die of starvation first...

I tried it last night and I have to say I am a bit sad!! I was praying it would be a great alternative to the junk the kids want. But it had this burnt aroma to it and it was very dry. It was hard to chew it too. Sorry but this recipe (for me) will not be a keeper.

@Rosa - it is chewier than a regular cereal - but the aroma may have meant that it cooked too long. I'm sorry it didn't work for you - maybe you should try the recipe with more oil and honey - you may like it better (my kids like it better).

Thanks Snack girl, I will try it again

I just made this, so good! I added a bit extra on the syrup and oil (I'm not calorie counting and am currently breastfeeding) I added a teaspoon of good quality vanilla and a few good pinches of kosher salt (I'm a salty/sweet person) Fabulous!

I don't like dried fruit in my granola anyway, so that should save some calories. You show the points+ for the 1/2 cup without dried fruit - what would be the points+ for 1/4 cup without dried fruit? I like granola to top off yogurt with fresh fruit and have given it up since starting WW, but I'll try making this and hope it becomes my substitute for the high points stuff in the supermarket! It's not something I would eat everyday (like my grits with cheese and a poached egg) but would be great to have on hand for a treat. By the way, everything I've been reading lately praises the value of almonds in your diet, so I would definitely use almonds in this granola.

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