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Wholesome Cereal Cookies

Should a buttery-tasting cereal cookie be good enough to have for breakfast? Normally, I’d doubt it. But these wholesome cookies are different.

Every term, on the last day of school I go shopping for a special cereal for the kids to enjoy during school holidays. I still read labels, and check that there’s no junk added to what’s supposed to be the most important meal of the day. The new 4 grain Cheerios have been a breakfast of choice lately, but on my last visit, this one particular cardboard-brown box caught mu eye… Be Natural: 5 grain flakes with Cashew, Almond, Hazelnut & Coconut. Oh my gosh, have I been living under a rock – this has everything I adore and more! Yes, it also contains crunchy clusters made from linseed, pepita and amaranth. And it has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Ok, it is owned by Kellogg’s, known for the many sugary alternatives, but at least they are trying. And pretty good at that; my quest to find the perfect breakfast cereal has just been completed. As I was strolling to the checkouts, with a box under each arm, I began to think of how I could impart some of that enthusiasm for some of the grains and seeds onto the kids… Cookies!!!

Since most of the hard work of combining some of the best wholesome ingredients has already been done for me, the rest was a breeze and we all had fun making and eating them! Now, I know, it’s a cliché to proclaim certain foods to be good enough to have for breakfast, but you have to admit, these must be one of the best breakfast cookies out there!

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Wholesome Cereal Cookies

We used Be Natural's 5 grain flakes and nut cereal to make our cookies. Regular corn flakes or wholegrain flakes would also work. In addition, our cookies were also dairy-free and low sugar too, but feel free to use butter and double the sugar amount.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Servings: 12


For the Wholesome Cereal Cookies:

  • 125 g butter or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unrefined sugar such as demerara
  • 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour sifted
  • 2 tbsp milk of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups granola, grain and nut flakes or other low sugar cereal
  • non-dairy dark chocolate melted, to drizzle optional


To make the Wholesome Cereal Cookies:

  • Using an electric mixer, cream margarine and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy.
  • Add flour and mix on low-speed until just combined.
  • Add milk and stir until dough comes together.
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir in cereal.
  • Roll about 1/8 cupfuls of mixture into balls.
  • Place on a non-stick baking paper lined tray, allowing enough room for spreading.
  • Flatten balls slightly with a fork.

To bake the Wholesome Cereal Cookies:

  • Place tray in a preheated oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • (Optional: melt dark chocolate in a microwave and drizzle over cooled cookies. Allow to set.)

To store and serve:

  • Keep in an airtight container in the pantry. Enjoy with a glass of milk.
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Julie Checknita - Skinny Eats Tasty Treats April 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I love it as much as I love cereal! Great idea. I hope I can find this cereal here in Canada. Thanks for sharing. :)

wholepromise April 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

These look absolutely irresistible!

Just A Smidgen April 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

These are so healthy.. I think you could add chocolate chips;) for being so good!! I’ll look for this cereal in our stores here!

Wholesome Cook April 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

That’s a good idea actually, make it a healthy snack as well as an indulgent treat!

thelifeshemade April 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

That is too easy and what a great snack for after school!

[email protected] April 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

That scribble of glossy chocolate makes these simply irresistable! Would love to try these

Maureen (@OrgasmicChef) April 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Oh I want some of these!! You find the best stuff. :)

Wholesome Cook April 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

It might be because when I say: I’m just off to the shops to pick up a couple of things, I spend hours there looking and reading labels :-) but happy to be the guide!

frugalfeeding April 21, 2012 at 2:14 am

These look really rather great – fantastic photography, particularly the top one.

Courtney April 21, 2012 at 2:28 am

We love cereal cookies – though I’ve never thought to make them. I wonder if I can find this type of cereal around here.

Tobias April 21, 2012 at 6:28 am

These look like they’d go very well with that milk you have put aside them in the photos. :)

Great that you kept the amount of sugar low so that it really is breakfast-worthy!

Sissi April 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm

The cookies look and sound luscious! I would love them as a snack and if I ate sweet breakfasts, I would adore them in the morning.
I also love spending lots of time discovering new products when I go grocery shopping, especially in organic shops which seem to sell not only natural food, but lots of exotic stuff.

Nami | Just One Cookbook April 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

What a perfect breakfast cookies! Using good cereal makes it less guilty serving “cookies” for breakfast. =D I’d be happy to have some right now! Beautiful photography!

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide April 23, 2012 at 7:09 am

I’m loving these photos!

Bam's Kitchen April 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

Cookies for breakfast is the breakfast of champions or at least those champions that need to eat on the run. Take Care, BAM


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