Grape Nuts Cereal Recipe

This homemade grape nuts cereal is a low carb, keto-inspired recipe… and boy is it delicious!

Changing the way you eat on a daily basis is never a small undertaking. It takes commitment, a firm grasp of why you are making the changes, and a willingness to stick with it long term.

Clean Eating Grape Nuts Cereal Recipe

That last one can be a real zinger. I mean, it’s easy to start out with tons of willpower and determination, but after a while…. well, lets just say that your resolve can wane a bit watching everyone around you eat the way you used to eat before you made your changes.

While eating clean was a fairly easy transition for me, this low carb thing has been a real struggle. I know I have to do it for my blood sugar, but it ain’t so easy when I watch those around me eat pancakes for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and pasta for dinner. It can really wear a girl down.

But one thing I have noticed is that since being on this low carb plan, my body has become FAR more affected by carbs than it used to be. It’s like it finally got some relief and now if I mess up, it really gives me hell.

So now I’m trying to regroup a little and do the same thing I did with clean eating in the beginning. I’m trying to come up with “normal”, everyday foods that most people eat, but make it a clean and low carb version.

My first order of business was cereal. I will admit, I had no idea where to start. So I turned to my fellow bloggers in the low carb niche for help.

If you’ve never been to the All Day I Dream About Food blog, you really should check it out. While Carolyn’s focus is not clean eating, she’s amazing with the low carb recipes!

I used her recipe for low carb cereal as inspiration for this recipe here and boy, did this turn out delicious, although, not exactly as expected. It’s not as hard as Grape Nuts, but it does have some crunch from the nuts. And while it’s been years since I have actually eaten Grape Nuts, I have to say that this really reminded me of it. If you love Grape Nuts, I hope this will do the same for you!


Recipe adapted from All Day I Dream About Food

Clean Eating Grape Nuts Cereal Recipe

Grape Nuts Cereal Recipe

A delicious, healthy alternative to the store bought brand.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 517kcal


  • 10 oz. roasted, salted macadamia nuts (chopped)
  • 8 oz. raw pecans
  • 2 tbsp. flaxseed
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup almond butter (no sugar added)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pure liquid stevia (Optional – or as much as you like)


  • In a small pot, combine the almond butter, vanilla extract, coconut oil cinnamon and stevia (if using).
  • Warm gently, stirring, until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, blend the nuts and flaxseed together for 5-10 seconds, pulsing if needed. You want a course mixture with some larger chunks still in there for more of a cereal texture.
  • Combine the almond butter mixture with the ground nuts in a large mixing bowl, and stir to coat the nuts evenly. Better still is to knead by hand.
  • Spread out over a baking pan and bake at 325 F. for 15-20 minutes, stirring at regular intervals. You simply want to reduce the moisture a bit. Please note that ovens may vary, so your baking time may vary too. Also, these will still feel a bit soft while warm in the oven. So you want to go by color more than feel. They should have a nice, golden, roasted nut color to them when they are finished. That's usually about the time things start to smell really good in the kitchen!
  • Allow to cool completely and transfer to an air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Note that this is a keto recipe, so the higher fat content is on purpose.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Bethany @ Athletic Avocado says:

    This is a great alternative to high-carb cereal! Im sure it gives you tons of energy and fills you up for a while!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bethany – Yep! It really keeps you full! I hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Welcome to the low carb world! Trust me, once you’ve done it for a while, it becomes very easy and you don’t notice the pancakes and waffles being eaten around you. Or rather, you do notice them and you no longer care.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Carolyn – Thanks so much! It’s been a bumpy adjustment, but I can definitely feel it going that direction!

  3. Griff Neilson says:

    5 stars
    I am a former sugar addict and I used to pound Grape nuts like nobodies business so I was super intrigued to try this recipe. It obviously has a different taste and texture than the Post version but I think it’s a GOOD thing. I really appreciated the REAL fresh nuts used in this recipe and I am pretty sure this will be a staple of mine from here on out. Thank you for making healthy food versions of cultural staples! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Griff – I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I also really loved the Post version years ago. This is the best substitute I’ve found so far. Enjoy!

  4. I am sorry, but I made just as u said, and it never did harden up. I let it sit out on the cookie sheet all day and it was still soft. So i put it back in the oven for about 10 mins.stirring it constantly, but it came out tasting burnt. Had to throw the whole thing out. Dont know what i did wrong, but was disappointed with the results.

    1. Tammy – I’m sorry to hear that. With any recipe, there can be a difference from appliance to appliance. It’s possible your oven cooks hotter than mine, and so it burned everything instead of cooking the way it did in my oven. If you do give it another shot, I recommend turning down the heat in your oven. Also, keep a close eye on this during baking. It should be quite hard, just like the store-bought stuff.

  5. What type of almond butter do you prefer with this, creamy or crunchy?

    1. Kristin – In this recipe, it really doesn’t matter. Use whatever your normal preference is. I used creamy. The most important part is making sure there is no added sugar in your almond butter.

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you!!! I decided to try this to find a substitute for Nutlettes, a retail product similar to grape nuts, but made from soy.
    This is PERFECT! I subbed with peanut butter for almond and used ground flaxseed. I made 3 servings, and it will last much longer than that sprinkled on my daily yogurt. Delish!!!!