Cold Cereal Recipe

This cold cereal recipe is perfect for dorm room dwellers! It’s actually pretty simple and tastes so much better than anything you can buy at the store! All you need is a microwave.

No, I don’t mean cereal from a box or a package. I mean, make a big batch of cereal in a microwave that you can keep in a dry container and pour cold milk over first thing in the morning. Healthy, cold cereal, NOT from a box!

How To Make Clean Eating Cold Cereal For Your Dorm Room

I admit that this is kind of a granola, but when I tasted it, it definitely seemed like cereal to me! So I went with that. This is a great recipe for all dorm room college students. Not only does it make a great muesli-type cereal, but also doubles as a grab-n-go snack! And the bonus is, you don’t have to store it in that itty-bitty refrigerator in your dorm room. What more could you ask for?? (You could even make this in the cafeteria microwave if you have to!)

The recipe below was adapted from the recipe here.

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A small white bowl filled with milk and cold cereal.

Cereal Recipe

A delicious cold cereal that tastes way better than anything you can buy at the store!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 234kcal


  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. sucanat (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • tsp. salt
  • 4 cups dry traditional oats (gluten free, if needed)
  • ½ cup chopped, raw almonds
  • ½ cup golden raisins


  • In a small, microwave-safe bowl, stir together the honey, sucanat, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the oats and almonds.
  • Microwave the sugar mixture for about 1 minute or until it bubbles. Pour it over the oats and mix until the oats are evenly coated. This will take a few minutes.
  • Place the oats in your microwave and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir well to remove hot spots.
  • Cook one more time for 2 minutes, and then stir well. You can repeat this as needed, but I found that that is usually enough.
  • If you have a cookie sheet, pour the oats out onto that to cool. If not, simply allow it to cool in the bowl, stirring occasionally to help it along.
  • Once fully cooled, stir in the raisins and store in an air-tight container or ziplock bag in dry storage for 1 week. Also okay to store in the fridge if you have room. Will keep for about 4 weeks in the fridge or up to 6 months in the freezer.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. I have read this site for close to a month to see if I find a consistent need for it. The answer is YES! I really love what the gracious pantry delivers with facts and fun ideas to remain healthy. Breakfast and lunch are really tough for me on the go to maintain nutrition. Thanks for sharing so much great insight with ease and motivation!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chaley – I’m happy I can help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Cheryl Boone says:

    I’m making a Boat Load of this for breakfast/afternoon snack! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cheryl – My pleasure! Hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Christelle Pleasance says:

    As always, you have given me a fabulous recipe to add to my family’s meal plan, I have just made it….yum!! We have been clean eating for 12 months and 90% of the recipes I use come from you. Thanks so much for all the effort you put in, you are doing a fantastic job and I am so looking forward to trying your next recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christelle – Wow! What a wonderful compliment! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Erena DiGonis says:

    This is such a great recipe for anyone – not just students in their dorms! With all the artificial, unhealthy breakfast cereals out there this is a great easy way to eat healthy!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erena – Yes it is! I hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Clean Eating Cold Cereal–Is this cereal crunchy like the store bought brands or is it softer. I am looking for a crunchy type to hold up to my almond/coconut milk. If it is a softer texture any ideas on how to make it crunchy. I love the ingredients!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jill – It was plenty crunchy for me! But it does soften a tiny bit when you add milk to it. Still really delicious though!