Homemade cocoa puffs recipe

What if I told you that this homemade cocoa puffs recipe is a terrific way to keep your kids occupied? Yeah, I thought that might grab your attention.

Homemade Cocoa Puffs Recipe {grain free and paleo, gluten free, and regular recipes} I was never a big “sugary cereal” buyer, so when I asked my husband what would be one cereal he’d want me to recreate, he said:  cocoa puffs. My eyebrow went up and I wondered…. could I really make homemade cocoa puffs? What if I could make them also gluten free? or even grain free? boy, oh boy do I  love  challenges -and our family’s diet is a little more than challenging. 

As of recently, I’ve been getting my son Alex a lot more involved in the kitchen. I’ve discovered that he really likes to measure, smell the ingredients, and of course taste them along the way.

Homemade Cocoa Puffs Recipe {grain free and paleo, gluten free, and regular recipes}

Are we big cereal eaters in our house? Not really. My husband enjoys a bowl of cereal here and there, usually as a late-night snack when we eat dinner very early. There are also the nights he gets home from work very late, where after his hour-long commute he doesn’t want to eat a big heavy meal. He serves himself a bowl of cereal in his favorite orange bowl from childhood, slices a banana on top, and fills it with milk. As he takes the first few bites of his crunchy goodness, I can often see his eyes close and his facial gestures soften, for a second I’d say he was internally smiling. Sometimes, one can take pleasure in the simple things.

My son Alex used to enjoy the occasional bowl of cereal as well, until he went gluten free. Now, his bowl of cereal consists of plain corn flakes with my homemade vanilla clusters. Probably not as exciting as dad’s cereal but still crunchy enough.

Homemade Cocoa Puffs Recipe {grain free and paleo, gluten free, and regular recipes} -puffs getting ready to be baked

When I told him that I was going to make him homemade cocoa puffs he cautiously asked: are they going to be gluten free? I was saddened for a moment that my son has a limited diet but at the same time I was happy he thought about asking… he is 6 years old after all.

I’ve been making these tiny round crunchy puffs for a few months after I saw this recipe on pinterest. I really wanted a recipe all of us could enjoy, so I tried a few along the way, edited a couple…and everyone had their favorite version. I’ve done my best to make notes regarding the type of flour I used for each, so if you didn’t see the note on the recipe I either didn’t’ try it or it flopped.

Pouring milk over Homemade Cocoa Puffs Recipe {grain free and paleo, gluten free, and regular recipes} -so delicious!

The one I liked best was the grain free version. One of the benefits is that it has no egg, so I was ok letting Baby G lick the spoon a little (OK, a lot!).  Testing the other recipes turned into a conniption fit temper-tantrum because he couldn’t try the dough first (raw egg).

Whichever version you decide to use, I encourage you to double the recipe and enlist the help of your kids. Rolling these little puffs can be a tedious task… especially when they start to “help” and then leave you alone to finish off the rest .

Crunchy, a hit of of sweetness... DELICIOUS Homemade Cocoa Puffs Recipe {grain free and paleo, gluten free, and regular recipes} Below are the grain free, gluten free, and standard recipes. All you have to do is hover and print the one you’d like to make. Note that if you’ve been eating the boxed kind for years and are looking for an exact recipe as the sugary kind, this isn’t it. It’s not nearly as sweet or processed at all. 

5.0 from 2 reviews

Homemade Cocoa Puffs Recipe
 
Slightly adapted from Heather’s French Press
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg white (from a large egg)
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Sift flour, cocoa powder, almond meal, and salt into the bowl of your food processor.
  2. Add maple syrup or honey, Greek yogurt, egg white, and vanilla inside the food processor bowl. Turn it on and let everything combine thoroughly.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll dough into small balls (the size of store bought puffs) preferably with the help of others who will enjoy this treat, place it on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Around minute 10, I open the oven and with an oven mitten I give the tray a gentle shake to turn the puffs. This prevents them from burning at the bottom.
  6. Remove, allow cocoa puffs to cool and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Notes
You may use almond flour and plain yogurt or sour cream instead of Greek yogurt.
A flax egg will not work well in this recipe. Leaving the almond flour out made rock hard puffs, so don’t omit it, it’s part of the recipe.

 

5.0 from 2 reviews

Homemade cocoa puffs recipe
 
You are going to wish these were sold at stores.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour blend*
  • 1 teaspoon powdered milk*
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg white (from a large egg)
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Sift flour, powdered milk, cocoa powder, almond meal, and salt into the bowl of your food processor.
  2. Add maple syrup or honey, Greek yogurt, egg white, and vanilla inside the food processor bowl. Turn it on and let everything combine thoroughly.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll dough into small balls (the size of store bought puffs) preferably with the help of others who will enjoy this treat, place it on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Around minute 10, I open the oven and with an oven mitten I give the tray a gentle shake to turn the puffs. This prevents them from burning at the bottom.
  6. Remove, allow cocoa puffs to cool and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Notes
*Not all gluten free flour blends are made equal. My best results were achieved with Cup4Cup, Pamela’s Artisan flour blend, and Better Batter gluten free mixes.
*the powdered milk is optional but I found that it gives the gluten free flour the extra “crisp” and better texture.
You may use almond flour and plain yogurt or sour cream instead of Greek yogurt.
A flax egg will not work well in this recipe. Leaving the almond flour out made rock hard puffs, so don’t omit it, it’s part of the recipe.
5.0 from 2 reviews

Homemade Grain Free Cocoa Puffs recipe
 
Satisfying, chocolatey, and very very delicious.
Author:
Recipe type: Grain Free
Cuisine: Breakfast
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder*
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon cashews
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1½ tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Sift almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of your food processor.
  2. Add whole cashews, maple syrup or honey, melted coconut oil, and vanilla inside the food processor bowl. Turn it on and let everything combine thoroughly. Just when you thought you were done, let it go for 5 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll dough into small balls (the size of store bought puffs) preferably with the help of others who will enjoy this treat, place it on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, remove tray from oven, and let them cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Notes
Grain Free Baking Powder: 1 part baking soda + 2 parts cream of tartar + 2 parts starch (potato, arrowroot, tapioca). Sift all ingredients to they are evenly cobined and store in a glass jar for up to 1 month. I usually make a jar in 1 tablespoon measurements of each item.
If you don’t have cashews, use walnuts. You can also use ½ cup cashew butter or any other nut butter in “butter” form.

 

Comments

    • Laura Fuentes says

      I tried the gf without the egg and it didn’t hold well and they didn’t crip. and no, there isn’t a good grain free way to do it without the nuts. I’m sorry!

    • Laura Fuentes says

      the recipe without the egg will last longer than a week. the egg recipe I’d say a week tops. This recipe only yields about 2 cups of puffs… so I’m not sure how long that will last -not long in my family. lol -which is why i say to double the recipe.

  1. Brooke says

    was wondering instead of using almond meal in the standard recipe could I use ground cashews? (only because I have those on hand)

    • Laura Fuentes says

      if you can grind your cashews into a flour like texture – sure. it should work for the standard and gluten free recipes.

  2. Johanna says

    Would the dough hold together enough to roll into a thin log and slice into chunks? (then enlist the kids to ball them up!) I can’t wait to try this! I also might try for a peanut version using peanuts (duh) a la Reeces. Thanks for sharing!

    • Laura Fuentes says

      It’s not a “roll” type of dough… but you can try it. The easiest way to enroll the kiddos is to tell them to grab a “pinch” of the dough -that for once they get to “pinch” away and not their siblings! :)

  3. Jenny says

    I was wondering if you could roll the dough into long ‘snakes’ and then slice off bite-sized bits. Might speed up the process…

    I wish there was a nut-free, dairy-free version. My son has life-threatening allergies to both so we won’t be trying it out. :( But it sounds good!

    • Laura Fuentes says

      Jenny, you could try using sunflower seed meal (like this one) either store bought or self ground. You can substitute the greek yogurt with coconut cream (if your child can tolerate it).

  4. Jenny says

    Great substitute ideas! Thanks! I’ve never thought of using sunflower seeds instead of nuts. We live off of coconut milk and cream.

  5. says

    WOW! These look absolutely amazing. I am afraid to make them because I know once I do my kids will be hooked and I’ll be on cocoa puff making duty for life. LOL!! And the fact you’ve created three different versions to meet the needs of so many. You are truly AMAZING girlfriend!! xoxo

  6. Brooke says

    ok so I made these and they are not crunchy. they are like bullets :( I thought I over baked the first batch which I only did for 13 min and the next batch I cooked even less and they are still not good…so disappointed any thoughts?

  7. says

    I am a huge fan of cocoa puffs, love that I can make them and make sure that I know what’s inside of these bad boys. You ROCK. How do you think of these things!!

  8. Kacey Bostrom says

    I haven’t read through all of the comments yet but am wondering about the addition of cashews. The note at the bottom of that version said that one could use cashew butter which I happen to have but it doesn’t say if it is a different measurement than the whole cashews. Can you tell me if it is the same? Thank you!

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