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Homemade chocolate cereal puffs that won't put you in a sugar coma

Gina is the author of the food blog, Running to the Kitchen where she shares healthy, whole food recipes in a fun, approachable way. She works full time as a consultant in higher education. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys CrossFit, r...

Step aside, Cocoa Puffs... There's an easy (healthier) homemade version in town

Say sayonara to sugary store-bought cereals, and make your own at home. These chocolate puffs are a fun food to make with the kids before devouring them in some milk.

Sugary cereals with cartoon characters and superheroes on the box are hard to not want when you're a kid being forced down the aisles of torture with your parents in the supermarket. Somehow my mom typically held strong throughout our temper tantrums, though, and we never got to have the "cool" cereals as kids, instead being forced to eat Cheerios.

Homemade chocolate cereal puffs

As an adult now, I get it. Those cereals provide almost no nutritional value and would've just jacked us up on a sugar high, only to crash and burn an hour later. Too bad Mom didn't know how easy it was to make your own back then, or we could've enjoyed these easy, chocolaty cereal puffs in the morning instead of gagging on each spoonful of the mass produced stuff. These little puffs will take some time to roll out, but it's the perfect activity to get the kids involved in. They're worth it in the end.

Homemade chocolate cereal puffs recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose or gluten-free baking blend)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. To a food processor, add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, egg, coconut oil and vanilla extract, and pulse until well combined.
  3. While pulsing, add the maple syrup until the mixture forms a tacky doughlike texture.
  4. Roll the dough into small balls (about the size of a large blueberry), and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  6. Remove from the oven, and let the puffs cool completely before eating or storing.

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