healthy cinnamon toast crunch in a bowl

This Healthy Cinnamon Toast Crunch Recipe Is Grain-Free, Vegan And Totally Nostalgic

Cinnamon Toast Crunch is one of my all-time favorite cereals. It’s actually my go-to airport snack—I buy a single-serve container and eat it, no milk, like candy, savoring every gosh darn bite.⁣ This healthy Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal is actually so easy to make, it will become your new favorite snack in a heartbeat!
Making your own version of childhood favorite cereals has become SUCH a TikTok trend and when I saw an amazing Cinnamon Toast Crunch recipe, I knew I had to try.

It was shockingly simple—it’s pretty much a riff on my 3-ingredient grain-free cracker recipe—and so, so satisfying. You barely need any ingredients and the hands-on time is minimal—mostly, you’re just waiting for these babies to crisp up in the oven. And they do get CRISPY so enjoy with your favorite milk or just shove ’em in your face like I do ? ⁣⁣

What is this Cinnamon Toast Crunch a healthy option?

This recipe uses just a few simple ingredients: a mix of almond flour and ground flax seeds for the base, a small amount of coconut sugar to sweeten, and some vanilla extract and cinnamon to add a lovely flavor.

Flax seeds are one of my favorite ingredients—combined with water, they create an egg-like binder that holds the cereal together. They also are rich in healthy fats and are great for helping with digestion.

I love using almond flour as a base for recipes. Because it’s high in protein and healthy fat, it keeps your blood sugar far more stable than traditional white flours. The blood sugar spikes and dips are one of the most unhealthy parts of eating sweet treats—they have a cascading negative impact on hormones, which can lead to belly fat accumulation, insulin resistance, and more negative side effects. The cinnamon offers further metabolic benefits, and just makes these taste REALLY good.

Basically, you get all of the joy of the Cinnamon Toast crunch from your childhood—without the negative impact on your body!

healthy cinnamon toast crunch in bowl

Substitutions for Healthy Cinnamon Toast Crunch

This recipe includes just a few simple ingredients:

  • Ground flaxseeds⁣⁣
  • Almond flour⁣⁣
  • Fine grain sea salt⁣⁣
  • Vanilla extract⁣⁣
  • Water⁣⁣
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut sugar ⁣⁣
  • Avocado oil

There isn’t really a substitute for the ground flaxseeds, since they act as a binder in the recipe. The almond flour could potentially be subbed for oat flour, but you’d likely use less and I haven’t tested so I can’t vouch for it. For coconut sugar, you can always sub brown sugar and get equivalent results, and the avocado oil can be subbed for any neutral tasting oil, although you’ll miss out on some of the health benefits!

close up of healthy cinnamon toast crunch cereal in bowl with milk

Enjoy, and tag me if you make it on Instagram (@lizmoody)—I can’t wait to see!

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healthy cinnamon toast crunch in a bowl

Healthy Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Recipe

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  • Author: Liz Moody
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Large Servings 1x


  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds⁣⁣
  • 3/4 cup almond flour⁣⁣
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt⁣⁣
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract⁣⁣
  • 1/2 cup water⁣⁣
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided⁣⁣
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar ⁣⁣
  • Avocado oil, to brush dough with ⁣⁣


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together the ground flax seeds, almond flour, salt, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and water until a big ball forms.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together coconut sugar and the remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.⁣⁣
  3. Roll out ball until it’s about 1/8” thin. Cut the edges to make a rectangle, gathering scraps into a new ball. Brush rectangle with a small amount of avocado oil, then sprinkle generously with coconut sugar mixture, using your hands to press it in.
  4. Cut into small, Cinnamon Toast Crunch sized squares and space them out before transferring the parchment paper to a pan.
  5. Bake at 325 for 10 min, then reduce heat to 250 and bake for 30 more minutes to make them crispy. Repeat the process with the ball you made from the scraps. ⁣⁣
  6. Toss warm cereal with any remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture (there should be a few spoonfuls left). Let cool and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Breakfast