Homemade Corn Flakes Recipe

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I don’t buy much cereal – the hubs hates it and I have recently started preferring oatmeal.

Though Cinnamon crunch will always hold a special place in my heart… 

I have one chicken recipe that calls for cornflakes and so I am posed with the problem of wanting to make the recipe but not wanting to buy a whole box of cereal for just one cup. And since I hate wasting food, I have avoided making the recipe for quite some time. 5 years to be exact.

All that changed when I ran across this cornflakes recipe. First of all, it may seem obvious to you, but I never thought that one could actually make homemade cornflakes. It makes perfect sense now but who knew? Second, I’m constantly on the lookout for healthy(er) recipes and making my own homemade foods is always a goal of mine. I’ve made homemade buttermilk ranch, yogurt, and roasted red peppers.

These cornflakes are not exactly like your store-bought variety. They have less crunch (though you can toast them afterwards to produce more of a crunch) and they are not perfect flakes. But their flavor is nearly identical. You can choose to put sugar on them or leave the sugar out for a healthier cereal.

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*Taken from this recipe

med/fine cornmeal
sugar (optional)

In an ungreased metal skillet, distribute cornmeal evenly over pan. Spray or sprinkle with an even distribution of water, making sure to soak cornmeal. If you want sweetened cornflakes, sprinkle a small dusting of sugar over top. Cook until most of the water has evaporated. Then take a metal spatula and scrape the bottom of the pan until the flakes start coming off the bottom.  Flip flakes over and continue cooking until they dry out. Break apart chunks with your hands.

  • Vogue and Heels

    Yum!! This looks so healthy and delicious.



  • Pia

    This is so impressive! I never would think to make homemade cereal! I’m like you and don’t eat a lot of cereal (Honey Comb is my only weakness) but I would make this for my son who eats tons of cereal.


    • http://www.fashionedible.com/ FashionEdible

      Yes it’s much better than store-bought mainly because the ingredients are so few and wholesome. The texture and flavor is slightly different but I think it’s great!

  • Hope Howland

    Wow!! How creative!! I would have never thought of this…

  • http://www.pear-shaped-gal.com/ MonicaP

    Ha! This is brilliant! I didn’t think you could make corn flakes. If you ever watch that show Unwrapped, you see how food goes through miles of conveyor belts just to become ‘food’. Really cool though .. did the home made corn flakes hold up well with milk?

    Monica, http://www.pear-shaped-gal.com

    • http://www.fashionedible.com/ FashionEdible

      I imagine it’s quite eye-opening! So the homemade kind isn’t nearly as crispy, though if that is an issue you can always toast it in the oven or toaster oven. I added coconut milk to mine and they tasted great – just got soggy a bit faster than the store bought ones.

  • http://www.lucismorsels.com/ Luci’s Morsels

    wow! I never thought of this. Can we put cinnamon and sugar on it and pretend it’s Cinnamon Toast Crunch??

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

    • http://www.fashionedible.com/ FashionEdible

      I wish! I did find an Organic and “natural” cinnamon crunch that made me feel less guilty. I have to exercise self-control there b/c I literally could eat it every day.

      • http://www.lucismorsels.com/ Luci’s Morsels

        Hah! Yes. That would be totally out of control!!!

  • http://lestylorouge.com/ Ashley White

    Wow- same taste and no preservatives/additives. A healthier way to cereal. :)


  • http://www.stylemydreams.com/ Jackie

    Genius! Who knew you could make homemade corn flakes! So much healthier too :) Impressive!
    xo, Jackie

  • http://www.runwaychef.com/ Alyssa Ponticello

    Wow! I had no idea it was so easy to make cornflakes! I’m not a big cereal fan, but my hubby will love this recipe!

  • Pauline Tran

    wow! Homemade cornflakes are THIS easy!?!?! You have changed my world

  • Helena Fortissima

    Looks like a fun recipe to try

  • Lora Fleming

    I make a delicious cookie every Christmas that is rolled in crushed cornflakes … so I understand the wasting the rest of the box to use one cup dilemma! I love this idea, especially since I’m desperately trying to make the old family recipes organic, yet taste the same! I can save a ton of money making these with organic cornmeal, which I already have! (organic cornflakes are EXPENSIVE!!) Thanks so much!

    • http://www.fashionedible.com/ FashionEdible

      That sounds delicious! So glad you found this recipe! Let me know how it turns out for you!

  • Ufonda Smith

    Would help if you gave the amounts to use. I don’t have time to play the guessing game.

    • Forward

      Dont have to guess. Look @ the pics to see the amount. “Dont have time to play the guessing game”- I wish nobody ever gives u the answer, unappreciated and lazy one!

      • Gem

        Who pissed in your cornflakes? The pictures above don’t give exact measurements.

    • Rushslowly

      No guessing game, Miss Sarcastic. Look above!

  • Robyn Bray

    Ah! A gluten free solution! Packaged cornflakes have malt, which contains gluten. As long as the cornmeal is certified gluten free (no cross contamination), then people with Celiac Disease or other gluten sensitivity issues, could eat this.

  • barb patton

    thank you

  • Virginia

    I’m trying to make these now and I have thrown 3 batches away! I don’t know how thick to make the cornmeal, and how to distribute it correctly throughout the pan. Any tips??

    • http://www.fashionedible.com/ FashionEdible

      Virginia, I sprinkle it in a very thin layer all around my skillet, just enough to cover the skillet. Then I moisten with the water until every part of the cornmeal is wet but not swimming in water. I hope this helps! If you let me know (you can email me if you want) why the batches had to be thrown out, I might be able to help out even further.

  • http://www.sugarandsomething.com Sugar & Something

    These look so yummy! I have to try this out! Thanks girlie!

    Sugar & Something

  • Tanya Ghosh

    Hi!! Does this cereal last long? If I want to make a huge batch and keep it like regular boxed cereal, can I?
    Or do I need to make it as and when I’d like some? :)

    • http://www.fashionedible.com/ FashionEdible

      I have only tried storing it for 2-3 days. For longer storage, I would try a small batch at first and store it in an airtight container for about a week. My main concern would be the possibility of moisture entering the cereal and causing mold growth. I don’t think it would store longer than a week, though, since there are no added preservatives :) Hopefully that helps!

      • Tanya Ghosh

        It does help! I will try that, thank you!! :)