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. So this is my problem: we love cornflake chicken (you HAVE to try this recipe – it’s one of our favorites) but don’t want to buy a whole box of cereal when we only need 1 cup of it. On top of that, I’ve gradually started eliminating unwholesome ingredients from our food and cereal is a huge culprit of preservatives and a bunch of other junk that I don’t want to be feeding my body. I ran across this cornflakes recipe and was so excited because I hadn’t really thought about being able to cornflakes. 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.

p.s. If you think this recipe is a cool idea, but you don’t feel like putting in the effort or time into trying it out, here are a some of my favorite organic cornflake cereals.

Barbaras // Nature’s Path // Erewhon

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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.


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  1. 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.


    1. 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!

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

  3. 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

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

    1. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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??

    1. 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.

  9. 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? 🙂

    1. 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!

  10. This is very interesting. Is it possible to make homemade cornflakes to that consistency by baking them in the oven instead?

  11. I like to look at the original recipe when it’s taken from another source but I can’t find a link to the original and can’t find a place where you credited the site you got it from. Can you provide a link and/or credit to the original author so I can look at their version too? I don’t see in the comments that anybody else has been successful with this recipe yet and would like to read up as much as possible before using a bunch of corn meal trying. Thanks!

    1. You can find the link under “HOMEMADE CORNFLAKES RECIPE & INGREDIENTS ” where it says “taken from this recipe” – “this” is highlighted as the link. Sorry it’s a bit unclear!

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