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.

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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. Pia
    August 6, 2013 / 5:15 pm

    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.


    • August 9, 2013 / 5:37 pm

      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. Hope Howland
    August 6, 2013 / 5:42 pm

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

  3. August 6, 2013 / 8:05 pm

    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

    • August 9, 2013 / 5:39 pm

      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. Luci's Morsels
    August 6, 2013 / 11:44 pm

    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.

    • August 9, 2013 / 5:41 pm

      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.

      • Luci's Morsels
        August 10, 2013 / 2:02 am

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

  5. Ashley White
    August 7, 2013 / 12:43 am

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


  6. Alyssa Ponticello
    August 7, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    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!

  7. Pauline Tran
    August 8, 2013 / 6:43 pm

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

  8. Helena Fortissima
    September 10, 2013 / 5:48 pm

    Looks like a fun recipe to try

  9. Lora Fleming
    December 8, 2013 / 3:56 pm

    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!

    • December 11, 2013 / 2:28 am

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

  10. Ufonda Smith
    December 30, 2013 / 2:28 pm

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

    • Forward
      December 31, 2013 / 6:20 am

      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
        January 19, 2014 / 5:45 pm

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

    • Rushslowly
      December 31, 2013 / 7:00 pm

      No guessing game, Miss Sarcastic. Look above!

  11. Robyn Bray
    April 13, 2014 / 6:14 am

    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.

  12. barb patton
    April 26, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    thank you

  13. Virginia
    April 3, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    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??

    • April 3, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      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.

  14. Tanya Ghosh
    May 11, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    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? 🙂

    • May 11, 2015 / 10:34 pm

      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
        May 11, 2015 / 10:38 pm

        It does help! I will try that, thank you!! 🙂

  15. November 8, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    Awesome! You saved my life, now I can eat my favourite dish without all the mendeleev table, not like in those I can by in shop. Thanks 🙂

    • November 9, 2015 / 12:45 am

      Thanks Sebastian! I’m glad you like it!

  16. Faith Ukwuomah
    September 5, 2017 / 6:12 am

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

    • September 7, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      I’ve never tried it! I don’t see why not though…you would probably just scrape the pan afterwards. Let me know how it goes if you try it!

  17. September 22, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    That’s a good idea! I will try to put one together 🙂

  18. December 24, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    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!

    • December 24, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      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!