16 DIY Low-Sugar Cereal Recipes

Are you fed up with the ridiculous amounts of sugar in most packaged cereals? Try these easy, DIY, low-sugar cereal recipes!

Whether you have it for breakfast or as a bedtime snack, thereís nothing like the satisfying crunch of your favorite cereal, bathed in fresh dairy or non-dairy milk. Unfortunately, thereís a dark side to this tasty treat. Packaged cereals often contain outrageous amounts of sugar. This may be obvious in brightly-colored boxed cereals, but supposedly healthier brands are often no better.

Added sugars include refined sugar, corn syrups, honey, fruit juice concentrates, or any other processed sugars. These sweeteners are fine in small amounts, but the over-consumption of added sugars has been shown to lead to health problems like heart disease, obesity, and dental cavities.

The World Health Organization recommends limiting your added sugar intake to no more than 5 percent of your daily calories. That equates to about 25 grams (6 teaspoons) for women and 36 grams (9 teaspoons) for men.

Check the label of your favorite cereal. One serving is often disturbingly close to your entire dayís intake of added sugars.

You can easily avoid those extra calories by making your own cereal. Itís faster than you might think, and youíre in control of how much sweetener you add. The recipes below all have either have low amounts of added sugar or completely no added sugar. Try one today. Once you taste how delicious these fresh, homemade low-sugar cereal recipes can be, youíll never go back to store-bought.

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Low-Sugar Cereal Recipes

Crunchy Granola

1. Healthy Homemade Granola

You can add your own mix of nuts and seeds to this versatile recipe. All combinations will create an equally delicious granola.

Fruit-Sweetened Granola

2. Fruit-Sweetened Granola

As the name suggests, you can use a combination of your favorite dried fruits to naturally sweeten this sugar-free recipe.

Homemade spelt granola

3. Homemade Spelt Granola

Spelt flakes are the base for this granola instead of the typical wheat or oats. Spelt has a nutty flavor and is high in protein, iron, magnesium, B vitamins, as well as many other nutrients.

Photo credit: Healthful Pursuit

4. Healthy Charms Cereal

This cereal looks just like something youíd get out of a box, only without the added sugar. The recipe includes four different flavor options to change it up.

Photo credit: Always Order Dessert

5. Homemade Corn Flakes Cereal

Skip the sugar-frosted varieties and make your own delicious corn flakes. These stay crunchy in milk and have a nice toasted corn flavor.

Photo credit: Nutrition Stripped

6. Cinnamon Puffed Rice Cereal

Dress up plain puffed rice and rolled oats with this warmly-spiced recipe.

Related: 10 Tasty Vegan Breakfast Ideas

Homemade vanilla almond puff cereal
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7. Vanilla Almond Cereal Puffs

When youíre feeling like a treat, these homemade puffs will put any sugary, boxed cereal to shame.

Photo credit: Wholesome Yum

8. Low Carb Granola Cereal

Granola doesnít have to be all about grains. Try this paleo, low-carb, sugar-free granola for a satisfying alternative.

Mocha puffs
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9. Homemade Mocha Puffs

Hazelnuts, cocoa, and coffee combine to make a fabulous grown-up cereal worth having any time of day.

Photo credit: Bowl of Delicious

10. Coconut, Cardamom, and Almond Granola

Unique spices give this easy-to-make granola an exotic flavor.

homemade bran flakes
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11. Homemade Bran Flakes

Forget about boring, packaged bran flakes. Peanut butter and tahini make these flakes as tasty as they are nutritious.

Photo credit: Tasty Seasons

12. Ginger Granola

If you love ginger, this granola is a must-try. Ginger and other spices are baked into the granola, and crystallized ginger is added at the end for an extra ginger fix.

Photo credit: Katherine Baker

13. Oatmeal Flax Flakes Cereal

Flax helps bind these flakes together and provides healthy fats. They can also be easily made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats.

Photo credit: Super Healthy Kids

14. Healthy Sugar Free Granola

A granola that actually boasts zero grams of sugar. You can add fruit to sweeten, or enjoy it as is.

Cinnamon Crunch
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15. Cinnamon Faux-St Crunch Cereal

An excellent grain-free cereal thatís only sweetened with apple juice.

16. Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Granola

Speed up your granola preparation time with this quick stovetop version. Fresh apple adds a distinctive flavor reminiscent of apple pie.

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