Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs

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Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs Most of you know that my older sister is expecting her first baby very soon. She is 9 months pregnant so Ryder could come anytime now. My whole family is so excited to have a baby in the family and I still can’t believe that I’m going to be an aunt. It’s completely surreal.

Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs (3) One of her latest cravings has been something really random; peanut butter Cap’n Crunch. That’s pretty random, right? I knew there was no way we were going to be able to find anything remotely close unless I made it. It’s hard enough just to find peanut butter here. It’s been clear since we moved here that there is a general dislike of peanut butter in this culture so the hope of finding a peanut butter breakfast cereal is pointless.

Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs (8) Well, as I’m always up for a challenge, I decided I was going to make her some Cap’n Crunch. I think this recipe was similar enough to curb the craving. She said she likes it even better actually.

Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs (4) This recipe is really simple you guys, although it does take a few minutes to roll it into balls. I tried 3 different methods of doing this. First I tried simply pinching off pieces and rolling them into balls. That was taking longer than I had patience for so then I decided to roll it into a sheet with a rolling-pin, cut criss-cross lines to make 1/2 inch squares, then roll the little squares into balls. You could also roll small sections at a time into skinny snakes and cut them slice and bake style.

Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs (5) However you want to do it, you really just want to get it into little pieces in order to get lots of crunch on all the edges. That’s what makes it taste so much like the real thing. It would be a lot of fun to do it with kids helping. I mean, how cool is it to get to make your own cereal?

Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs (7) It turns out that it’s also a lot of fun to photograph this cereal too. I probably annoyed everyone in the house to death with all of my rapid clicking and crazy fascination with pouring milk onto cereal. I know we’ve all done it a million times as kids so I don’t understand why it’s so much more fun when cameras are involved. There’s just something about the way it splashes over the cereal. Huh.

Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs (9) So basically you just really need to try making this. It’s totally worth the time and if you have any amount of sanity you can’t help loving it. Plus it’s gluten free if that matters to you. Oh, and you can give it your own funny cereal name, put it in an empty cereal box, and then paint the name on the box. You’ve got to try it!

Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs (2)

Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 13 cups cereal or equivalent of 1 box

Homemade Peanut Butter Crunch Breakfast Cereal Puffs


  • 1 2/3 cups peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups corn flour
  • 2 cups oat flour (gluten free if needed)
  • 1/2 cup rice flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 C) and line one or two baking trays with parchment or silicone pads.
  2. Warm butter, coconut oil, and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl or saucepan over low heat until very soft. Mix in sugar until very smooth then add salt, vanilla, and soda. Add milk and flours and stir until well mixed.
  3. Roll into small balls the size of most puff cereal and place on baking tray. This part can be a little time consuming so if you have extra hands around you might consider recruiting.
  4. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, depending on your oven, until golden brown and perfectly crunchy, stirring halfway through.
  5. Cool completely before serving.

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  1. says

    What a fun idea! I love that you took on the challenge of creating a homemade version of peanut butter Cap’n Crunch…totally impressive! And congrats (early) on becoming an aunt! 🙂

  2. Beebah says

    Are you kidding me!!! You are incredible! You never cease to amaze me with the foods you make from scratch! I bet this cereal is WAY better than the boxed stuff! I can’t wait to try this one!

  3. Mirna says

    wow! Thanks for the recipe! Do you need to use the oat and rice flour or can you just use normal flour?? Trying to make this from ingredients I have at home 🙂

    • Tori says

      Yes, if you don’t have a gluten alergy you can replace both oat and/or rice flour with regular. I’ve tried replacing the rice flour and it was just as good. Although, I probably wouldn’t skip the corn flour as that is an important part of the flavor. Hope that helps! Thanks, Mirna!

  4. becki says

    I am wondering if you can substitute the coconut oil as both me and my daughter have coconut allergies. What substitutions would work? Peanut oil? Sesamie? Tia.

    • Tori says

      You should be fine substituting it with 2 tablespoons more butter. I’m not sure about peanut or sesame oil. You’d probably need to add a bit more flour. Hope that helps and thanks for reading!

  5. Sue says

    I made these little beauties. I do have a question thou, how crumbly should they be? I only had extra crunchy peanut butter on hand the dough was very dry. I’m thinking it must have been the peanut butter. They are still very tasty, you were right help in rolling out would be a beautiful thing. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Tori says

      You are welcome and thank you so much for trying them!. Yeah, I would guess the same thing about the crunchy peanut butter vs creamy being the reason for the dryness. You could try adding a little more butter and milk to help make it more workable. And yes, help is great.

  6. Beginning Baker says

    I tried these and the flavor was great but the dough was so crumbly i couldnt roll them out. I had to form each one individually. Tried adding more pb, more milk, and even an egg white but didnt help much. Did u use corn flour as opposed to cornmeal?

    • Tori says

      Thank you so much for trying my recipe and, yes, I did use corn flour not meal. So sorry about that. I have ammended the recipe.

  7. Melissa says

    Hi, I have been looking at home made cereals trying to find replacement cereals for my son who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in January, and my grandson who is highly intolerant to gluten. This looks like a great cereal and I look forward to trying it. I do have a question for you, can you think of a alternative to the original Captain Crunch with the crunch berries? If so please let me know as this is one my son misses most. Thanks so much for your time and help.

    • Tori says

      Hi Melissa, I’m so glad you found this recipe and that it might be something you can make for your sons. As for the crunch berry cereal, I’ve never trie it before but after reading your comment I looked up the ingredients and I think I might be able to give it a go. I’ll be sure to let you know if I come up with a good recipe for it! Thanks, Melissa!

    • Tori says

      Hi, Gabbi! The corn flour is part of what makes these taste like the real thing but I think it could be subbed with regular flour and still work. Let me know if you try it, how it comes out! Thanks for reading!

  8. Darien Huey says

    I am a dialysis patient ans was craving Peanut Butter Crunch (one of my guilty favorites) and was blown away to find your recipe!!! I make my own breads and crackers and will definitely be adding this to my recipe folder!!!
    My question to you is this… I have plenty of oatmeal and was wondering if you can make the oatmeal flour out of that, or does the oatmeal flour have to be specially milled?
    Anyway… Thanks Much for your recipe!!!
    Darien Huey

    • Tori says

      Hey Darien, thanks for stopping by and I’m so glad that you like the recipe. As for the oat flour, you can absolutely use regular oats and just pulse in a food processor until very fine. I hope that healps and happy weekend!

  9. Michael says

    Would you happen to know how many calories are in this? I’m using this recipe for a class project in my food science class.

    • Tori says

      Hey Michael,
      I’m sorry to say that I’ve never calculated the calories for this recipe but I do know there are many websites online that make it pretty easy to do that. Thanks for reading and good luck with your project!


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