Homemade Cocoa Puffs



Cocoa Puffs are one of those childhood foods that I can’t seem to outgrow. I can easily eat a box myself in a single seating,

{not that I am speaking from experience}

but I know that it’s not the breakfast of champions, and we eat them rarely.

Oh, but they are good, so I wanted to try a homemade version.

For some reason, chocolate seems appropriate for breakfast if it’s homemade.


homemade cocoa puffs cereal


Now I know these are not exactly like the original, but I can pronounce every single ingredient in them, and a small bowl will fill you up!

AND…they’re chocolate :)


healthier homemade cocoa puffs


Homemade Cocoa Puffs


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt {or coconut oil}


  • in the bowl of a stand mixer combine all of the ingredients
  • it may appear as if the dough is too crumbly, but it will come together
  • pinch off just a bit and roll into balls {about the size of a blueberry}
  • bake @375 for 15 minutes
  • allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container
  • the puffs will keep for about a week



cocoa puffs


The puffs are very chocolaty and slightly sweet; if you like a sweeter cereal simply add a few tablespoons of sugar to the dough.

I should  have made a larger batch, because these didn’t  live to see morning.


cocoa puffs


more breakfast goodness

bacon and egg tart

french toast rolls

cinnamon toast crunch


  1. Andrea says

    Oh my goodness! I just started a healthier healthy diet and these have things that are good in them! Wow! But I LOOOOOVE Reeces Puffs … suggestions for making a peanut butter version too?

  2. Rebekah says

    Coincidence that you posted this on my birthday and this is my favorite cereal! I think not! Seems like fate to meee!!! Thank you so much!

  3. Cassandra says

    These look amazing!! Anyway they could b made with gluten free flour?? Just curious as I’m supposed to b switching to a gluten free diet and I would love to continue to eat tasty things like this! Lol. Thanks :)

  4. says

    Oh wow! I would never have thought of homemade cocoa puffs! That’s a really fun idea, Heather.

    Found your site through Whimsy Wednesdays! And now, I am totally in love with it. Hope you visit soon!

    Tammy (& Catherine) of Living the Gourmet

  5. Tami says

    I made these, they don’t taste like cocoa puffs but they are a nice snack. Imwill try the peanut butter version next.

    • says

      I mentioned in my post that they don’t taste like the store bought, mainly because I wanted them to be a healthier alternative. You could certainly add sugar and leave out the almond ; this would give you a sweeter puff that was not as dense.

  6. Marie says

    I made these but used half whole wheat flour and half Unbleached white flour and followed the recipe exactly. Are yours heavy? Hard? Maybe I cooked for too much time. I want a way to fluff them up. Any ideas? I love that you have shared this recipe.

    • says

      whole wheat flour will of course make them heavier, it has a completely different texture than white flour, and a shorter cooking time will help with them being too hard – everyone’s oven cooks at a slightly different temperature.


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