Waffle cereal is a fun twist on mini pancake cereal, the latest TikTok trend. It’s easy to make using your favorite waffle batter and you can serve them with any toppings you like! The homemade waffle batter uses simple pantry-friendly ingredients and is also gluten-free, paleo and keto-friendly.
What is waffle cereal?
If you thought pancake cereal, the latest trend going viral on TikTok and Instagram was cute, wait until you try waffle cereal. Waffle cereal is just many tiny cooked waffles that you serve in a bowl and meant to be eaten like cereal with milk and a spoon. You can use any waffle batter you like or use my healthy pancake batter below.
You want them the size of a nickel or a quarter. Then you pile everything into a small bowl so that they look like cereal. If you’re a fan or always wanted to try those packaged Waffle Crisp and Eggo Cereal from the store but don’t want to venture out right now, then this homemade waffle cereal is the perfect breakfast trend to hop on while at home.
How to Eat Waffle Cereal
The great thing about homemade waffle cereal is that it you can add all the toppings and fixings you like!
If you’ve watched the TikTok videos, they show different ways you can serve it. The most common way to eat waffle cereal is to place all the mini waffles in a bowl, drizzle with maple syrup, and top with a pat of butter. Add a few berries and you’ve got a fun and trendy breakfast!
You can also stack them high into a mini waffle tower and use your fork.
Milk or No Milk?
This one is up to you too! I like my waffle cereal with just butter and syrup, but if you’re a milk lover, by all means, pour some milk on there. Just don’t be all crazy and put the milk in the bowl first, mmmkay?
What waffle maker to use
The best part about making waffle cereal is that you can use any waffle maker you have. These are the two we use:
Where to buy the Dash waffle maker?
We bought ours on Amazon, but you can find them at Target, Crate & Barrel and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Ingredients you need:
- Your favorite waffle batter
OR use my favorite keto waffle batter:
- Eggs: help to give the waffles structure and bind everything together. For extra fluffy waffles, separate the egg whites and whip until stiff peaks then fold into the batter after you add the cinnamon.
- Almond butter OR use any nut or seed butter of your choice: this also helps give the waffles structure and binds them together
- Granulated monk fruit sweetener: a low-glycemic sugar-free sweetener that resembles the taste of granulated sugar but is keto-friendly and diabetic-friendly. For true paleo, you use coconut sugar or swap with another low carb sweetener like SWERVE or erythritol. For guests that don’t have any dietary concerns, regular sugar would work as well.
- Almond milk + apple cider vinegar: replaces buttermilk and gives the waffles that fluffy texture
- Maple extract OR Vanilla extract: bring out the flavors from all the other ingredients.
- Almond Flour: Be sure to use superfine blanched almond flour and not almond meal. Almond flour is the main nut flour providing most of the bulk. Measure properly using the spoon and level method.
- Coconut flour: absorbs liquid and adds softness to the waffles
- Baking powder: helps the waffles rise for a thicker waffle
How to make waffle cereal
- First off, make your waffle batter. I like to use my favorite keto and paleo waffle recipe because they are the perfect consistency for crispy mini waffles, not too thick and not too thin. My recipe makes enough for one big bowl of cereal or two smaller ones.
- You can use my favorite recipe (see below), your go to waffle recipe, or boxed waffle mix. Whatever you end up doing, make sure the waffle batter is not too thick and not to thin or runny.
- Once your waffle batter is mixed up and the right consistency, preheat and lightly coat your waffle iron well. You want TINY amounts of batter for this to work. I used about 1 teaspoon of batter per mini waffle.
- Cook the mini waffles until they are really golden brown and crispy, around 3-4 minutes but will depend on your waffle maker.
Variations and Toppings
The great thing about this gluten free waffle cereal recipe is that it’s delicious as is or with any toppings you have on hand.
I served mine with some almond milk, a pat of grass-fed butter and blueberries. Feel free to go crazy and have fun by switching things up:
- chocolate chips
- cinnamon sugar
- sliced bananas
- caramelized apples
- sprinkles for funfetti waffle cereal
- chopped Oreos for Oreos waffle cereal or Cookies N’ Cream waffle cereal
- Top with peanut butter (or almond butter) for peanut butter waffles
- Add some shredded carrots and coconut into the waffle batter for Carrot Cake Waffle Cereal
- Mix in some cocao powder for Chocolate Waffles
- Add some pumpkin for pumpkin waffles
Storing Waffle Cereal
The great thing about making your own healthy waffle crisps is that they are freezer friendly. You can make and cook your mini waffles ahead of time and then store them in the freezer.
How to freeze
To freeze your mini Eggo cereal, simply lay out your waffles in a single layer on a baking sheet, then freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer the waffles to a resealable storage bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
Then when you’re ready to eat, just thaw them out and reheat either in an air fryer or the oven on a baking sheet.
More waffle recipes:
Waffle cereal is a fun twist on mini pancake cereal, the latest TikTok trend. It's easy to make using your favorite waffle batter and you can serve them with any toppings you like! The homemade waffle batter uses simple pantry-friendly ingredients and is also gluten-free, paleo and keto-friendly.
- your favorite waffle batter OR use my paleo waffle recipe below
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons almond butter OR nut or seed butter of your choice
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar OR granular sweetener of choice
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 1/8 teaspoon apple cider vinegar , optional - helps give the waffles that fluffy buttermilk texture
- 1 teaspoon maple extract OR vanilla extract
- 1 cup superfine blanched almond flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon , leave out if you prefer
- waffle maker
- Sugar free syrup, plus berries or grass-fed butter
Make your favorite waffle batter according to instructions or follow instrutions below.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs or egg yolks** then whisk in the almond butter, sweetener, milk, apple cider (if using) and maple or vanilla extract.
Add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix until smooth and just combined - do NOT overmix.
Allow the batter to thicken up 3-5 minutes while you preheat the waffle maker. This allows the baking powder to activate.
Preheat the waffle maker and spray generously with pure coconut oil spray (or olive oil spray).
Spoon in one or two 1 tablespoon-sized dollops in your waffle iron, making sure to leave enough space between them. Close the lid and cook until waffle light turns green (about 4-5 minutes depending on your waffle maker). Allow to sit for 15 seconds, then transfer the crispy waffles onto a plate.
Repeat with remaining batter.
Serve with your favorite toppings and sides: milk, melted butter, low carb syrup or fresh berries.