Last Updated on January 10, 2022
Today, we’re going to be answering the question: do fruit loops have gluten? And looking at the best gluten-free cereals on offer for celiacs and gluten intolerants. Is there a better way to start your day than with a delicious bowl of cereal? It’s a breakfast that leaves you feeling full and is surprisingly good for you. Froot Loops are one of the most popular cereals in the US – but are they gluten-free? Let’s take a look.
What Are Fruit Loops?
You probably already know what Fruit Loops are, but if you’re unfamiliar, Froot Loops are an extremely popular breakfast cereal. Kellogg’s produces this infamous cereal and it’s sold in many countries. It’s sweet, fruit-flavored, and comes in ring shapes (hence the name – loops). They’re bold, bright, and come in a range of flavors.
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Fruit Loops Ingredients List
Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients in Froot Loops to determine their gluten-free status. The ingredients are:
“Corn Flour Blend, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Whole Grain Oat Flour, Modified Food Starch, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Oat Fiber, Salt, Soluble Corn Fiber, Natural Flavor, Red 40, Turmeric Extract Color, Blue 1, Yellow 6, Annatto Extract Color, Bht For Freshness”
Are Fruit Loops Gluten-Free?
From the ingredients list, you’ll likely have already spotted that Froot Loops are most definitely not gluten-free. There are several cereal grains to look out for when avoiding gluten, some of the most common ones are wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and oats (unless GF oats). Froot Loops contain wheat flour, oat flour, and oat fiber. Often modified food starch can contain gluten too.
So, unfortunately, your favorite breakfast cereal is not gluten-free, and there doesn’t seem to be any plans to make them gluten-free in the future. However, there are plenty of other gluten-free alternatives – and many other delicious gluten-free options to try.
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There are a surprising amount of gluten-free cereals on offer, so if you’re looking to satisfy your cereal craving – it won’t be too difficult! Here’s a round-up of some of our favorites.
While they only have one gluten-free cereal on offer, it is a popular one! It’s important to note that not all Annie’s cereals are gluten-free, but their Organic Cinnabunnies Cereal most definitely is. And they have a wide selection of other gluten-free snacks and meals too. They have an entire dedicated gluten-free section over on their website.
Annie’s Cinnabunnies Cereal is certified gluten-free (and organic!). This means that each product goes through vigorous testing and meets strict guidelines set by the FDA to ensure its gluten-free status. These products are as safe as they possibly can be!
The main ingredients in this particular cereal are sorghum flour, white rice flour, and chickpea flour. This is a great option if you’re not a massive fan of corn cereals – I know I’m not!
Barbara’s Bakery has a selection of gluten-free cereals to choose from. And their website is super easy to navigate by dietary needs. There’s a gluten-free section which has a range of flavors including:
- Multigrain Cereal
- Honey Rice Cereal
- Organic Cornflakes Cereal
- Organic Brown Rice Crisps Cereal
Some of their cereals do not contain any gluten ingredients but are not labeled gluten-free. Depending on your level of sensitivity to gluten, you may feel comfortable trying these ones too. But if you’re particularly sensitive or have celiac disease, it may be best to stick to the ones from the list above.
Chex is probably the most popular gluten-free cereal. It’s in almost every grocery store and comes in a huge range of flavors. It’s important to note that you must avoid the Wheat Chex, as that contains gluten. However, these flavors are completely gluten-free:
- Rice Chex
- Corn Chex
- Chocolate Chex
- Apple Cinnamon Chex
- Peanut Butter Chex
- Cinnamon Chex
- Blueberry Chex
- Honey Nut Chex
Their Rice Chex is one of the most popular cereals and contains very few ingredients. Those ingredients are:
“Whole Grain Rice, Rice, Sugar, Salt, Molasses. Vitamin E added to Preserve Freshness” – plus a selection of vitamins and minerals.
Other Gluten-Free Cereal Brands
This list is by no means extensive and there’s a variety of other gluten-free cereals you may want to try. Some brands to check out are:
- Arrowhead Mills
- Forager Project
- Love Grown Foods
- Lucky Charms
- Nature’s Path
Make Your Own Cereal
This may not be something that’s ever crossed your mind, but you can most definitely make your own cereal. In fact, Gluten-Free Palate has an incredible GF version of Cookie Crunch to make at home. And the best part is, it takes just 20 minutes to make! And many of the ingredients you’ll already have in your pantry.
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:
- Palm Shortening (or Coconut Oil)
- Maple Syrup/Brown Sugar/Honey (something sweet!)
- Flax Seeds
- All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
- Baking Soda
- Mini Chocolate Chips of Choice (GF, of course)
How incredible does that sound with a bowl of milk?! Think I’m going to try making that one myself.
I hope this article has answered the question: do fruit loops have gluten? And introduced you to the world of gluten-free cereal. While fruit loops are not gluten-free, we don’t have to go without them.
There’s actually plenty of other gluten-free brands available. As long as you’re checking ingredients labels before purchasing and opting for products carrying a “gluten-free” label where possible, you’ll find it surprisingly easy to find gluten-free cereal.
Do you enjoy gluten-free cereal? Are there any brands that didn’t make our list that you think are worth mentioning? Or do you have your own gluten-free cereal recipe? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below, and leave any suggestions.
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Hi, my name’s Zoë. I’m 28 years old and live in London, UK. I work full time as a freelance writer and critic for West End theatre. Writing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I spend most of my free time at the theatre, or at conventions. I’m married to the love of my life, and live in a small apartment with my fur baby, Lillie. I run two of my own blogs: No Safer Place and Stage to Page: both of which have won awards. I also have a YouTube channel where I talk about all things stagey.