Last Updated on February 8, 2022
Today, we’re going to be looking at a gluten-free breakfast cereals list, and the easiest way to spot when cereal is gluten-free (and when it isn’t!). Breakfast is always said to be the most important meal of the day and one you should definitely not skip. However, with foods like toast and cereal being the most popular breakfast foods – breakfast can be one of the hardest meal times to navigate.
But we’re here to make your life easier! It’s much easier than you may think to find gluten-free breakfast cereals in your local grocery store, wherever you are in the world.
How To Detect Gluten-Free Cereal
- Check Packaging. When a product is gluten-free, it will often make you aware of this somewhere on the packaging. Sometimes it’s bold on the front, while other times may be in small print on the back – be sure to check it all!
- Analyze Ingredients. This is the most important part of checking for gluten. If any of the ingredients contain wheat, barley, rye, or oats (unless gluten-free oats), you’ll need to avoid it at all costs. Also, be wary of ingredients such as “malt” – although it should have where the malt has been derived from next to it.
- Online Research. Whether this can be getting in touch with the company yourself, or checking their website for the most up-to-date information, companies are usually more than happy to help with any questions you may have.
- Use the Nima Partners Device. Yes, there is gluten-detecting advice! So if you’re unsure whether something contains gluten, test a small amount on this portable device. You can find the device here (it will set you back quite a bit at $279.99!)
Gluten-Free Breakfast Cereals List
- General Mills (Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Multigrain Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios)
- Chex (Chocolate Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Corn Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Vanilla Chex, Rice Chex)
- Kellogg’s (Special K Gluten-Free Cereal)
- Nature’s Path (Summer Berries Granola, Gorilla Munch, Fruit and Nut Granola, Crunchy Maple Sunrise, Blueberry Pecan Granola)
- Bob’s Red Mill (Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Muesli, Cranberry Almond Homestyle Granola, Coconut Spice Homestyle Granola, Maple Sea Salt Homestyle Granola, Lemon Blueberry Homestyle Granola)
- Annie’s (Organic Cinnabunnies Cereal)
- GoFree by Nestle (Corn Flakes, Honey Flakes, Rice Pops, Coco Rice)
- Erin Baker’s (Coconut Chia, Granola Double Chocolate, Granola Chocolate Coconut Crunch, Granola Pumpkin Seed and Flax, Granola Honey Oat Clusters, Granola Peanut Butter, Granola Fruit, and Nut)
This list is by no means exhaustive, but simply the easiest gluten-free breakfast cereals to obtain. There’s a huge selection out there when you know the best places to look!
It’s important to note that many gluten-free breakfast cereals contain oats. Although the oats they use are gluten-free, many celiacs and gluten intolerant individuals have a separate oat allergy (myself included!), so be sure to check the ingredients for gluten-free oats if you do have a separate oat allergy.
Quaker Oats is the leading oat brand in the US. While their standard oatmeal isn’t gluten-free, they do have a gluten-free alternative now, and lots of brands are releasing their own versions of gluten-free oatmeal. Hopefully, in the future, our options will be endless!
I hope this article has helped you to become more familiar with our gluten-free breakfast cereals list and the warning signs to look out for when purchasing any new breakfast cereals. It may seem daunting when shopping for gluten-free food, but it certainly doesn’t have to be! It just takes some getting used to.
Do you have any favorite gluten-free breakfast cereals that didn’t make our list? If so, please feel free to let me know any of your suggestions in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
What Kind of Cereal is Gluten Free?
Almost any cereal can be found gluten free in some way, shape or form. But it's important to analyze each product if you're unsure. You can do this by following a few simple steps such as checking the packaging, analyzing the ingredient labels, doing some research online, getting in touch with the company themselves, and using gadgets like the Nima Partners. Let's take a closer look at each of these steps.
Which Breakfast Cereals are Gluten Free?
More and more brands are introducing gluten free breakfast cereals as part of their standard rage - which is great for us. Some of the leading brands of cereal make their own gluten free variant of popular favorites, while other brands are completely gluten free. Bob's Red Mill, Nature's Path, Kellogg's and General Mills are all leading brands that offer gluten free alternatives. Let's take an extensive look at what's on offer for us.
What Cereal Does Not Contain Gluten?
Some of the cereals in the list above do not make gluten free claims, but do not contain gluten. This means that the product is not tested for gluten, whereas products that carry gluten free claims are. When products do not contain gluten, but do not carry a gluten free label, it may have been a victim of cross contact.
Cross contact is when a product that does not contain gluten, comes into contact with gluten due to processes such as transportation or storage. If you are super sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease, it's always best to buy products that are gluten free if you can, as they are the safest.
How Do You Know if Oatmeal is Gluten Free?
Oatmeal is a popular breakfast food, and although oats are naturally gluten free - they are often contaminated with gluten. When purchasing any form of oats, you should always ensure they are gluten free. This means that they have not been in contact with any gluten. Words to look out for when ensuring oats are "pure", "uncontaminated", "gluten free", or "certified gluten free".
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