Today, we’re going to be taking a look at a list of gluten free cereal. When I first received my diagnosis, I found breakfast time the hardest to navigate. This is because almost everything contained gluten! My go-to breakfast choices had always been toast or cereal – both of which usually contain gluten.
However, there are plenty of gluten-free cereals available; you just need to know the right places to shop! So let’s take a look at our top pics of GF cereal.
Why Would Cereal Not Be Gluten Free?
If the diet is fairly new to you, you may not know what gluten is and the grains it’s found in. The cereal will not be gluten-free if it contains any of the following ingredients:
- oats (unless gluten-free oats)
If any of the above ingredients are in your cereal – it is not suitable for a gluten-free diet. I like to remember these with the acronym BROWS (Barley, Rye, Oats, Wheat, Spelt).
Ingredients To Watch Out For In Cereal
There’s one particular ingredient that crops up in cereal time and time again, which is most definitely not gluten-free – but it’s quite tricky to identify. That ingredient is malt flavor. It’s used in many leading cereal brands and unfortunately, malt flavoring is derived from barley; and is not gluten-free.
Other ingredients to look out for are wheat starch and maltodextrin. If maltodextrin has been derived from wheat, rather than corn, it should clearly state so on the label.
Best Gluten Free Cereal
While there is a huge selection of gluten-free cereals, we’ll just be taking a look at the leading brands today in our top picks, as they are definitely the most accessible and brands you’ll likely see in your local grocery stores.
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Chex is a brand from General Mills that you’ll likely already be familiar with if you’re from the US. The following flavors of Chex cereal are gluten-free:
- Cinnamon Chex
- Peanut Butter Chex
- Rice Chex
- Blueberry Chex
- Chocolate Chex
- Honey Nut Chex
- Corn Chex
It’s worth mentioning that the only Chex cereal that isn’t gluten-free is Wheat Chex.
Bob’s Red Mill
Bob’s Red Mill is pretty much my go-to brand when it comes to gluten-free products – and of course, they make gluten-free cereal too! Their gluten-free cereal varieties are:
- Gluten-Free Oats
- Cranberry Almond Homestyle Granola
- Coconut Spice Homestyle Granola
- Maple Sea Salt Homestyle Granola
- Lemon Blueberry Homestyle Granola
- Gluten-Free Muesli
Kellogg’s is the leading brand when it comes to cereal, but despite contrary belief, their Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes are not gluten-free as they contain barley. However, they do make the following gluten-free cereal:
- Kashi Go Keto-friendly cereals: Dark Cocoa and Cinnamon Vanilla
- Bear Naked Grain Free Granolas: Almond Coconut, Dark Chocolate Almond, Maple Cinnamon
- Bear Naked Granolas: Cacao & Cashew Butter and Toasted Coconut Almond
If you’re looking for a cereal that will keep the little ones entertained at breakfast time, Post’s is a brand that’s perfect for children. They offer the following gluten-free cereals:
- Fruity Pebbles
- Cinnamon Pebbles
- Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate
- Malt-O-Meal® Brand: Fruity Dyno-Bites, Cocoa Dyno-Bites, Crispy Rice
- Cocoa Pebbles
Nature’s Path is a fairly well known brand that offer the most delicious nutritious food at breakfast time. They currently offer the following varieties:
- Summer Berries Granola
- Gorilla Munch
- Fruit and Nut Granola
- Crunchy Maple Sunrise
- Blueberry Pecan Granola
Some other brands you may like to consider are:
- 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)
- Annie’s (Organic Cinnabunnies Cereal)
- Quaker Oats (Gluten-Free Quaker Oats)
Make Your Own
One of my favorite breakfast cereals is Cookie Crunch from Gluten-Free Palate. It doesn’t need many ingredients at all and it makes for the perfect unique breakfast treat. The only ingredients you need for this homemade cereal are:
- 1/2 cup of palm shortening
- 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon of ground flax and 3 tablespoons of water – leave for 10 minutes)
- 2 cups of all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
Once made, you can store this cereal in an airtight container for up to a week; so be sure to make over the weekend and you have the ideal breakfast cereal to get you through the week.
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I hope this article has given you an extensive list of gluten-free cereals. However, this list is by no means exhaustive! Lots of grocery stores have their own brands of cereal that are gluten-free. It’s worth noting that there are countless cereal brands that do not contain any gluten ingredients; however, they can not claim themselves as gluten-free as they aren’t tested for gluten. This means that they main contain traces of gluten due to methods such as storage and transportation.
Did your favorite gluten-free cereal make the list? Or is there any I’ve missed off? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
Which Cereal's Gluten Free?
As the gluten free diet becomes increasingly popular, there are more and more choices becoming available to us all the time. There are plenty of leading cereal brands that now offer gluten free cereal, including Bob's Red Mill, Nature's Path, General Mills and Kellogg's. We'll be taking a closer look at all of the brands above in this post.
What Cereal is Safe For Celiac?
If a cereal carries a gluten free label, or is certified gluten free - then it will be safe to consume if you have celiac disease. Brands such as Bob's Red Mill, Nature's Path and General Mills all offer gluten free options, which are completely safe for celiac disease.