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23 Ways to Relive Your Childhood with a Bowl of Gluten Free Cereal

23 Tastiest Gluten Free Cereals

Until recently, eating gluten free was a chore… Especially in the breakfast department.

It meant no toast, no bars, and definitely, definitely no cereal.

And while we all have our favorite toast replacements (such as Sweet Potato Slices)and making homemade larabars is practically old news, nothing quite replaces a nostalgically delicious bowl of good old fashion cereal. 

Which is essential to our busy lives, because let’s face it, most of us don’t have time to make a gourmet quinoa breakfast bowl before rushing out the door…

…And sometimes, all you really want for dinner is a bowl of cereal.

Fortunately, with the growing number of people cutting out gluten, companies are paying attention! Making more and more gluten free products.

And they’re killing it in the gluten free cereal department.

So whether you’re celiac, or just trying to be more gluten conscious, there’s a cereal waiting for you to try.

Use this table of contents to find a product that fits your needs… everything from healthy to sinful, all of which are gluten free.

I divided our long list of cereals into “healthiest”, “healthy”, and “plain old gluten” free based on sugar content and the ingredients used.

A note about Celiac and Gluten Intolerance…

For years, the only people aware of gluten as an ingredient were those suffering from celiac disease.

And while you may not be the 1 out of every 100 effected by celiac, you may be part of the growing population who’s discovered some level of gluten or wheat sensitivity.

Gluten intolerance (as with all food intolerances) may surface in both digestive and non-digestive ways…

Whether it be abdominal pain, bloating, fatigue, headaches, skin problems, fogginess or trouble concentrating, Gluten may not be your friend.

And if you’re trying to cut it out, you’ve probably found this sneaky ingredient on just about every food label you can find.

Making the transition seem impossibly intimidating.

Fear not my friends…

Restaurant and food companies have become increasingly aware of gluten intolerance and have responded with a wide variety of foods specifically designed to fit these needs.

At one time, gluten free products were dense, tasteless shadows of the foods they resemble. And now? Most can hardly tell a difference 🙂

 

Gluten Free Cereal

A quick gluten free breakfast search on Pinterest will populate mouthwatering recipes for coconut flour pancakes, paleo muffins, and quinoa breakfast bowlsbut let’s be real— most of us only have 5 minutes to eat before running out the door.

And as awesome as those elaborate meals look, they’ll have to wait for the weekend.

So on those mornings when you’re pressed for time and need something quick, it doesn’t get much easier than pouring a bowl of cereal.

Luckily for us, nowadays there’s no shortage of choices when it comes to gluten free cereal.

Like most foods, gluten free cereals come in all levels of nutritional value.

You can find varieties that are high fiber, low carb, whole grain, and pretty much any other dietary criteria you can think of.

 

The Problem with Most Cereals…

Bottom line: Most top selling cereals aren’t good for you.

We all know kids cereals tend to be filled with sugar and lack nutritional value, in fact…

“one-cup serving of the brand [Kellogg’s Honey Smacks] packs more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie, and one cup of any of the 44 other children’s cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies” (source).

And as frightening as that may sound, people don’t realize that most “adult” cereals are almost as bad.

High in sugar, low in fiber, little to no protein and fat.

Leaving you hungry well before lunch and sugar on your mind.

That said, whether you’re looking for a healthy cereal or just a gluten free cereal, we’ve got options for you to choose from below!

 

Tastiest Gluten Free Cereals Comparison Chart

More on each of these products below, but if you’re looking for the cliff notes, check it out:

 

Where to Buy Gluten Free Cereal

If you’re looking to buy gluten free cereal, most local health food stores will carry an awesome variety.

But, if you’d like to save a trip and a few bucks, check out the selection on Amazon. They sell every specialty cereal under the sun, typically at much lower prices!

*If you’re looking for a gluten free cereal, read the labels to make sure the cereal is in fact gluten free. My Amazon search displayed a few cereals with gluten in them.

As you’ll quickly see, there are a crazy number of options to choose from, and if you’ve never tried any of them, it can be hard to know where to start.

To help, I’ll share a few of my favorites:

 

Gluten Free Cereals : Under 5g Sugar

Looking for a super fast and convenient breakfast that’s actually healthy?

Try one of these gluten free cereals! Each won a spot in our “healthiest” category due to their low sugar content, 5 grams of less per serving…

1. Nature’s Path Corn Flakes

by Nature’s Path

Key Ingredient: Corn Meal and/or Yellow Corn Flour
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 3g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Honey’d Corn Flakes
Flavors:
 Regular Corn Flakes, Honey’d Corn Flakes


 

2. Granola by Gerbs 

by Gerbs

Key Ingredient: Rolled Gluten Free Oats
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 5g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Super 5 Seed, Original Blend, Blueberry Harvest
Flavors:
 Original Blend, Super 5 Seed, Blueberry Harvest, Original Seed & Honey, Banana Dark Chocolate, Cherry Harvest, Cranberry Harvest, Super 5 Fruit


 

3. Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise

by Nature’s Path

Key Ingredient: Corn Meal and/or Yellow Corn Flour
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 4g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

4. Erewhon Corn Flakes Cereal

by Erewhon

Key Ingredient: Organic Milled Corn
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 0g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

5. Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal

by Nature’s Path

Key Ingredients: Organic Chia seeds, Organic Buckwheat Groats
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 0g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Cranberry Vanilla, Apple Cinnamon
Flavors:
Cranberry Vanilla, Apple Cinnamon


 

6. Nature’s Path Whole O’s

by Nature’s Path

Key Ingredients: Brown Rice Flour, Corn Flour
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 4g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

7. Holy Crap Breakfast Cereal

by Holy Crap

Key Ingredients: Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Buckwheat
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 4g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

8. Cheerios

by General Mills

Key Ingredient: Whole Grain Oats
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 1g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon


 

Gluten Free Cereals : Under 10g Sugar

If you have a sweet tooth, and not too worried about a few more grams of sugar a day, give one of these delicious options a try!

9. Envirokidz Organic Gluten-Free Cereal

by EnviroKidz

Key Ingredient: Organic Whole Grain Corn Meal
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 7g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Peanut Butter Panda Puffs, Cinnamon Jungle Munch
Flavors: Chocolate Choco Chimps, Chocolate Koala Crisp, Cinnamon Jungle Munch, Corn Puffs Gorilla Munch, Lightly Frosted Amazon Flakes, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Leapin’ Lemurs, Peanut Butter Panda Puffs


 

10. Chex Cereal

by Chex

Key Ingredient: Whole Grain Rice
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 8g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Chocolate
Flavors: 
Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate, Corn, Honey Nut, Rice, Vanilla, Wheat

Note: The wheat flavored Chex is not gluten free.


 

11. Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Granola

by Nature’s Path

Key Ingredient: Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 6g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Flax Plus Pumpkin
Flavors: 
Fruit and Nut, Honey Almond, Summer Berries, Coconut and Cashew Butter, Blueberry Pecan Crunch, Coconut & Cashew Butter, Vanilla Pumpkin Seed, Flax Plus Pumpkin


 

12. Nature’s Path Crunchy Honey Sunrise

by Nature’s Path

Key Ingredient: Organic Brown Rice Flour
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 8g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Mesa Sunrise
Flavors: 
Crunchy Cinnamon, Crunchy Honey, Crunchy Maple, Mesa Sunrise, Mesa Sunrise with Raisins


 

13. Love Grown Foods Oat Clusters and Love

by Love Grown

Key Ingredient: Certified Gluten-Free Oats
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 6g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Apple Walnut Delight, Simply Oats
Flavors:
Apple Walnut Delight, Cocoa Goodness, Raisin Almond Crunch, Simply Oats, Sweet Cranberry Pecan


 

14. Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola

by Purely Elizabeth

Key Ingredient: Organic Gluten-Free Oats
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 6g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Original, Cranberry Pecan
Flavors: 
Original, Blueberry Hemp, Pumpkin Cinnamon


 

15. Van’s Cinnamon Heaven Cereal

by Van’s Natural Foods

Key Ingredient: Gluten Free Whole Grain Blend (Oat, Brown Rice, Millet, Quinoa and Amaranth Flours)
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 8g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

16. Barbara’s Puffins Cereal

by Barbara’s

Key Ingredient: Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 6g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

17. One Degree Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisp

by One Degree Organic Foods

Key Ingredient: Organic Sprouted Brown Rice
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 8g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

18. Kashi Go Lean Vanilla Clusters

by Kashi

Key Ingredient: Sorghum
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 9g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon


 

Super Tasty Gluten Free Cereals 

Sometimes, you just want to feel like a little kid again and eat something that more closely resembles dessert than breakfast.

I’m totally guilty of the occasionally after dinner cereal treat!

In the spirit of indulgence and cheat days (in moderation), here are a few examples of great tasting cereals that are gluten free, but not necessarily healthy.

 

19. Go Raw, Chocolate Granola Cereal

by Go Raw

Key Ingredient: Sprouted Organic Buckwheat Groats
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 18g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

20. Bakery On Main Gluten-Free

by Bakery On Main

Key Ingredient: Corn Flour
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Sugar: 13g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

Flavor You’ve Gotta Try: Cranberry Almond Maple
Flavors:
Apple Raisin Walnut, Cinnamon Raisin, Corn & Rice Clusters, Cranberry Almond Maple, Cranberry, Cranberry Cashew, Extreme Fruit & Nut, Oat Crunch, Triple Berry, Tropical Nutty Banana

 

Gluten Free + Low Carb Cereals

Going gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean low carb.

However, wheat products are loaded with carbs, and cutting them out drastically reduces your intake. (Unless you replace your gluten calories with gluten free cereals and grains)

As you know, eating low carb typically means little to no grains, which is the main ingredient in most cereals!

But if you’re like me, someone who loves cereal yet needs a balance of macronutrients to feel healthy and fueled, check out these cereals:

 

21. ProGranola Protein Cereal : Vanilla Cinnamon Cluster

by Julian Bakery

Key Ingredient: Egg White Powder
Paleo: Yes
Dairy Free: Yes
Carbs: 14g/serving
Sugar: 0g/serving
Protein: 12g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

22. Dixie Carb Counters Sweet Maple Flavor Cereal

by Dixie Carb Counters

Key Ingredient: Soy Concentrate
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: Yes
Carbs: 8g/serving
Sugar: 1g/serving
Protein: 15g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

23. BodyCrunch Whey Protein Crunchies Cereal

by Dixie Carb Counters

Key Ingredient: BodyPro Whey Protein Isolate
Paleo: No
Dairy Free: No
Carbs: 4g/serving
Sugar: .5g/serving
Protein: 18g/serving
Cost: $ on Amazon

 

 

Are Your Favorite Cereals Gluten Free? 

We all have a favorite childhood cereal.

But chances are, you can’t eat the same foods you did back then. And if you’re gluten free, your favorite cereal may no longer be an option.

Here’s a list of popular favorites… if your childhood favorite didn’t make the ingredient cut, chances are a gluten free version made by a different brand exists!

Is Frosted Flakes gluten free?

Sadly, no. The first three ingredients used in Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes are corn, sugar, and (dun dun dunnn) “malt flavoring”.

Malt flavoring is an extract of barley.

If you’re looking for a gluten free alternative to Frosted Flakes, try EnviroKidz Lightly Frosted Amazon Flakes or Nature’s Path Honey’d Corn Flakes.

 

Is Lucky Charms gluten free?

Yes Lucky Charms are gluten free! Yahoo!

Good news is this is a gluten free cereal Walmart may carry!

 

Is Captain Crunch gluten free?

No. The oats used in Captain Crunch cereals are handled in bulk with other wheat grains, making the potential for contamination high.

From what I’ve tested, I think Envirokidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs are a delicious substitute!

 

Is Life cereal gluten free?

No, Life cereal is not gluten free as it contains whole wheat flour.

For a similar option, try Cinnamon Chex Cereal!

 

If you’re looking for more options for gluten free cereal General Mills has a decent selection. You can also check Kellogg’s gluten free cereal list to see if any of your other favorites are on it.

 

Have a favorite gluten free cereal that isn’t listed here? Share it in the comments below!

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