Cereal is one of the easiest things to make in the morning when you’re in a rush. It’s also a good snack at night or whenever the mood strikes. If you miss this convenience, you’re not alone. Do gluten free cereals even exist?
The good news is you do have more than a few choices, but some of your favorite brands might not be an option. Common ingredients in breakfast cereals, such as malt and whole grains, are not gluten friendly so you need to be careful. Will these brands ever produce 100% gluten free cereals? That remains to be seen. For now, you can check out our list of top cereals that are totally safe for those with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease.
Ancient Harvest has a yummy hot cereal product called Quinoa Flakes Gluten-Free, which you heat prior to serving. It’s really easy to make and is ready in just a couple of minutes.
This cereal is very similar in appearance to oatmeal, and the taste isn’t that different either. You can serve it on its own, or include toppings such as nuts, syrup or dried fruits to add a little extra to the meal. If you want to cook it even quicker, you can put it in the microwave.
The fiber and protein content is also higher than you’ll find in other mainstream cereals so it serves as a really healthy option for people that don’t need to rely on a gluten free diet. The versatility of these flakes are what make it a real deal clincher for me as they can be used in cookies, bread, muffins, pancakes, waffles and much more.
Here’s another cereal high on my shopping list, Kay’s Naturals Honey Almond Cereal, which is of course gluten free. If you like sweet foods, this is the cereal for you.
As the name would suggest, there’s an emphasis on the sweet flavor, even though it’s low on sugar. You can thank the honey for that. It’s crunchy and absorbs milk really well creating a pleasant explosion in your mouth when you chew it. Best of all, it’s high in protein and fiber.
This cereal is delicious dry from the package, on top of yogurt or in a bowl full of milk.
Kay’s Naturals also produces another winner called “Better Balance French Vanilla Cereal.” Gluten free and Kosher certified, this cereal is made with all-natural ingredients and is an excellent source of fiber and protein.
This product isn’t as sweet as the Honey & Almond version, but that pure french vanilla gives it a wonderful flavor.
We constantly have this cereal in our cupboards because it’s a staple around here. Children also seem to love this variety. If you enjoy a great flavor and crunch, this one is for you.
Kosher Mills has a gluten free cereal called “Pop-Quin – Puffed Quinoa Cereal” that we highly recommend. Yes, it’s name is a bit of a tongue twister, but don’t let that put you off! This is another high-protein cereal thanks to the quinoa, which is a complete protein source. We really like that Kosher Mills produces this product in a 100% gluten-free plant so there’s no chance of cross contamination.
This cereal has a slight crunch to it and a delicious flavor. Try adding toppings, such as raisins or berries, in addition to milk for an even tastier treat.
And if you’re also eating Paleo, this is an ideal option because it isn’t made from corn, oats or rice.
Bakery on Main’s Apple Raisin and Walnut granola is one of my absolute favorite cereals. This brand is totally free of gluten, and is made up of a delicious blend of toasted rice and corn that creates a really nice crunch. If you miss oats, this is a great replacement.
And if you like a simple sweetness, this is a great option. This granola contains an elegant blend of apples, raisins and walnuts that works very well together.
You can enjoy this cereal on top of ice cream, yogurt, as cold cereal or simply on its own as a handy snack. This is probably the best gluten-free granola I’ve found to date.
One caveat: this cereal is a bit higher in fat and calories than other brands, but it all comes from good stuff.
Name Brand Gluten Free Cereals
If you’re really missing some of your favorite name brand cereals, I’m happy to tell you that I found a couple now offering gluten-free versions:
- General Mills, Rice Chex
- Post, Fruity Pebbles
- Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
Always, make sure the box has the “gluten free” label before buying.
So there’s our top five gluten free cereals list. You have other options, but these are the ones that we personally eat and like a lot. We hope you like them too.