Cereal is a popular breakfast food, but it can be challenging for people with gluten intolerance to identify a cereal that doesn’t contain any grains with gluten.
Luckily there are plenty of brands out there that offer gluten-free cereal! Some companies even make their own and have been doing so for years.
Examples include Post Foods, Nature’s Path Organic Cereals, and Spoon Magic. The sheer number of options and variety can be quite daunting, but I have compiled a list of some of the best gluten-free cereals on the market that you should try.
There are so many cereals to choose from nowadays that it can be hard to figure out the right one. Thankfully I have put together a handy list of the best 24 brands. I’ve categorized them by Most Popular, Healthy, Vegan, Keto Friendly, and kids section. From oatmeal, chocolaty, fruity, breakfast puffs, and peanut puffs – there will be something in these categories that you will love!
Since there is such an abundance of cereals, I have categorized them into four main groups. This will help you decide which is the best gluten-free cereal for you.
Most Popular Gluten-Free Cereal
Cheerios: Probably the most popular Gluten-Free cereal out there today. Cheerios are made of Oats, and therefore gluten-free. If you want to learn more about the process, here is a great page explaining Cheerio’s gluten-free process. The old cheerios cereal were a veteran in the breakfast realm, but now they’ve refined their product line into something that is not only gluten-free but also totally delicious.
With flavors like apple cinnamon, honey nut, Frosted, Chocolate, Strawberry, Blueberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and classic Cheerios cereals are sure to please just about any appetite. Enjoy some fresh fruit immersed in your gluten-free Cheerios!
Healthy Gluten-Free Cereals
Kind Breakfast Cereals: KIND Breakfast Cereal is a tasty and nutritious breakfast choice for kids and adults alike. KIND offers four flavors – dark Chocolate Almond, Apple Cinnamon, Oats and Almond, or Cranberry Almond, giving you the perfect sweet tooth satisfaction without harming your body with refined sugar. All KIND cereals are gluten-free. This cereal will make your mornings just a little bit brighter.
Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Cereal: Nature’s Path offers some gluten-free flavors. It is the perfect start to any day. And with organic, gluten-free ingredients, it’s healthy too! Choose from yummy Honey’d Corn Flakes, Fruit Juice Corn Flakes, Purple Acai, Crunchy Vanilla, Golden Tumeric, and others.
NUCO Certified Organic Grain and Gluten-Free Coconut Crunch Cereal: NUCO is a healthy Certified ORGANIC Grain & Gluten-Free Coconut Crunch Cereal loaded with organic ingredients – mainly coconut. NUCO is a household name and is well known for making high-quality coconut products. However, this cereal will make you beg to differ.
Aside from the not-so-great taste, this cereal is really crunchy. And I don’t mean that in a good way. You will also notice an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. But, everyone likes different things in life. You might love it. Please note this is one of the most expensive cereals on this list.
Happy Belly Rice Biscuits (Amazon Brand): This cereal is made with rice, sugar, salt, and molasses. This gluten-free cereal is very similar to Rice Chex but at a lower price. It goes great with fruit or raisins.
365 by Whole Foods Market: is a berry-flavored organic cereal, gluten-free, allergy tested, and a certified food product that would be enjoyed by most. This fiber-filled cereal offers wholesome ingredients like organic rice flour, organic corn flour, organic strawberries. I wish we would order these more often – the family does love it.
Vegan Gluten-Free Cereals
Three Wishes Cereal: Imagine the perfect breakfast. It consists of a hearty, gluten-free cereal packed with protein and fiber to keep you feeling full without weighing you down. Every spoonful is loaded with nutritious fruit. Each serving has 8g of plant-based vegan protein and only 3g of sugar.
The rest of the sweet comes from monk fruit. I know our vegan friends will love it because they’ve created this high-quality cereal using natural, plant-based ingredients like chickpea, tapioca, and pea protein. It comes in 4 flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Fruity, and Honey.
The downside – it is a tad bit pricy. Also, please note though it is gluten-free, the company processes in a facility with wheat and other foods a person might be allergic to.
HighKey Keto Gluten-Free Cereal: What are you looking for in a breakfast cereal regarding taste and texture? These gluten-free HighKey Keto Snacks – Protein Breakfast Cereal delivers a low-carb, keto-friendly cereal that will fuel your morning.
It is loaded with 10g of protein per serving. With 0g net carbs per serving, this crunchy, savory bite puts all the boxed cereals out of commission! Delivering tasty bites, each perfect for toppings or by themselves. Just grab from the cabinet and enjoy your next busy morning. Highkey comes in these flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Frosted, Cinnamon, and Honey Nut.
Forager Project Cereal: The packaging lacks a professional appearance, the cost of the cereal is expensive for what you get, and there are only four flavors available to choose from. All organic and gluten-free products usually have typical drawbacks when it comes to taste.
This cereal could be tastier. For the lighter flavors, you can almost taste the bean ingredient. The stronger flavors are tastier, but they offer health benefits like promoting heart health, strengthening our immune system, reducing inflammation, and even boosting your mood! All while being totally 100% organic grain-free gluten-free cereal.
Seven Sundays Grain-Free Cereal: This is a grain-free, vegan, paleo cereal made with real cocoa, cassava, sunflower protein, dates, and sweetened coconut sugar. It has the perfect sweet taste with just the right crunch. The box doesn’t say much, but in my opinion, this is one of the best chocolate flavors on this list. Other flavors include Real Berry and Real Cinnamon.
Keto Gluten-Free Cereals
Catalina Crunch Dark Chocolate Keto Gluten-Free Cereal: If you’re looking for a wholesome cereal you can enjoy on the keto diet (5g Carb per serving). Catalina Crunch has fiber and protein without any sugar or gluten. It comes in 8 different flavors: Mapple Waffle, Mint Chocolate, Honey Graham, Cinnamon Toast, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Banana, and Fruity.
There is nothing artificial in this low-carb cereal. It is made from organic yellow pea protein, potato fiber, non-GMO corn fiber. It even has turmeric. If you’ve tried other Keto products before, you’ll understand when I say it tastes like keto sweet. For a Keto product, it isn’t that expensive.
Spoon Magic Gluten-Free Keto Cereal: This cereal should be first on the list. If you are gluten intolerant and do the Keto diet, this is the cereal for you. If you are looking for low carb, high protein, Magic Spoon offers some of the best breakfast options out there. It will also keep your gut happy, as well as your macros on track!
It’s wheat-free and doesn’t contain any sugars or gluten at all! We’ve ordered the 4 flavor variety pack a few times and can say all taste great, but I am a sucker for the Peanut butter one – crunchy, nutty, and slightly salty. I’ve had to fight my husband for it. Kids might let you know it needs more sugar, but it is just the right amount for me. It is a bit pricy, but so is most keto food out there.
Schoolyard Snacks Low Carb Keto Gluten-Free Cereal: Schoolyard Snacks Low Carb Keto Cereal is for all you low-carbers out there that are craving some peanut butter cereal little sweet. It’s made with real roasted peanuts, and it tastes like childhood nostalgia, with the crunchy peanut bits in every bite.
I am not kidding when I say low-calorie food here – this stuffs only comes in at 100 calories per serving! The only low side is that it is pricy, like most keto products. Is it worth the money? Probably not, unless you really love peanut butter cereals and are into keto.
This delicious cereal also comes in other great flavors: Cinnamon Bun, Cocoa, Fruity, Cookies and Cream, and Peanut Butter.
Kashi GO Keto Gluten-Free Cereal: This is another keto-friendly cereal that is grain-free. It is made with pea protein, lentil protein, chickpeas, and a hit of cinnamon and vanilla. Normally keto foods have a distinct taste related to the sweeteners and protein used – this cereal has very little “keto” taste.
Kids Gluten-Free Cereals
Choco Chimps Chocolate Organic Cereal: This is one of my children’s favorite cereals. They love the sweet chocolate taste. Choco Chimps is a delicious, gluten-free, organic cereal. It contains cane sugar, Fair Trade cocoa powder, and natural flavor. There are no artificial colors or flavors in Choco Chimps cereals.
Lucky Charms: This one was a big surprise to me. As a kid, I loved Lucky Charms, and finding out that they are gluten-free was a huge happy moment. My kids love it. Granted, it might be more sugar than you want to feed your kids, but it is tasty. Add some fruit to make up for the guilty pleasure. Did I forget to mention they are very fair in the price?
Rice Chex Gluten-Free Cereal: Made with whole grain rice, rice, sugar, salt, and molasses, it is a very similar taste to the Happy Belly Rice Biscuits by Amazon. This cereal also goes great with fruit – the only way I get my kids to eat it – kids like color. Sprinkle on eggs, in oatmeal, or on top of yogurt. The perfect complement for any breakfast meal of the day!
It also comes in different flavors: Honey Nut, Chocolate, Corn, Cinnamon, Blueberry, and Vanilla
Post Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles: Prize yourself a piece of pure nostalgia when you suck down your taste buds with these one-of-a-kind gluten-free cocoa puffs. With the perfect crunch factor, these bite-sized bits will make all eyes go wide! Priced is a bit high, but the chocolate crispy taste is worth it.
Love Grown Comet Crispies Gluten-Free Cereal: is made with a blend of navy, lentil, and garbanzo beans. It is Gluten-Free and non-GMO certified. It is a tasty cereal and makes for a great snack. It does have a bit more sugar than I would like it to have, but I guess it is common with most kids’ cereals. Love Grown cereals come in 3 flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Fruity.
Gluten-free Granola and Muesli
Purely Elizabeth Gluten-Free Granola: By far my favorite gluten-free granola. The more I try Purely Elizabeth products the more I like them. She does a great job at making gluten-free taste great.
There are both grain-free and ancient grain granola. Both are gluten-free. They make the most incredible variety and flavors: original, chocolate sea salt, blueberry hemp, vanilla chocolate chip, pumpkin cinnamon, cranberry pecan, chocolate peanut butter, maple almond butter, honey almond, honey peanut butter, vanilla almond butter, cinnamon peanut butter, coconut cashews, chocolate hazelnut, banana nut butter, and apple walnut.
If you are going to try anything healthy in this list, make it Purely Elizabeth’s granolas.
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Muesli: Good old Bob’s Red Mill. They make many gluten-free products. I trust them. This is a classic Muesli. A combination of gluten-free oats, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit.
I like to add almond milk, honey, a bit of full-fat no flavor yogurt, cinnamon, pour everything into a saucepan, bring to a boil. Let it cool, store in mason jars, and let it rest overnight. In the morning it is a deliciously creamy breakfast.
Erin Baker’s Ultra Protein Peanut Butter Gluten-free Granola: I know this product is advertized as gluten-free, but I went the extra mile and contacted Erin Baker’s. They confirmed all their granola is gluten-free.
Each serving provides 10 grams of protein. I love to add yogurt, some honey, a few cranberry rasins. It is a super healthy snack or breakfast. It has the perfect amount of cruch and chewiness to it.
Certified Gluten-free Cereal
One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Certified Gluten-free Cereal: One Degree is a very trustworthy gluten-free brand. They sell cereals, granola, and oats.
There are 7 different cereal flavors: Brown Rice Crisps, Oat O’s, Brown Rice Cacao Crips, Oat Cacao O’s, Oat Honey O’s, Ancient Maize Flakes, and Corn Flakes.
There are 4 different granola flavors: Cinnamon Flax, Honey Hemp, Quinoa Cacao, and Vanilla Chia.
There are 4 different oat flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Cacao Nib, Coconut Sugar & Spice, and Quinoa Hemp.
This cereal is a bit pricy, but out of the certified gluten-free cereals, this is my favorite brand. I have not tried all flavors, but their chocolate options are delicious. I do suggest you add something sweet to it, like bananas, raisins, or sugar.
Qi’a Superfood Organic Certified Gluten-Free Cocoa Coconut Superflakes Cereal: Qi’a Superfood Organic Cocoa Coconut Superflakes Cereals are certified Gluten-Free. It is made from an organic and gluten-free blend of sprouted grains and 6 grams of plant protein in every serving.
Qi’a cereal tastes healthy and has an OK chocolaty taste. It can be hard on your teeth if you don’t let the cereal sit on the milk for a while.
Gluten-free Cereal FAQs
What cereal can you eat if you are gluten-free?
Look for two things to determine if the cereal is gluten-free. First, the box needs to say “Gluten-free”. Second, cereals made from corn, white or brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, sorghum, millet, teff, and gluten-free oats are most likely gluten-free. Always read the ingredients label. If there are any wheat components or it has malt flavor, it will probably not be gluten-free.
If in doubt, just go with one of the cereals mentioned in this post.
What cereal is best for celiac disease?
If you are celiac, you should be OK with eating any cereal labeled “Gluten-free” like Cheerios, Nature’s Path, Spoon Magic, and others. If you want to be extra careful, go with a cereal that is “Certified Gluten-free”, such as Qi’a Superfood Organic Cocoa Coconut Superflakes Cereal, or One Degree Organic Foods Sprouted Cereal.
In this article, I list both gluten-free and certified gluten-free.
Are Post Honey O’s gluten-free?
Post Honey O’s are not gluten-free. The box doesn’t state that it is “gluten-free”, and the cereal contains oats that are not gluten-free certified.
There is a certified gluten-free version of this cereal by One Degree.
Is special k cereal gluten-free?
Special K is not gluten-free. It is made with wheat gluten, defeated wheat germ, and malt flavor. All these ingredients contain or might contain gluten. The ingredients are clearly and properly labeled with “Contains wheat ingredients”.
Is Rasing Bran gluten-free?
Kellog’s Rasin Bran is not gluten-free because it contains whole grain wheat and wheat bran.
There are gluten-free options for this type of cereal available by Nature’s Path.
Are Fruit loops gluten-free?
Fruit Loops are not gluten-free. This cereal contains wheat flour, whole grain oat flour that is not gluten-free certified, and oat fiber. The ingredients are clearly and properly labeled with “Contains wheat ingredients”.
Are Bran Flakes gluten-free?
Post Bran Flakes are not gluten-free. Bran Flake ingredients are made with whole grain wheat, wheat bran, wheat flour, and malted barley flour. The ingredients are clearly and properly labeled with “Contains Wheat”.
The closest thing to gluten-free Bran Flakes is the Organic Oat Bran Flakes made by Arrow Head Mills.
Are Cheerios gluten-free?
Yes. Cheerios are gluten-free. They are made of oats. They have a sorting process that separates their oats from other grains that do contain gluten and are different in size and shape. If you are interested in learning more about this gluten-free process you can visit their website.
Is Chex cereal gluten-free?
Yes. Chex cereal is gluten-free and made from rice or corn. Their Cinnamon, Honey Nut, Chocolate, Blueberry, Corn, Chocolate, Apple Cinnamon, Peanut Butter, and Rice are gluten-free flavors available.
Is Rice Krispies gluten-free?
No. Rice Krispies are not gluten-free. Even though they are made from rice, they contain traces amounts of gluten from the malt flavor used in the recipe.
One Degree makes a certified gluten-free version of Rice Krispies.
At some point, Kellog’s did have a gluten-free version of Rice Krispies, but they were discontinued.
Is Corn Flakes gluten-free?
No. Kellog’s Corn Flakes are not gluten-free. Even though they are made from corn, they contain traces amounts of gluten from the malt flavor used in the recipe. In some countries, like Australia, Kellog’s does sell a gluten-free version of this product and the box is properly labeled as so.
One Degree makes a certified gluten-free version of corn flakes.
Are Frosted Flakes Gluten-free?
No. Just like Kellog’s Corn Flakes, Kellog’s Frosted Flakes are not gluten-free. Even though they are made from corn, they contain traces amounts of gluten from the malt flavor used in the recipe.
Nature’s Path makes a gluten-free version of Frosted Flakes.
Is Captain Crunch Gluten-free?
No. Quaker Captain Crunch is made from corn and oat cereal. The oats used in the recipe are not sorted and therefore there can be cross-contamination with other gluten cereals used in the manufacturing of other cereals Quaker makes.