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List of Gluten-Free Cereals (Kellogg's, General Mills, Post)

When I found out that I had gluten intolerance, I thought it would be simply a matter of checking food labels. It's much more complicated.

This list of gluten-free cereals from Kellogg's, General Mills, Post, and others will get your day off to a great start!

This list of gluten-free cereals from Kellogg's, General Mills, Post, and others will get your day off to a great start!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as you are breaking the fast from not eating all night long and are setting yourself up for the rest of the day.

According to the General Mills website:

"When you consider the benefits of cereal, you’ll see why it is a great breakfast choice. Ready-to-eat cereals are rich in important vitamins and minerals, yet lower in calories than many other breakfast options. Cereal eaters also consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than noncereal eaters."

Eating Breakfast Cereal

For this and many other reasons, I regularly eat cereal each morning for breakfast. It is quick, convenient, and limits my food choices so I can stay away from pastries and other less healthy choices.

When I found out that I had gluten intolerance, I thought it would be simply a matter of checking food labels and making sure that I didn't buy foods that contained wheat. If the label doesn't have a warning that it contains wheat or was made in a facility that also made wheat products, I would be just fine. I wanted to be able to eat normal food—and simply avoid the products that have gluten in them.

This morning, I called the major cereal manufacturers, Kellogg’s and General Mills, to expand my list of available cereal choices. It turned out, however, that instead of being expanded, my list was dramatically reduced. I then did some additional research to increase my list of cereal choices yet again. It turns out that I will need to look for the gluten-free label on my cereals that I buy in the future.

Kellogg's Gluten-Free Cereals

My first call was to Kellogg's. They make a lot of different cereals, including Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies, neither of which have wheat. The last time I had gone to the grocery store, I had noticed that they sold Gluten-Free Rice Krispies, which are made with brown rice.

The customer service representative told me that the only gluten-free cereal they made was the Gluten-Free Rice Krispies. I asked her about Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies, and she told me that they were not gluten-free because there is barley in the malt flavoring.

I looked it up on the internet. Besides wheat, there is a big list of ingredients we need to watch out for, such as barley and malt flavoring.

Update as of January 28, 2021: Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Cocoa Krispies, Crispix and Frosted Flakes are wheat free but are not gluten free because they contain malt which comes from barley and contain gluten. Gluten-Free Rice Krispies has been discontinued. The following Kellogg's products are gluten free, but look at the nutritional label as recipes may change:

  • Special K® Protein Shakes
  • Special K® Chewy Snack Bars: Chocolate Almond and Cranberry Almond
  • Kashi GO® Keto-friendly cereals: Dark Cocoa and Cinnamon Vanilla
  • Kashi® Gluten-Free Waffles: Original and Cinnamon
  • Pure Organic™ Fruit Snacks
  • Bear Naked® Bites
  • Bear Naked® granolas: Cacao & Cashew Butter and Toasted Coconut Almond
  • Bear Naked® grain-free granolas: Almond Coconut, Dark Chocolate Almond, Maple Cinnamon

General Mills Gluten-Free Cereals

My next call was to General Mills. I have tried their Gluten-Free Bisquik and found the flavor and texture to be wonderful.

General Mills has a series of products that are specifically made to be gluten-free, and they've share how they created them on their website.

Seven of the eight varieties of Chex are gluten-free:

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  • Cinnamon Chex
  • Peanut Butter Chex
  • Rice Chex
  • Corn Chex
  • Chocolate Chex
  • Blueberry Chex
  • Honey Nut. Chex

The eighth, Wheat Chex, is not gluten free.

The site also offers other products which are not made by General Mills. There are a variety of instant oatmeals made by Gluten Freeda oatmeals, including Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal, Apple Cinnamon with Flax, Maple Raisin with Flax, Banana Maple with Flax, and Natural. Other cereals by Gluten Freeda include Apple Almond Honey Granola, Cranberry Cashew Honey Granola, and Raisin Almond Honey Granola. The cereal page also includes Mountain Mambo Nut Free Trail Mix by Enjoy Life and Multigrain Os cereal with quinoa, made by Orgran.

Lucky Charms

Lucky Charms is made with oats and is now processed so that it is also gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Cheerios

(Make sure boxes are labeled with a gluten-free seal.)

  • Original Cheerios in the Yellow Box
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Multi-Grain Cheerios
  • Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
  • Frosted Cheerios
  • Fruity Cheerios
  • Chocolate Cheerios
  • Very Berry Cheerios ,
  • Strawberry Cheerios (Seasonal)
  • Banana Nut Cheerios (Seasonal)
  • Pumpkin Spice Cheerios (Seasonal)

Cheerios is made with oats, which is naturally gluten-free—but when it comes from the farm, it normally is tainted with small amounts of wheat, rye, and barley. The company has come up with a process to remove these to make the cereal gluten-free.Be sure to look for the packages that have the gluten-free seal on the front of the box.

Post's Gluten-Free Cereals

Post Cereals also has a lineup of gluten-free cereals. Their Pebbles cereal naturally do not have any gluten in them, but originally they were manufactured in a facility that also manufactured cereals with gluten, so cross-contamination was possible. Since then, they must have revamped their facilities and their boxes now proclaim that they are gluten-free.

  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Cocoa Pebbles
  • Cinnamon Pebbles
  • Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate
  • Malt-O-Meal® Brand: Fruity Dyno-Bites, Cocoa Dyno-Bites, Crispy Rice

    Mom’s Best® Brand: Crispy Cocoa Rice, Safari Cocoa Crunch

Amazon

My last stop was Amazon. I did a search for gluten-free cereals, and I found that they carry most of the brands listed on this page, and a few more, including Glutino, Nature's Path, Arrowhead Mills, Envirokidz, Erewhon, Barbara's Bakery, and Udi. If you want to save money, you may want to compare prices between Amazon, the Gluten-Free Mall, and Gluten Freely sites I mentioned earlier.

Be careful to make sure you buy only cereals that state that they are gluten-free from Amazon. My search also pulled up Crackling Oat Bran, which contains wheat and is not gluten-free.

A bowl of cereal with fruit and milk provides a delicious nutritious breakfast, and it is becoming easier to find one that is gluten-free.

A bowl of cereal with fruit and milk provides a delicious nutritious breakfast, and it is becoming easier to find one that is gluten-free.

Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free Cereals

Gluten-free cereals tend to be dramatically more expensive than their counterparts. However, for people with Celiac disease, it is important to avoid any gluten, since a small amount of gluten can cause serious damage.

As we have seen, in order to make a cereal that is free of gluten, a manufacturer has to do much more than simply make products that are not made out of wheat. There is a list of ingredients that have gluten in them that also need to be avoided. In addition, the manufacturing processes have to be changed so that the equipment that is used to make gluten-free products is not also used to make products that do have gluten in them.

There is a greater demand for gluten-free products, and there are manufacturers who have risen up to the challenge to make them. As we buy more and more of these, hopefully we will find that we can have normal foods like cereal that are gluten-free.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Shasta Matova

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