Gluten-Free Cold Cereals: 17 High-Fiber, Fruit-Flavored Options

Yes, you can still have cereal for breakfast (and dinner, too)

Gluten-free cold cereal options continue to expand rapidly, with mainstream cereal manufacturers joining specialty and health food companies in offering ever-wider selections of gluten-free cold cereals. It's now possible to find gluten-free cold cereals in almost every grocery store, as well as in natural foods stores.

If you enjoy a bowl of gluten-free cold cereal for breakfast or for a snack, you can choose from high-fiber cereals, cereals with added fruit, and cereals that would please someone with a sweet tooth. Enough varieties exist that you can easily keep a nice selection on hand of gluten-free cold cereals.

Note that if you're looking for kid-friendly cold cereals, I've grouped them on a separate page:

Chex Cereals

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Most Chex cereals now come gluten-free, making Chex (a General Mills product) one of the most popular gluten-free cold cereal options. 

General Mills makes Chocolate, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Fruit & Oats, Corn, Honey Nut and Rice Chex gluten-free, although reports from readers indicate that not all stores carry all flavors. ​The cereals are tested to contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten, but some people who are particularly sensitive to trace gluten have reported reactions to them.

Note that the Fruit & Oats flavor contains oats. Not everyone with celiac or gluten sensitivity can handle oats.

Make sure when you buy Chex that you're buying a box with the "Gluten-Free" label on the left hand side ​since General Mills also makes one flavor — Wheat — that is most definitely not gluten-free.

Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles

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Post Foods earned kudos from those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity when it announced that it had made its popular Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles cereals gluten-free (to 20 parts per million).

The company also said it was responding to health concerns by lowering the sugar content of its cereals to 9 grams per serving.

Although most people think of Pebbles cereals as a kids' product, I've known plenty of adults who like them. Gluten-free consumers can find Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles in most supermarkets.

Nature's Path Cereals

Copyright© Nature's Path
Copyright © Nature's Path

Specialty health food manufacturer Nature's Path makes a wide variety of gluten-free cold cereals, including fruit juice-sweetened and high-fiber varieties.

Gluten-free consumers can choose from Crunch Maple Sunrise, Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise, Whole O's Cereal, Crispy Rice Cereal, Fruit Juice-Sweetened Corn Flakes, Honey'd Corn Flakes and Mesa Sunrise Flakes.

Nature's Path cereals are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which requires products to contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten. Nature's Path also makes a line of organic gluten-free kids' cereals under the EnviroKidz name, including Gorilla Munch, Koala Crisp, Leapin' Lemurs, Amazon Frosted Flakes and Panda Puffs.

Larger supermarkets usually carry some Nature's Path product in their health food sections (or occasionally in their mainstream cereal aisles). Alternatively, you can find them online.

Kellogg's Special K Gluten-Free

Kellogg's Special K Gluten-Free
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If you're looking for a mainstream healthy cold cereal choice that's also gluten-free, you might want to consider Kellogg's Special K Gluten-Free Touch of Brown Sugar. Kellogg's makes the cereal to conform to U.S. gluten-free standards, which call for less than 20 parts per million of gluten in the finished product.

Ingredients include whole grain brown rice, whole grain sorghum, milled corn, corn bran, soluble corn fiber, and brown sugar syrup.

When purchasing Kellogg's gluten-free Special K cereal, be especially careful to choose the correct box, since the gluten-free cereal is displayed right alongside regular gluten-containing Special K cereal.


gluten-free Cheerios
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I'm listing Cheerios last on this list of gluten-free cold cereals for a reason.

Many people in the gluten-free community cheered when General Mills rolled out gluten-free Cheerios. However, those cheers soon turned to jeers when many people found the new gluten-free Cheerios made them sick. The company ultimately admitted it had made a mistake with wheat flour in one of its facilities, cross-contaminating boxes of Cheerios.

Following this incident, General Mills re-committed to making safe gluten-free products. However, the company lost plenty of trust.

Currently, I don't recommend that anyone with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity consume gluten-free Cheerios. This article outlines the reasons behind this recommendation:

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