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Gluten Free Cereals – The Ultimate Guide

by Emily Meyer

Important Note For Celiacs: Please see the details under each cereal about their cross-contamination warnings. All of these cereals are gluten-free but not all of them are celiac safe. This guide will help you navigate all of the “gluten free” cereals and find out which ones are safe for you. As always if you aren’t sure if you need to avoid cross-contamination it’s best to ask your health care provider.


Oh cereal, what a wonderful thing. An easy breakfast, the perfect snack, and sometimes even a straight-up dessert. Yes, cereal is a wonderful thing. But being gluten free can make the search for a good certified gluten free cereal quite challenging. This is the ultimate guide to help you discover what cereals are gluten free.

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I hope you enjoy this list. If you want other lists of gluten free products, check out 10 Gluten Free Products You Didn’t Know About and The Best Store-Bought Gluten Free Back To School Snacks.

Did I leave out one of your favorite gluten free cereals?
Leave a comment down below! I’ll try my best to keep this list updated with your suggestions.

Is Everything on the List a Certified Gluten Free Cereal?

Most of these cereals are certified gluten free or have gluten free labels. I’ve taken the time to research each box and include any cross-contamination warnings or other possible issues. But as always with these types of lists, I want to remind you that brands do occasionally change their recipes (e.g. Rice Krispies). That’s why it’s always important to check the nutrition label yourself before you place the box in your cart.

*I’d also like to add an important update* It has come to my attention that some General Mills cereals including Cheerios have had issues with the FDA in ensuring their food is gluten free. Here is an article from GF Jules that explains this issue. If you are celiac it would probably be safest to just avoid General Mills cereals until there is solid evidence showing they are suitable for celiacs.

20 Gluten Free Cereals

For your convenience, I’ve broken this list up into two categories...
The first category is, “The Classics”. Let’s just call it like it is, these are the junk food cereals that the child in you still loves.
The second category is, “Healthy Choices”. These are the cereals from the healthier brands which mostly contain less sugar, no food coloring, non-GMO, etc.

I sincerely enjoy cereal from both of these categories. In an attempt to create an easier to navigate list I decided this was the best way to divide them up.

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The Classics

1. General Mills Chex Cereal

Right now 7 of the 8 Chex flavors are gluten free. They have so many flavors like Blueberry, Cinnamon, and my personal favorite Vanilla (it seriously tastes like a dessert).

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
Please see note in red above about issues General Mills has had with gluten free labels!

2. General Mills Cheerios

Most of the standard Cheerio flavors are gluten free. Some of the flavors include maple, apple cinnamon, and the classic honey nut.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
Please see note in red above about issues General Mills has had with gluten free labels.

3. General Mills Lucky Charms

Ah, Lucky Charms, a dreamy dessert in a bowl. I know we’re all just eating the marshmallows, but for the record, this cereal is magically labeled gluten free.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
Please see note in red above about issues General Mills has had with gluten free labels.

4. General Mills Trix Cereal

We all know the Trix Rabbit, well did you know this cereal is made with gluten free ingredients? The main ingredients are from corn, not wheat.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
While they do have gluten free ingredients this cereal is not labeled gluten free so it may have cross-contamination issues.

5. General Mills French Toast Crunch

Well, we can’t have Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The child in me is crying a little. Luckily we can have the spin-off cereal – French Toast Crunch.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
All of the ingredients in this cereal are gluten free but it is not labeled gluten free so it may have cross-contamination issues.

6. General Mills Cookie Crisp

COOOOKIE CRISSSPPPS! And now we’re all picturing the dog from that commercial. Oh, the power of advertising.

How safe is this Cereal?
While this does have a “may contain” warning, all of the ingredients are gluten free. This means there is a risk of cross-contamination.

7. Cap’n Crunch

This is still one of my go-to junk foods. I’m so happy to say this cereal does have gluten free ingredients.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
There is no gluten free label so there is a risk of cross-contamination.

8. Post Fruity Pebbles

Are you a Fruity Pebbles fan? Well, you’re in luck. Fruity Pebbles is a colorful and delicious cereal that we can still enjoy.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
All flavors are labeled gluten free except for the Marshmallow variety.

9. Kellog’s Gluten Free Rice Krispies

Kellog’s recently changed the recipe for their traditional Rice Krispies and it now contains gluten. Luckily if you miss this cereal you have another option that is gluten free. Kellog’s made a new version of Rice Krispies that’s actually labeled gluten free. Make sure you don’t buy the regular one though! That one is no longer gluten free.

How safe is this Cereal?
If you buy the one labeled gluten free it is safe.

Healthy Choices

10. Barbara’s Puffins

The original Puffins have gluten free ingredients but no gluten free label. Luckily you don’t have to take the risk for this cereal. Puffins have two varieties that are labeled as gluten free.

How safe is this Cereal?
We can safely enjoy the Gluten Free Honey Rice or Gluten Free Multigrain flavors as they are both labeled gluten free.

11. Barbara’s Brown Rice Crisps

These Brown Rice Crisps will remind you of Rice Krispies. Since the traditional Rice Krispies cereal is no longer gluten free it’s nice to be able to have this gluten free version.

How safe is this Cereal?
Barbara’s Brown Rice Crisps are labeled gluten free.

12. Love Grown Polar Puffs

This is my absolute favorite cereal. I don’t know why they call it a kids cereal because this stuff is amazing for everyone. And it’s actually somewhat healthy compared to most kids cereals. Love Grown also has a variety of other cereals that are gluten free that you can find on their website.

How safe is this Cereal?
This one is tricky. It is certified gluten free which means not only do they meet FDA standards to use the term gluten free but they had GFCO come and certify them to add one more layer of confidence. However, they do have a warning that the cereal is manufactured in a facility that also processes wheat. I still feel comfortable eating this because it has passed GFCO‘s standards. If you are unsure I always advise writing the company and asking about their cleaning standards.

13. Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch

Not only is this a cereal gluten free but it’s also safe for many other allergens, high in fiber, low in sugar and made with plant-based colors.

How safe is this Cereal?
All Freedom Foods are labeled as gluten free.

14. Freedom Foods Maple Crunch

A maple cereal that actually uses real maple syrup? Wow, that’s impressive. If you want a kid-friendly cereal that’s much healthier this is the way to go.

How safe is this Cereal?
All Freedom Foods are labeled as gluten free.

15. Nature’s Path Sunrise Crunchy Cereal

This crunchy cereal comes in a lot of different yummy flavors like honey, maple, and vanilla.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
The gluten free flavors are certified gluten free.

16. Nature’s Path EnviroKidz

This is another one of my favorite healthy cereals. All of the flavors in this line are so delicious. They have peanut butter, chocolate, and a peanut butter chocolate combo.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
The gluten free ones are certified gluten free.

17. Van’s Cinnamon Heaven

Tasty little squares of cinnamon goodness. Van’s has a lot of other tasty cereals too like Cocoa Sensation and Blisffuly Berry.

How safe is this Cereal?
All of Van’s cereals are certified gluten free.

18. Arrowhead Mills Crunchy Flake Cereals

Arrowhead has a variety of crunchy flake cereals (similar to frosted flakes but healthier).

How safe is this Cereal?
We can safely enjoy the sweetened rice flakes, sprouted corn, and maple buckwheat. These three flavors are labeled as gluten free.

19. Annie’s Organic Cinnabunnies

This is a great cereal for kids. It’s shaped like adorable little bunnies.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
This tasty cereal is labeled gluten free.

20. Kashi Organic Indigo Morning

For a brand that has positioned themselves as healthy, I’m always surprised Kashi doesn’t have more safe cereals. Luckily we can safely enjoy this one.

How safe is this Gluten Free Cereal?
This cereal is labeled gluten free.

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5 comments

Jacqui February 8, 2022 - 11:48 am

sadly as a rice Krispie lover, the gluten free box is awful, the cereal just tastes stale and bland so don’t recommend if you used to eat the regular ones

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Allison May 6, 2022 - 9:17 am

If you miss Cinnamon Toast Crunch you have to try cinnamon rice Chex! It’s the closest thing to it and healthier ingredients!! I like eating it dry (without milk) as a snack to grab and go.

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Emily Meyer June 14, 2022 - 9:49 am

Ohhh great suggestion! I love that stuff and I like to eat it dry too… so much sweeter that way 😉

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Joy May 17, 2022 - 12:09 pm

Arrowhead maple buckwheat taste incredible.
We have been using it for years.

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Emily Meyer June 14, 2022 - 9:48 am

Thanks for your input!!

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