What is your favorite GF cereal?
There are several choices when it comes to gluten free cold cereal. The first type that we tried was Gorilla Munch by Nature's Path EnviroKids. That was eight years ago.
- Nature's Path continues to be a favorite GF cereal. They offer enough kid friendly brands that keep my kids interested. Gorilla Munch is a great alternative for Kix and Amazon Frosted Flakes are just as good as anything Tony the Tiger makes. Plus all of the cereals are certified organic and non-GMO.
Finally, Nature’s Path is still committed to making safe GF cereal. I recently received this email from them when I asked about the methods they use to ensure their cereal is GF.
Nature’s Path is committed to producing quality organic foods, using the best ingredients available, while adhering to strict quality control procedures.
We do make other cereals that contain gluten. However, our strict production schedules and quality assurance methods ensure that the least sensitive foods are produced first. The products that contain gluten, soy and finally nuts are made and then the entire line is cleaned and the process re-starts. The equipment and cereal is periodically inspected & tested for gluten contamination. To ensure the safety or our gluten free products, ingredients used in gluten free products are stored in a segregated area of the facility. Before each product is made, we do a full allergen cleanup on the production lines. We use various cleaning methods such as rinsing, hot scrubber machines, vacuums and organic compliant cleaning solution followed by protein tests on the equipment. Cleaning is supervised and checked off by Q.A. To further ensure that our equipment is free of gluten, a specified portion — at the beginning of the run — is not utilized in gluten-free cereals. A sample of the final gluten free product is tested specifically for gluten to 5ppm as per regulatory requirements for gluten free products in North America.
Our gluten free products are certified through the Gluten Free Certified Organization (GFCO). Their logo appears on the packaging of our gluten free products.
WHILE WE TAKE EVERY MEASURE TO ENHANCE THE HEALTH OF CONSUMERS, WE RECOMMEND YOU ERR ON THE SIDE OF HEALTH & SAFETY. Highly gluten sensitive individuals should consult their healthcare provider to determine if Nature’s Path gluten-free foods meet their particular dietary needs.
- Barbara's Gluten Free Cereals makes five GF varieties that are free of artificial preservatives, hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup, non-GMO verified and free of refined white sugar. Their GF varieties include:
• Multigrain Honest O’s – toasted O’s made from certified pure oat flour for a bowl of crunchy, authentic goodness
• Organic Corn Flakes – organic corn crafted into scrumptious flakes
• Brown Rice Crisps – airy crisps of organic brown rice, simply sweetened with fruit juice and non-GMO certified
• Honey Rice Puffins – a family favorite made from whole grain brown rice with a hint of honey
• Multigrain Puffins – crunchy pillows, made from certified pure oats, corn and brown rice
My kids give two thumbs up to the Honey Rice and Multigrain Puffins. The Brown Rice crisps work nicely in GF Rice Krispie Treats.
Although Barbara’s is not a gluten-free facility, they told me that "our GF products run on lines only when other lines in the vicinity are not running or are running other gluten-free products. The machines receive extensive cleaning before the production and are tested for gluten throughout the run before packaging or shipping the product. The ingredients coming in are gluten tested to guarantee their gluten free status."
Barbara’s commitment to a true wheat-gluten free product led us to purchase “pure” oats.
These oats cost almost four times as much as conventional oats but the result is a truly wheat gluten-free oat. Our oat products are certified by the Gluten-free Certification Organization (GFCO) and tested by ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).
- Glutino Cereals offers several types of cereal including a Honey Nut Rings that is like a Cheerio. Glutino products are not certified gluten free but extensive testing is done to ensure all products meet the standard of less than 20 ppm.
- Enjoy Life Foods also makes a Crispy Rice and Flax cereal.
- Erewhon's Gluten Free Cereals makes ten different GF cereals including a Corn Flake and a Crispy Brown Rice. They also make a a Buckwheat and Hemp cereal for those looking for alternative grains. Erewhon cereals are also organic, non-GMO and certified GF.
- General Mills Honey Nut Chex General Mills now makes six gluten free cereals so your GF kids can keep on enjoying some of the brands they ate before going GF. General Mills states, "we follow the FDA guidelines for a product being gluten free. We do clean the lines and we do test regularly." If the cereal is not clearly labeled GF, then you should not consider it as such, as they state "if there are no gluten- containing ingredients listed in the product ingredient label, but the product does not make a gluten free claim, it is because we cannot fully assure that this product is gluten free. While we have not added gluten-containing ingredients, factors such as sourcing, conditions of manufacture, etc. do not allow us to provide the full level of assurance that a gluten free claim requires."
- Freedom Foods Tropico's are a good replacement for Fruit Loops. Manufactured in a GF facility. Click on the photo below to order from Amazon.com
- Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles tested to less than 20 ppm gluten
- Kellogg's Rice Krispies A lot of people were happy when Rice Krispies launched a GF brand. But buyer beware, there's room for confusion. Kellogg's didn't replace its original Rice Krispies cereal (which contains barley malt) with the new gluten-free version; instead, it's marketing both, and most stores are selling both. Make sure you grab the box that is clearly labebed Gluten Free.
- Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Buckwheat Flakes is a low fat and cholesterol free lightly sweetened whole grain cereal.
You can save money and order most of these Gluten Free Cereals on Amazon.com.