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.
Most Chex cereals now come gluten-free, making Chex one of the most popular gluten-free cold cereal options.
General Mills makes Chocolate, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Apple-Cinnamon, 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 report reactions to them.
Make sure when you buy Chex that you're buying a box with the "Gluten-Free" label in the lower left, since General Mills also makes two flavors — Wheat and Multi-Grain — that are most definitely not gluten-free.
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 10 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.
Post Foods earned kudos from those with celiac disease and 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.
Specialty gluten-free products manufacturer Glutino makes five gluten-free cold cereals.
Options from Glutino include Honey Nut cereal, Apple & Cinnamon cereal, Sensible Beginnings cereal, Berry Sensible Beginnings cereal and Frosted Sensible Beginnings cereal.
Glutino tests its products to contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten.