Are you a gluten-free vegan looking for breakfast cereal options without milk/dairy or gluten?? I feel ya. As a plant-based registered dietitian, I work with many vegans and plant-based eaters who are gluten-free by either choice or necessity. If you are a gluten-free vegan, I’m lining up the 10 best gluten free vegan cereals based on taste and nutrition. That means these are cereals that you can and should feel good about starting your day with (or eating at any part of the day for that matter!). Keep in mind this is still a sampling of gluten-free vegan cereals available and there are definitely far more out there than those on this list. However, many large cereal brands that have gluten-free cereals use primarily rice and corn which not only has no fiber but often contains genetically modified ingredients as well and the ones on this list do not contain genetically modified ingredients and most of them use additional whole grain gluten free grains like quinoa. Check out the 10 best gluten free vegan cereals below and let us know what your favorite gluten free vegan cereal is in the comments below!
10 Best Gluten Free Vegan Cereals
What We Love: Granola Bakery’s Gluten Free Vanilla Almond Granola has more nuts and seeds than GF oats and has only two grams of sugar with one gram of added sugar. This low sugar vegan gluten free granola packs a powerful breakfast punch with three grams of fiber and five grams of protein making it a fantastic way to start your day. Or better yet, grab a handful of Granola Bakery’s granola as you fly out the door for a satisfying snack that will tide you over for a bit. Find the gluten free vegan Granola Bakery’s Vanilla Almond Low Carb Granola HERE.
Considerations: With 15 grams of fat per serving and 180 calories in only 1/3 cup, this nut based granola is fairly calorically dense and if you were watching your calorie intake, it’s important to know that while this granola has many healthy ingredients, it is not a low calorie food.
What We Love: With gluten-free whole grain oats as the main ingredient, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Tropical Muesli combines whole grain deliciousness with tropical take me away flavors to truly start your day off on the right foot. Unlike many cereals that are a science experiment of this or that, Bob’s GF vegan muesli is only made with wholesome ingredients you know and love. With only 4 grams of sugar (1 gram of added sugar), it’s definitely one of the lower sugar cereals out there. Find Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Tropical Muesli HERE.
Considerations: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Muesli is not a crunchy cereal – as muesli generally isn’t. So if you’re looking for a crunchy gluten free vegan cereal, adding in walnuts for omega-3s or almonds for additional protein and crunch could be helpful.
What We Love: Wildway Coconut Cashew Granola is not only gluten free and vegan but it is grain free as well and compromised of fruits and nuts like dates, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and coconut. This 100% plant-based food is great for breakfast or midday snacking as is, with plant-based milk, or on plant-based yogurt. The gluten free vegan granola has six grams of total sugar without any added sugar – which is practically unheard of in the cereal and granola world. If you’re looking for a no sugar, gluten free option, Wildway is a great vegan choice you can find HERE.
Considerations: The Wildway Granola is more like a trail mix than a granola with the nutty clusters. Yes, the clusters are together somewhat but without any grains at all, it lacks some of that traditional granola vibe.
What We Love: If you’re a kid at heart, Cascadian Farms Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs are a vegan fruity gluten-free haven! Sure, they aren’t the most nutritionally dense breakfast cereal on this list by any means with only two grams of fiber and two grams of protein and eleven grams of sugar, but this puff cereal is a bit unique because of its flavor profile and also because there are very few gluten free puff based cereals. Check out Cascadian Farms Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs HERE.
Considerations: The sugar content of Cascadian Farms Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs is on the higher end (11 grams of sugar per serving) despite being organic, vegan, and gluten free and may not be the best option for you depending on your overall intake of sugar throughout the day.
What We Love: This chocolatey gluten free goodness is hard to come by in vegan cereals as many chocolate breakfast cereals contain milk. Love Grown Chocolate Power O’s is truly epic because they are made from navy beans, lentils, and garbanzo beans. The low fat cereal (1.5 grams of fat per serving) has 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. With a minimal ingredient list, Love Grown Chocolate Power O’s are sweet and delicious (but wholesome and healthy) – check them out HERE.
Considerations: Love Grown Power O’s are a sweeter gluten free vegan breakfast cereal with nine grams of sugar and eight grams of added sugar. While many people consume the most amount of sugar in the morning, this still falls within the daily recommendation but it is something to consider depending on your total sugar intake for the day. The recommendation is to consume less than 37.5 grams of added sugar for men and less than 25 grams of added sugar per day for women.
What We Love: Nature’s Path Organic makes many delicious and healthy breakfast cereals but not all of them are vegan or gluten free – let along both gluten free and vegan (many of their cereals contain honey). So when you see Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise come along, it’s easy to get excited! With only one gram of fat (only 130calories per serving) and a couple grams of fiber and protein, this organic corn and rice based cereal has just the right touch of sweetness and crunch. If you like crunchy gluten free vegan cereals without all the fat often found in granolas, Nature’s Path Organic in the Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise is a great pick to elevate your breakfast or snacking!
Considerations: With five grams of added sugar, Nature’s Path Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise is just sweet enough to taste but does get you closer to the recommendation of consuming less than 25 grams of added sugar for women and less than 37.5 grams of added sugar for men.
What We Love: With a few grams of fiber and protein and wholesome ingredients, Love Grown Raisin Almond Crunch Oat Clusters is a granola based breakfast cereal that is gluten free and vegan and good old fashioned straightforward and simple. Love Grown uses ingredients you know and love to great a crunchy, toasted, and slightly sweet cereal. Find Love Grown granola HERE.
Considerations: The Love Grown gluten free and vegan oat clusters only have two grams of fiber and two grams of protein and would require additional fiber and protein for most people for it to be a sustainable breakfast choice. Using unsweetened soy milk and adding an additional 1/4 cup of nuts would be a great addition for breakfast. If you’re eating as a snack, chomp away!
What We Love: If you’re looking for a gluten-free vegan breakfast cereal that is a granola with big hearty clusters, Erin Baker’s Homestyle Granola is your jam! With a flavor neutral profile, it pairs great with plant-based milks or yogurts or even on a smoothie bowl. With a bit more fiber and protein than other cereals (fiver grams of fiber and six grams of protein), Erin Baker’s Homestyle Granola is what gluten free vegan breakfasts are made of! Find the vegan gluten free Erin Baker’s Homestyle Granola HERE.
Considerations: While this granola tastes truly amazing and has a good amount of fiber and protein, there is also 250 calories in only 1/2 cup serving. This is more calories per serving size than many other breakfast cereals and portion size may need to be monitored as this is tasty and easy to eat quite a bit of…meaning consuming more calories than you realize.
What We Love: With three grams of fiber and eight grams of plant-based protein in each serving of Three Wishes cereal, this vegan gluten free breakfast cereal is a healthy start to any day. The chickpea and pea protein based cereal make it grain free and gluten free with a whopping 10% of your iron and calcium needs for the day! That’s a lot considering there is no vitamin fortification but relies simply on wholesome ingredients. Oh, and if you’re wondering how Three Wishes tastes….it tastes AMAZING! Children and adults will fall in love with this cereal available HERE.
Considerations: Three Wishes doesn’t come in large enough box!
What We Love: There’s only one ingredients in Awsum Snacks Quinoa Puffs! That means if you are interested in minimizing ingredients and looking for a low sugar or no added sugar breakfast option, these puffs are quite great. The ancient grain quinoa is naturally high in protein and contains many micronutrients as well. This puffed cereal has more heartiness to it than other puff based cereals but isn’t as crunchy as a flake based cereal. Try the gluten free vegan quinoa puffs it for yourself HERE.
Considerations: Because the Quinoa puffs do not contain any added sugar or salt, they can be a bit bland for some people’s liking and may need additional fruit or sweetener added if desired.
There you have it folks, the ten best gluten-free vegan cereals. Which one is your favorite or which one do you plan on trying??! Comment below – we’d love to hear from you!