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 Pathcontinues 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.
Path is committed to producing quality organic foods, using the best
ingredients available, while adhering to strict quality control procedures.
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.
gluten free products are certified through the Gluten Free Certified
Organization (GFCO). Their logo appears on the packaging of our gluten free
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
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."
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.