Are you a cereal fan? Whether for breakfast, snack or even a quick dinner, there’s nothing like a bowl of your favorite cereal. Check out this ultimate buyers’ guide of all the vegan cereal options available to you so that you can feed your inner child
As a vegan, it’s great to have a list of “go-to” foods that you know are fully vegan on hand at all times. Whether that’s so you can bag up a snack for the road or just for those days when you don’t feel like cooking, these basic foods will make things easier for you on a regular basis.
Cereal is one of those foods that meets all of my “go-to” criteria. It’s:
- easy to store
- easy to eat
- can be bagged up for a snack
- relatively inexpensive
- relatively healthy (especially compared to lots of other options)
- can be eaten any time of day
So, finding good vegan cereal options was a priority when we made the switch to a vegan lifestyle. I was pleasantly surprised by the large number of easily available options out there!
Let’s take a look at some of those options:
The “accidental” list of vegan cereals
These are your everyday cereals. You know, the ones you loved as a kid.
What makes these cereals special is that their list of ingredients is vegan without trying. I call food items like this “accidentally vegan.”
I love these options because they’re a known entity. Our kids don’t bat an eye at them because they’re the same brands they’ve always known and loved.
Now, one caveat here: these “accidentally vegan” cereals are definitely not the healthiest option out there. They definitely wouldn’t fit in with the “whole food, plant based” lifestyle.
But sometimes, you just want a good old bowl of comfort with cereal you’ve always loved. And that’s okay!
#1 – Cap’n Crunch
Yep, that’s right, the good ‘ol cap’n is vegan!
The Cap’n Crunch vegan options include:
- Original Cap’n Crunch
- Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries
- Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch
#2 – Kellogg’s Mini Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size
Make sure you watch which box you grab because the unfrosted, bite size mini wheats are the only ones that are fully vegan.
#3 – Quaker Life Cereal
There are two options of Quaker Life that are 100% vegan. These are:
- Quaker Life Original
- Quaker Life Cinnamon
Mikey definitely likes that!
#4 – Quaker Puffed Wheat
This basic cereal is a tasty treat for breakfast (I’ll admit to sometimes adding a spoonful of sugar to my bowl, but that’s just between us!) or eaten by the handful for a quick snack.
#5 – General Mills Fiber One Cereal
Although I’m not personally a fan of this one, my husband loves to have a bowl for breakfast with some vanilla oat milk.
Best meant-to-be-vegan or consequentially-vegan cereals
The cereals on this list are from the “healthier” brands that might not necessarily have the large marketing dollars to make them name brands. However, that doesn’t take away from their deliciousness!
The cereals from these brands are often made with whole grains, organic and gluten free as well.
So, although their ingredients still might keep them off of a rigid whole food, plant based diet, they’re definitely a step above Cap’n Crunch in terms of a better-for-you bowl!
#1 – Nature’s Path Organic Cereals
There is an endless plethora of vegan cereal options available from this well-loved brand.
- Crispy Rice Cereal
- Crunchy Maple Sunrise
- Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise
- Flax Plus Maple Pecan Crunch
- Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch
- Flax Plus Multibran Flakes (also with Cinnamon)
- Fruit Juice Sweetened Corn Flakes
- Love Crunch Cereal (Dark Chocolate & Red Berries and Macaroon)
- Kamut Puffs
- Mesa Sunrise Flakes (also with Raisins)
- Millet Rice Flakes
- Multigrain Flakes
- Optimum Power Blueberry Cinnamon Flax Cereal
- Qi’a Superfood (Apple Cinnamon, Cranberry Vanilla, and Original)
- Rice Puffs
- SmartBran Cereal
- Whole-O’s Cereal
- Almond Cranberry Granola
- Coconut Chia Granola
- Hemp Hearts Granola
- Love Crunch (Apple Crumble and Dark Chocolate & Red Berries)
- Peanut Butter Granola
- Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola
- Vanilla Almond + Flax Granola
There’s definitely something for everyone on that list! Shop for Nature’s Path Organic vegan cereals on Amazon.
#2 – 365 Everyday Value
This brand, sold exclusively at Whole Foods, also contains a variety of tasty vegan options for you.
- Organic Morning O’s
- Organic, Gluten Free Cocoa Rice Crisps
- Organic Bran Flakes
- Maple & Almond Butter Granola
- Organic Corn Flakes
- Organic Crunchy Cinnamon Squares
- Organic Frosted Flakes
- Bite-sized Wheat Squares
- Organic Peanut Butter Balls
- Organic Wheat Waffles
- Peanut Butter & Cocoa Balls
- Fruit & Nut Muesli
#3 – Barbara’s Puffin Cereals
The Barbara’s Cereal brand has a variety of vegan options, but we are partial to the Puffins line. The available varieties are:
- Puffins Original
- Puffins Peanut Butter Cereal
- Puffins Cinnamon Cereal
- Puffins Multigrain Cereal
- Puffins Protein Berry Burst
- Puffins Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cereal
- Puffins Pumpkin Cereal
#4 – Cascadian Farms
This organic brand might seem a little spendy, but they are worth the little bit extra because all of their cereals taste great and they’re all organic and whole grain.
The vegan cereal options from Cascadian Farms include:
- Organic Cinnamon Crunch
- Organic Graham Crunch
- Organic Fruitful O’s
#5 – Kashi
You can find several vegan options from both the regular Kashi cereal line and the Kashi GO line.
- Kashi GO Cinnamon Crunch
- Kashi GO Toasted Berry Crisp
- Kashi GO Chocolate Crunch
- Kashi GO Peanut Butter Crunch
- Whole Wheat Biscuits, Island Vanilla
- Whole Wheat Biscuits, Cinnamon Harvest
- Whole Wheat Biscuits, Berry Fruitful
- Organic Blueberry Clusters Cereal
- 7 Whole Grain Flakes Cereal
- Cinnamon French Toast Cereal
- Whole Wheat Biscuits, Autumn Wheat
- Organic Strawberry Fields Cereal
- Whole Wheat Biscuits, Dark Cocoa Karma
#6 – Mom’s Best Cereals
This is another kid-friendly brand that usually has a lower price tag than some others on this list without losing anything in taste or quality.
The vegan cereals from Mom’s Best include:
- Mom’s Best Cereals Safari Cocoa Crunch
- Mom’s Best Cereals Toasted Cinnamon Squares
- Mom’s Best Cereals Crispy Cocoa Rice
- Mom’s Best Cereals Toasted Wheatfuls
- Mom’s Best Cereals Raisin Bran
- Mom’s Best Cereals Crispy Cinnamon Rice
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the vegan cereal options available on the market today.
Instead, this list focuses on brands that are familiar and readily available to everyone.
Where to buy
With the exception of the 365 Everyday Value brand, which is only available at Whole Foods, you should be able to find any of the other options at your local grocery store. I’ve seen at least one or two varieties from these brands everywhere from big box stores to our local, rural, independent grocery store.
You can also find nearly all, if not all, of these brands on Amazon. In fact, you can even buy the 365 Everyday Value cereals on Amazon! We love this option considering our closest Whole Foods is over 3 hours away.
What to watch out for on cereal labels
Learning how to decipher labels is one of the toughest things for new vegans. There are so many animal products hidden in ingredients that you’d never guess.
Some of the ingredients you should watch out for, and avoid, are:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D or D3
- Vitamin B12
- Dairy / Whey
If the cereal you are looking at contains any of these ingredients without being specifically labeled VEGAN, chances are it is not vegan. So, put it back on the shelf and choose one of the other many options available to you.
Some of these ingredients might have you scratching your head. I totally get it! I also felt the same way when we switched to vegan.
The short answer is, these ingredients frequently come from animal sources. (See more specifically about Vitamin D / Vitamin D3 in the FAQs below.)
I’ll leave it at that for now, but will come back to this topic in the future to explain more.
I’ve yet to find a vegan-friendly “milk” that didn’t work well with cereal. From coconut milk to vanilla oat milk and everything in between, pick your favorite to top your tasty bowl of cereal.
The ONLY Kellogg’s cereal that is 100%, without question vegan is Mini Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size, which we mentioned on the “accidentally vegan” list above.
You might wonder why other Kellogg’s cereals that “look okay” really aren’t. Well, the answer isn’t cut and dry and largely depends on how strict you are with your veganism. So, it’s really a personal judgement call.
It comes down to this – these cereals contain sugar and vitamin D.
While those ingredients might seem benign, it’s not that easy.
The process of sugar refinement uses bone char, or charred or burnt animal bones, generally those of cattle. Although that bone char doesn’t end up in the sugar itself it’s used to add the white color to cane sugar.
Similarly, Vitamin D / Vitamin D3 is derived from lanolin, a substance we get from sheep’s wool.
There are many vegans that are not as stringent with their adherence, so they have no problem consuming either of those ingredients. (We fall into that camp the majority of the time!)
If that’s you, your list of vegan cereal options expands dramatically!
Yes and no. Frosted Flakes are vegan, with the exception of the sugar and Vitamin D issue mentioned above.
Fruity Pebbles are vegan if you’re not a strict adherent to all vegan principles.
The ingredients in Fruity Pebbles that are up for debate from a vegan perspective include:
– Palm Kernel Oil
– Natural Flavors
– Artificial Colors
– Vitamin D
Not sure why those ingredients are questionable? Check out this Are Fruity Pebbles Vegan article.
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