Just because you swap your regular milk for a plant-based milk doesn't mean your breakfast cereal is vegan. Like many other processed foods, not all cereal brands are plant-based.
Whether you're checking to see if a cereal you already have is vegan, or if you're looking for a new brand to pick up at the grocery store, this guide will help you quickly find the perfect vegan cereal brand for your needs.
Are you looking to see if a specific brand of cereal is vegan? If so, jump to my complete vegan cereal list!
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This guide lists both vegan and non-vegan cereal products for each brand. It's just as helpful to know which brands aren't vegan as it is to know which brands are.
I can't possibly list every single cereal product out there, and if I only listed the products that were vegan, you'd have no way of knowing if a cereal not included on the list wasn't vegan or if I simply didn't look into it.
If you don't have a specific brand in mind and are just looking for vegan cereal recommendations, skim through the highlights below to find products that you'd like.
Healthy Vegan Cereal Brands
While the term "healthy" is subjective, I can say that generally, vegan cereals are healthier than many other non-vegan brands of cereal. That's because cereal is always processed to some extent, but non-vegan brands tend to be more processed than their vegan alternatives.
To find a healthy vegan cereal, look for two things:
- a short ingredient list (fewer added chemicals and preservatives)
- an ingredient list with whole foods you understand (less processing)
Here are some go-to healthy vegan cereal brands:
Nature's Path Cereal has many vegan options to choose from, and their website makes it incredibly easy to spot vegan options. Just look for the V under their cereal products to be sure it's plant-based.
Nature's Path Cereal is always organic and focuses on using real food ingredients that you can recognize on the label. See their website for more information.
While they don't have as many vegan choices as Nature's Path, the Cascadian Farm plant-based cereal options are pretty healthy choices.
All of the cereals are organic and use whole food ingredients with limited preservatives. For more information, see their website.
356 Everyday Value
Another often organic cereal brand, 356 Everyday Value, has many vegan options to choose from. You can find this brand at Whole Foods store on Amazon. See their website here.
This brand offers many copycat popular cereal brands that are healthier than the original version — while also making them vegan!
High Protein Vegan Cereal
While many healthy cereal brands focus on whole grains and short, understandable ingredient lists, others focus on protein.
The problem with adding protein to cereal is that brands often add animal sources of protein, such as whey protein.
If you're looking for a protein-loaded vegan cereal, turn your attention to Kashi.
If it's the protein you're looking for, you have to check out Kashi GO cereals. The other Kashi cereals are healthy, but the GO variety is focused on protein.
Each flavor has the protein per serving labeled on the front of the box, and many of the Kashi GO flavors are vegan! See their website for more information.
Check out the vegan Cinnamon Crisp variety — it has 14 grams of protein per serving!
Gluten-Free Vegan Cereal
It can be tough to find cereal brands that are both vegan and gluten-free, especially considering the already small list of plant-based cereal brands.
Luckily, many brands that consider the plant-based eaters also look out for those who need to avoid gluten.
Here are some brands that offer gluten-free vegan cereal:
Once again, Nature's Path tops the list. Not only is it incredibly easy to find vegan cereals in their long list of products, but it's just as easy to find those that are vegan and gluten-free.
While you're scanning their list of cereals, just look for the ones with both a "V" and "GF" listed at the bottom, which stand for vegan and gluten-free.
All but one of Barbara's Puffins cereals are vegan, and a few of these flavors are gluten-free! See their website for more information.
These are the plant-based, gluten-free Puffins varieties:
- Protein Berry Burst
- 365 Everyday Value (healthy options)
- Cap'n Crunch
- Cascadian Farm (healthy options)
- Kashi (high protein)
- Nature's Path (gluten-free options/healthy)
- Puffins (gluten-free options)
- Raisin Bran
- Non-Vegan Cereal Brands
Vegan Cereal List
- Barbara’s Puffins Cereal Vegan Options:
- Puffins Original (all labeled vegan)
- Puffins Peanut Butter Cereal
- Puffins Cinnamon Cereal
- Puffins Multigrain Cereal (GF)
- Puffins Protein Berry Burst (GF)
- Puffins Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cereal
- Puffins Pumpkin Cereal (GF)
- Not Vegan:
- Puffins Honey Rice Cereal