You may be wondering if transitioning to veganism means that you'll have to give up your favorite cereals. The good news is that most cereals on the market are vegan, even some that you might not expect! We've divided up some of the best vegan cereal brands by their categories, so no matter what your preferences are, you're bound to find something.
However, one shocking cereal that wasn't vegan was Frosted Mini Wheats. Learn more in our FAQ section below.
Please Note: Not everything on this vegan cereal list is particularly health promoting. Not that this would come as a surprise to many, but we just wanted to do a little disclaimer. We like to endorse a whole-foods plant based diet for human health.
We classified these cereals as vegan because they didn't contain any of the common animal products found in breakfast cereals. The two most common ingredients that we kept an eye out for were gelatin and honey. If the cereals didn't have those or other labeled animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, fish, etc), then they could have made it to the list.
We didn't consider any trace ingredients (such as vitamin fortifications) because we don't think its important for vegans to stress about such things. Especially new vegans.
Many top-level vegan organizations agree with this assessment.
Additionally, we didn't consider if any added sugar in these cereals could have been processed with bone char because it would be near impossible to tell.
However we did include an asterisk (*) next to all of the organic cereals. Organic cane sugar is never processed with bone char.
If you're vegan for animal welfare, then stressing about either of these things (vitamin fortification or sugar) is going to be counter productive.
If you're vegan for strictly health reasons - you're probably going to want to choose one of the single ingredient cereals anyway.
As a final note: all ingredient statements have the possibility of changing over time. Please double check the box before purchasing.
Below we've categorized cereals by their most common properties so you can find exactly what you're looking for.
If it has an asterisks (*) next to it, that means its organic - so you don't have to worry about potential non-vegan trace ingredients, although we encourage people not to worry about it anyway.
Use any of the link below to learn more about a given cereal on Amazon.
The main brand that we could find that makes Single Ingredient Cereals is Arrowhead Mills. This brand puffs all sorts of grains, including some ancient ones, resulting in some really delicious, satisfying, and nutrient dense cereals.
If you're looking to still enjoy cereal while reducing your intake of processed foods, we highly recommend you check out some of their products below!
You don't have to worry about any added sugar or other ingredients with these cereals.
While the single ingredient cereals also fall into the more healthy category, they can be rather boring. We made this second list of healthy vegan cereals to show some less-bland, but still nutrient-dense options that you can enjoy right out of the box.
Puffed cereals are known for their crispy properties. The perfect example of a crispy cereal are none other than Rice Krispies. Not to be confused with crunchy cereals which tend to be less airy and more dense.
Any form of store-bought generic puffed rice cereals likely have the same type of ingredients so those are likely a safe bet as well!
There's something about O-shaped cereals that everyone loves. It could be because of Cheerio-nostalgia, or it could be because they are the perfect shape to get a balance of nut milk and cereal in one bite. There's plenty of options for vegans, and this list is just the most popular ones we found online.
As you can see, there's plenty of vegan options to explore and likely even more in your local supermarket!
Corn based cereals have a certain crunch and earthiness that makes it stand out from the typical wheat or rice based options. If you grew up eating Kix then you know what we're talking about. Corn cereals also tend to be gluten-free; only rarely are corn-based cereals mixed with other grains.
Don't worry cereal junkies, we've got your back.
We've made this list for those super indulgent vegan cereals. The ones that you probably have fond childhood memories of.
We can't endorse any of these for your overall health, but sometimes you just want an epic bowl of cereal.
We almost added Frosted Mini Wheats to this list, but realized that it contained gelatin to our disappointment!
It's these super sweet indulgent cereals that vegans have to be most diligent about checking the ingredient statements.
Even though we made a pretty long list of our favorite and most popular vegan and "accidentally vegan" cereals above, we often get questions about other cereals. We've compiled these questions below, whether they are on our list or not.
While we thought that the the chocolate in Cocoa Krispies may have contained milk, it turns out that Cocoa Krispies are vegan. The manufacturer's website lists the ingredients in the chocolate as (sugar, chocolate, and dextrose).
Based on the latest nutrition facts from Post Brands it seems that Cocoa Krispies are vegan. But although the ingredients don't list any animal products, this cereal is mainly just sugar and hydrogenated oil. We don't recommend you eat too much of it!
We had quite a difficult time finding the ingredient listing, but it turns out that Cocoa Puffs are vegan. The ingredients are located on General Mill's website and don't contain any blatantly labeled animal products (milk, honey, eggs, gelatin, etc.) to date.
Corn Flakes were actually already on our list of vegan cereals. So yes, Corn Flakes are vegan.
Yes. According to the latest ingredient statement on Kellogg's website, there are no blatantly labeled animal products added to Fruit Loops.
Yes! Frosted Flakes were actually on our vegan cereal list above.
No! It was a huge surprise to us as well, but if you check the current ingredients for Frosted Mini Wheats you'll see that they contain gelatin. This forced us to put it in the non-vegan category.
Yes and no. Depending on which Kashi Cereal that you're looking at you'll find that some contain honey and some do not.
The good news is that Kashi makes it pretty easy to identify which of their cereals are vegan and which ones are not. If a particular cereal does contain honey, they seem to incorporate it as part of the name or at least on the front of the box. We still recommend you double check before buying, but looking for honey on the front of the box is a good place to start.
Yes! According to Quaker's website, Life Cereal and Cinnamon Life are vegan. They did contain some artificial colors though which we found interesting. It's not like the cereal contains any wacky colors like fruit loops!
The Original Version of Kix and Berry Kix are vegan as we couldn't find any animal products on the label. However, beware of Honey Kix which as you may have guessed contain honey which makes that particular version non-vegan. See the full ingredient statement at the Kix website.
Yes, we couldn't find any labeled animal products in the Raisin Bran ingredient statement. Beware though, this cereal does have a ton of sugar for something marketed as a health food. Sure, most are probably from the dried raisins, but it is still a rather calorie dense cereal.
From the information on General Mill's website, Total Cereal is vegan and doesn't contain any labeled animal products. However, beware that for a cereal marketed as a health food it's basically just whole grain wheat, added sugar, and fortified vitamins.
If health is a priority for you, we recommend you stick with one of the Single Ingredient or Healthy Vegan Cereals that we've listed above.
During our research, we identified the most common offending ingredients in cereal as the following:
If the ingredient statement doesn't contain anything on the list above, they're most likely vegan. We haven't seen any cereals with eggs during our research so it is unlikely that you'll stumble upon such a thing.
Many commercial cereals are going to have sugar in them and you may have heard that sugar has the potential to be processed with bone char. Many vegan organizations, including ourselves, would recommend not worrying about ingredients used in processing or trace ingredients when transitioning to a vegan lifestyle.
For the sake of this article, we aren't investigating where each manufacturer gets their sugar. The reasoning behind this is because we believe that there isn't any improvement to the suffering of animals by getting this granular (no pun intended).
However, for more experienced vegans or those who want to go to that level of detail, we've separated our cereals out into organic and conventional. Organic cane sugar isn't processed with bone char by regulation, so you can rest assured that organic cereals don't run the same risk of having animal products involved in the supply chain.
With that in mind, if you're going to be buying a bag of sugar for your house, try to make it organic cane sugar or beet sugar.
The same applies to trace ingredients that may or may not be animal derived such as any vitamin fortification. Again, we don't believe that trace ingredients contribute to the suffering and death of animals, as they are an extremely small byproduct of the animal agriculture industry. If you want to avoid these, we recommend sticking to plain oatmeal or one of the cereals with single ingredients.
Check out our sugar article to learn more.
Because there are so many vegan cereals out there, this is by no means a comprehensive list. Are there any cereals out there that our fellow vegans are enjoying we should add?
Please let us know in the comments below and we'll get them added ASAP!
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.