Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and while there are many choices, cereals top the list of most popular breakfast foods without a doubt. But what cereals are vegan?
With most cereals being made of corn and whole grains, you’d think most of them are vegan. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Many ingredients in your morning cereals could contain animal products.
The most obvious ingredient made from animal products is honey, which is widely used to sweeten cereals. The vitamin D in your cereals could come from the sheep-based product lanolin, and the added white sugar might have gone through a refining process that involves bone char, which isn’t vegan at all.
The good news is that there are still many vegan cereals out there, and we have 14 healthy, tasty, and 100% vegan options on this list, so dig in to find your new favorites.
14 Tasty Vegan Cereals to Start Your Day With
Start your day with this healthy vegan option by Fiber One! Containing 55% percent of your recommended daily fiber intake in just one serving, you’re well on the right track to getting enough fiber shortly after you get up. It also contains whole grains that help regulate your appetite and keep your heart healthy, and it doesn’t contain sugar, which means you won’t crash later in the morning, allowing you to stay energized all day.
Fuel your mornings with some delicious peanut butter crunch by Kashi GO! This crunchy goodness is made with hard red wheat, brown rice, barley, rye, and, of course, peanut butter. It is a great source of protein as it contains 10g per serving, and it’s good for boosting your daily fiber intake as well. All the ingredients are non-GMO Project Verified, and the fact that they are 100% vegan just makes it even better.
Get your day started with a tasty and nutritious breakfast. The Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola is packed with nutritious ingredients including quinoa, amaranth, and chia seeds. Those superfoods aren’t only good for you, they also have vibrant flavors and rich textures that will have you coming back for more. It is lightly sweetened with coconut sugar, so you won’t crash later in the day. Other than being 100% vegan and GMO-free, it’s also certified gluten-free, so everyone can treat themselves to this healthy and delicious cereal.
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Upgrade your breakfast with this low-carb option by Catalina Crunch! You can start your day with this cereal or bring it with you as a healthy snack. It is a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, and it contains no sugar, so you can snack on without the guilt. It’s also Keto-friendly and gluten-free, so almost everyone can enjoy this delicious treat regardless of their diet and nutritional needs. Without any artificial sweeteners, flavors, or food colorings, this vegan cereal is certainly a good pick for the most important meal of the day.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast with some organic cinnamon crunch cereal by Cascadian Farm. This cereal is certified organic, and it is made with non-GMO whole grains that are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides. The ingredients are also Fair Trade certified, so you know that the workers who made this tasty cereal are treated right. It provides fiber and is only lightly sweetened with cinnamon and sugar, so you’ll be doing your body a huge favor while you enjoy this delicious cereal.
Having a healthy breakfast is the best way to get your day started, and with this cereal, you can do that every day. Crispy rice puffs, crunchy flakes, quinoa, and flax seeds are seasoned with natural maple syrup for the sweet flavor that will have you coming back for more. Nature’s Path believes in fair practices and is always organic. This cereal is Non-GMO Project Verified and the ingredients are USDA-Certified Organic. With 14 grams of whole grams and 4 grams of fiber in each serving, this snack will keep you energized all day.
Fuel your mornings with this tasty peanut butter cereal! It’s Non-GMO Project verified and made without artificial flavors, colorings, and preservatives, so you can enjoy every bite knowing that you’re giving your body healthy stuff. Being low in fat and sugar and cholesterol-free, it’s great for your heart. The savory crunch combined with a sweet flavor melts together in your mouth, making them the perfect breakfast and snack.
Erin Baker’s granola makes sure you can enjoy a healthy and tasty breakfast every day. With quinoa and oats on the ingredient list, you know you’re getting enough protein for breakfast. It also contains oat bran, which is fiber-rich and nutritious, so you’ll be taking good care of your digestive health with this granola as well. Add some almond milk, and you’ll have yourselves a bowl of healthy and delicious breakfast (or snack) that will keep you energized throughout the day.
Add some sweetness to your breakfast with this strawberry cereal by Kashi! The crunch of the crispy rice and whole wheat flakes blends perfectly with the sweetness of dried strawberries, giving you a delicious and wholesome breakfast. All made with plant-based ingredients, this cereal is completely vegan. It’s also super healthy, as it’s USDA-certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Kashi also cares a lot about how the ingredients are grown and made, so you’ll be supporting sustainable and ethical farming practices if you switch to this cereal.
Get ready for the day with a breakfast boost by Alpen! Rolled oats, whole grain wheat flakes, raisins, hazelnuts, and almonds are all the feel-good ingredients used to make this delicious muesli. It’s Non-GMO Project Verified, high in fiber, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, so you can dig in knowing you’re giving your body good stuff. You’ll be doing our planet a huge favor as well, as the package is made completely with recycled paperboard.
Packed with nutrients, this cereal by Nature’s Path will keep you energized throughout the day. A single serving contains 9 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, so you’ll be giving yourself a healthy boost. Nature’s Path embraces sustainability, so all the ingredients found in this cereal are USDA-certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. The sweetness of dried coconut, the rich flavor of vanilla, and the hearty crunch of whole-grain rolled oats combine to make this mouth-watering goodness that you can have as breakfast or a snack.
Forager Project is on a mission to “improve human and planet health by making organic, plant-based whole foods,” and this cereal is no exception. It is USDA-certified organic, so you can dig in knowing that all the ingredients in your cereal are good for you and the environment. It is made with cassava root and navy bean, gluten-free ingredients that are packed with protein and fiber. Lightly sweetened with a little bit of sugar, this cereal satisfies your sweet tooth without causing a sugar crash later in the day.
Power up in the morning with this delicious cereal packed with nutrients. Made with a blend of navy, lentil, and garbanzo beans, this tasty cereal is completely gluten-free and vegan. It also contains fiber and 3 grams of plant-based protein in each serving. Seasoned with real cocoa, this crunchy cereal has a rich chocolate flavor. Love Grown’s goal is to “bring ‘better’ to breakfast and beyond,” so it only uses simple and wholesome ingredients to make its tasty cereals that you’ll love.
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Cereals are obviously a popular choice for breakfast foods. Other than being tasty, there are also lots of fortified options that are packed with nutrients. Even though cereals, being mainly made with grains, may all seem vegan, that is far from true. Many ingredients in cereals contain animal products, like white sugar, honey, and even vitamin D.
Luckily, there are also many vegan options, and the ones on this list will all fill your belly with healthy and tasty goodness that will keep you energized throughout the day.
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