Which Brands of Corn Flakes Are Gluten-Free?

Kellogg's are out, but there are several alternatives

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Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

Corn is naturally gluten free. But not all brands of cornflakes are safe for those following a gluten-free diet.

Overview

During processing, some cereal manufacturers add other ingredients that contain gluten—such barely malt sweetener. Gluten is a protein found in barley and other grains including wheat, rye and some oats. People who follow a gluten-free diet for medical reasons and those who are gluten sensitive should avoid all forms of gluten.

For instance, Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal, a perennial breakfast favorite, includes "malt flavoring" as its fourth ingredient. Sadly, for those who enjoy that cereal, malt flavoring contains gluten in the form of barley, which places Kellogg's Corn Flakes on the "no" list for people who have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Gluten-Free Corn Flakes Options

Fortunately, there are options for people following a gluten-free diet who crave corn flakes. These are a few popular brands of gluten-free corn flakes:

EnviroKidz Amazon Flakes 

Bite for bite, this is the closest you're going to come to Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Manufactured by Nature's Path (which makes all EnviroKidz cereals and other products), these corn flakes are made with certified organic cornmeal plus pure cane sugar. They're certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which inspects manufacturing facilities.

Erewhon Corn Flakes

This cereal isn't a direct replacement for your sweetened traditional corn flakes. Made by Attune Foods, it doesn't contain any added sweetener at all. The only two ingredients are organic milled corn and sea salt, added, according to the manufacturer, to "enhance the subtle sweetness of the corn." The cereal is certified gluten-free by the GFCO and is also certified non-GMO and organic.

Nature's Path Corn Flakes

These cork flakes are organic and sweetened with fruit juice (grape and/or pear juices), not sugar. As a result, you may find this cereal is slightly less sweet and has a somewhat different texture than the corn flakes you're accustomed to eating. They're certified gluten-free by the GFCO and are also certified non-GMO and organic.

Nature's Path Honey'd Corn Flakes

If the brand's fruit juice-sweetened corn flakes don't appeal to you, you might prefer these, which use honey and cane sugar. Otherwise, they include the same ingredients as the fruit juice-sweetened corn flakes and offer the same certifications.

Mainstream Brands

If you're looking for a gluten-free corn flakes option in a mainstream cereal brand that you can find in most grocery stores, the pickings are slim. The one option that may fill your craving for sweet corn is General Mills' Corn Chex. Seven of the eight varieties of General Mills' Chex cereals—including corn, chocolate, cinnamon, honey nut, and rice Chex—are considered gluten-free.

With a bunch of gluten-free cereal options on the market, it's likely you'll find a cereal that you enjoy.

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