Different Options of Gluten-Free Hot Cereals to Try

If you enjoy hot cereal in the morning (or any time of day, for that matter), you have plenty of options for gluten-free hot cereals—manufacturers offer a huge variety ranging from instant packets you can mix up anywhere to more traditional porridges you cook on the stove.

Options include plain rice- or corn-based gluten-free hot cereals, or more elaborate fruit flavors sweetened with brown sugar or agave. Most include whole grains.

If you can have gluten-free oatmeal, your selection expands even further. But even if you can't tolerate oats, you still have plenty of choices in gluten-free hot cereals.

Amy's Kitchen Gluten-Free Hot Cereal Bowl

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Amy's Kitchen offers a quick gluten-free hot cereal option that comes in its own bowl. Amy's Cream of Rice Hot Cereal Bowl includes organic whole grain brown rice, organic agave, and salt, and is tested to contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten.

Don't buy Amy's Steel Cut Oats, as they do not come from certified gluten-free oats.

Arrowhead Mills Gluten-Free Hot Cereal

Arrowhead Mills offers multiple gluten-free hot cereal options, most of which are organic.

Organic Rice and Shine Hot Cereal is made with organic brown rice grits, and Organic Yellow Corn Grits Hot Cereal includes only organic yellow corn grits. Organic Quinoa Rice and Shine combine quinoa and rice. Gluten-Free Instant Maple Buckwheat hot cereal contains gluten-free oats, as does Gluten-Free Quinoa and Oats hot cereal.

Arrowhead Mills is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which requires products to meet the legal standard of less than 20 parts per million of gluten.

Bob's Red Mill

Bob's Red Mill offers seven different gluten-free hot cereal options, including a couple of organic hot cereals.

If you can't have oats, you can try Creamy Brown Rice Farina, Organic Brown Rice Farina, Organic Creamy Buckwheat and Mighty Tasty GF Hot Cereal. If you can handle oats, then your options also include Bob's Quick Cooking Oats, Rolled Oats and Thick Rolled Oats, Scottish Oatmeal and Steel-Cut Oats.

Bob's Red Mill tests for gluten down to below 20 parts per million.

Cream of Wheat Brand Cream of Rice Cereal

When you're following the gluten-free diet, you might find it a bit off-putting to purchase something with the words "Cream of Wheat" on it. But Cream of Wheat (a brand name owned by B&G Foods, Inc.) now labels its Cream of Rice cereal gluten-free.

This cereal is fortified with iron and three B vitamins. It's considered gluten-free to less than 20 parts per million.

Eco-Planet Gluten-Free Hot Cereal

Eco-Planet also offers instant gluten-free hot cereal, which comes in three flavors: Maple and Brown Sugar, Apple and Cinnamon, and plain original.

All include a blend of certified gluten-free oats, buckwheat, sorghum, brown rice, puffed amaranth, quinoa, and millet.

Eco-Planet is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which tests to 10 parts per million of gluten, and all Eco-Planet products are produced in a gluten-free facility.

Glutenfreeda Foods Instant Oatmeal

If you want the convenience of instant oatmeal in a packet, Glutenfreeda Foods makes many different varieties, all with certified gluten-free oats.

You can choose between Apple Cinnamon with Flax, Banana Maple with Flax, Maple Raisin with Flax, Brown Sugar with Flax, Cranberry Cinnamon with Flax, Natural, Strawberries and Brown Sugar with Flax, and Berry Medley. You also can purchase a variety pack with the most popular flavors: Maple Raisin, Brown Sugar with Flax and Apple Cinnamon.

If you prefer your gluten-free hot cereal to come in a ready-to-eat cup, you can find Glutenfreeda Foods oatmeal in cups in these three flavors: Blueberry, Strawberries & Brown Sugar, Brown Sugar & Flax, and Cranberry Apple with Walnuts & Cinnamon.

Glutenfreeda Foods applies stringent standards to ensure its foods always test below 5 parts per million of gluten. The company has a dedicated gluten-free facility. Its products obviously include oats.

Holly's au Natural Gluten-Free Porridge

Holly's au Naturel Oatmeal makes two different gluten-free hot cereals: Gluten-Free Oatmeal plus Cranberry Gluten-Free Porridge, which contains quinoa flakes, flax, whole grain brown rice, corn, white sorghum, buckwheat and (of course) cranberries.

Both gluten-free hot cereals use certified gluten-free oats, and both are tested to contain less than 5 parts per million of gluten. Be careful to buy only the blue "gluten-free" boxes. If you want to create your own custom gluten-free hot cereal blend, Holly's allows you to do so via a link on the company's website.

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