If the average American had to choose the ultimate breakfast (or midnight-snack) comfort food, crunchy cereal with cold milk would likely top the list. Thankfully, cereal no longer has to be the processed sugar-fest it once was. Healthier cereals—made with whole, pronounceable ingredients and without hefty doses of processed chemicals, refined sugar and other unwanted items—now take up more and more real estate on store shelves. Here are some of our favorites, grain by grain.


Our pick:

Kellogg's Origins Fruit & Seed MuesliMom's Best Crispy Cocoa Rice Cereal Bear Naked V'nilla Almond FitNature's Path Corn Flakes Fruit Juice SweetenedKashi Organic Promise Cinnamon Harvest Whole Wheat Biscuits

Why we like it:

This hearty, versatile blend is excellent cold or hot, in milk or over yogurt. It's made of simple, wholesome ingredients, including apricots, raising, cranberries, and 32 grams of whole grains.This healthy version of chocolate-flavored rice cereal will please all palates, young and old. What's missing? Artificial flavors, preservatives and ingredients you've never heard of. Skip the sugar coma: This granola packs only 4 grams of sugar per 120-calorie serving. Plus, show almonds help you stay satisfied longer.Perfect for people who don't like overly sweet cereals, these flakes contain a mere 3 grams of sugar per serving. The slightly fruity flavor makes for a pleasant twist on a classic. A mere four ingredients—all organic—combine into light, flaky biscuits, with a cinnamon-y crunch. Numbers we like: 47 grams of whole grains, over 20 percent of daily fiber needs.

Our testers say:

"It kept me full for a long time.""Taste and texture are yummy.""Especially good with yogurt.""The flavor was unusual, in a good way." "Just the right amount of sweet."

Bonus points for:

soy-free, sodium-freegluten-free, sustainable packagingdairy-free, vegan, sustainable packagingvegan, dairy-free, organic, gluten-freedairy-free, organic, soy-free, vegan

Also try:

Cascadian Farm Multi Grain SquaresNature's Path Envirokidz Koala Crisp CerealKind Maple Quinoa Granola Clusters with Chia SeedsBarbara's Original PuffinsPost Grape-Nuts