Food & Nutrition

The best low sugar cereals you can buy (that actually taste good)

Published by Finn Hayden

Cereal feels like a relatively healthy breakfast option, and while you definitely can buy healthy cereal, people are often shocked when they find out how much sugar is hidden in many cereals.

There are lots of low sugar cereals out there that you can buy, and if we wanted to just recommend you a bunch of cereals which are low in sugar, that would be easy. But the problem is that so many of the cereals that we've tried which are low in sugar taste terrible, so we wouldn't feel comfortable recommending them to anyone.

That's why we thought it would be useful to recommend some cereals which are low in sugar and actually taste good too. We've rounded up 7 of our favourite low sugar cereals for this guide, let's get into it:

Cocoa Bear Alpha Bites

We wanted to include at least one chocolate cereal in this guide because, let's face it, chocolate cereal is amazing, and often in the morning you just want something which tastes great. As you'd expect, most chocolate cereal is pretty high in sugar, but there are some options which are lower in sugar, such as the Cocoa Alpha Bites from the BEAR brand. At just 15g of sugar per 100g, this cereal contains 11g less sugar compared to something like Kellogg's Krave Chocolate Hazelnut, but what we love about the Cocoa Alpha Bites cereal is that it still has a lovely chocolatey taste and definitely still scratches that itch for us. We also love that Cocoa Alpha Bites aren't full of rubbish and are made from just 6 ingredients without anything artificial. Learn more and buy them here -
Cocoa Alpha Bites BEAR

Weetabix Banana

The standard variety of Weetabix is quite healthy and is very low in sugar, at just 4.2g of sugar per 100g. But if you want a sweeter version of Weetabix which is still relatively low in sugar then Weetabix Banana is a great option. At just 13g of sugar per 100g, Weetabix Banana contains less sugar than Weetabix Chocolate (3g less sugar per 100g) and Weetabix Golden Syrup (1g less sugar per 100g), but still has a lovely sweet taste. Weetabix Banana also has the added benefit of being high in iron. Learn more and buy it here -
Weetabix Banana

Turtle low sugar pillows

In terms of a cereal which is very low in sugar, these low sugar pillows from the Turtle brand are a great option. You'll find just 2.7g of sugar in 100g of this cereal, so it's very low in sugar. As you might expect, this cereal isn't quite as sweet as some of the other options we've included in this list, but we think it's still worthy of a place in the guide because it's actually quite tasty, in our opinion. Learn more and buy them here -

Turtle chocolate pillows

M&S Taste Buds Wholegrain Twinkling Strawberry Stars

Often cereal which is made for children is lower in sugar, as we demonstrated in our guide to the best cereal for kids. And this cereal from M&S is a great example of that - the M&S Taste Buds Wholegrain Twinkling Strawberry Stars cereal contains just 6.2g of sugar per 100g, and we really love the taste of it. This cereal still has a nice sweet taste and the strawberry flavour really comes through, but the M&S Taste Buds Wholegrain Twinkling Strawberry Stars contain less than a third of the sugar that you'll find in Jordans Country Crisp Strawberry Cereal, which contains a whopping 20.4g of sugar per 100g. Learn more and buy this cereal here -
M&S Taste Buds Wholegrain Twinkling Strawberry Stars

Kellogg's Coco Pops

We felt that the Coco Pops cereal from Kellogg's cereal is worthy of a mention in this guide because when we looked at how healthy Coco Pops are, we were surprised by the relatively low sugar content, especially when compared to other chocolate cereals and other cereals within the Kellogg's range. For example, at 17g of sugar per 100g, Coco Pops contain less than half the sugar you'll find in Crunchy Nut, a cereal which contains a whopping 35g of sugar per 100g. Even compared to other popular chocolate cereals, Coco Pops is low in sugar - Weetos contain 19g of sugar per 100g, which is 2g more sugar than you'll find in the same amount of Coco Pops. So as you can see, Coco Pops might not be really low in sugar, but they're definitely low in sugar compared to most of the other popular cereals you can buy. Learn more and buy them here -
front of Coco Pops packet

Lizi's Low Sugar granola

Granola feels like a healthy cereal to eat in the morning, and as we mentioned in a previous guide, there are healthy granola options out there. But so many granola options that you'll find on the supermarket shelves are packed with sugar - for example, Jordans Simply Granola contains 17.3g of sugar per 100g, which is more than you'll find in Coco Pops. Luckily, there are some excellent low sugar options when it comes to granola, and the best we've tried is the Low Sugar Granola from the Lizi's brand. This granola contains just 3.8g of sugar per 100g, meaning it's just 4% sugar, but there is still a nice sweetness that you get from ingredients such as desiccated coconut and black treacle.
Lizi's low sugar granola

We also want to give a special mention to the Crownfield low sugar granola that you can buy from Lidl, which contains just 2.9g of sugar per 100g. We wouldn't say it's quite as nice as the Lizi's low sugar granola, but it's still very good. Unfortunately we can't find a link for where to buy the granola online, so your best bet is to check in your local Lidl shop to see if you can find it.

low sugar granola lidl

We hope this guide helps you to find a tasty low sugar cereal! If you want to read something similar, we have a guide to the best low carb cereal you can buy and the healthiest cereal you can buy. Let us know in the comments if you've tried any of these options.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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