10 Best Breakfast Cereals in Australia (2022) — The Food Edit (2023)

Written By Sarah Yew

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Breakfast is the first meal we eat, most often in the early morning, before undertaking a day of school or work. Traditional breakfasts come in many forms such as sandwiches, soups, hot or cold meals, eggs, meat or buns with fillings.

In the past, what you eat for breakfast often depends on cultural background and available local produce. However today, there is one breakfast type that has made its way into most households’ pantries…

Breakfast cereals! If you want to learn more about the history of breakfast cereals, click here.

What is breakfast cereal made of?

Breakfast cereals are made from processed grains, legumes or starchy staples. For example: rice, wheat, corn, oats and barley. Nowadays, some cereals have added ingredients like dried nuts, seeds and fruits, and depending on the product, it can be eaten hot or cold. (Do note that ‘processing of foods’ have been developed since ancient times. In order to improve digestibility and bioavailability of nutrients from foods we consume. So, ‘processed foods’ are not all bad for health!)

Is breakfast cereal still healthy in 2022?

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Breakfast cereals have had a history of ‘scandals’ with the public. It has been labeled as sugary food, low-nutrient-density food and bad for health. But in recent years, it has turned into a healthy food. Yet, some people religiously shun this ‘carb-heavy’ food. So… is breakfast cereal really healthy or is this another marketing gimmick?

Foremost, it is still important to have breakfast. Regular meals are important, regardless of science, lifestyle or medical conditions. Breakfast consist of 20-30% of your nutritional intake and acts as a body-clock regulator.

Secondly, breakfast cereals provides good carbohydrates to fuel your day and can be a source of plant-based protein. It can contain high fibre, prebiotic food and provide you vitamins and minerals (that are naturally occurring or fortified).

So, yes breakfast cereals are healthy depending on the product. In Australia, there are more than 450 cereal products on supermarket shelves! To help you make choices more easily, here is a list of some of the healthiest breakfast cereals, from classic shredded wheat to granola.

Shredded/ porridge:

  • (Sanitarium) Weetbix High Bran - fortified with vitamin Bs, iron & magnesium for energy

  • (Uncle Toby’s) Oats Super Blend - Protein (almond & cinnamon) - good source of protein, diabetes-friendly (low GI), sachets

  • (Uncle Toby’s) Ancient Grains

Cereal flakes:

  • (Freedom Classic) Active Balance - maple & almond multigrain flakes - gluten-free

  • (Be Natural) Whole Grain Mini Bites - original

  • (Be Natural) 5 Whole Grain Flakes

  • (Kellogg’s) Guardian - heart health

Granola:

  • (We The Many) Prebiotic Granola

  • (Jordan’s) Low Sugar Granola - almond & hazelnut

  • (Carman’s) Low Sugar Granola Raspberry & Coconut

  • (Be Natural) Low Sugar Granola

Clusters/ muesli:

  • (Barley+) - Protein Clusters (cashew & almond) - good source of protein, heart health, gut health

  • (Food for Health) Fruit Free Clusters(chia and cinnamon) - gluten-free, fodmap-friendly

  • (Carman’s) Original Fruit Free Muesli - fodmap-friendly, diabetes-friendly (low GI)

Read on for a detailed breakdown of 10 of these breakfast cereals!

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10 healthy breakfast cereals in Australian supermarkets

1. (Sanitarium) Weetbix high bran

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Description: Start the day with a breakfast you can feel good about. Weet-Bix™ Hi-Bran has the natural goodness of high fibre bran and wholegrain wheat flakes, blended with coconut into a crunchy biscuit for a great start to your day.

Main ingredients: wholegrain wheat (~65%), wheat bran (~20%)

Per serve (40g, 2 biscuits): 5g protein, 2.2g fat (1.5g saturated fat), 23.3g carbs, 2.7g sugar, 7g dietary fibre.

Other nutrients/ fortification: vitamin Bs (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, folate) & iron (3mg per serve - 2 biscuits), source of magnesium.

Health star rating: 5 stars

Why choose this product: very high in fibre, contains energy-related vitamins (B) and minerals (iron, magnesium).

Packet size (total number of serves): 750g (~18 serves)

Where to buy from: Coles, Woolworths

Price: $6.20 (Woolworths)

2. (Uncle Tobys®) Oats Super Blends - Protein Almond & Cinnamon

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Description: Super start your morning with Uncle Tobys’ super blends.

Main ingredients: soy & tree nuts wholegrain cereals (77%) [rolled oats (65%), rye (8%), spelt (4%)]

Per serve (46g): 11g protein, 4g fat (0.7g saturated fat), 21.8g carbohydrate (1.6g sugar), 3.8g fibre

Health star rating: 5.0 | Low glycemic index certified

Why choose this product: warm/hot porridge, comes in sachets for easy portioning, diabetes-friendly (low glycemic index), higher protein (good source), low sugar (1.6g per serve), additional rye & spelt grains.

Packet size (total number of serves): 368g (8 serves)

Where to buy from: Woolworths

Price: $7

Another breakfast cereal/porridge I would recommend is Uncle Tobys Ancient Grains, which is a nutritious blend of oats, rye, puffed millet and quinoa. It is a staple in my household!

3. (Freedom Classic) Active balance - maple & almond multigrain flakes

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Description: Your healthy morning begins here, with these crunchy and sweet, almond-packed clusters. Our Active Balance range is specially formulated to support good digestive health. We understand that a nourishing breakfast gives you the freedom to feel good all day long.

Main ingredients: rice flakes & puffs, seeds, multigrain flakes

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Per serve (40g): 3.2g protein, 5.4g fat (0.6g saturated fat), 22.4g carbohydrates (4.2g sugar), 5g fibre

Other nutrients/ fortification: prebiotic fibre (chicory - may not suit people with sensitive bowels), probiotic culture.

Health star rating: 4.5

Why choose this product: free from gluten, eggs & wheat, added prebiotic fibre and probiotic.

Packet size (total number of serves): 400g (10 serves)

Where to buy from: Coles & Woolworths

Price: $7.50

4. (Be Natural®) Whole Grain Mini Bites - Original

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Description: Be Natural Mini Bites Original is a healthy, high fibre breakfast cereal of delicious whole grain pillows of shredded whole wheat

Main ingredients: organic whole grain wheat (88%)

Per serve (45g): 5.4g protein, 0.7 fat (0.1g saturated fat), 30.4g carbohydrate (5.7g sugar), 5.4g fibre

Health star rating: 5.0

Why choose this product: crunchy pillow-style cereal, simple ingredients (x3)

Packet size (total number of serves): 460g (~10 serves)

Where to buy from: Woolworths

Price: $7

Another breakfast cereal from Be Natural® I would recommend is Be Natural® 5 Whole Grain Flakes. It is made from five wholegrain (wheat, barley, oats, rye, triticale), with nutty and crunchy notes. It has a Health Star Rating of 4.5 and is another staple in my home.

8. Kellogg’s® Guardian®

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Description: Kellogg’s® Guardian® is made from whole grain wheat, barley and oat bran with added psyllium to stimulate the breakdown of cholesterol giving you a healthy and nutritious start to the day.

Main ingredients: wholegrains (63%)(wheat, barley), psyllium (11%)

Per serve (40g): 3.6g protein, 1g fat (0.2g saturated fat), 26g carbohydrate (5g sugar), 7.4g fibre

Other nutrients/ fortification: contains psyllium, which helps degradation of liver cholesterol, good for heart health (4.4g per serve).

Health star rating: 5.0

Why choose this product: high fibre content, good for heart health (psyllium)


Packet size (total number of serves): 360g (9 serves)

Where to buy from: Coles, Woolworths

Price: $7 (Coles)

3. (We the Many) Prebiotic Granola

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Description: Kickstart your day and feed your gut with one of nature's best prebiotic powerhouses - green banana resistance starch. Prebiotic Granola is a wholesome blend of wholegrains, nuts & seeds with a little dried fig and cinnamon for natural sweetness, and a touch of lemon for your morning zing!

Main ingredients: oats, sunflower kernels, tapioca

Per serve (35g): 3.8g protein, 7.5g fat (1.4 saturated fat), 16g carbs, 5g, sugar, 2.4g fibre

Other nutrients/ fortification: magnesium

Health star rating: ?

Why choose this product: crunchy granola, sweetened with dried prebiotic fruits.

Packet size (total number of serves): 350g (10 serves)

Where to buy from: Woolworths and other stockists

Price: $9 (Woolworths)

5. (Jordan’s) Low sugar granola - almond & hazelnut

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Description: Blended with almonds and hazelnuts we think it tastes pretty good too. So now there's even more reasons to enjoy our tasty crunchy clusters. With no artificial ingredients, and the help of chicory root fibre, we've created this granola with less than 5% sugar.


Main ingredients: grain oats (oat flakes 55%), barley flakes (19%), chicory root fibre (11%)

Per serve (45g): 7.2g protein, 7.2g fat (1.1g saturated fat), 25.1g carbohydrate (1.3g sugar), 3.6g fibre

Other nutrients/ fortification: prebiotic fibre (chicory - may not suit people with sensitive bowels)

Health star rating: ?

Why choose this product: crunchy granola, low sugar content (1.3g per serve), added prebiotic fibre.

Packet size (total number of serves): 500g (11 serves)

Where to buy from: Coles & Woolworths

Price: $7.50 (Woolworths)

Other low sugar granola options: Carman’s Low Sugar Granola Raspberry & Coconut and Be Natural® Low Sugar Granola

7. (Barley+) Protein Clusters with cashew & almond

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Description: Barley+ contains the non-GMO BARLEYmax™ grain which has more of the 3 important fibre types together in 1 grain, developed by Australia’s leading scientific research organisation, the CSIRO.

Main ingredients: wholegrain rolled oats, wholegrain rolled barley flakes (BARLEYmax™)

Per serve (50g): 10g protein, 7.6g fat (1g saturated fat), 21g carbohydrate (8.4g sugar), 8.5g fibre

Other nutrients/ fortification: high protein (10g per serve), contains beta-glucan (prebiotic & good for heart health - reduces LDL cholesterol)

Health star rating: 5.0

Why choose this product: high fibre content, different fibre types (for gut health, regularity and heart health), higher protein (good source)


Packet size (total number of serves): 400g (8 serves)

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Where to buy from: Coles, Woolworths, IGA

Price: $5.89 (IGA)

9. Food For Health Fruit Free Clusters with Chia & Cinnamon

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Description: Food For Health’s clusters are high in fibre, with flaxseeds, psyllium and the super food chia seed. Created to make life that little bit easier for people with gluten and fructose intolerance.

Main ingredients: buckwheat (22%), rice syrup, puffed rice (13%), sunflower kernels (13%)

Per serve (45g): 4.9g protein, 7.9g fat (0.8g saturated fat), 22.2g carbohydrate (5g sugar), 3.8g fibre

Fodmap-friendly certified

Why choose this product: fodmap-friendly (fructose-free), gluten-free


Packet size (total number of serves): 425g (9.5 serves)

Where to buy from: Coles, Woolworths

Price: $8 (Coles)

10. Carman’s Original Fruit Free Muesli

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Description: Simple yet so delicious, Carman’s Original Fruit Free Muesli blends crispy baked Australian whole grain oats with a generous serve of crunchy almonds, pecans, pepitas and a hint of cinnamon for a wholesome breakfast that your body will thank you for!

Main ingredients: Whole Grains (47%) (Oats, Rye, Barley, Wheat Flakes), Seeds (10%) (Sunflower Seeds, Buckwheat, Linseeds, Pepitas, Sesame Seeds), Chicory Fibre

Per serve (45g): 4.9g protein, 7.9g fat (1g saturated fat), 21.6g carbohydrate (4.4g sugar), 7.2g fibre

Other nutrients/ fortification: contains chicory root fibre (but tested to be suitable for sensitive guts)

Health Star Rating: 4.5 | Low Fodmap certified (Monash) | low glycemic index claim

Why choose this product: high fibre, fodmap-friendly (and fructose-free), diabetes-friendly (low glycemic index)


Packet size (total number of serves): 450g (10 serves)

Where to buy from: Coles, Woolworths

Price: $6.90 (Woolworths)

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Everyone has different likings and needs. You may want to change a breakfast cereal that has higher protein, lower sugar, is diabetes friendly, fodmap friendly or free from certain ingredients, such as gluten or fructose. Note: what is available in supermarket do change over time but above is a list to get you started in finding your favourite ones.

If a product is not listed above, it does not mean it is not healthy. This is where label-reading skills will come in handy. Also be careful not to get caught by marketing tactics. Just because a product is e.g. ‘low in sugar or fat’ does not make it healthy by default.

Depending on the type of breakfast cereal you are having, you can have it with dairy such as milk, alternative plant-based milks, yoghurt or kefir milk. Enjoy!

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