Which Childrens’ Cereals Have The Most Sugar?

What breakfast cereal is the cheapest and healthiest?

Families aiming to reduce their children’s sugar intake might find some surprises. We looked at some of the leading brands and family favourites to find out the sugar leaders and price losers in the cereal aisle.
Bargain hunters will note that ‘own brand’ varieties have been excluded from this graph which would no doubt bring the costs down on all available comparable products. Since many lower income families struggle to get transport to larger supermarkets, and rely on local shops within walking distance we have focussed on branded goods which are readily available.

How much sugar in childrens breakfast cereals

The Baroness Anne Jenkin Porridge Debate

The Tory Peer Baroness Jenkin may have caused a storm when she declared that the poor go hungry because they lack basic cooking skills and could make healthy porridge – costing just 4p. Was she right?

Well, is it the cheapest? Urm no. Is it the least sugary – well, no. In fact, unless you take your porridge with nothing more than oats and water – your best bet is a bowl of Wheetabix with milk. Adding just a 10g drizzle of honey lifts the sugar content to over 13g per serving! In terms of cost, Wheetabix, plain porridge or a bowl of Shreddies are the cheapest cereal options we featured.

Expensive Sweet Tooth
Kelloggs Frosties and Krave were among the top offenders on both fronts with Nesquick and Cheerios being some of the most expensive breakfast cereals we surveyed.

Variety is key to good health where frugality makes it possible. Not many could face watery porridge every day but again paying top dollar for sugary cereal is no sane alternative either.

Here are some alternative frugal breakfast suggestions:
• Tinned tomatoes on wholemeal toast
• Baked apple and low-fat yoghurt
• Boiled egg and soldiers (slices of toasted bread to dunk)
• Baked apple and low-fat yoghurt
• Mashed banana on toast
*Cereal prices are based on online data from www.mysupermarket.co.uk excluding offers and accurate as of 17/12/14. Sugar and cost is calculated based on a 30g portion of cereal (advised by the European Cereal Association) plus 100ml semi-skimmed milk. 10g honey is equivalent to approx. half tablespoon of runny honey.

Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

Apple Pie Smoothie RecipeApple Pie Smoothie

Some days you just want a homely, cosy, snuggly kind of breakfast. Porridge can be too heavy for little ones but with this apple pie inspired smoothie you can pack in the healthy oats and fibre – but make it easy peasy for them to drink! The best blender under 100 will help you create your tongue breaker.


  • Cooking Apples x 3
  • 30g Breakfast Oats
  • 100g Natural Yoghurt
  • 100ml Almond Milk
  • Honey (to taste)
  • Handful of Ice
  • Dash of Cinnamon Powder
  • You will also need a blender, baking dish and bowl.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Core and chop the apples. Leave the skins on as these are the most nutritious bit and will get blended up smooth and disappear anyway.
  3. Place in a baking tray with a dash of water and put in the middle of the oven
  4. Meanwhile pop your oats in the milk to soak and soften
  5. When the apples are soft (approx. 20-30 minutes) remove them from the oven and leave to cool. You can even do this the night before to save time.
  6. Put the cooled apples, oat and milk mixture, yoghurt and ice in a blender and blitz until smooth.
  7. Add honey and cinnamon to taste and blend again to incorporate the sweetness

Serve in a cool glass with a big fat straw and watch the kids enjoy a tasty, healthy Apple Pie in a glass!