Product: Bakery on Main Strawberry Shortcake Flavor Instant Oatmeal – $5.99+
There was a time in my life when I hated oatmeal. Hated it. Everything about it. Then, as I became a runner, I discovered the benefits that came with eating a bowl of this hot breakfast. In fact, oatmeal is my lunch day in and day out on work days. The difficult part these days is finding a brand that doesn’t contain gluten. There are some out there…and I’ve definitely sampled a few that were just bland and not up to par.
Granted, I understand the healthiest choice is a plain bowl of oats, dressed up however you choose with fruit and nuts, jam, or whatever else you might add. Most instant versions with flavors are laden with sugars for added flavor.
While out at my natural food store, I spotted a new product on the shelves. Being a new connoisseur of oatmeal, it was a treat worth splurging on. Bakery on Main just released a line of instant oatmeal in three flavors: apple pie, maple multigrain muffin, and strawberry shortcake. My rule is…if strawberries are involved…it wins.
So, I left the store, rather unexpectedly, with a box of Baker on Main’s Strawberry Shortcake flavored oatmeal. And since I was behind on the blog, it sat for a couple weeks in my pantry without a second glance. But, then…as I ran out of my other brand of oatmeal, the time to give this new brand a try came around. So, I opened up the box, pulled out a packet, and headed to the office that day.
As lunchtime rolled around, my stomach began giving me the tell-tale signs of the rumblies…so off to the kitchen I went to dump the contents of the packet into a bowl, add 2/3 cup of water, and warm it up for 90 seconds.
Bakery on Main’s oatmeal is a blend of certified gluten free oats, amaranth and quinoa. What emerges from the microwave is a hearty bowl of oatmeal. No joke. Comparing the texture when I stirred this to the other brands I have tried, this definitely cooks up thicker. It smells amazing as you give it a stir, releasing that aroma of strawberries from the freeze-dried bits that are included in the packet.
The taste…fantastic. I was so busy enjoying my food at my desk that I completely ignored my work for a moment to just savor the texture and taste. It didn’t taste like strawberry shortcake, but the flavor had that tinge of strawberry goodness and the thickness of the cereal itself meant that I wasn’t starving an hour down the line, like I am sometimes with other brands. This was a fantastic treat to have for lunch, one that warms me up (my office is a frozen tundra, especially in the winter months) and fills me up. Not to mention, it smells so good as it cooks up. I love walking past my co-workers with it and having them go, “What smells so good?” It’s life’s little joys!
Check out your local natural food store if you are seeking some certified gluten-free oatmeal that doesn’t skimp on flavor or nutrients. It is a hearty, wholesome bowl of awesome, spoonful after spoonful. So, warm some up in your microwave and within seconds you can enjoy a nice bowl yourself, packed with flavor, and completely delicious.
Bakery on Main…your products win my oatmeal loving soul. Now, to try those other delicious sounding flavors…