Product: Bakery on Main Gluten-Free Maple Multigrain Muffin Flavor Instant Oatmeal – $5.99+
Oatmeal is one of my favorite things to eat these days. It’s weird, though, because a year ago, I wouldn’t have touched the stuff. But, it seems the breakfast mush has since grown on me.
Having gone gluten-free though, oats can be a bit tricky…as can some of the ingredients that go into those pre-mixed, just add water/milk, and heat in the microwave brands that you find at the grocery store.
Thankfully, there are some gluten-free oatmeal brands out there. You just have to look. I have tried a couple in the past, and not really been impressed. Then, I stumbled across Bakery on Main when I was at my local natural food store. As a rule, if there is strawberry…it wins. That being said, I previously bought a box of the Strawberry Shortcake Flavor Instant Oatmeal. And I absolutely loved it.
Then, a special came over Gluten-Free Saver for 6 boxes of Bakery On Main’s Gluten-Free Oatmeal. That means 36 pouches of their oatmeal, two boxes of each of their three flavors. I was very excited. And, though it took awhile, the box of oatmeal goodness finally arrived via the mail.
Now, instead of using it for breakfast, oatmeal is my easy go-to lunch at the office. I just take it to the kitchen, pour it out in my bowl, add water, and microwave. It’s simple, easy, and quite filling. The warmth doesn’t even bother me on hot summer days. It’s kind of like soup and ice cream to me in that way. I can eat it year round, no matter the temperature outside.
I decided to start my Bakery on Main oatmeal journey with the Maple Multigrain Muffin Flavor Instant Oatmeal. It was the one I was most concerned about not really liking all that much. So I was hoping it would prove me wrong. At lunch that day, I prepared it as the pouch instructed, by adding 2/3 cup of water and microwaving for about a minute and a half.
The oatmeal emerged smelling fantastic. I took it back to my desk and settled in with my spoon. One bite…and I found that while it smelled good, it really lacked in that maple flavor. Perhaps a little dash of brown sugar might help it along, but I found the overall flavor to be quite bland. Sad, since I was so gung-ho over the Strawberry Shortcake Flavor version.
The Maple Multigrain Muffin Flavor Instant Oatmeal is a blend of gluten-free oats, amaranth and quinoa, infused with the flavor of maple syrup. This provides a great protein punch, mind you, which a gluten-free vegetarian does need. I just wish the maple syrup flavor popped a bit more when all was said and done. It wasn’t horrible…it just was more bland than I would have liked.
I love that Bakery on Main is creating this line of gluten-free products, including oatmeal, granola, and granola bars. While I have loved the previous flavor…I found the Maple Multigrain Muffin Flavor Instant Oatmeal to be a bit of a letdown in the end. But, with a little tweaking, I think I can make this version sing. Perhaps a small scoop of brown sugar or an additional swirl of some gluten-free maple syrup.
Oatmeal is either really tasty, or really bland. While this one wasn’t a complete flop, it wouldn’t be one I would purchase again.