Product: Bakery on Main Gluten-Free Apple Pie Flavor Oatmeal – $5.99+
I was a little harsh in my review of Bakery on Main’s Maple Multigrain Muffin Flavor Oatmeal. But I have to be honest. It just didn’t win me over like their Strawberry Shortcake Flavor Oatmeal did previously.
But…they definitely did improve (yet still haven’t bested the strawberry) with the Apple Pie Flavor Oatmeal. Honestly.
This oatmeal, while still not the most appealing looking, the flavor actually is reminiscent of apple pie (or what I can remember of apple pie because, since going gluten-free, I haven’t had even a bite).
The actual oatmeal itself consists of a variety of ingredients, of which the most important is certified gluten-free oats. In addition to that, and probably adding to the weird consistency of the oatmeal is chia seeds. And then other things get added to boost some nutritional value, like flax meal and quinoa. So, yes…you are getting a rather protein-rich oatmeal here. And for someone like me…that is a plus. Flavoring it, and giving it that apple pie feel is dried apples and cinnamon.
I’ll admit…the first bite was just okay. But the more I ate of it, the more of the flavor I got. It was like a building block for lunch that day. One spoonful wasn’t enough…so I had to continue to take them and that’s when the flavor hit. Is it really like having pie for breakfast? Nope. But, it does have a lot of flavor in each protein-rich bite.
And after being let down by the Maple Multigrain Muffin flavor, I really needed this one to win me over. It did…sort of. It didn’t hit it out of the ballpark for me, but it was good enough that I don’t mind packing up this little baggie for my lunch at the office and scurrying to the kitchen on break to warm it up with some water for 90 seconds.
I’d love to see other flavors come out of Bakery on Main for their gluten-free oatmeal. I do respect a company that listened to its Celiac customers, who developed gluten-free items because of that, and then took them to the mainstream so that everyone could enjoy. That’s Bakery on Main’s story. And they continue to put out gluten-free products that are not only nutritious, but simple…and simply good.
If you are an oatmeal lover, like I am, then find Bakery on Main at your grocery store or natural food store and warm up a bowl for yourself. It’s not exactly pie for breakfast (or lunch), but it’s close. It’s oh…so close.