I’m not sure what it is, but I simply can’t resist conveniences like these gluten free oatmeal cups. They’re perfectly portioned, portable, and so darn cute.
Yes, I admit it, I’m often won over by packaging, to some extent. The ingredients and price (at least when on sale!) still have to fit my needs, and fortunately, these Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups deliver on all fronts.
The ingredients are few and wholesome, each starting with a base of chunky, gluten-free whole oats, seeds and sea salt. The flavored varieties are sweetened with cane sugar (plus brown sugar in one case) and have add-ins like unsulphured dried fruit. All are quite filling, ranging from 210 to 270 calories a pop. They also pack in fiber (8 grams) and protein (7 grams) for a more complete breakfast. Just be sure to take note of the nutrition facts if you are tightly monitoring your salt and sugar intake.
This is your basic bowl of sugar-free, whole grain oats, spiked with chia seeds, flax seeds and a good pinch of sea salt. The picture above shows you just how generous Bob is with the add-ins, too. The flax seeds do soften and can be chewed, while the chia seeds add their unique texture once hot water is added. It’s simple, but quick, perfectly portioned, and the flavor I’d be most likely to stock at home. With my full pantry and spice rack at the ready, I can spike it with whatever goodness I’m craving or have on hand.
For travel, I think I would stick with the flavored varieties, which are pre-sweetened and “ready to go” for our tastes. But if you like your oats plain, savory and with a modest level of sodium, then the Classic could be your Holy Grail for convenience.
This impossible to resist flavor doesn’t disappoint. It’s gentle on the taste buds, warm, earthy, and sweetened enough, but not too much. There is also just barely enough salt to balance it all out. It was actually a little hard for me to hold back while these oats cooled!
This flavor soaks up the most water, due to the apple pieces, so be sure to add a little extra if you don’t like your oats too thick. I like them thick, like pictured below. That said, the Apple Pieces & Cinnamon was a like, not a love, for me. There were tons of dried apple pieces, and it isn’t overly sweetened. However, the overall flavor just falls a touch flat. I added a pinch of sea salt, and that did it! Unfortunately, the flavored varieties of these gluten free oatmeal cups already have a fair amount of sodium. Nonetheless, because of the warm fruity vibe, I think a pat of buttery spread or coconut oil would also give this cup some rich apple pie appeal.
From the flavor to the texture, there is so much interest going on in this fruity, nutty flavor! It’s packed with natural, sweet dried blueberries that plump up nicely. And in addition to the seedy goodness, there are ample hazelnut chunks. The overall taste is sweet, but not too sweet, with a nice balance of salt. This combination is quite scrumptious and addictive, rivaling the Brown Sugar & Maple as my favorite flavor for a healthy breakfast treat!
The Facts on Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups
Certifications: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups are Certified Kosher Pareve. Though not certified gluten free, each cups states “confirmed gluten free with testing in our quality control laboratory.”
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without nuts. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Bob’s Red Mill website at www.bobsredmill.com.