Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal

Mayan Blend, Asian Blend, American Blend, Superfood Blueberry Chia
$5.99 per 14-ounce canister; $33 per 12-pack of singe serves

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On October 27, 2014
Last modified:October 23, 2014


Though higher in sugars than I typically like to have for breakfast, it's hard to avoid enjoying these tasty whole-grain blends. A couple of the varieties were a bit too sweet for my tastes, but the mango-green tea Asia Blend and cocoa Mayan Blend were true delights. Each variety is sold as very convenient single-serve cups (just add hot water) or value-oriented canisters, and has a base of oats, quinoa, and amaranth with tasty seed, nut and/or fruit add-ins.

Already dazzled by their Whole Food Bars, I expected great things from Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal. Fortunately, this whole food company delivered one of the tastiest, most nutritionally innovative lines of oat-based products that I’ve seen in years.

Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal made with whole oats, quinoa, amaranth, seeds and nuts (dairy-free, wheat-free, vegan)

Revolutionizing traditional oatmeal, Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal is a convenient, wheat-free blend of whole rolled oats, quinoa, and puffed amaranth that cooks up quickly and offers a pleasing consistency. It’s much like oatmeal – thick, hearty, and chewy – but with a little more tender, textural interest.

The flavors of Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal are pleasantly complex, but the ingredients are marvelously simplistic (just grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and spices – no funny business) and the instructions couldn’t be easier (just add boiling water and exercise patience for 4 minutes).

My only complaint about Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal is that they contain a little too much added sweetener for my desires – I like to avoid added sugars in the morning or at least minimize them (since I know my sweet tooth will kick into high gear during the afternoon!). That said, they are tasty, and there seems to be a flavor blend for everyone. I’ve reviewed the flavors in order of my personal preference, starting with my favorite pick.

Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal made with whole oats, quinoa, amaranth, seeds and nuts (dairy-free, wheat-free, vegan)

Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal: Asia Blend

This scrumptious cereal has a flavor profile of mango, green tea, and sesame with big chunks of almonds and mangoes, and tons of little crunchy seeds throughout. It happens to have the second lowest amount of total sugars in the lot (12 grams), but is perfectly sweet, in my opinion. The overall vibe is mellow, earthy, and warming with subtle green tea hints. It also has a good blend of naturally occurring protein (8 grams), fiber (7 grams), and healthy fats (8 grams). I couldn’t imagine a more perfect breakfast.

Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal: Mayan Blend

I’m not usually a fan of chocolate breakfast items, but this was more of a subtle cocoa experience with spicy cinnamon notes, pepitas, almonds and cashew chunks. The overall flavor was deep and alluring, and somehow rather comforting. Though I assumed their was enough sweetener (10 grams of total sugars), my taste buds wanted this bowl of hot grains to be a touch sweeter. So after a few bites, I did add 5 drops of vanilla stevia – perfection! My gut told me this was was the most filling of the bunch, which was noted by the slightly higher level of protein (9 grams) and healthy fats (9 grams).

Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal: American Blend

Like so many “American” food items, this Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal was a little on the sweet side. Again, there were big chunks of almonds, but also a modest amount of cranberries dotted throughout. Overall, it is very tasty and nicely balanced, but just a little sweeter than I would like. For morning taste buds, I think it would be great if they trim the sugars just a bit.

Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal: Superfood Blueberry Chia

Interestingly enough, the flagship flavor of Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal was my least favorite of the bunch. That isn’t to say that it doesn’t taste good, it was just plain too sweet for my breakfast. There also seemed to be less grains, as the cereal didn’t thicken as nicely as the others. The blueberries are of course good – and full sized – but they struggled to fully plump in the hot water and were very sweet. That said, for those who prefer seeds alone, this is a nice nut-free blend.

Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal made with whole oats, quinoa, amaranth, seeds and nuts (dairy-free, wheat-free, vegan)

Certifications: Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal is Non-GMO Verified. Though it is labeled as gluten-free, it isn’t gluten-free certified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Earnest Eats Hot and Fit Cereal is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and wheat-free. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Earnest Eats website at www.earnesteats.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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