I confess, I was totally sucked in by the cute, vibrant packaging of Modern Oats Oatmeal Cups. I probably would have wanted to sample them even if their ingredients weren’t so darn virtuous, too.
Each Modern Oats cup is made with certified gluten-free rolled oats, organic cane sugar, dried fruit, tons of seeds (chia, flax, sunflower and more), and most have some nutty goodness as well. The use of “rolled” oats instead of quick oats makes this more of a hearty, rather than creamy bowl of oats – not bad, nor good, but something I wanted to point out since we each have our preferences. I’m down with the rolled oats, so I liked the texture of these earthy blends very much.
And though each cup appears just half-full after it’s been allowed 4 to 6 minutes to brew (we never found 3 minutes to be enough), this really is a substantial and filling breakfast. Every last flavor was tasty and so easy to inhale, but left us full for several hours:
5 Berry (pictured) – I loved the sweet-tart mix of berries in this blend (wild blueberries, strawberries, marion blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries) that complimented the oats, almonds, and pecans nicely. But the sweetness did leave me with an “over-sugared” feel.
Nuts & Seeds – This was the lowest in sugars of the bunch, since it’s void of fruit, so I had high hopes that it would be my new love. Indeed, I really liked it and enjoyed the assortment of seeds and notable cinnamon sprinkled about. And it was a touch less sweet, but still just a touch sweeter than I would make my own oatmeal. I’d also love if they paired this blend with coconut or brown sugar (rather than white), to go along with the more earthy flavor vibe.
Goji Blueberry – Tony sampled this one and said the flavor was good, but that the berries hesitated to hydrate. He added extra water and let it sit a little longer, which resulted in tender blueberries, but the oats were a bit too mushy then.
Mango Blackberry – This one almost hit the sweet spot for Tony. It hydrated perfectly (tender fruit but still firm oats), but he was starting to taste what I meant about the flavors being a little too sweet for breakfast – and this from a man who loves muffins and donuts!
Chocolate Cherry – Fortunately, this wasn’t as chocolaty as I expected (I’m not a fan of chocolate “flavored” things), but rather had a very subtle cocoa influence. For us, this just wasn’t the one, but I think it would be a hit with those who like some cocoa influence in their breakfast cereal.
Apple Walnut – I’m a sucker for all things apple-cinnamon and thought they did a pretty good job with this mix. I could have asked for a touch more cinnamon and/or a pinch of salt to escalate those flavors, and yes, I still thought it was a little too sweet. Are you sensing a theme here?
Modern Oat Oatmeal Cups do have amazing ingredient lists with 6 grams of fiber and 8 grams of natural protein in each serving. I love that they spike every bite with such an assortment of nuts, seeds, and/or fruit and don’t shy away from flavor. They are just a slight reduction of sugar and added pinch of salt away from being on my top recommended list for convenience and gifting. Yes, gifting.
We work at home, so the convenience of oat cups isn’t usually worth the splurge for us. But we were talking about how Modern Oats are perfect for travel (it’s so hard to find dairy-free breakfast on the road!), stashing for a breakfast or snack at the office, or including in a care package for college students! Apparently, Modern Oats saw the same vision for the all-natural oatmeal cups, as they offer an assortment box and even a gift pack when the holidays approach!
Certifications: Modern Oats All-Natural Oatmeal Cups are Certified Vegan, Certified Kosher Parve, Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Modern Oats All-Natural Oatmeal Cups are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan and vegetarian. Nonetheless, 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 Modern Oats website at modernoats.com.