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.
Tasting Notes for Modern Oats All-Natural Oatmeal Cups
Modern Oats are perfect for travel (it’s so hard to find dairy-free breakfast on the road!), or just stashing for a breakfast or snack at the office. They could also make a great 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.
Although 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.
I loved the sweet-tart mix of berries in this blend (wild blueberries, strawberries, marion blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries). It complimented the oats, almonds, and pecans nicely. But the sweetness did leave me with an “over-sugared” feel.
Ingredients: certified gluten-free whole grain rolled oats, organic cane sugar, almonds, pecans, dried wild blueberries, dried cranberries, dried strawberries, dried raspberries, dried marion blackberries, natural vanilla flavor. contains tree nuts.
Nutrition (per cup): 250 calories, 4.5g fat, 48g carbs, 6g fiber, 16g sugars (includes 15g added sugars), 6g protein.*
This was the lowest in sugars of the bunch, since it’s void of fruit. 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, to go along with the more earthy flavor vibe.
Ingredients: certified gluten-free whole grain rolled oats, organic cane sugar, hazelnuts, pistachios, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, hemp seeds, walnuts, cinnamon, natural vanilla flavor. contains tree nuts.
Nutrition (per cup): 270 calories, 7g fat, 45g carbs, 6g fiber, 14g sugars (includes 14g added sugars), 7g protein.*
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.
Ingredients: certified gluten-free whole rain rolled oats, organic cane sugar, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, dried sweetened blueberries, organic goji berries, sweetened saskatoon berries, coconut, cinnamon, natural vanilla flavor. contains tree nuts.
Nutrition (per cup): 300 calories, 6g fat, 53g carbs, 6g fiber, 18g sugars (includes 16g added sugars), 8g protein.*
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!
Ingredients: certified gluten-free whole grain rolled oats, organic cane sugar, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried sweetened mangoes, dried blackberries, dried sweetened cranberries, cinnamon, natural vanilla flavor
Nutrition (per cup): 290 calories, 5g fat, 55g carbs, 6g fiber, 20g sugars (includes 18g added sugars), 7g protein.*
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. I think it would be a hit with those who like some cocoa influence in their breakfast cereal.
Ingredients: certified gluten-free whole grain rolled oats, organic cane sugar, organic semi-sweet chocolate, dried sweetened rainer cherries, coconut, almonds, cocoa nibs, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, golden raisins, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, natural cocoa powder, natural vanilla flavor. contains tree nuts.
Nutrition (per cup): 300 calories, 7g fat, 53g carbs, 6g fiber, 19g sugars (includes 15g added sugars), 7g protein.*
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 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?
Ingredients: certified gluten-free whole grain rolled oats, organic cane sugar, walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried apples, golden raisins, chia seeds, cinnamon, natural vanilla flavor. contains tree nuts.
Nutrition (per cup): 300 calories, 7g fat, 52g carbs, 7g fiber, 15g sugars (includes 12g added sugars), 8g protein.*
More Modern Oats Oatmeal Cup Flavors
We’ve yet to try these varieties.
The Facts on Modern Oats All-Natural Oatmeal Cups
Price: $3.50 per 2.6-ounce cup
Availability: Modern Oats All-Natural Oatmeal Cups are sold at Albertsons stores, but they’re also available online. You can order them on Amazon.
Certifications: Modern Oats All-Natural Oatmeal Cups are Certified Vegan, Certified Kosher Parve, Certified Gluten-Free, and 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.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Modern Oats website at modernoats.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
Convenient, tasty and filling breakfast
The eye-catching packaging, the unique “superfood” flavors, and the wholesome-looking ingredient list are just too much to resist when it comes to this convenient breakfast food. They’re perfect for travel, the office, and college care packages, and they are both tasty and filling. That said, we found each variety to be a bit too sweet. They could easily knock down those relatively high sugars while letting more of the whole food ingredients shine.