Nature’’s Path Hot Oatmeal

Original, Flax Plus, Apple Cinnamon, Maple Nut, Optimum Power Blueberry Cinnamon Flax, Pumpkin Spice With Chia
$3.99 per 14-ounce box (8 pouches)

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On June 9, 2006
Last modified:February 10, 2017


We tried the Optimum Power with blueberries, cinnamon and flax. It was certainly tasty, but the serving size was so small, it definitely didn't qualify as "powerful" fuel for the morning. Even though I'm rather petite, and typically do two smaller breakfasts rather than one, I had to add more oats for a filling enough first meal. Tony used two packets, but this doubled the cost and the sugar load. Heftier servings without more sugars would bump this hot oatmeal up to a more frequent convenience in our home.

As long time fans of Optimum Power cold cereal, we were eager to try the Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal version.

Nature's Path Hot Oatmeal (Review) - organic, dairy-free and vegan

Optimum Power hot cereal is a somewhat “grown-up” version of sweet instant oatmeal packets. Slightly lower in sugar, it has a pleasant, more sedated sweetness that we found pleasant in the morning. Generously spiked with chopped soy nuts, flaxseeds, and dried blueberries.

Overall, the hot version was quite different from its cold cereal counterpart, but we felt that both the flavor and the slightly hearty consistency made the transition well. The high Omega-3 content, fair amount of fiber, and touch of protein also supported the excellent nutrient mix that the Optimum Power cereal had been known for.

However, along with the grown-up taste and ingredients, we had expected to see adult serving sizes. I think the word “power” may be a misnomer with this product. At only 160 calories per package, Tony had to use two to get him going. Unfortunately, this doubled his sugar intake as well.

Even for someone petite like me, just the packet wasn’t enough. I added 1/3 cup of oats to mine, to make a more filling and fiber rich cereal. The sweetness was still maintained, but with a little less flavor “power”.  I would love to see an increase in the Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal fiber content via additional oats, blueberries and soy nuts. I think this upgrade would complete their high quality instant oatmeal.

We haven’t yet tried the other Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal flavors. But a quick peruse of the ingredients and nutrition facts tells me that they are also a little too light for a sustainable breakfast.

Nature's Path Hot Oatmeal (Review) - organic, dairy-free and vegan

The Facts on Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal

Certifications: These Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal is Certified Organic and Non-GMO Verified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free (though they have certified gluten-free oatmeal; these are not), peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without soy or nuts. Nonetheless, read the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes before consumption if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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