“ Type: Cereal „
I love granola but I don't tend to buy it regularly as it's usually so expensive. Although I recently noticed the Quaker Oats Granola in my local supermarket and decided to try some because it's so reasonably priced compared to the brands I usually buy (£2.59 500g).
My usual brand (Jordan's Superfoods Granola) contains berries, so I decided to opt for this one, with strawberries and raspberries because it was the closest by comparison.
The granola comes in an attractive pink/purple box and can be found in the supermarket by the porridge and oats cereals. In the box you'll find clusters of oats and flakes of dried raspberries and strawberries.
The granola itself has a wondeful texture, crunchy and nutty with plenty of bite. The taste is very sweet, the flavour of the strawberries and raspberries prevails. I did find the flavour slightly synthetic, but this is probably because the granolas I've tried before have contained whole dried fruits, rather than being flavoured themselves. Although the taste is still pleasant and the reduction in the price, more than makes this worth it.
I'll definitely be buying this again, as it's so reasonable, but I won't be giving up my other brands completely!
It's now quite common practice for a company to cash-in on a brand that they believe is doing well by expanding products within the range, or adding new products to the range.
The Quaker Oats guys are no exception to the rule. When I grew up, Quaker Oats meant porridge - the old fashioned stuff you boiled with milk and salt, not the namby pamby microwave stuff [that I use myself!].
Having expanded the porridge range to an impressive 16 varieties [I couldn't believe it either - check the website], they've now started on the cold cereal range. The original Oat Granola has been joined by, inter alia, a strawberry and raspberry variety.
The normal granola has raisins as the fruit element, so I suppose it doesn't take a huge leap forward by getting someone to make suggestions for other fruits.
This version has the usual granola base of oat clusters augmented by freeze dried strawberries [in broken bits] and whole dries raspberries. The effect is very pleasant indeed. We have a split decision in this family: I prefer the raisins of the original; while my wife is coming down on the side of the newer version [I'm sure that this has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that the milk turns a girlie pink colour!].
The pack is lighter that the original [500g as opposed to 600g]. This is partly due to the fact that the cereal is even denser than before. The recommended portion size is now 45g [c.f. 50g previously]. To save you doing the maths, the strawberry & raspberry pack will give just over 11 portions, while the original gives 12.
Quaker Oats obviously see this as a premium product and have priced it accordingly: £2.59 for 500g [c.f. £1.89 for the original]. I suppose you could buy a plain granola and add your own fruit.
In practice, I suspect that will now buy both varieties.
One portion provides 2.9g of fibre [1.1g soluble].
Here we have yet another hit from Quaker Oats - a healthy breakfast with a bit of thought instead of bland rabbit food with no taste. I am quite a fan of the Quaker range as I love their porridge (especially on these cold mornings) but like a bit of variety in my breakfast.
As someone who is allergic to nuts it can be quite restricting when I'm on yet another health kick as the mueseli generally contains nuts. The granola range don't although they may have a label saying they may contain traces of nuts due to production methods. I haven't checked on this one as I tend to read the ingredients only. This contains wholegrain oats and freeze dried strawberry pieces but whole freeze dried raspberries. The oats are rolled into bitesize clumps but they can be a bit hard to chew.
Now for the healthy bit.
Oats help you reduce your cholesterol level (obviously as part of a low fat diet - no good having this cereal and then a big fry up!) and strawberries are a superfood. This cereal has only 3.5g of saturated fat per 100g and an ingredient called beta glucan, which is an immune stimulator so you may reduce your incidence of coughs and sneezes. I read up on this ingredient and it seems to be being added to cereals as it has loads of good properties. Put it in the search engine and loads of articles come up. This cereal is also packed with fibre. All of this gives you slow burning energy through the day and may help to keep your bowels regular (sorry if you're eating while reading but it works!!). It also contains no artificial ingredients or flavours which is a bonus.
This cereal is really tasty if you want healthy stuff. If you're into e number heaven you probably won't like it. I tend to eat it with a low fat yoghurt mixed in and it's gorgeous. The only problem is it may feel a bit bitty when you first start eating it as the texture is quite hard but you get used to it.
You can buy it in the supermarket for about £2.59 for a 500g box.
Clusters of crunchy oat muesli with dried strawberry pieces and whole dried raspberries.