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When the weathers like it is - cold, wet and windy (yes, apparently we are in may?) I like to enjoy a warming, filling breakfast and that usually happens to be porridge! However I don't have the time (or the energy) to stand around the kitchen all morning over the hob, so that's when I turn to my good old friend Mr Quaker, who always manages to provide me and my family with a quick, filling and wholesome breakfast! I do usually opt for the golden syrup flavour to satisfy my sweet tooth, however I have recently branched out and tried various other flavours including the apple and blueberry. ~ Quaker Oats ~ Quaker has been milling oats since 1899,in different countries around the world, but their main factory is in Cupar, Scotland. They provide these countries with over 47 million gallons of Quaker oats porridge each winter! Quakers oats go through a very strict, vigorous milling process to ensure only the finest oats reach out breakfast table; any oats that are discoloured, or have low moisture levels are rejected and then once the oats have passed their quality test they enter the milling process. This uses special machinery that separates the oats from other grain matter (wheat, barley etc) and any weeds that have been picked up during the harvesting process. The oats are then shelled to ensure all that's left is the oat grain and then they are steamed and cooled to bring maximum flavour before being rolled for a smoother texture. It is also good to know that Quaker oats support LEAF and their work to improve sustainable farming practices. Quaker oats has a range to suit everybody, literally! For the people that want a quick, convenient breakfast (like me) they have 'oat so simple' in various flavours including original, golden syrup (previously reviewed), cinnamon, honey and almond and several fruity flavours. They also produce a range specifically for children that includes flavours such as original, chocolate and strawberry. They even have a range for the naughty, in need of indulgence side of us which has flavours such as chocolate brownie and creamy caramel! And more recently they now cater for the ones with a bigger appetite with their 'oat so simple big bowl' range. Furthermore they of course cater for the more traditional families with their traditional rolled and jumbo rolled oats. But if porridge isn't for you, they don't stop there! Quaker oats has very recently introduced breakfast biscuits into their range to go with their 'morning bars' and other 'just add milk'cereals. Price & Availability ~ Quaker oats so simple apple and blueberry is available to buy from all major supermarkets and most independent stores for around £2.44 a box, which contains 10 sachets (330g), which works out at just over 24p a serving which isn't bad at all. However if you need to buy multiple boxes and feel that £2.44 is a bit you can nearly always find them on offer, usually at 2 boxes for £4.00 which gives you a saving of 88p. You can also buy it in little 'express pots' for around 99p, which clearly works out a lot more expensive than buying the boxes even when the pots are on a multibuy offer, so when you can opt for the boxes! ~ Packaging ~ Quaker oats so simple apple and blueberry (10 sachet variety) comes in a cardboard box with its base design being an oat field scene. The front of the box has the oats so simple logo at the top with a picture of Mr Quaker himself and below this are the words 'apple and blueberry flavour, 10 sachets' in green. Below this is a large green sign stuck in the field saying '2 mins to perfect porridge' and some juicy apples and blueberries to entice you. The two shorter sides follow the same design, but the longer ones contain an ingredients list nutritional information, cooking instructions, Quaker's customer service information and allergy advice. One of the longer sides also has a useful slit in it so you can easily close the box back up after use. The back of the box gives you a bit of background information about Quaker's and the nutritional benefits of their products as well as advertisements about other products in their range. Each individual sachet of porridge comes in a lined paper packet with the flavour of the porridge on the front with cooking instructions on the back. There is also a useful line on the packet that you are told to use to get the correct measurement of milk/water. ~ Cooking, appearance, taste & texture ~ There are two options on how to cook the oats, you can either tear open the packet along the tear line marked, pour them into a microwaveable bowl, use the sachet to measure your milk/water by filling it to the line, pouring the sachet of water/milk onto the oats, give it a quick mix and pop it into the microwave for around 2 mins on full power (cat E microwave, 800 watts). Or, you can boil 180ml of milk/water, stir in the contents of the sachet and simmer until milk/water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. I always opt for the microwave option, because in my opinion this is why they are called 'oats so SIMPLE', because they are quick, easy and simple to cook without having to get all your pans out and get the hob on etc. You may have noticed I keep saying water/milk, this is because I prefer my porridge to be made with water and I know other people do too, however I know equally that many people prefer to have it with milk and both options work just fine. Uncooked the oats look like well...oats? You will also find a good handful of apple pieces....but wait, where are the blueberries? Once the porridge is cooked and you've given it a final stir you will have a bowl filled with lots of pale cooked, creamy oats. You should have your acquired consistency; however I usually end up adding a bit more water to it because I don't like it thick. The dried apple pieces will have been revived whilst cooking and become nice and juicy with a good bite to them...and the blueberries and still pretty nonexistent. You really are lucky if you get any more than five tiny blueberries, which is a real shame because when you do get one they are juicy and full of flavour and add some colour to your otherwise dull looking porridge! I can't say it looks particularly appetising because it doesn't, and it's not supposed to but you can make it look nicer by dressing it up a bit with a drizzle of this and a dollop of that. I usually just leave it as it is, but my children like to sometimes have fruit on there's or extra golden syrup, jam or honey as a treat. The porridge it's self tastes pretty plain with a very mild sweetness. Its texture is just right; it still has some bite to it without it being just mush in a bowl, especially with the added pieces of apple which add something a bit extra to it, but more blueberries would give it that extra oomph it needs! I always find one bowl is plenty, even made with water it is still adequately filling and sets me up for the day nicely without having to snack before lunch. ~ Other information ~ Each sachet of Quaker oats so apple and blueberry porridge (made with 180ml of semi-skimmed milk) contains; 215 calories, 15.7g of sugar, 5.3g of fat, 2.3g of saturates and 0.3g of salt. Yes it is high in sugar, but some of it will be from the fruit so it's not all bad sugar. Obviously without the milk the nutrition just comes from the oats so the calories drop down to 130. Each sachet contains 33% of the 3g of oat beta glucan suggested per day to help lower cholesterol. I am going to list the ingredients because there short and sweet which makes a change; wholegrain rolled oats, sugar, dried apple pieces, dried blueberry pieces, natural flavouring, sat and sunflower oil. Thankfully I can pronounce everything on the list and there's nothing too nasty on there either! Although I'd just like to point out that only 0.5 % of the porridge contains blueberries which is barely anything, so it puzzles me really how this can be called apple and blueberry? Allergy advice: May contain wheat, barley and soya. ~ Over all opinion ~ I have to say, I didn't enjoy this flavour oat so simple as much as the golden syrup because for me it wasn't flavourful enough. The apples were plentiful and added a nice touch but the absence of the blueberries ruined it a bit for me as Mr. Quaker seems to like to tease you with just giving you one or two, which isn't enough considering how tasty they are when you do get one! I do still buy this flavour because it does make a nice change now and again but I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a very fruity blueberry porridge and this simply isn't. However if you're prepared to push that aside and are a fan of apples then you may enjoy this one and I would certainly recommend it for its fillingness (if that's even a word?), convinience and it's health benefits.
I don't think you can beat a nice bowl of porridge on a cold winters morning and Oat So Simple makes it Oat So Simple to prepare as well. Oat So Simple is a range of porridge from Quaker Oats and the boxes are currently on offer in Tesco for around £1.50. The thing that makes Oat So Simple different from other porridges is that the portions are already measured out for you and separated into sachets each contains 36g of porridge each box contains 10 sachets now I know that it is cheaper to buy a big box and measure it out yourself but I like that it is already done for me. I think this is particularly handy if you are on a diet as well as you are not tempted to pour that little bit more in you get what is in the sachet and that is it. The great thing about sachets as well is they can just popped into your bag and you can take them to work with you for breakfast without having to cart a big box of porridge with you. Each sachet 'Good Morning!' printed on it the flavour of the sachet and the cooking time which is said to be 2 minutes though I find I usually need to blast mine for 3 to make the porridge thicker. To make up the porridge all you need to do is rip the sachet along the top it does rip easily so there is no worry of porridge flying everywhere. You then pour milk into the empty sachet which is also handy as again the measurement is also already done for you just pour your milk up to the 'pour milk to here line' and then pour it into your porridge mix. I then give the porridge stir pop it in the microwave and blast it for 3 minutes keeping an eye on it because it can go really thick if you do not catch quick enough. Also be careful when removing your bowl because it will be hot coming out of the microwave. I usually then transfer my porridge from my hot bowl to a cooler one just so its easier to hold when eating. I always prepare mine in the microwave but if you do not have a microwave then you have the option of boiling the milk on a hob then adding the oats to it. As for flavour this apple and blueberry porridge is delicious you can smell the apple as soon as you open the microwave and on eating there are some tasty apple pieces mixed in with your porridge there is no need to add sugar to this porridge mix as the fruit makes it nice and sweet and the apple flavour is strong. I think that this porridge is delicious and there is just enough to fill me up in the morning. I always have my porridge with semi skimmed milk which means that each breakfast for me contains 216kcal which is ok for a breakfast and as porridge releases energy slowly I am not hungry until lunch time. I give this porridge 5 stars also look out for the limited addition winter pudding version a real cinnamon treat.
I like to give my children a varied selection of breakfasts. It is the meal of the day that ALWAYS goes down a storm. It has to be a healthy cereal, I'm not totally anti sugar, but I am not the a Coco-pops or Frosties advocate. My youngest adores Oat So Simple, and tha Apple and Blueberry flavour is his absolute favourite, even over something sweet like the Golden Syrup variety, sence my choice to review. What is it? Basically its porridge, but in very convenient, ready measured out servings that are ready to empty into a suitable bowl, add milk, and ping into the microwave for 2 minutes. Each sachet contains 36g of instant porridge oats, apple pieces cut into little cubes, dried blueberry which I think has been dried perfectly so it is similar to a raisin rather than some that are dried to the consistancy of a bullet in a game bird!, sugar, salt, and lecithin (soya) and sunflower oil. You empty the sachet into a microwave safe bowl, then the water resistant lining of the sachet has a measuring line to fill with milk, we use semi-skimmed. In the Opinion of Quaker provided the optimum consistency of porridge. Then Microwave on full power for 2 mins (Based on an 800w microwave oven) In my opinion, this amount of milk makes the porridge a bit on the runny side. I prefer mine a bit pastier, as does my 3 year old son (easier to shovel in greedy guts!) The flavour is fantastic, I do have rather a sweet tooth, and it is a bit sweet, but not over sweet. The apple flavour comes through nicely, and you get the odd hit of sweet blueberry. The texture of the apple is slightly dry with a bit of bite, which I like. I find the portion size perfect for me, although my 3 year old son easily eats 2 sachets...but it is his favourite meal of the day and only ever eats a light lunch afterwards, so I let him get away with it. Price..... Now then, a pack of 10 costs £1.99 each in Waitrose. Often are on offer at 2 for £3.00, and very very occationally, buy one get one. Considering we go through 2-3 boxes a week, it is expensive, but very quick and easy. In the coldest winter months when we are all eating porridge, I do tend to half and half one sachet of Oat so Simple, with standard porridge oats to bulk it up and cheapen it down, it really is sweet enough to di this without compremising the taste too much. Also, at 216kcal when made with 180ml of semi skimmed milk, its great if you are on a calorie controlled diet as it is low GI so good slow release energy which SHOULD keep you satisfied until lunchtime. Also, nice warm start to these cold wet mornings!!! Overall, a lovely breakfast, if not a bit sweet. Enjoy.
Despite constantly saying that I'm on a diet, I always eat far too much and my weight hasn't decreased significantly in quite some time. I was therefore fairly enthusiastic when two of my flatmates said that they were starting a four day anti-bloat diet followed by a proper diet as set out in the book The Flat Belly Diet, and suggested that I gave it a go too. The diet involved cutting out foods that cause gassiness and bloating, such as fizzy drinks and raw vegetables, and sticking to a four day food plan to the letter. After a couple of days of no alcohol and eating fairly, boring tasteless food we had all given up and went to Ben & Jerry's, but there was one food that I knew I'd be able to keep eating: Oatso Simple. The diet recommended eating cereal with fruit each breakfast time, and original Oatso Simple was one of the choices. I went to Asda to have a look for a box of this porridge, and decided that a variety pack which included Original, Apple and Blueberry and Golden Syrup varieties of the porridge may be a bit more exciting than just having the plain porridge over and over again. Since each packet made up with milk didn't include more than 200 calories anyway I decided that it wouldn't make a massive difference diet wise whether they were flavoured or not. And it is one of those flavoured varieties, the Apple and Blueberry version, that I review for you today. This variety comes in a white packet with green writing on it to easily distinguish it from the yellow golden syrup and the red original flavours in the variety box, though the sachets may look different if you buy a box of only Apple and Blueberry porridge. On the sachet as well as on the main box it explains how to turn these oats into porridge, and that is to either heat 180ml of semi-skimmed milk on the hob and stir in the oats, or to put 180ml of milk in a bowl with the oats and microwave them for two minutes. Since we have a microwave I have only ever tried it using the latter method, but I'm sure that the taste would be similar whether you did it this way or on the hob. I would say, however, that I find 180ml of milk to be a little bit too much, and whenever I take the bowl out of the microwave after 2 minutes there's always some milk that hasn't absorbed into the porridge and so I have to put it in for longer, but if I use slightly less milk then I don't have this problem. In any case, preparing this porridge is a very simple and quick process once you know how much milk to use and how long to heat it for. And so, now for the important part: the taste. I have only ever had porridge made fresh in a pan from oats before this, and so I wasn't expecting a microwave version to taste as nice as the porridge my mam makes at home. Fortunately, this porridge tastes delicious, with no synthetic tastes or textures to speak of. The apple taste is quite sweet but not overpowering, and the small pieces of blueberry found sporadically throughout the bowl are pretty nice too. The flavouring is subtle enough for the porridge taste to be dominant, but the apple and blueberry flavours make it much more interesting than the original version, which is a bit bland to my taste unless you added something too it. It's not necessary to add anything to the Apple and Blueberry porridge, as it tastes interesting enough by itself, though I have tried adding raisins and broken pecan nuts to it as well and find that the flavours complement each other well, and a bit of extra texture is always welcome. Out of the pack I have to say that the Golden Syrup variety is probably slightly nicer than this one, but this fruity porridge is still tasty enough and so easy to make that I will award it 5 stars. If you want to make it extra low calorie you could always try making it with skimmed milk instead of semi-skimmed - I've tried doing that and it tastes just as nice with either milk. My variety box of 9 sachets cost £1.50, which is pretty good value in my opinion, as even once you've added milk each bowl will only have set you back 30p or so. If only I'd discovered them when I first became a student as I could have saved a fortune!
Living in Scotland porridge is almost obligatory and its one breakfast food I am more than happy to sample. Oatso simple is made by Quaker, a reputable brand who with their sachet of porridge concept have come up with a very easy way for me to eat breakfast in work. I simply stash a few sachets in my drawer and instead of having a breakfast of biscuits eat one of these instead! **How to make** The box comes in easy to use 36g sachets, this may not sound a lot but when added to milk it makes a substantial bowl of porridge and in my opinion is the perfect portion size. You simply empty the rolled oats into a bowl, you can see some blueberries, they are small and you could maybe have a few more of them but there is no evidence of any apple. This is the clever part, the empty packet you now fill with milk, this may sound messier but is really easy and has a line which measures exactly 180ml of milk. I like my porridge a little less stodgy so generally add another glug of milk before bunging in the microwave. 2 ½ minutes in a 850watt. The microwave goes ping and I give it a stir, its ready to eat! I take mine into work and make it whilst doing the morning cup of tea. The contains doubles in size when its cooked and is a smooth pale, porridge colour. **The Taste** I like plain porridge but find I end up loading it in jam and sugar. With the apple and blueberry variety the sweetness is already there but its not as overpowering as the golden syrup variety which means its ready to eat. The taste is satisfying and not much can beat hot porridge on a snowy morning. I must confess I couldn't really taste the apples or the blueberries, just the sweetness from the fruit which was a shame. **Health Benefits** Obviously this covers most porridge as they contain oats and oats are good for you! They are wholegrain, a word being banded about a lot at the moment, essentially it means your receiving the whole of the grain and not just the refined parts. Studies have shown that people with healthy hearts eat more wholegrain - ok so the link may be suitable but anything Wholegrain is also a good source of insoluble fibre which is essential for your digestive system. They also contain soluble fibre which can actively reduce your cholesterol because it basically absorbs the cholesterol you do have during digestion. Not only that, and if you needed anymore convincing they are a slow releasing energy food, you will feel full till lunch therefore minimising those pesky snacks. Perfect for January dieters! **Nutritional Info** One bowl with the 180ml semi skimmed milk is 216 calories, not bad at all when I consider I wont be needing my 11am biscuit. It does contain a whopping 15.6g sugar. Quaker Rolled Oats (76%), Sugar, Dried Apple Pieces (0.5%), Dried Blueberries (0.5%) Natural Flavouring Salt , Lecithin (soya) ,Sunflower Oil **Could it be better?** Yes, when I first bought the product I expected plenty freeze dried blueberries and apples like in Special K and instead you end up with a token couple of blueberries. As the nutritional information shows I don't think 0.5% of a packet can really justify the product being given its name. Simply by adding some of your own blueberries or fruit it would become one of your five a day as well. However if you adding your own fruit do you really need porridge that's ready sweetened? Could always go for the plain option and reduce those calories a little bit more..... So in summary it's a great breakfast and I would have this every day of the week over the 'vitamin enhanced' cereals that are colourfully packaged and on offer at every supermarket but would probably only have this variety once a week sticking to the supreme healthy 'original' porridge. I got my sachet out of the variety pack which is on offer in Tesco, two boxes for £3.00, 9 sachets in each.
With the cold weather coming I decided it was time to invest in some porridge. I bought a box of oats so simple which I used to eat regularly years ago. I picked a box of apple and blueberry as although I don't like blueberries I do like apples and know that blueberries are supposed to be a super food. Each box contains ten sachets and contains a 36g serving Nutritional information The nutritional values given for one sachet made up with semi skimmed milk. Kcal 131 Fat 2.3g Protein 3g Allergy Advice May contains traces of wheat and barley due to farming process It is made up from 76% rolled oats and 0.5% dried blueberries and apple. These can be prepared either in the microwave or on the stove. I chose the microwave as it seemed the easiest way to make them. I simply poured 180 mls of semi skimmed milk in a Pyrex jug then mixed in the porridge mix. After giving it a stir I placed it in the microwave. It suggests two and a half minutes for an 800w oven or three minutes for 650w so I cooked mine for 2minutes 30 seconds in my 750w microwave and stopped it half way through. I removed it from the microwave and poured it into a bowl. It claims to cook in two minutes which is using the stove method The instruction tell you to measure out the milk and pour it into the bowl with the mix but I find doing it this way there is no milk overflow as my bowls are pretty small .It also helps cool it down to be ready to eat and meant I could eat it on my lap without scalding my leg. The porridge does have a typical porridge smell and the smell of the apples or blueberries can't be detected. I gave it a stir and found that it was quite a sweet tasting porridge considering no sugar had been added. The porridge is still firm and the odd tough oat flake I ate through. I could not detect and apple taste in the packet. The blueberries were easily visibly but didn't remind me of blueberries these were very sweet. I wanted my two year old son to try some as he hadn't had porridge since he was a baby. He came and looked at my bowl but in his opinion it looked like cake mix and just stirred it round. When I asked him if he wanted to try any he replies "yuck" so obviously doesn't appear that appetising. He did finally decide to take a spoonful or two but when I asked if he liked it he shook his head although he couldn't have hated it as he wouldn't of ate anymore The consistency of the porridge is quite thick but if you prefer a runnier porridge then add extra milk. It is slightly sticky but not over so in my opinion They are currently £1.96 for a pack or 2 for £3 at Tesco's I would recommend this porridge as it is so easy to make and makes a lovely warm winter breakfast
I love porridge and have recently again been trying various different ones. One of the cereals I've sampled is Quaker Oats So Simple apple and blueberry sachets. They are made by Quaker which are a well known brand. Therefore they can be found in all supermarkets including Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's. They can often be found in smaller shops too and little newsagents. Often they are served up at hotels and bed and breakfasts but I've never come across this before. They can be found in the cereal aisle alongside the other Quaker porridges. These particular ones were right next to the golden syrup and original versions. The sachets come in a box which weighs 360g and contains 10 sachets. This means that each sachet weighs on 36g. This isn't a huge amount however it is a typical serving size and is therefore substantial. This is the only box that you can get as they don't come in larger or smaller boxes. This will cost roughly £1.98 depending on what supermarket you buy them from. This is pretty expensive and means that each sachet works out at roughly 20p. This is not including the milk you need to prepare them with. Often there are special offers on with this product but currently there are none. The box is actually fairly attractive however it definitely appeals to adults more than it would to children. There is no main colour as the background is actually an image of real life. The back of the packet gives all nutritional and ingredients information. This is set out well and is easy to read. There is often a competition on the back too or a promotion and information on how to contact Quaker if you have any problems with it. On the front there is all of the usual information containing product description and the brand name and product name. There is a lovely picture of an oat farm with a luxurious blue sky. There is also a large picture of a gorgeous green apple and some juicy looking blueberries. It gives off the idea that is very healthy and is going to be a nice filling breakfast. Inside the box, you will find the sachets. There are 10 of them like we are told and they are made out of plastic material. The bags are easy to open and the oats can be tipped out very easily. If you don't feel that one sachet is enough than you can always opt for two however I personally feel that this is a bit too much! There was actually quite a sweet smell coming from the sachets and I definitely detected an apple smell. There was also a nice bland oaty smell too which I really enjoyed sniffing at! The sachets did seem to be filled very full which makes the price seem a bit better however I think the golden syrup sachets were packed more! This porridge should be made up in the microwave and is pretty easy and quick to do so. One sachet requires roughly 180ml of milk however depending on how you like your porridges consistency this can be altered. You simply pour the sachet into a microwavable bowl and add in the desired amount of milk. Then you simply pop it into the microwave for two minutes and thirty and let it do its job. I usually leave my porridge in for 3 minutes or sometimes even 3 minutes 30 seconds though as I like a sweet skin of it and adore it when it is roasting hot! The taste of the porridge was actually really nice however straight away I knew I preferred the golden syrup version. The first thing I tasted was definitely the porridge oats. They tasted really milky and had a delicious texture to them too. There is definitely a delicious apple flavour to the porridge too which is actually slightly bitter but not overly so. I tasted sweet blueberries too but only ever so slightly. Through the creamy oat porridge were miniscule pieces of chopped apple and diced blueberry. I wasn't keep on the texture though as I prefer mushed up things and no crunchy bits. A recommended portion size is the 36g sachet with 180ml of semi skimmed milk and this will provide you with 131 calories and 2.3g of fat. This is quite superb!
I love porridge but rarely have it because I cannot be bothered to make it and it always seems a bit bland. I don't think it tastes bland and thoroughly enjoy it whenever I make the effort but looking at porridge oats in a bag doesn't make my taste bus tingle! I started on Oatso Simple last year because it appealed to my deep-reaching laziness. You add the oats to a bowl, use the sachet to measure out the required amount of milk, add this to the oats and then zap in the microwave - what could be easier? Ok so it isn't much different from making up porridge yourself but it is perfect each time. My porridge never was! The apple and blueberry variety is really naturally sweet. There a lots of pieces of real dried fruit mixed in with the oats. This makes a welcome change to the traditional porridge flavour. The apple is quite strong. Another advantage to this product is the pre-measured sachets, which aids portion control immensely! I love this!
There's snow on the ground and a crisp feel in the air. The sky is blue and the sun is out. Winter is here and to herald its arrival I've decided that it's porridge time once more. Breakfast time in our household is a funny time. Some mornings are great, junior sits down, eats his breakfast and then the day can continue. Other mornings are utter chaos. Whilst traditional porridge is not hard to make it does require at least a little bit of attention to get it right. Thankfully, over the last few years the market in hot oat-based products has expanded greatly and there are now many quick "instant" alternatives. Oatso Simple is one such product. Packaged in pre-measured sachets, Oatso Simple is very easy to make and requires next to no attention. Simply tear open a sachet and empty the dry oats into a bowl, pour milk into the sachet up to the pre-marked line and tip into the bowl with the oats. Stir and pop the bowl into the microwave for between 2 minutes and 2 minutes 30 seconds, depending on the wattage of your microwave. I have a 900W microwave and find 2 minutes 10 seconds is perfect to produce a thin soft porridge and 2 minutes 30 seconds will give porridge with a thicker consistency. That's it. No mess, no fuss. Another great plus of this product is that it requires no further additions. The porridge contains dried apple and blueberries which soften perfectly in the cooking. During cooking you can distinctly smell the apple alongside a rich, warming oat aroma. I find that the porridge benefits from standing for a minute or so after cooking but, unlike ReadyBrek you don't need to stir too much - the porridge seems to cook evenly. Oatso Simple is made of 100% Quaker rolled oats, which contributes to a substantial breakfast. You'll find the texture firmer than ReadyBrek but not quite as substantial as a traditional hob-made porridge. This, in my opinion, makes it an ideal product for children, but probably not an everyday choice. A bowl will deliver a good portion of a toddler's energy requirement for the day but is surprisingly low, comparatively, in terms of sugar (and salt) content. As an adult I'd prefer a slightly larger portion but then I'm greedy. There's certainly enough to sustain one for breakfast and the slow energy release of the oats will leave you feeling more satisfied than an equivalent bowl of many other cereals. The blueberry and apple flavour shine through the porridge and it tastes naturally sweet. There is added sugar in the mix but this sweetness does not predominate. Ideally I'd like more blueberries in the mix and often add my own. Having said that, there are enough blueberries to impart that wonderful fruity flavour. Oatso Simple comes in a number of flavours, including a traditional, unadulterated variety. The Apple & Blueberry is, though, in my opinion, the best example. Heartily recommended as a quick, fuss-free breakfast suitable for all the family.
A couple of weeks ago my Weight Watchers leader stressed the importance of having a variety of different breakfasts throughout the week as most of us in her group were quite boring and ate one breakfast day after day, mine is Weetabix which I could eat for every meal for a month without getting bored! I took her advice in and while in Tesco I bought a selection of different breakfast cereals, as well as some foods that I could cook with to give myself a bit of variety in the mornings without blowing my Points allowance. One item that made it into my trolley was a variety pack of Quakers Oatso Simple. The box contains the Original, Apple and Blueberry and Golden Syrup flavours, but it is the Apple and Blueberry variety I am going to focus on for this review. Oatso Simple is very easy to make. You just tear open a sachet and empty the dry oats into a bowl, pour milk into the sachet to measure it and then tip that in with the oats. Give it a quick stir and microwave for between 2 minutes and 2 minutes 30 seconds, depending on the wattage of your microwave. I have a 1000W microwave and find 2 minutes is perfect to make sure all of the oats have softened and soaked up the milk, although I sometimes put it in for 2 minutes and 15 seconds if I want a thicker breakfast. As the Oatso Simple is heating in the microwave I was aware of a lovely fruity apple aroma filling my kitchen and this made my mouth water as I love anything apple flavoured. After allowing it to cool for a few minute I tucked in. I thought I'd dropped something into the bowl as I could see a couple of black bits bobbing about in my Oatso Simple, but on closer inspection I realised they were tiny blueberries and I also noticed some very small pieces of dried apple. Oatso Simple is made of 100% Quaker rolled oats, which makes this a substantial and filling breakfast. The oats soften beautifully once cooked and I find this has a texture somewhere between porridge and Ready Brek, it's a nice creamy consistency and ever so slightly sticky but not so much that it makes cleaning the bowl a nightmare. I love the natural sweetness of this breakfast and also the fact that it tastes extremely fruity. I can detect the flavour of both the apple and blueberry, the blueberry is the stronger of the two and I find the overall flavour of this Oatso Simple is definitely more of berries than fruit. The blander taste of the oats comes through all this extra flavour though so it should still appeal to those of you who like their breakfasts plain and unadulterated. Each sachet when made up with 180ml of semi skimmed milk contains 216 calories and 5.3g of fat (of which 2.3g are saturates) which is slightly more than most cold breakfast cereals, but Oatso Simple will fill you up for much longer and ensure you have no need to snack during the morning. I paid £1.74 for my multipack of Oatso Simple sachets, although you can also buy boxes of the individual flavours. Each box contains 10 sachets so this is an extremely good price in my opinion and much cheaper than buying an equivalent sized box of, say, Cocoa Pops. I did notice in Tesco yesterday that the Oatso Simple boxes are currently half price at 87p and that is an absolute bargain so I suggest you stock up now before the price goes back up!