Product Type: Quaker Breakfast
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Quaker Oatso Simple Golden Syrup
Member Name: SusanLesley
Quaker Oatso Simple Golden Syrup
Advantages: Tastes great, not expensive, quick to make
Disadvantages: Plain oats would be healthier!
Whilst eating my breakfast this morning I suddenly realised that I hadn't written a review about Oats So Simple - what an omission! This is such a delicious product I am about to remedy this at once!
When the mornings are getting colder I do like a bowl of porridge to start the day, but I can't be bothered measuring stuff and making it from scratch even with the microwave! Yes, I know, how idle can you get? Bearing this affliction in mind Oats So Simple is just right for me.
It is made by Quaker Oats so we know from the outset that it is going to be good.
The cereal comes in boxes of 8, 16 or 20 sachets and currently cost £1.42, £2.72 and £2.72 respectively at Tesco's. Like me you may think that it is odd that the 16 sachet and 20 sachet pack cost the same but after further investigation the sachets in the 16 pack are 35g each and the ones on the 20 sachet pack are 27g each. It seems a bit silly to produce two different sizes of sachet but there it is.
It is also worth mentioning at this point that there are often special offers on this product in Tesco.
Oats So Simple comes in a variety of flavours namely original (with no added flavour), golden syrup, raspberry, apple and blueberry and baked apple. There also appears to be a new product on the Tesco website called Oats So Simple with Toppings so I shall have to check this one out and report back.
The box is smaller and squatter than your average cereal pack. It has the Quaker Oats name and the logo of the Quaker at the top. The rest of the pack depicts a blue sky over a golden cornfield. Being the golden syrup version, which is my favourite, it also has a picture of a container of syrup with a spoonful being lifted out at the bottom left hand corner of the pack.
The pack also sports a heart logo with the words 'Natures way to lower cholesterol' written in a circle around it. Along the bottom of the pack there is the usual nutritional information to show how much sugar, salt etc there is in the product.
Written in white lettering along one edge of the pack are the words 'Morning Sunshine!', hence the title of the review.
On the back of the pack there are various bits of information about the benefits of oats, renewable resources and high cholesterol.
The other edge of the pack has the instructions for preparation using either a microwave or a saucepan on the hob. It also gives the specific nutritional information, including the calorie value of the cereal. Incidentally this is 216 calories when made up with semi skimmed milk.
The smell as the cereal cooks is just an ordinary porridge smell, so very nice but nothing extraordinary.
The taste - well that's something else. It is smooth and creamy and tastes just sweet enough to be delicious without being sickly. A word of warning though - it will be very hot when it comes out of the microwave so be careful!
To make the cereal you just empty the sachet into a bowl, then refill the sachet with milk and empty that into the bowl and then microwave for 2.5 minutes on full power - simple! Even though it does tell you both on the box and the sachet to reuse the empty sachet to measure out your milk I hadn't noticed until a friend of ours came to stay and I saw him do it! Well I'm even dozier than usual first thing in the morning!
If you want to make this in a saucepan on the hob just put the oats and 180ml of milk in the pan and simmer for 2 minutes.
I like the original version, but I have to admit I do prefer the golden syrup version as I do have a sweet tooth but at 216 calories for a breakfast that's not bad is it? At least I am having the goodness of oats which will help my heart and help keep my cholesterol at a good level.
Summary: A tasty breakfast cereal - quick and easy to make!