“ Type: Oats „
Having recently done a review of Ready-Brek cereal I thought it only fair to give the competition a chance and check them out.
Sainsbury's original easy porridge oats are CONSIDERABLY cheaper than the branded varieties. I purchased a packet of 10 sachets for only £1, which I thought was great value (1-0 to the own-brand oats!).
The cereal is nicely presented in a bright red packet which contains all the pertinent nutritional information that you would expect. On the back of the packet is a list of ingredients, nutritional info and cooking instruction for the oats, all of which is clearly and accessibly presented.
In terms of taste I would be hard pushed to identify any difference to the branded Ready-Brek. The oats have a nice creamy taste (especially when made using semi-skimmed milk). If you want to load on the calories (and I usually do) you can add a spoonful of sugar, jam, fresh fruit or nuts, all of which enhance the flavour of the oats. I am a big fan of porridge as it keeps me feeling fuller for longer than other breakfast cereals. It is also a nice way to warm up in the morning (hey, summers not quite here yet!).
The cooking instructions say that you should microwave the oats along with 180 ml of milk for between 2 ½ and 3 minutes. I have to say that I find 45 seconds in a conventional microwave is more than enough. Once removed from the microwave, give the mixture a good stir and away you go. As with all things, I am sure that the oats taste better if you do them on the hob rather than in the microwave, but I can never be bothered.
All in all I can't find any faults with Sainsbury's easy porridge oats. They are filling, tasty and really affordable. What's more, they are made using Scottish oats, so you will be doing your bit to help support British farmers. That gets the thumbs up from me!
These are now called Sainsbury's Easy Porridge Oats and come in a red box for the original flavour or a yellow box for the golden syrup flavour.
They're suitable for vegetarians and vegans (woohoo!) but not for oat gluten or soya allergy sufferers.
You get either 8 or 10 sachets, depending on the box size you buy and they're basically Sainsbury's own version of Oat So Simple but cheaper (by nearly a £1!).
They're really easy to make, either with milk, soya milk, rice milk or even just water. The instructions say to stir in 180ml of milk but all I do is empty the packet into a bowl then fill the empty sachet with soya milk as a measuring guide. Then you microwave for about a minute, stir then nuke again for a further minute.
The golden syrup ones are quite sweet, not as sweet as the Oat So Simple ones although that's probably a good thing (much healthier!). I like to add sugar or jam to the plain one because I like my porridge sweet.
They taste as you'd expect porridge to taste and have a good oaty texture too but the end result really depends on how you've prepared it, for example, if you use less milk then it'll be stodgier and if you use more milk it'll be smoother.