“ Type: Cereal „
First we had Weetabix, then we had Oatibix. Now we have Oatibix Bitesize. Having already tried the original Oatibix and not finding them much different to Weetabix, I was curious when I saw these to try them out.
First off I tried them straight, and just like Weetabix and Oatibix, you need something sweet on them. sugar is the first thing that springs to mind, and sugar it was. Just like the other two, this goes very soggy and mushy quite quickly, but that is OK by me. I have become used to that over the years and this is now how I enjoy my Weetabix type cereal.
I am still surprised at how un-oaty, they are, and how much it just seems like it is Weetabix that is being eaten. And like Weetabix the mushy thing happens, so that makes it seem even more as if you are eating some sort of neutral mess, that needs sweetening up.
This sounds as if I am negatively criticizing this stuff. That is not the case, I do like it as it is. I am just a little dissapointed that the name Oatibix implies an oatiness, yet it seems just like Weetabix.
You can (and need to in my opinion) do the same thing you might with Weetabix, that is, drizzle them with honey or syrup, or one of my favourites with almost any breakfast cereal is to serve with slices of banana. They will also do well in the microwave, with plenty of milk though as they tend to come out looking a bit burnt and dried round the edges otherwise.
Unless you are looking for something specifically oaty and markedly different from Weetabix, I would give these a miss. The fact they are bite size doesn't make much difference - if you don't like the mushiness inherent with the Weetabix/Oatibix range, these might appeal as you will get one or two into your mouth before the mush sets in, but to be fair, the same thing happens with normal size Weetabix and Oatibix, that is you can get one or two mouthfuls of that in before the mush begins.
They do taste allright (with a little sweetening), so can't mark them down, I just feel it is a bit of a pointless product for the consumer, on the other hand it is a marketing exercise for the procuders of Weetabix.
I had previously tried the standard sized oatibix and not been terribly impressed... the premise being the same as weetabix but made from oats but the result sadly lacking in flavour and prone to the same 'instant-soggyness' that plagues weetabix.
These bitesize versions, however, seem to be quite an improvement. They are much tastier, don't get soggy quite so quick (though it's still a problem) and are easier to eat. The main problem that I have with them is that they are high in sugar. There is around 5g in an average bowl (and about 14g per 100g) which is fairly high for a supposedly 'healthy' cereal. You can certainly taste the sugar when you eat them, which is clearly the reason they taste better than the standard ones, but it rather defeats the purpose of trying to eat something 'healthy.' Sugar is the second ingredient on the box, which kind of points to the kind of component it makes up in this cereal.
I'm not entirely convinced by the 'slow release energy' claim either, I was hungry again within about two hours. That's not exactly terrible but other oat-based products, such as ready-brek, usually last a fair bit longer. This may just be me, though.
I can't comment on the raisin variety but I was very unimpressed with the chocolate version, could hardly taste the chocolate itself as the pieces were quite small... and of course having chocolate chips defeats the purpose of the healthy oat cereal to an extent.
If you're looking for something healthier than all the sugar-laden 'tasty' cereals but can't stomach eating porridge or weetabix then these might be a suitable compromise, fairly nice tasting without a completely ridiculous sugar content.
First of all let me say this straight. I like Oatibix bitesize. The problem is that they could be so much more than they are.
As a diabetic I'm drawn to products such as these, especially ones containing oats as they're a great slow-release food. The problem is that these are loaded with sugar. Even the plain ones have over 5g of sugar in a 36g serving, and that's before you put milk on it.
I suspect that the sugar is used to "glue" the biscuits together because as soon as you pour milk on them, they go all mushy. Which I actually like, but some people won't.
Part of the sugar content may well be the "pro-biotic" that they contain (oligofructose). It would be nice if they made a product without the "pro-biotic" to give consumers more choice.
A comment on the chocolate and raisin ones as well. The raisins are like little hard bullets and unchewable. And the chocolate is so measly that it's hard to notice it when you're eating it.
This is my daily breakfast. First thing is preparation. If you don't let them sit in the milk for a while before you eat them they are hard as rock. About 3 minutes of soaking means that they soften up. I eat all the varietys - plain, apple and sultana and chocolate. The chocolate ones actually taste the best, a bit lie chocolate chip cookies. The problem is that having chocolate in them sort of defeats the object of eating a healthy breakfast. The plain ones are a bit boring but nevertheless taste nice. They are not too sweet and have a pleasant taste, a bit like nutri grain biscuits. The apple and sultana ones have a big drawback - the fruit pieces don't soften so they are hard bits which get stuck in your teeth and make eating them more difficult. Other good things, however, is that they are filling and your hunger holds off for a good few hours after eating them. Also, they don't break up in the box so you don't end up with too many crumbs when you come to the end of the packet.
Weetabix Oatibix Bitesize now seem to have changed their name to Weetabix Oatibix Bites and you can have the plain version, or the sultana and apple version. However, I think that they also make a chocolate and raisin version.
Weetabix Oatibix Bitesize used to be in a blue pack and when the name changed to Weetabix Oatibix Bites, the colour of the pack changed also.
Weetabix Oatibix Bites are now in a yellow pack. The Oatibix Bites pack that I am reviewing is the Weetabix Oatibix Bites Sultana and Apple one.
As stated earlier, the 550g pack is yellow with Oatibix Bites Sultana and Apple in bold black lettering on the front. There is also a picture of apple, and other fruits along with the Bites. On the front of the box, at the top, there is a red heart shaped logo which says 'For Heart Health'.
On both sides of the pack there is a round logo which has The Weetabix Food Company around it and a Wheatsheaf in the middle.
It states on the pack, that whenever you see their sign, you know you've found the goodness of wholegrain. It also says, that all their cereals are made with natural wholegrains which provide a valuable source of essential nutrients, ensuring that that you get the nutritional value of every part of the grain.
This Oatibix Bites Sultana and Apple is bitesize, made up of 100% Wholegrain Oat Cereal, with Prebiotic, Sultanas and Apple, and it is also Fortified with Vitamins and Iron.
The Ingredients are: Wholegrain Oats (77%), Sugar, Sultanas (7%), Prebiotic Oligofructose (6%), Apple Flavoured Fruity Pieces (4.1%) (Sugar, Humectant: Glycerol, Concentrated Apple Puree, Invert Sugar Syrup, Oat Fibre, Vegetable Oil, Rice Starch, Glucose Syrup, Gelling Agent: Pectin, Citric Acid, Flavouring, Antioxidant: Ascorbic Acid), Salt, Flavouring, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid.
The pack states that a 36g serving of Weetabix Oatibix Bites Sultana and Apple provides 31% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of the Vitamins and Iron listed. 100g of Weetabix Oatibix Bites Sultana and Apple provides 85% of the RDA of the Vitamins and Iron.
About 5g of Prebiotic is recommended per day for a prebiotic effect, each 36g serving contains 1.25g. The pack contains 36g at least fifteen servings.
This cereal is made from oats hence the name Oatibix. I bought this cereal because I wanted to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The 100% wholegrain Bites are nice with the added Sultana and Apple and are a good source of fibre and slow release energy which keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
Also, I like this cereal because of the added Prebiotic which is known to boost friendly bacteria in the gut which helps to keep your immune system healthy.
When you add cold milk to this cereal the bites take a few minutes to soften, you do not need sugar and I found this cereal very tasty and enjoyable. I really like to have this every morning now because it is tasty, quick and satisfying. It fills you up and you know that it is good for your body.
Although, this cereal is a breakfast cereal, I find myself eating it at other times of the day and night when I feel like a snack. You do not have to have it only for breakfast.
I recommend that you try this cereal, you will not be disappointed.
Oatibix bitesize are one of the range launched onto the breakfast cereal market last year. Remember the advert - they're 'not-made-from-wheat-made-from-oats-instead-a-bix' or something along those lines.
After the launch of Oatibix, Oatibix bitesize were introduced. Having already tried the Oatibix and not being too enamoured of them, my daughter wanted to try out the bite-sized version.
The packaging looks tempting enough. Oatibix is emblazoned across the front of the box with the familiar Weetabix logo positioned in the top corner. The box states they're low in saturated fat with 100% wholegrain oats. They also have the addition of prebiotic (to help boost friendly bacteria).
When pouring them into a bowl, it's impossible to make the connection between these little bite sized pieces of cereal and oats. They look like little Weetabix, but, apparently they are made up of 88% wholegrain Oats.
These look quite different to the full sized Oatibix, apart from their size. They are darker, similar in colour to Weetabix and are coated with a crunchy, slightly sweet outer layer. This has the effect of delaying the 'soggy' effect that pouring milk onto Weetabix and Oatibix full sized has.
It can be quite deceptive as to how much cereal you have in your bowl. If you pour cold milk on, they remain in the same state for at least 5 minutes. However, if you pour warm or hot milk onto them they soak up the milk much faster, causing them to swell. This has the effect of making it look like you have a whole lot more cereal in your bowl.
The 550g, 90% recyclable box states you'll get 15 lots 36g servings. This confused me as my family seemed to get through one box in a week, or 8 bowlfuls. One day, out of curiosity, I decided to see exactly how many Oatibix bitesize this equated to ... are you ready ... 17 exactly! Now, that may sound like a lot, but when you consider that each Oatibix bitesize is about the size of a large thumbprint, it's not much. I certainly end up pouring out a lot more than this into a cereal bowl. It's time to take stock of portion sizes I think!
My kids love these, even more than Weetabix. As far as I'm concerned, these aren't mini versions of the Oatibix full sized cereal. These taste much sweeter and crunchier. Due to their extra sweetness, you really don't need any extra sugar on top. I like them with hot or cold milk, and they're even tasty to eat dry as a snack.
They have a very distinctive taste. Certainly, they don't taste like Weetabix. Then again, they don't taste like oats. If you don't like porridge, this could be a useful way of obtaining the nutritional benefits that oats have to offer.
At the time of writing, a 550g box of Oatibix Bitesize costs £2.50 but they have recently been on promotion at 2 boxes for £2.
If you prefer cereals with added extras, there is another variety of Oatibix Bitesized called Oatibix Bitesized with Chocolate and Raisins.
Despite their sweet outer coating, sugar levels don't quite reach the too high level, with 14.2g per 100g. Fibre is high with 10.1g per 100g which is why they are so filling. They are fortified with all the usual vitamins and minerals.
Wholegrain Oats (88%), Sugar, Prebiotic Oligofructose (5.2%), Salt, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid.
Allergy Information: Contains wheat and barley
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A delicious alternative to wheat cereals.