Whole Grain Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Whole Grain Quinoa Flakes, Whole Grain Amaranth Flakes, Sliced Almonds, Sunflower Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Flax Seed, Shelled Hemp Seed, Shia Seed.
To prepare: Measure 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup cereal per serving.
Shake unopened bag to evenly mix contents. Measure servings; bring 2/3 cup water to a boil; stir in 1/3 cup oatmeal. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened, stir occasionally. Add your favorite sweetener or sea salt and/or spices to make a savory side dish. Stir and serve.
Microwave (1200 watt):
Microwave cook times may vary depending on oven wattage. Shake unopened bag to evenly mix contents. Measure servings; combine 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup oatmeal in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Add your favorite sweetener or sea salt and/or spices to make a savory side dish. Stir and serve.
Although the cooking instructions call for using water as the base, we found the oatmeal to be severely lacking body and flavor unless milk was used instead.
Additionally, the 1/3 cup recommended serving size seemed small for a portion.
We’re big fans of oatmeal for a quick and nutritious breakfast treat. There’s something about the warmth and density that really kicks our day into motion.
So we were definitely intrigued when we saw this new item at our local TJ’s. Ancient Grains? Super Seeds? Sounds like a treat!
Sadly, we found a number of things wrong with this dish, and can’t say that we enjoyed it.
First, the positives – there is no question this oatmeal is good for you. It’s got a ton of super-food ingredients under one roof (whole grain rolled oats, quinoa, amaranth flakes, almond slivers, plus sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, flax and chia seeds). But therein lies one of our key issues.
Because of the hodgepodge of ingredients, there’s a lot of subtle – yet competing – flavors in there. The most obvious of which is quinoa, which we found to be rather overpowering.
Another issue: there’s more texture than you’re probably used to in your oatmeal – up to you if that’s a good thing. In our opinion, the combination of mushy and gritty and crunchy was a bit off-putting.
All told, this dish certainly didn’t live up to our expectations. It is no doubt healthy, and there’s no doubt an audience for it, but we won’t be back for more.