Disclaimer: I received this product via Fit Approach for my original thoughts and opinions on My Oatmeal.
I recently had the opportunity to review this super creative new company called My Oatmeal. How many of you enjoy those flavored packets of oatmeal by Quaker? I was always a sucker for the Apple Cinnamon flavor. However – these packets have so much sugar and other additives in them that it completely defeats the purpose of choosing oatmeal as a healthy breakfast option. My Oatmeal allows you to create your own custom oatmeal flavors, and the best part is YOU choose every last ingredient that goes into your mix.
When I first visited My Oatmeal’s website and attempted to make my mix, I honestly was a little overwhelmed by all of the options! If you know me, I’m awful at making decisions…and the more choices I have, the more indecisive I am.
First, you pick how much oats you want and then you pick your base. Choices range from quick rolled oats to gluten free oats to steel cut oats. I chose the Organic Gluten-Free Thick Oats.
The next part was probably the hardest part for me. Here’s where you get to choose flavor(s). That’s right, you can pick more than one and combine a few to resemble a particular flavor you love. For example, I love red velvet cake. So for my flavors I chose Red Velvet Cake, Cake Batter, and Vanilla Frosting. But I was definitely playing around with some chocolate-peanut butter and blueberry cheesecake flavors as well. This step took me days. I mean it – I’d sit there, create a flavor combo, and then see another flavor I liked and a new idea popped into my head, and I’d get overwhelmed and have to come back to it another day! Talk about real world problems, people.
Next you can pick any number of dried fruits to add to your oatmeal. They have apples, banana chips, strawberries, cherries, etc. I chose to skip this option, as I’m not a huge dried fruit fan.
Then you get to amp up the texture a bit with some nuts and seeds (Chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa flakes, hemp seeds, etc.) I chose chia seeds to add into my mixture. I always add chia seeds in my oats, so I figured this would save me a step in my morning oatmeal preparation!
Last step – choose a sweetener (if any)! For those of you who are super health conscious, the nice part is you can skip this option and know your mix has 0 added sugars! For those of you who prefer a little sweetness, you can still go with a healthier option. They can use brown sugar, cane sugar, splenda or monk fruit. This was the first time I had ever heard of monk fruit as a sweetener…apparently it’s a plant and calorie free. Usually I would skip over the sweetener completely, but they suggest if you added flavor to your mix to add a sweetener so that the flavors come out tasting right. I added the monk fruit in mine. After trying the oatmeal though, it was almost too sweet for me. Then again I don’t eat sugar often, so I’m more sensitive to sweet things. I probably would’ve been alright skipping out on the sweetener and adding a little bit of my own honey after cooking them.
This is such a great idea for a company. I’m honestly a little jealous I didn’t think of it! Definitely head over to their site and check them out, even if its just to play around and create fun flavors! It’s a blast creating your own combinations!