Oats have always been part of my diet since my earliest childhood and from way back then, I remember the distinctive Quaker Oats packet on the shelf. Mum had a Scottish father and she brought us up eating porridge regularly and there were flapjacks too. Flapjacks are the perfect comfort food for me. Today I often eat muesli (made with oats) for breakfast and I sometimes make a bowl of porridge.
Making porridge doesn’t take that long, but in the morning time can be scarce, so I liked the idea of being able to get my oat fix quickly, but still enjoy some porridge. So when Quaker Oats got in touch and asked us to try out their new products, I was keen to give it a go.
The Quaker Porridge To Go Squares are soft, chewy squares that contain the same amount of oats as a bowl of porridge. You can choose between the Golden Syrup flavour or the Strawberry, Raspberry & Cranberry variety. They are in microwaveable packaging and taste best slightly warm (takes 10 seconds in the microwave). These would be ideal for teenagers who have left getting up to the last minute and have no time for breakfast before school.
Meanwhile the Quaker Fruit & Oat Squeeze is an easy way to start the day. It’s a combination of yoghurt, fruit and oats with no added sugar. I tend to squeeze mine into a bowl, but you could have it straight from the pouch on the go. There are three varieties: Red Fruits, Apple & Cinnamon and Blueberry.
The verdict? The Fruit & Oat Squeeze is an easy way to start the day. I did think the red fruits one looked a bit unappetizing out of the packet as it isn’t the most appealing colour, but they all taste good and I quickly got over that. For me though it’s the Porridge to Go that has been a real revelation. It’s so easy, tastes good and really quite filling (much more so than a flapjack of that size would be. It really is genuinely portable and perfect if you are having to leave the house without time for breakfast.