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Review: Bakery on Main Instant Oatmeal

‘Tis the time of the year for warm breakfasts, right?  The chill is in the air each morning and sometimes it doesn’t leave all day.  I love the crispness and wish we could have days like this all year long with the occasional 80-83 degree day tossed in.  I don’t ask for much.

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Chilly mornings call for warm oatmeal.  Busy mornings sometimes get in the way, so Bakery on Main’s new instant oatmeals are debuting at a great time!  The Bakery on Main story:

It all started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened to his Celiac customers complain about the taste of many of the gluten free options available to them. He thought that no one should have to suffer because of a food allergy or other special dietary need, and made it his mission to create products that were good for them but taste like they aren’t.

Late in 2003, after tasting a granola recipe one of the bakers was working on, Smulders said, “these gluten free people need granola!” He walked through the store and gathered ingredients and baked the first batch that day. It took almost 2 years to find gluten free sources of all the ingredients and find a place where we could make the product without risk of cross-contamination.
Three years and two bakeries later, their gluten free granola is made in a 34,000 square foot manufacturing facility with state of the art quality controls and in-house gluten testing on every batch. Located just a few miles down the road from the original bakery, the plant maintains the small bakery quality by continuing to bake in small batches.

How can I be sure Bakery On Main’s products are gluten free?
We take every precaution possible to be sure our products are safe for people with Celiac disease.  Bakery On Main’s manufacturing plant is certified for gluten free production by the Gluten Free Certification Organization which means they visit our plant and audit us to be sure our products are gluten free.  Please refer to their web site at www.gfco.org for their procedure and standards.

The new gluten-free instant oatmeal comes in 3 different flavors:

  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Maple multigrain muffin
  • Apple pie

The oatmeal cooks in 1.5 minutes in the microwave – that is it!  Check out these stats:

  • High fiber (5 grams)
  • Non GMO
  • Dairy & Casein-free
  • Low sodium (40 mg)
  • Gluten-free
  • Trans fat-free
  • Cholesterol free
  • Calories per package: 190-200
  • Protein – 6 grams per package

As much as I would love a single packet of oatmeal to be enough breakfast for me, it isn’t.  To bulk up my oatmeal, I add a tablespoon of almond or peanut butter and fruit.  I added fresh strawberries & almond butter to the strawberry shortcake version; cooked cinnamon apples & peanut butter to the apple pie; cooked cinnamon pears & peanut butter to the maple multigrain muffin.

My favorite version is the apple pie.  I love apple pie & this warm treat made the perfect breakfast!  Don’t get me wrong, the other 2 flavors are very good, but apple pie has a special place in my heart.  The oatmeal can be purchased online with free shipping for $5.99/10.5 oz. box of 6 packets and on store shelves this October.

**The samples reviewed here were provided to me free of charge.  The opinions stated here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

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