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This cereal consists of clusters of oats and a sprinkling of raisins. The oat clusters are quite big and very crunchy, which I like, although my husband described it as like eating wood, so it may not be for everyone! There are plenty of raisins per serving and they are a decent size, not small and dry like in some meuslis. This cereal tastes fairly sweet to me, as someone who usually eats rice krispies or weetabix, but not sickly sweet. I enjoy eating this at any time of day. It is a filling breakfast served with just milk, but can be dressed up with yoghurts or fruit if you fancy - banana works well. Generally I don't like cereal that is too sweet or that has raisins in, but I really quite like this one. I think it is like eating flapjacks for breakfast (nice!) but my husband would prefer cheerios with loads of sugar, so you can't please everyone!
Oat Granola is part of my new drive to be [a little, at least!] more healthy. Granola is a generic term for a type of food [much as is, say, muesli]. The main ingredients should be oats, honey and nuts or seeds: after that it can be a bit vague. The Quaker Oats variety is oat based [rolled oats being 55% of the ingredients] and also has 9.8% raisins. Sugar is the second listed ingredient, so must account for more than 9.8% - this explains why it quite a sweet taste [there is also some honey]. The cereal is presented as clusters of the oats and other ingredients, which are quite crunchy in nature. I quite like this crunchiness, but I suppose this may be problem for some denture wearers [I don't wear dentures, and if I'm talking rubbish, please forgive me]. I'm a raisin fan, and there seems to be a generous amount in each pack. The formula makes for quite a dense product: the pack contains 600g, but is quite small [about half the volume of a 600g pack of Cherios we have in the cupboard]. The dense and concentrated form took me by surprise when I first ate it: you need only about half of what you might normally consider a portion. The bowl looks quite empty, but you soon get full. I like to add a few extras - pumpkin seeds are my current favourite. A portion contains 2.6g of fibre [1.1g soluble] and so provides about 10% of an adult's recommended amount. The pack [which, incidentally, has been updated from the one shown on the site, so you may have to look harder to find it on the shelf] claims it has "30-50% less fat than most other granola cereals" - but I'm not sure with what it has been compared. Also on ciao.
I like to have a bit of variety when it comes to breakfast cereal and these are made by Quaker and were on a buy two get a third free in my local supermarket so I decided to give them a whirl. One thing I noticed quite quickly when I first tried them is that they are quite sweet tasting and while this could be due to the fact that there are raisens in them in fact when I looked at the back there is a fair bit of sugar added so you cannot say that this is a ealthy breakfast option. The cereal is made up of oat clusers which vary in size but are on the whole quite small and there are also some nice juicy raisens, I was impressed that there are quite a few raisens in the box and each serving has a generous number in it. I find these as a cereal quite nice as a light option, they are not too filling but having breakfast does stop me snacking over the rest of the day which is a good thing. For me the would not be a regular purchase but having a box in the cupboard does make them a nice alternative.
My mother in law dropped off a few boxes of these the other day. They were on offer in Morrisons so she bulk bought and then having tried it, realised they were too hard for her teeth. So let that be a lesson to all you denture-wearers and sensitive teeth people out there. I do not find it too hard at all. In fact one of the best things about this cereal is its crunchiness. The granola consists of many oat clusters of varying sizes and lots of juicy raisins. The hard crunch of the clusters compliments the soft chewiness of the raisons. Overall it has quite a sweet taste, which is probably why I like it so much. With a young baby needing attention and lots to do around the house, I tend to get on with other things while eating breakfast and so it can take me up to an hour to finish a bowl. The great thing about this cereal is that the larger clusters stay crunchy even after an hour. Though generally after that length of time the rest is a bit mushy, but what wouldn't be?! Nutritional Info per 50 gram serving: 205 calories (very low for such a sweet energy boost.) Quaker Oats Granola cost in the region of £1.70 to £1.90 for a 600 gram box. It does not last me a full week though. Because I adore it I tend to have very large bowls of it.
Quaker has a good reputation for breakfast cereals and since I trust the brand I had no concerns about buying their Oat Granola cereal. At £1.75 for a 600g box this breakfast cereal is expensive. The box looks small because the cereal is heavy. However, you are only meant to have a small portion. It is made up of clusters of oats and raisins but the big raisins that are proudly announced on the packaging are fairly sparsely distributed. I found three in one bowlful. The clusters are small, or large depending on how hard you shake the box to break them up and some of them are so big and hard that they could quite easily break your teeth. Adding milk and heating the whole lot in the microwave helps to soften the oat clusters. A 50gram bowl of this with no milk gives you 205 calories and contains no added salt or flavourings but it does contain a trace of nuts so if you are allergic to them this product is best avoided. I did like the taste of these but I found they actually made my mouth sore because they are so hard to chew and rough in texture. Soaking them in hot milk helps to soften them but does nothing for the flavour. This cereal was a waste of money for me as I ended up incorporating it into flapjacks after beating it with a rolling pin to break up the lumps. It is expensive and is not as good a quality as granola cereals like the Jordan's ones. I would not buy this cereal again even when it is on offer at Tesco. It is certainly hard work and not very pleasant to eat for breakfast.
Quaker Oat Granola is a tasty breakfast cereal which comes in a 600g box, I think this is the only size it comes in as I have never seen it in a smaller or larger size before. The box looks quite small for the weight and compared to say a box of cornflakes its about half the size but that's because the cereal itself is so compact and you do get your moneys worth. The cereal itself consists of oat clusters and raisins and although there doesn't seem to be a lot of raisins you can taste them with every mouthful maybe because they are "jumbo Chilean raisins"' lol, anyway the oat clusters are random sizes and can be pea size and smaller to about grape size and the only downside for me is that some of the larger oat clusters can be rock hard! When I first tried this cereal I thought it was delicious but I nearly broke one of my back teeth too! but I still buy it because I really do like the taste and it fills me up and stops me snacking, but now when I'm having the odd bowl I leave it sitting and let the milk soak in and soften the harder bits I use skimmed milk and I suppose which milk you use affects the taste but it tastes delicious to me, there's no need to add sugar as the raisins and the honey which binds the oat clusters adds enough sweetness but without it being too sweet, It tastes lovely with ice cold milk or with warm milk, either way tastes good, its even nice to snack on straight from the box but beware of those jaw breakers and for this reason I wouldn't recommend it for really young children or for anyone with dental problems I think this is a good cereal to start the day off, I enjoy most things made with oats as I know they are healthy and have a lot of benefits and this oaty cereal fills me up for longer and tastes healthy too. This is an easy and delicious way of getting the goodness of oats with each 50g serving (without milk) containing only 205 calories and has............... No added salt and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives but may contain traces of nuts. Quaker Oats Granola can be bought in most food shops for around £1.73 but Tesco have it on offer at the moment @ 2 for £3.00 valid from 17/09/2008 until 14/10/2008. Quaker Oats have been milling oats since 1899 and their mill in Cupar, Scotland uses electricity from renewable energy sources. Thank you for reading.............: )