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Made with organic steel cut oats and cinnamon. Spork included.
Milk, Water, Organic Steel Cut Oats (11%), Apple (7%) (Apple, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Chloride)), Sultanas (3%), Yoghurt, Sugar, Corn Starch, Cinnamon, Salt.
Contains Gluten (Oats), Milk
Porridge is always such a great food to have for breakfast, especially in the cold winter months. When I saw the Pitango ready to eat porridge pots up for review I was really hoping to try them as they would be great for when I have early starts at work and also as a quick lunch if I didn't have time to pack anything. Miss 4 loves to have sultanas in her porridge, and me apples so this combination sounded like something that may just suit us both.
We had previously tried the Golden Honey variation and although Miss 4 and I both loved the creamy taste and the flavour of the honey we really weren't a fan of the steel cut oats which unfortunately were also used in this porridge. I decided to dish up a small amount for each of us to try just incase we may have changed our minds on the oats but sadly we had not. I didn't want to waste the remaining porridge and so instead I decided to do a wee experiment. I placed roughly a 1/4 cup of the porridge into a mug and then added in some flour and baking powder enough to form a thicker consistency and then heated this in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, my aim was to try and turn the porridge into mug muffins, something which I had been making myself for breakfast recently. I was most impressed with the result my plan had worked and I had a lovely mug muffin for breakfast that went down a treat served with a dollop of greek yoghurt and a chopped up banana.
With the remaining porridge I decided to try out another idea which I had which was to turn it into pancakes. Just as I had done previously to make mug muffins I added some flour to the mix and a wee bit of sugar and mixed it until combined. I then placed spoonfuls of this mixture into a heated frying pan with some butter and cooked them on each side until they were golden brown and cooked through. Again the results came out great and both Miss 4 and I ate the porridge this way no complaints at all, it goes to show that if you may not enjoy something in which the way it is intended for that it doesn't hurt to try it out in a different way as you may just love it!
The flavours in all 3 ways which I tried it were great the smell of cinnamon as I cooked was strong and the taste and balance of the apple and sultanas was perfect, Miss 4 was happy to have sultanas in her breakfast. While I won't personally be buying these ready to eat porridges again myself I can see that they would make an ideal breakfast, snack or meal option for those who need something quick and easy or on the run, a great idea for a product.
I was not sure how far this product would stretch, but I was hungry and had little time to spare before setting out for work, so decided to heat the lot. The packet said it contained one serving so I chose to believe it and within minutes I had a hot and highly aromatic dish ready to eat. I could smell the apples and the cinnamon, and my mouth was watering.
It was a good sized helping. I ate the lot myself, and was very full when I had finished. The portions are generous, much more so than other brands offer, so are more than adequate to satisfy the biggest of appetites. There was no need to add anything - the milk was already included and the combined sweetness of the apple and sultanas made the result highly palatable. The cinnamon intensified the effect of the different flavours, adding its own unique tang.
Oats are one of the original superfoods. Ever since I was a child I have enjoyed oatmeal for breakfast in one form or another. Other cereals don't have that sustainability factor; half an hour after eating a non-oat based cereal, I am usually hungry again! Oats are high in fibre and are so versatile that they can be used in dozens of recipes, all unique and tasty in their own way. But it is hard to beat a plate of hot porridge on a cold morning, cooked the traditional way with the possible addition of fruit or a little spice.
I do like the idea of packaging the product in a pottle. It provides more protection than a simple paper or foil packet, which is the way many single serve breakfast foods are packaged, and can double as a bowl if you are away from home. There is even a small spoon included for travellers, although it is not really suitable for the job - it is a bit small, and has little tines which are not really designed for liquids.
It is hard these days to find prepared foods that are free of artificial additives although more manufacturers seem to be coming on board as the demand increases. I prefer natural products any time, so am happy to support firms that think the same way. The pitango products I have tried to date all feature unadulterated ingredients which rely on robust processing and storage systems to prolong shelf life. They also advise that their products should be kept in the fridge to extend their freshness. I like these systems! They make sense both nutritionally and ecologically - a bonus all round.
Another breakfast variety, and while cooking it, the aroma is much stronger than the golden honey product. This is good, as I really want a nice strong flavour. The blandness of porridge/oats is usually the reason why I avoid it in the first place. I also have the problem where I will sleep in until the latest possible moment before going to work; I still get to work early, because I aim to miss traffic, but between getting out of bed, and getting in the car, there is no time for breakfast. So finding something tasty, that is easy to prepare at work, could be the solution that allows me to eat breakfast (which I am told again and again that it is the most important meal of the day), and maximise sleep.
As with the other breakfast varieties, the packaging is thicker than the meal-for-1 varieties, and has a solid tab that must be broken in order to remove the lid. This means it doesn't need the plastic film, and removes one step from the already simple instructions. Unlike the Golden Honey variety, this Apple and Sultana variety did not come close to spilling over during the heating stage. Which is great, obviously. That gives me time to focus on other things, such as making a hot drink, or work.
The flavour still ended up being rather subtle. It was much stronger than the Golden Honey flavour, but didn't come across as anything overly strong. I suppose this is due to the reasonably low calorie count, which would have increased dramatically if too many flavour enhancers were added. The flavour was nice, and the sultanas give a nice little burst of flavour. WARNING: THE SULTANAS HOLD THE HEAT. Biting the first sultana, I could clearly tell there was a large difference in temperature between the inside of the sultanas and the porridge. So it's definitely important to follow the directions and allow it to stand for the appropriate amount of time. If you are feeding to a child, maybe leave it to cool for longer. Just in case.
But for $4.49, it's a pretty good deal. 250 grams, and it was filling. Reasonable flavour, without going overboard in the calories. Easy to transport, easy to heat, and easy to eat.
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