quaker real medleys oatmeal

Though I had given up on instant oatmeal years ago, something about the Quaker Real Medleys Cherry Pistachio Oatmeal said “try me, you know you want to!”

I think it was something about the flavor. I’d never have thought of melding cherry and pistachio together. Heck, I never even considered adding pistachios to oatmeal in the first place!

And let’s not forget the subconscious thought that comes from seeing food that can be stored, cooked, and eaten from the same container, making it that much more convenient than the standard packets!

I opened it up and wow! It smells incredible! It looks great, too, since it’s packed with whole cherries and pistachio chunks! The hearty looking rolled oats and almond slices finish off the “I may cook fast, but I’m a real bowl of oatmeal” vibe.

The only strike against it is that the cup is barely half full, but since you don’t want it to boil over when cooking, and not everyone likes a 1,000 calorie bowl of oatmeal, I’ll let it slide.

quaker real medleys oatmeal open container

It’s so easy to make. You just add water, stir, microwave for 45 seconds, let it cool, stir again, and eat!

It’s very important you do let it sit for 1-3 minutes after microwaving. But not just for safety purposes. The oatmeal comes out looking watery still, but it thickens up nicely after sitting.

Once it’s ready to eat, it just gets better! The smell, taste, and texture are all amazing! Cherry and pistachio definitely make a great blend of flavors. Same with all the differing textures – they end up very complementary. You’ve got your thick and chewy oats, crunchy nuts in different shapes, and then the different type of chewiness from the cherries. Wow!

What shocked me the most was how filling it was, given the small size. How did they pull that off? Let’s check the ingredients…

INGREDIENTS: WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, DRIED SWEETENED CHERRIES (CHERRIES, SUGAR), MULTI GRAIN BLEND (WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, ROLLED BARLEY, WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED RYE), BROWN SUGAR, PISTACHIOS, ALMONDS, NONFAT DRY MILK, WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED WHEAT, NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT.

And breaking down the macronutrient figures:

Calories 290
Total Fat 8g
Sodium 130mg
Carbs 49g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 19g
Protein 9g

So I’d say the added fat and protein from the nuts is what makes it so filling.

I’m less thrilled to say, the sugar content is a bit high. The dried cherries are sweetened with sugar, and the oatmeal has brown sugar as one ingredient. I’d probably enjoy it more with a little less sugar. Go ahead and keep the brown sugar, but do the cherries really need sweetened? Dried cherries are so sweet to begin with!

For whatever reason, this oatmeal makes me think of the McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, which happens to have a similar profile. It sports 290 calories, 4g fat, 58g carbs, 5g fiber, 32g sugar, and 5g protein. (The differences in fat and carbs can be attributed to the high fruit content in the McDonald’s oatmeal vs the high nut content in the Quaker product.)

Note: The Read Medleys line also includes Peach Almond, Apple Walnut, and Summer Berry flavors, if you want something more traditional.

Last but not least, you can enjoy a very easy clean up thanks to the self-contained bowl! Just toss in the trash or recycling bin if possible.

At an Amazon.com price of just over $2 each (as part of a 12-pack,) this oatmeal seems like an expensive homemade breakfast. But it’s probably one of the healthiest instant oatmeals you can buy!

quaker real medleys oatmeal cooked

My final verdict is…

This was really, really good! But it was a little too sweet for my tastes, and too expensive to eat everyday, so I’ll stick with making my own oatmeal (which I’ll now be making in a cherry pistachio flavor!)

Official website: www.QuakerOats.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com


Product Review Details
Company: Quaker Oats
Product: Quaker Real Medleys Cherry Pistachio Oatmeal
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-05-25
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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4 Comments
  1. I like this one! I’ll get the 12-packs and keep them at the office for lunch.

  2. Couldn’t agree more however, apparently Quaker doesn’t, as the product is no longer available.

    • @Tom

      Looks like they have quite a few new oatmeal cups but nothing in the Cherry Pistachio flavor! 🙁

      At least they didn’t do away with the product entirely. And now they even have steel cut oatmeal in cups. So that’s neat.

      I’ll just have to create my own recipe. Cherries and pistachios aren’t hard to find.

  3. I can’t find this item anywhere been looking please contact me when available. Cherry and pistachio I need it asap

    Thanks

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