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Yummy and different take on a classic backcountry…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $6

Summary

Yummy and different take on a classic backcountry breakfast.

Pros

  • Lots of good stuff in it
  • Interesting texture
  • Different flavor than you might expect
  • Good solid meal, will get you through the morning
  • Not loaded with sugar and preservatives

Cons

  • A little soupy
  • Could be a LITTLE sweeter
  • A bit pricey for oatmeal


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We have all eaten our share of oatmeal breakfasts in the backcountry. Many opt for the grocery store bought packets, which aren't necessarily great, and are usually loaded with sugar, and not much else. I have been in the habit of creating my own ziploc oatmeal packets with oats, nuts, cranberries, raisins, and brown sugar, which is decent, but not perfect.

Good To-Go has had great success with their tasty dinners, and steps into the breakfast market with this interesting oatmeal concoction. In addition to the usual rolled oats, it includes quinoa flakes, zante currants, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, dried banana flakes, and more, which give it a busy and interesting texture. Flavoring includes coconut sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, and sea salt. 

The first package I cooked up, I followed the instructions precisely, and it was pretty soupy. The second time I made it, I used less water (1 cup instead of 1 1/4 cup), and it was much heartier. It hydrates nicely in the pouch, and is stupid easy to prepare.

The flavor is interesting... not overly sweet, and the cinnamon, cardamom and turmeric give it an unusual flavor, in addition to the excellent anti-oxidant properties of these spices. It is definitely unlike the overly sweet oatmeal packets you might be used to, and to be honest, it could be a little sweeter. But I was happy to see no chemicals or preservatives in it.

That aside, I found that the 490 calories, 76g of carbs, and 16g of protein, kept me from getting hungry for several hours in the morning.

I would recommend the Good To-Go Oatmeal... just use a little less water, and feel free to add a little sweetener, maybe honey or agave syrup to it. It will fuel you up for a great start to your day.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, David. I'm a fan of oatmeal (at home and on the trail), but hate the overly sugary-processed ones.


2 years ago
G00SE

Thanks for the review. Sounds good, but I can buy an entire box of cereal for $5!


2 years ago
David Link

I hear you, Goose. It is a little pricey, though not any more than most backpacking food.


2 years ago
denis daly

Davud nice review,,,How big would estimate the portion size ? One cup or two? Portion size for me and taste would be the selling point....


2 years ago
Patman

Good Review, but like others I can't pay $6 for one serving. Good oatmeal is just so easy to make!


2 years ago
David Link

Denis, I would guess two cups. It is a big serving, like a lot of their meals.


2 years ago
300winmag

I saw this oatmeal at REI but it's way to pricey. At Trader Joe's I found instant oatmeal in many flavors including unsweetened, a real rarity. TJ's instant oatmeal gives you about 25% more than Quaker oatmeal.


2 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

I like oatmeal and agree that this is very pricey (perhaps it's best for special occasions), but I've also bought some really bad instant oatmeal in the grocery store when traveling.


2 years ago
David Link

Hahah. I never imagined oatmeal would prompt such vigorous discussion!


2 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Well breakfast is called the most important meal of the day, right?


2 years ago

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