When I reviewed Quaker Oatmeal Squares many months ago, I must admit I was a little hard on them. Since I wrote that review, I have had several cravings for this tasty cereal specifically. So, when I spotted Quaker Oat Bran sitting next to it on the shelf the other week while satisfying one of these urges, I was happy to plop it in my cart as the next subject in the cereal experiment.
Results. If Oatmeal Squares is Quaker's successful and beautiful sister, Oat Bran is the frazzled and homely sister still living with her parents at age 30...
Quaker Oat Bran is a soggy mess. Yes, you get a fairly large amount per serving (1.25 cups for 210 calories), but unless you are into consuming bowls of soggy gruel that masquerade as cereal, you will be disappointed. I hadn't even sat down to eat this bowl before it turned into a smushy catastrophe.
At the end of my eating, what was once cereal was now porridge (see above photo). I actually debated dumping it out mid-bowl and replacing it with the bland, but texturally competent Kashi GoLean Original.
On the bright side, the flavor of this cereal isn't horrible - it has a light brown sugar sweetness - but, this fact is far overshadowed by its texture.
Overall, Quaker Oat Bran's nutritional stats are a bit low compared with the other contenders. What stands out for me in the Table, however, is its low ranking for texture (I believe I have justified that above) and its price! This is by far the most expensive box of cereal I have purchased. All these variables considered, Quaker Oat Bran takes a last place finish.
Despite its lightly sweetened flavor and decent nutritional composition, Quaker Oat Bran cereal disappointed me in a big way. I have a feeling this box of cereal will remain uneaten in my pantry for quite some time...
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