Sponsored post Woolworths
Good morning beautifuls, Beach Cottage calling, how are you this lovely day, all is good here and Sydney is shining in Autumn still.
When I was contacted by Woolworths Select about their new Speedy Oats I didn’t think there was much you could tell me about oats. We’ve already spoken on this blog about how good they are and the overnight oats I featured here are still going strong in this old cottage.
To be honest though, I have never used instant oats, I always thought of myself as a tad more hard core, you know? Quick oats weren’t part of the equation as I wander around the Scottish Highlands in rough grey woolen underwear chasing a few sheep and coming back to my little croft to light the fire and popping on my porridge, which in this scenario is also grey, in a saucepan over an open fire and stirred with a wooden spoon.
But, every day is a school day right and I thought heck, never mind hard core, I’d like to have a look at instant oats…and trying the Woolworths Select brand which I have always liked for value and quality, thought I would give them a go.
So I have been having a little bit of fun with Woolworths Select Speedy oats, in for a penny in for a pound I say. And where the mornings are concerned anything with ‘speedy’ about its person can only be a plus in my book.
I have always been big on oats – when I had the Beach Cottage Crew I found oats in the form of porridge a really easy way to get some energy and more importantly some calcium in without any fuss. And when I was playing a lot of sport in the Old Country when Honeymoon Baby was, well, a baby, I would have a huge bowl just before a match to keep me going, it always did the trick. I’ve done oats in overnight Mason Jars, oats in the car, cold oats in little Tupperware pots while at Uni, and oats camping in a mug. Oh and my babies had oats a million ways.
But instant? Nup. Never done them.
So let’s do this thing. Let’s try some speedy oats.
The first thing I did with the oats was check out the packet and yup all the wholesome benefits are there, 100% Australian wholegrain, source of dietary fibre, low in sodium, no artificial colours or flavours.
So with these I thought I’d try a little Beach Cottage test – try them out plain and see if they passed and then add a few of my fave toppings and see how they went….
The first option was Plain Speedy Oats with milk – now I am pretty much used to eating oats without any flavouring (so this may well not be for you) but I thought it a good idea to try these oats first baring their souls and undressed to the world to see if they would cut the mustard.
Firstly I was VERY surprised at how easy this was, tipped them into a bowl, added the milk and boom 90 seconds later done and very much done.
And the taste??
Surprisingly yummy with a soft but still good texture and creamy. Much better than I expected from an instant oat. I could get used to this. Shame I waited 40+ years to add these to my life.
This was a day that I was on the run and the 90 second bit of this whole scenario was, let’s just say a lifesaver and meant I did not have to trade brushing my hair for sustenance.
But the second option was divine and more interesting to my kiddos – Lovely Speedy Oats with Honey, Banana & Cinnamon
This time I was in less of a rush, but still not exactly wafting around in white linen and popping flowers around in the morning sunshine, I did have a bit of time though.
The Beach Cottage kiddos were on board and this helped for a super-quick solution for before school breakfast..
I popped the oats into a bowl, this time added half water and half milk (thinking I wanted it a bit less creamy because of the honey and banana, waited the 90 seconds and then drizzled honey over, (about half a teaspoon) sliced up banana and dusted with cinnamon.
These went down very very well. Quick, easy but tasty and almost feeling a bit special. If you are looking for an alternative in the mornings for your kiddos but don’t have much time, these are for you.
I must say this has been a huge eye-opener for me and the last few days these have been a bit of a lifesaver in this old cottage when I so didn’t expect it – no fuss, no mess, poof & go – you already know I LOVE little cheat things in my life…this is so one of them and is here to stay.
Who needs rough woollen underwear, wooden spoons and sheep?
Woolworths Select Speedy Oats are only available from Woolworths stores are great for busy mums in the morning, ready in 90 secs and come in handy single serves.