Dec 29, 2010

Review: McDonald's - Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal launched nationwide about a week ago but it's been a fairly quiet launch so far with very limited promotion and marketing. McDonald's had been testing the product in several markets for a while and has come up with a concoction of 100% natural whole grain oats, brown sugar, and cream topped mixed with diced fresh apples, dried cranberries, and regular and golden raisins.

A good-sized cup (9.2-ounces) costs $1.99 (once again undercutting Starbucks) and is available all day.

I picked up McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal one day after work when I was craving some of McD's golden fries. I creaked the lid a bit before driving home and it smelled delicious a blend of maple and apples wafted their sweet aroma throughout my car.
The first thing I noticed upon getting a good look at the oatmeal was that there was plenty of fruit to go around. After I mixed it up and tasted it, I have to say I really dig the fresh apples which weren't particularly sweet but were crisp and tart. It's a nice touch and the defining flavor of the oatmeal. The oatmeal itself was fairly thick after mixing and carried just a hint of maple flavor. The raisins and dried cranberries were plentiful and standard.
All-in-all, I'm digging McDonald's new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, it's a lot better than the instant stuff and a healthy option available all day. It's also available without brown sugar if you so choose.

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Nutritional Info - McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (252g)
Calories - 290 (from Fat - 40)
Fat - 4.5g (Saturated Fat - 1.5g)
Sodium - 160mg
Carbs - 57g (Sugar - 32g)
Protein - 5g


  1. I tried it today and it is just undercooked instant oatmeal, not very good, maybe they aren't using hot enough water. Raisin cranberry adds a lot of calories , not worth it. I wouldn't get it again, Dunkin Donuts choose your own toppings for breakfast still rules!

  2. I just tried it and now I have a reason to eat breakfast at McDonalds. I am not a big fan of the parfait and they stopped the fresh fruit and walnut salad (which was awesome) until they went to the prepackaged kind. But I really enjoyed this maple oatmeal and fruit. It was full of the fruit, too and had a nice overall flavor. Not high in calories and just thing I want to eat first thing to start the day. It is just under 300 calories and that is perfectly fine with me.

  3. Healthy? 290 calories and 32g sugar is not healthy.

  4. I just found out that McDonalds employees are instructed to add 2 single portion servings of half and half and brown sugar to the oatmeal. This explains why the calories, fat, and sugar content is so high.  They have taken a potentially healthy menu item and added tasty fat and sugar to keep the customers coming back for more under the idea that it is healthy.


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