Apr 30, 2012

Review: McDonald's - Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal

McDonald's Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal is a new seasonal summertime offering with banana oatmeal, topped with chopped walnuts and fresh blueberries. It's most likely ordered for breakfast but it's served all-day.

While on a road trip, I picked up a cup for $2.49.

So the McDonald's I stopped at was one of the new ones with a nice earth tones motif complete with some stonework; it looked very nice and fairly upscale. While the restaurant was nice, the workers were a little discombobulated. You know how they sometimes repeat your order back to you? The guy working the register stopped halfway through when corrected and forgot to continue his read-back.

Then, when I got my order, I unpacked it to find a good sized portion of plump, juicy-looking whole blueberries and... a portion of diced apples... I returned the apples for the correct baggie of walnuts.
Sitting back down, I was about to follow the cup's instructions and stir the oatmeal when I realized I wasn't given a spoon. I thought perhaps there were spoons by the napkins but checked and found none. So it was back to the register to ask for spoon.

I also ordered a Cherry Berry Chiller on this visit and noticed that everyone else's had a flat cup lid while mine's had a dome; not particularly bothersome but notable for the lack of consistency.
Anyway, back to the oatmeal. The oatmeal is a standard instant and you'll need to stir it to get a good consistency. In this case, the oatmeal gets its flavor from crushed dried bananas and brown sugar. There no discernable texture to the bananas, but I definitely got the taste and it joined quite well with the blueberries and walnuts.

The main feature of McDonald's Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal is definitely the blueberries. They're packaged in a rigid plastic container with a peel-able lid.

They're actually of better quality and taste than the ones I've gotten from the supermarket. Maybe McDonald's used their clout to get the choicest blueberries from their suppliers? Regardless, these were really good; they were plump, sweet, and none were squished or broken. You get enough in each container to pretty much cover the surface of the oatmeal.
The walnuts add a subtle flavor and a nice crunch. They were chopped a little finer than I would like but were a welcome addition to the oatmeal.

McDonald's Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal is mostly about fresh blueberries and fortunately, they were really good and so was the oatmeal. With competing fast food chains offering only dried fruit topping for oatmeal, the fresh blueberries look to be a good play for McDonald's this summer.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal (254g)
Calories - 290 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 2g)
Sodium - 180mg
Carbs - 49g (Sugar - 21g)
Protein - 6g


  1. CONGRATULATIONS, really a great idea. a very good balance diet. and the price is cool. thanks for this.
    A. URETA

  2. I was very excited when I pulled up to the drive thru for a cup of coffee (I rarely eat McDonald's food) and saw this new oatmeal. I did not purchase it because I assumed it would be full of sugar. unfortunately I was right. 21 grams of sugar is ridiculous! When will McDonalds change their ways?

  3. Michelle SwannMonday, May 28, 2012

    I don't use the nuts but I can't find any info on the calorie/nutritional info of the nuts so I can deduct it from the total meal

  4. You can get customized nutritional info on the McDonald's website. It's 250 calories w/o the nuts and 4.5g of fat.

  5. The walnuts are in a separate bag. It's listed as 40 calories on it.

  6. good grief, you people write a zillion words when 50 would do.  Just tell us about the oatmeal, who gives a frick about having to ask for a spoon, the decor of the restaurant, lol.  Thanks anyway.


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