Hey Guys! I apologize for my delayed blog posts lately. If you read my previous blog post, you’ll know I caught a really nasty cold and ended up bedridden for a good week. I am finally starting to feel better so I have a new review today featuring Earnest Eats energized oatmeal cups and a bonus review featuring their baked whole foods bar.
So the interesting thing about these oatmeal cups is that they contain coffee flour which honestly is originally what attracted me to them in the first place. During coffee production, coffee fruit is a byproduct that is often discarded and left to rot and waste. So coffee flour was created by taking advantage of the leftover fruit and using it to make a naturally gluten free flour that can be incorporated into baking or even smoothies, soups, sauces, etc. Just 1 tbsp of coffee flour provides all kinds of nutritional benefits like fiber (up to 5 grams), iron, potassium, as well as antioxidants and some protein.
Because of its high fiber content, however, it is recommended that if you choose to use it for baking purposes, to mix it with other flours. Since it is made from coffee fruit, it does contain a small amount of caffeine, about the same amount you would get from dark chocolate. It’s also said that coffee flour does not give off a coffee flavor and instead has a smooth flavor reminiscent of tea. But I did detect a bit of a coffee flavor in a few of these products so…who really knows at this point lol
So I mostly ate these while at work or on the go which is what they’re designed for so I can attest that they are PERFECT for eating on the go. I really like how these include a re-attachable lid so I can make them at home and take them with me. I recently tried another product designed for people on the go and while the concept is neat, those products did not include lids so I had to either eat them at home or transfer them to another container which I feel like kind of defeats the whole purpose.
Ok, so onto the flavors:
⁃ A.m trail mix: made with a blend of gluten free grains and other superfoods like hemp, flax seed, almonds, and coffee fruit. Gluten free, organic, and offers 15-20mg natural caffeine
Flavor and texture: I added a bit more water than I meant to so it was a little on the thin side (read: oatmeal soup) but that was totally my bad. Next time I would add less water than recommended for a thicker oatmeal consistency. However, the grains did still puff up nicely. It also had a slight coffee flavor from the coffee fruit, as if I had poured a little coffee into my oatmeal. But not an overwhelming coffee flavor which I appreciated. Was a little sweet for me for a breakfast but overall, I really enjoyed this flavor more than I thought I would. Would likely purchase if I saw it at the store.
Nutrition: 250 cal, 7g total fat (1g saturated), 15mg sodium, 39g carbs (6g fiber, 12g sugar), 8g protein.
⁃ cherry almond: made with a variety of superfood grains like oats, quinoa, and puffed amaranth. Along with almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried cherries and cranberries, and again coffee fruit. Also gluten free and 15-20mg natural caffeine.
Flavor and texture: I added half the water this time so the oats were more like oatmeal as opposed to oatmeal soup. The texture was nice and there are pieces of almonds and cherries and cranberries which also adds nice texture. I also really liked the cinnamon flavor in this one. Interestingly, I did not detect a coffee flavor in this one. However, I shared this with a friend and she said she detected a slight coffee flavor sooooo….there may or may not be a coffee flavor lol overall, not bad. Would potentially purchase in the future.
Nutrition: 250 cal, 7g total fat (1g saturated), 15mg sodium, 39g carbs (6g fiber, 11g sugar), 8g protein
⁃ mocha nut: again made with a blend of superfood grains like the other flavors and also contains almonds, flax seeds, coffee fruit, cocoa powder, and espresso powder. Also gluten free and offers 30-40mg caffeine
Flavor and texture: I was most excited for this one (mostly because it contained cocoa powder Lol) but I actually think I liked this one the least. I just felt like the combo of flavors tasted off. A little reminiscent of bile which was a turn off for me. Would not purchase.
Nutrition: 240 cal, 8g total fat (1.5g saturated), 15mg sodium, 38 carbs (7g fiber, 9g sugar), 9g protein
Lastly, the bonus review featuring the baked whole food bar. Apologies for a lack of picture with this one. I ate this while out shopping so I didn’t have the chance to snap a pic of it. Enjoy this picture of my cat, Taco, instead :p
Cran lemon zest vegan/wheat free baked whole food bar: made with ingredients like whole rolled oats, almond butter, cranberries, sunflower seeds, natural plant gums (guar gum, gum arabic), oat bran, walnuts, almonds, etc. Is also vegan, wheat free, and contains 190mg omega 3.
Flavor and texture: very sweet for me with 14g sugar but had a nice balance of cranberry and lemon flavor. chewy texture. Overall not bad. Would potentially purchase.
Nutrition: 210 cal, 9g total fat (1g sat), 180mg sodium, 32g total carbs (4g fiber, 14g sugar), 5g protein
Question of the day: Have you ever heard of coffee flour? Would you try it?