Holly’s Oatmeal – A Perfect Blend

Goodlifer: Holly's Oatmeal - A Perfect Blend

One day, Holly, a restaurant owner in Connecticut, decided that her morning oatmeal could stand some improvement. After many trials, she discovered that a blend of seven certified-organic and kosher grains (including multiple types of oats, golden flax seeds and triticale), combined with a protein-boosting ingredient and some good dried fruits/nuts (like apricots, goji berries, or almonds), resulted in a flavorful hot cereal with more texture than plain old oatmeal.

These new oatmeal blends contained no sodium or added sugars; they had no cholesterol or saturated fat or trans fats; and they had 8 grams of fiber per serving (including a full day’s worth of soluble fiber). The protein content, higher than that of any other oatmeal, also made these cereals satisfying. She originally made them for friends and family, but soon began offering the cereals in her restaurant, where they outsold everything else she made. After seven years of seeing customers rave over her cereal blends, she decided to close her restaurant and take the cereal blends public, and thus was Holly’s Oatmeal born.

Holly's Oatmeal: Apricot Maple Nut, Cranberry Almond & Goji Berry blends.

Holly’s Oatmeal: Apricot Maple Nut, Cranberry Almond & Goji Berry blends.

In an era when Americans are being strongly urged to consume far more whole grains than most of us currently do, it’s good to know that the different varieties of Holly’s Oatmeal have at least 38 grams of whole grain (most of us should be getting at least 48 grams per day). The grains for these cereals are hand-blended; machine blending would result in grains bring crushed, which would mean less texture in the end product. True, these aren’t instant oatmeals, but they’re so much more rewarding in terms of taste and texture that their brief cooking time (6 minutes) is more than worthwhile. Presently, there are six varieties, including two blends for special diets, Gluten Free and Cranberry Gluten Free (the gluten free blends have 5 grams of fiber per serving).

Holly's Oatmeal: Wickedly Plain, Gluten Free & Gluten Free Cranberry blends.

Holly’s Oatmeal: Wickedly Plain, Gluten Free & Gluten Free Cranberry blends.

While I haven’t tried the gluten free blends, my favorites are the Goji Berry and Wickedly Plain. I tell you, a bowl of this hot cereal, drizzled with a little Grade B maple syrup, makes it worthwhile getting out of bed in the morning, no matter what Mother Nature has in store for you outside (incidentally, many’s the time I’ve eaten a bowl of one of these blends for lunch or even dinner, so don’t think you have to restrict your consumption to breakfast).

Holly, a restaurant owner in Connecticut, decided that her morning oatmeal could stand some improvement. Her blends quickly became popular and Holly's Oatmeal was born.

Holly, a restaurant owner in Connecticut, decided that her morning oatmeal could stand some improvement. Her blends quickly became popular and Holly’s Oatmeal was born.

Note that, although Holly’s Oatmeal is made with organic and kosher grains, the cereals are not certified organic or kosher (right now, this is a very small business, and these certifications are prohibitively expensive). If you cannot find these cereals in a nearby store, fear not; online ordering is always an option. It’s time to start eating better and enjoying it, too.

Top photo by Chapendra, Creative Commons.

About author
Stephanie Zonis was born with a spoon in her mouth — a tasting spoon, that is. She began cooking (especially baking) at a very early age, and for a short time even ran a highly illegal baking business from her long-suffering parents’ house when she was in high school. After acquiring a Master’s Degree in Foods, she eventually discovered the Internet in 1997. She’s been writing about food and developing recipes, especially where chocolate is involved, ever since. During those few moments when she’s not cooking or writing or thinking about food, Stephanie enjoys reading, walking, political discussions, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary. She has been a member of a medieval re-creation group for longer than she’ll admit and loves absurdist humor.
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  1. What fun to find these oatmeal packages. I try to eat my Quaker “old fashioned” oats every day with cranberries and walnuts (I snack on almonds during the day). Just ordered both the cranberry & apricot varieties to give them a try … a fun new taste, and maybe a way to save some time.

  2. Oh, I just realized what a great story my journey to this site was. You see I was researching green roofs, and that led me to urban landscaping and somehow on my journey I discovered this site as Holly’s oatmeal is organic. As I’m an oatmeal fanatic, I simply had to order the fruity kinds of oatmeal and can’t wait to try them out.

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