Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Kodiak Cakes - Chocolate Chip - Oatmeal Unleashed - Feb. 5, 2020

Chocolate of the Day:

Kodiak Cakes
Chocolate Chip - Oatmeal Unleashed
Weight: 2.12 oz. (60 g.) in 1 cup
Calories: 240 calories in 1 cup
Cost: $2.49 for 1 cup
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Oats Theme Week.

Today's Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips was from Kodiak Cakes (Park City, UT). Kodiak offers "nourishment for today's frontier" in the form of several whole grain, oatmeal flavors in packet and cup form.

Hearty and substantial are two terms I use over and over to describe oat-based offerings. But they really do fit this oatmeal. One could eat this oatmeal either 1.) soaked overnight, or 2.) prepared with hot water. I chose the latter, for breakfast. And I was not hungry until lunch. With 14 grams of protein, this oatmeal is...yes, substantial. There's that word again.

Chocolate chips added some nice, rich chocolate flavor to this hearty breakfast. You could almost taste the whole grain goodness. The oats also helped balance the sweetness.

"Getting a protein-packed breakfast doesn't mean you have to suffer through a chalky protein shake or energy bar," the company reminds us.

Yes, that's true. There are lots of options with chocolate for breakfast out there now. And even "plain old oatmeal" has gotten a lot fancier. (Kodiak also offers a peanut butter and chocolate chip flavor.)

Note: Photos accompanying these write-ups this month have been delayed due to technical problems.

Bobo's Chocolate Chip Oat Bar - Feb. 4, 2020

Chocolate of the Day: 

Chocolate Chip Oat Bar
Weight: 3 oz. (85 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 340 calories in 1 bar (2 servings)
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Oats Theme Week.

Today's Bobo's Chocolate Chip Oat Bar was from Simply Delicious, Inc. (Boulder, CO).

This hearty, gluten free, vegan and Non-GMO bar was chock full of oats.* The bar could be split in half and shared, with plenty for each recipient to sink their teeth into.

The texture was relatively soft and chewy; it was sweet without being overpoweringly so (thank you); and chocolate chips added some micro bursts rich chocolate flavor.

*Ingredients: Organic whole grain rolled oats, brown rice syrup, organic coconut oil, organic cane sugar, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, vanilla extract), vegetable glycerin, salt, xanthan gum, vanilla extract, vitamin E (for freshness).  

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