Simpli Gluten Free Instant Apricot Oatmeal

Saturday, January 29th, 2011 | click here to comment

Everyone always says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but most of the time I skip breakfast because gluten-free options are pretty limited, especially if you don't have time to sit down and eat a proper meal. When I do eat breakfast, I look for something that I can bring to work which is why I love instant oatmeals.

There are only a few gluten-free options on the market, but I recently had the chance to try Simpli Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal and I'm hooked. I brought a packet to work and made it there with hot water, eyeballing the measurements, and the first thing I thought was "Wow, this is some tangy oatmeal." The apricots really come through, which is nice because I usually can't taste the fruit in most instant oatmeals out there. I wanted to give it a fair chance though so I made it again at home with soy milk (my favorite for oatmeal) and devoured the whole bowl in a few minutes.

The soy milk added a creamy texture and also subdued the tangy flavor of the apricot. It tasted like it was made from scratch, instead of just adding milk and waiting one minute. The story behind the oatmeal is pretty great too, it starts with Finland’s (on my must-visit list!) all natural, sustainably farmed GMO-free oat seeds. Inspected prior to planting, the seedlings are also inspected by hand twice in the growing season to prevent contamination by other grains. The mature oats are then sustainably harvested, dried, stored, transported and cleaned, shelled and thinly rolled in carefully cleaned and inspected facilities, insuring that they are free of exposure to other grains. Because Finland’s growing season is short, its oats are more intensely flavored than any others.

Simpli Gluten Free Apricot Oatmeal is certified gluten free and ELISA R5 tested. It's also great for those on a vegetarian or vegan diet.  Plus, they have really great recipes online including an intriguing "Super Fruity Gluten-Free Power Smoothie" which includes the oatmeal.  I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds yummy.

gotta love flavor crystals aka sugar and apricot bits

They have a new oat flour coming out soon and will be adding more flavors to the instant oatmeal line soon.  Definitely give this one a try if you're looking for an easy, delicious, portable and healthy breakfast option.  For recipes, info and to order online visit

creamy and delish!


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