After last week’s rather heavy (but important) post, I wanted to share something a bit more light-hearted this week. Plus, I haven’t done a product review in what feels like ages. So, here is my review of Oat Pantry, a granola and porridge subscription service. If, by the end of this, you’re keen to try, then I have a discount code for you to use at the bottom!
Disclaimer: I was gifted a box containing two products of my choice. I opted for two granolas, since it is summer and I’m not having much porridge at the moment. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.
Oat Pantry is basically a subscription service that delivers blends of (vegan) granola and/ or porridge to your home on a monthly basis. The flavours are chosen by their chefs based on your “oaty” preference, which you state upon starting the subscription. You can go for a rolling monthly plan (can be paused/ renewed as and when), or opt for a fixed plan of 3, 6 or 12 months. Variety is the spice of life, and oat pantry really delivers on that front!
Flavours – 5/5
Every month, they offer a selection of flavours that fall under two categories: Chef’s favourites (seasonal/ limited edition) and Classics Range (popular/ available all year). I went for the Peanut Butter, Banana and Chia Granola from the Chef’s favourites, and Cherry Bakewell Granola from the Classics range. However, they also had Dark chocolate, hazelnut & goji, Maple pecan, and Cinnamon & Raisin, amongst others (available in porridge and granola versions). Such a wide variety and something to please everyone. Tempted yet?
Taste – 5/5
As you’re probably well aware, I’m a granola addict. I have it almost everyday without fail as a topping on my smoothie bowls/ chia pudding/ nicecream/ yoghurt bowls. So I’m pretty well-versed in the world of granolas. And I can assure you that Oat Pantry have really nailed it! I adored both flavours – but particularly the PB, banana & chia one – and found that they were well balanced. No ingredient was overpowering, so you could appreciate all the flavours. Not too sweet, as some granolas can be, nor were they bland or overly salty. No complaints from me here!
Texture – 4.5/5
Another high scorer, and justly so. I like my granola to be both chunky and fine, if that makes sense. No dust/ crumbs for me, but also no enormous chunks that resemble flapjacks. And Oat Pantry have almost cracked this difficult-to-strike balance. A few more clusters would have been ideal, but that’s just me being picky. The granola was crispy, mostly clustery and utterly delicious.
Ingredients – 4.5/5
What’s lovely about their granolas is that they use only a small list of ingredients you’d find in your home. Familiar, natural and pretty healthy. Jumbo oats make up the bulk, as you’d expect, and maple syrup and rapeseed oil are used as the key binders. Their granola is probably a bit higher in sugar than most I have at home (about 15g per 100g), so I wouldn’t go for it on its own every single day. Which is why it’s the perfect breakfast topper for me!
Packaging – 10/5
Why the high score? Because, my friends, their packaging is 100% compostable and biodegradable. Since we’re all well aware of our planet’s current environmental crisis, seeing companies take the initiative and make steps towards reducing environmental impact is incredibly encouraging. No plastic seal or lining in these packs, meaning no plastic waste. My box also had wooden pegs which I can use to reseal it (a lovely touch), but you could also simply store it in an airtight container to maintain freshness. Plus, I think the design is oaterly gorgeous. Pun intended – I couldn’t resist, sorry!
Price – 3.5/5
The only downfall of this service is that it is on the pricier side. If you compare it to storebought or homemade granola, it is significantly more expensive. With a rolling contract, it costs £10.99/ month, meaning each 400g bag is roughly £5.50. If you opt for a fixed 12 month contract, they work out slightly cheaper (£9.99/ month or about £4.50 each). Plus, shipping is £2.99 on top. However, this is a luxury service delivering on taste, texture, variety and sustainability. It is a small start-up, and you will be supporting their growth by subscribing. The personal touches in my package (message/ wooden pegs/ glass jar for breakfast on-the-go) were truly heart-warming. Premium ingredients, responsible sourcing and sustainable packaging are worth the extra pennies in my opinion!
If you want to spice up your breakfast game, then this is the service for you. You can use my code EMMA20 for a whopping 20% off your first monthly box. I promise you won’t regret it!
If you do give Oat Pantry a go, I’d love to hear your own thoughts. I hope this post has inspired you to try something new!