McCann’s Says, “McCann’s is best known for its classic steel cut oats packed in the iconic 28oz tin. But there are many other tasty products available: Quick Cooking Oatmeal, Instant Oatmeal and Oat Bran.”

Michelle says, So far, so awesome! Irish instant oats seem to be stickier and finer than regular oats, but McCann’s does a wonderful job of flavoring their oatmeal! I can’t wait to try everything!

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Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Irish oatmeal

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First Impression: Before nuking, the oats look just like regular oats when you place them in water. When you open the packet, you get a wonderful sweet and maple-ish aroma that reminds you of a plate of pancakes topped with warm maple syrup. mmmmmmmm!!

I microwaved a pack of oatmeal with water and sprinkled it with cinnamon to create this yummy bowl of oats!

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Texture: Compared to regular oats, Irish oats have a much more sticky consistency. The texture reminds me of grits because the oats are finer than I’m used to.  If you like the larger pieces of oats, you won’t find it in Irish oats, and the stickiness takes some getting used to though. However, once I got used to the texture, I really began to enjoy how fragrant and nutty these gritty oats were.

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Taste: Very delicious and much more “maple & brown-sugar-ish” than Quaker oatmeal, without the intense sweetness that Quaker has. I recall Quaker maple brown sugar oatmeal being overwhelming sweet to the point that you’re almost nauseus after the bowl, but I didn’t get it from McCann’s oats. In fact, I was satisfied and my tummy was comforted. Nevertheless, this flavor DOES still air on the sweeter-side and isn’t for the “no sugar” type of oatmeal lover.

You can even replace 1/2 cup of flour in a chocolate chip cookie recipe with 1 pack of McCann’s oats to create Maple Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

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Acai Goji Berry Steel Cut Oats

On a side note, I decided to make Steel Cut oats using McCann’s Irish Oatmeal for the first time ever!!!

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Here was the recipe I improvised:

1. Dump 1 cup steel cut oatmeal into electric pot with 4 cups water

2. Bring to boil and cook on medium heat for 40 minutes

3. Dump 4 tbs acai powder, 1 pack vanilla protein powder (yes, I used a shake powder. what was I thinking????), and a handful of goji berries

4. Mix until clumps disappear, then cook another 5 minutes

5. Remove from heat and allow to cool!steel cut oats in pot

Here’s what it looked like after mixing out the lumps. It is more purple in person, and after removing from the heat, it cooked down to a MUCH more firm, sticky consistency.

SUCCESSSS!!!

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http://www.mccanns.ie/products.html