Posted: May 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
(Last Updated: Dec 05, 2012 at 2:20 PM)
As far as ready to drink smoothie flavors go, strawberry and banana is probably as close to peanut butter and jelly as you’ll get. So, we decided to start with this flavor, which we thought would give us the best sense of what an oat and fruit smoothie is all about. The product has a pretty fruity nose, with the strawberry and apple (there’s also pear) providing most of the drink’s aroma. From there, the slightly thick liquid tastes very much like a classic strawberry and banana smoothie before finishing with a slight note of apple and pear. At this point, you’re probably thinking what we were: where are the oats? The product definitely does not taste like oatmeal, which is probably a good thing in terms of mainstream drinkability. However, not being able to taste it might diminish the perceived health benefit (if it looks like juice and tastes like juice, it must be a juice drink, right?). In any event, the oats are in there, at least the fiber of it is (oat beta glucan) in a proprietary ingredient called PromOat. Visually, it’s pretty clear that this is an oat based drink. It definitely has a good-for-you look, which seems like the right approach for this type of product. However, the gold color used on the word “oat” in the logo is hard to read from far away. Otherwise, they’ve done a nice job of making a package that’s pleasing to the eye, polished, and easy to figure out. Definitely worth a try.