Yu Foodlabs Oats Bowl Review – All Variants Reviewed
Mishry reviewed three variants of Yu Foodlabs Oats Bowls and recommends them for the clean and detailed nutrition labels, effortless preparation, and remarkable taste, and consistency.
Oats are often associated with adjectives like bland, boring, tasteless. Sounds familiar?
Yu Foodlabs have introduced a range of flavored oats bowls that can be prepared in a few simple steps. All you need is boiling water, and voila! Your bowl of flavored oats is ready. For our Yu Foodlabs Oats Bowls review, we ordered the Berry Apple Cinnamon, Banana Caramel, and Golden Corn Spinach variants.
Sweet or savory, which did we like better?
Our Review Factors
Flavors, consistency, convenience, and economic value were the prime focus of our review.
Each variant uses a minimum of two ingredients. Do all ingredients shine through equally? Are the flavor profiles desirable? What about freshness?
After following the brand-recommended suggestions, did our bowl of oats have the gloopy, porridge-like consistency? Were the oats cooked through?
What about the toppings and flavorings? Had these ingredients rehydrated well?
At work or after a workout- do the Yu Foodlabs Oats Bowls make for a quick and convenient meal?
Does it call for items from the pantry?
4. Other Parameters
Clean or full of additives?
Would you be saving some bucks preparing oatmeal from scratch? Or is this an economically-friendly option?
Can the bowl hold the water well? Leaks, spills, is this a travel-friendly cup meal?
‘Prepared without additives or preservatives’ what is the shelf life of these oats bowls?
Yu Foodlabs Oats Bowl – Detailed Review
The cups hold 2-3 sachets, each with oats, dehydrated fruits and flavoring, and dry fruits.
PS- only the Berry Apple Cinnamon variant had the third sachet.
Empty the contents of the pouch in the bowl and add boiling water up to the mark. Stir the contents, ensuring all food is well immersed. Cover and set the bowl aside for three minutes. Stir once again, add the toppings, and it’s ready.
1. Berry Apple Cinnamon
Price & Packaging
The bowl comes with a reclosable lid and has three sachets inside. A 55-gram bowl is priced at Rs 75/- and has a shelf life of 12 months.
Wholegrain oats, apple, strawberry, cinnamon, sugar, butter, milk, condensed milk, fresh cream, sea salt, almond, cashew nut, raisins, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, water.
All ingredients used are natural and available in most home kitchens too. There are no added flavors, preservatives, or additives. Mishry gives this the green light.
After rehydration, a serving size is 175 grams.
Per serve, this offers 295.6 Kcal of which 8.4 grams is protein, 37.2 grams is carbohydrates (6.7 grams is sugar), and 12.6 grams is fat.
Taste & Texture
Within the given time frame (3 minutes), the oats looked well-cooked. Our bowl emitted a fresh, natural aroma of cinnamon. The oatmeal had a delightfully creamy consistency that we liked.
The overall flavor and texture of ingredients were commendable. It tasted fresh and had a pleasing fruity flavor. There was a subtle flavor of cinnamon that enhanced the meal. The nuts and seeds did not have any undesirable taste and best of all- their crunch was retained. The raisins had a plump chewiness we liked.
The ‘25 grams protein and fibre’ claim is true.
- The packaging and pricing are fairly decent.
- It is very convenient to prepare.
- The flavors and consistency were on point.
- Thumbs up for balanced sweetness.
- Natural ingredients are used and there are no preservatives.
- It offers a decent distribution of macronutrients.
A quick, satiating post-workout meal, a filling evening snack, or something nutritious during a road trip- we recommend trying Yu Foodlabs Oats Bowl in Berry Apple Cinnamon for interesting flavors.
2. Banana Caramel
Price & Packaging
This had two sachets- one with oats and the other one with toppings and the flavoring. The pricing and shelf life are the same as above.
Wholegrain oats, banana, sugar, milk, condensed milk, fresh cream, sea salt, almond, cashew nut, raisins, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, water.
A 175-gram serve offers 259.2 Kcal with 8.3 grams of protein, 28.6 grams of carbohydrates, 12.4 grams of fat, and 15.5 grams of fiber.
The 24-gram protein and fiber claim is met.
Taste & Texture
Like the above variant, this developed a porridge-like consistency in three minutes. We stirred the contents before starting the taste test.
This variant had a slight ‘laciness‘ that we think was a result of starchy bananas. The pieces of banana had rehydrated quite well. The seeds lent a crunchy bite whereas the raisins had a chewy, plump bite.
Primarily, this had a natural banana sweetness. The raisins had absorbed this flavor. The seasalt added a slight saltiness that balanced out the sweetness. This did not really have the caramel-like sweetness but was pleasing, nonetheless.
- Full marks on convenience.
- The natural sweetness of banana was appreciated.
- The seeds retained their crunch.
- It offers 24 grams of fiber and protein.
- There was no ‘caramel’-like sweetness.
Chewy, starchy, fruity, and a little crunchy- if you like a variety of textures in your bowl of oats, we’d recommend trying this variant from Yu Foodlabs Oats bowls.
3. Golden Corn Spinach
Price & Packaging
This 45-gram cup is priced at Rs 75/- and has a shelf life of 12 months. The container had two sachets, one of oats, and the other with dehydrated spinach and the flavoring mix.
Wholegrain oats, spinach, corn kernel, fresh thyme, milk, fresh cream, butter, salt, refined flour, garlic, chilli flakes, black pepper, oregano, water.
Post-rehydration, a 175-gram serve offers 262.7 Kcal with 9.1 grams of protein, 29 grams of carbohydrates, and 12.2 grams of fat.
Taste & Texture
In three minutes, this developed an oatmeal-like, gloopy consistency. It emitted a fresh and herb-dominant aroma. In the three-minute time frame, the oats had cooked well, but the corn kernels had not rehydrated properly. They lacked the juiciness and had a dry bite. Visually, there was a generous quantity of unevenly chopped spinach leaves. The characteristic astringent flavor of spinach was beautifully (and subtly) masked by cream, milk, and herbs, and turned desirable. The seasoning was spot-on, neither oversalted nor under. The herby flavors of thyme and oregano felt fresh and natural. To add to this, the coarsely crushed black pepper added a pleasing kick of heat.
- Well-packed, makes for easy-to-carry meals.
- The texture was pretty good.
- It takes only three minutes.
- We found the flavors to be quite interesting.
- It has refined flour as one of the ingredients.
- The corn kernels had not hydrated well, they had a dry bite.
Savory and satiating? With veggies and herbs? You might like Yu Foodlabs Oats Bowl in Golden Corn Spinach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Yu Foodlabs oats bowl.
Each variant offers 8-9 grams of protein per serve which is good enough for a meal.
Yes, they have a decent distribution of carbohydrates, fats, protein, and fiber. Moreover, since oats are slow-digesting carbohydrates, this would provide sustained energy levels.
No, these are free of any preservatives.
The Berry Apple Cinnamon and Banana Caramel variants contain nuts and seeds. That said, the nuts and seeds are packed in separate sachets which gives consumers the liberty to add or skip.
No, not when they are raw. Once prepared, it is best to consume the oats immediately.
Yu Foodlabs Oats Bowls are very effortless to prepare, they are fresh and full of flavors. The macronutrient distribution is also quite good but what we liked best were the clean ingredient lists!
Sweet or savory, how do you flavor your oatmeal?