Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Mix

In his Opinionator column last week, Mark Bittman laid out a good rant on how McDonald’s managed to screw up their ” ‘bowl fulla wholesome‘ also known as…oatmeal”.

I appreciate that he’s become somewhat of a food-politics populist over the past few years; and I really like that when Mark Bittman opens his opinionated mouth, the mediasphere responds quicker than popcorn in a microwave.

Two days after Bittman’s piece ran,  McDonald’s responded via their Twitter feed: “It doesn’t make sense to compare McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal to a candy bar. Here’s why.”

The link leads to a nutriton facts page on the McDonald’s website, where you can read in bullet points how full of wholesome McD’s bowl is.

Yes, you can order oatmeal from the drive-through without fruit and sugar and get a reasonably nutritious breakfast on the run, but what you get will still be processed McDonalds-style with “11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen”.

My solution: Make your own oatmeal mix. It takes almost no time and you’ll know exactly what’s in it. Here’s the version I make.


  1. That looks yummy. It would probably be really handy when you travel.

  2. What a cool idea…that would be so neat to take along when on a road trip. Gas stations are always giving me hot water for tea…why not oatmeal! Love it! Lovely to discover your blog!

  3. I love this idea! Especially since I’m trying to incorporate more oats into my life. Glad you’re posting more!

  4. I totally love this! We’re featuring breakfast tomorrow on the M&T Spotlight and I’d love for you to submit this:


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