I always eat breakfast in the morning, whether I make something at home or pick something up with a cup of coffee while I’m on the go. I’m kind of a sucker for a good bowl of oatmeal, so when I heard that Starbucks was introducing an oatmeal option for breakfast, I knew that I would have to give it a try the next time the opportunity came up. The oatmeal at Starbucks is basically your standard instant oatmeal. It comes from a packet and the baristas mix it up with some hot water in a single serving cup (with a lid, which makes it very easy to travel with). I wasn’t impressed with the oatmeal in and of itself, but I did like the fact that it came with packets of dried fruits, chopped nuts and brown sugar to dress it up. I actually think that a pump of the coffee shop’s caramel syrup would be wonderful in this, as well.
The pastry case has some new options in addition to the oatmeal, too, all intended to be healthier choices than a chocolate-filled croissant or donut. One in particular caught my eye: the Multigrain Roll. The roll itself is made with “seven hearty grains and seeds” and is pretty good. Even better is the fact that it comes with a single-serving packet of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter to spread on. The almond butter is part of a line of single-serving gourmet peanut butters that I first tried a while back, and it was great to see them in such an accessible place. The almond butter makes the roll excellent, and with the combination of protein and carbs, a breakfast option I’ll probably have a few more times when I’m not able to fix myself something at home.