Food on the Run: McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

By , SparkPeople Blogger

Oatmeal can be a great tasting and healthy winter breakfast. McDonald's oatmeal boasts two servings of whole grains and vitamin C rich fruits to get your day started off with a tune. As part of our ongoing Food on the Run reviews, let's take a closer look at this new breakfast offering to see if it hits the right tune.

Eating breakfast is important when trying to reach personal weight loss goals. Selecting quick and healthy breakfast at home is your best choice. However, sometimes you need to grab breakfast while traveling or need to be away from home. The McDonald's Big Breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage patty, hash browns, hotcakes, and a large biscuit is tempting. Hopefully knowing it provides 1,150 calories and 60 grams of fat will make you think twice. The Fruit & Maple Oatmeal provides a nutrient rich alternative when eating breakfast on the run.
Calories - 290 (260 without brown sugar)
Fat – 4.5 grams
Sodium – 160 mg (115 mg without brown sugar)
Carbohydrates – 57 grams (48 grams without brown sugar)
Fiber – 5 grams
Protein – 5 grams
Serving size – 9.2 oz/250 grams

The oatmeal provides a whole grain low fat, low calorie, low sodium breakfast option that offers 130% of recommended daily value for vitamin C from diced apples and a blend of cranberries and raisins. It is nutritionally similar to its popular Starbucks competitor.

Starbucks Oatmeal with Nut Medley and Dried Fruit Topping
Calories – 340
Fat – 11.5 grams
Sodium – 115 mg
Carbohydrates – 51 grams
Protein – 8 grams

It is also very similar to a packet of Quaker Apple and Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal made with skim milk.
Calories – 170
Fat – 1.5 grams
Sodium – 170 mg
Carbohydrates – 31 grams
Fiber – 3 grams
Protein – 3 grams

The Bottom Line
Breakfast is an important start to your day. Planning ahead and having quick, go-to options on hand for those days when you are running late or need to eat away from home is ideal. Until you get that skill mastered, McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is a low fat, low sodium, calorie smart choice when eating on the run.

Have you tried McDonald's oatmeal? For those that are just learning healthier eating options, what quick breakfast options can you suggest?

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I love the oatmeal at McDonalds. When we travel I ften buy oatmeal instead of the iother offerings I am so happy it is available all the time. It's not just for breakfast any more it is a sweet treat for travelling anf no fatty meal to digest when driving for hours, Report
I have never had oatmeal as a cereal. I like it in cookies and a fiber bar. I think I will make some at home. Report
I have never had oatmeal as a cereal. I like it in cookies and a fiber bar. I think I will make some at home. Report
The oatmeal is very yummy, I was glad to see it as an option now as I don't like eggs so that would leave me the option of a small parfait or hotcakes. I always seemed to pick the hotcakes so now Im saving half the calories now :-) Report
Just remember those of us who are diabetic...just watch the carbs and sugars
I've tried it with and without the brown sugar. To me, it's worth the extra 30 calories to get it with the brown sugar. Without, it was kind of bland. Report
I love this oatmeal and I always order it without the brown sugar. The texture is very similar to home-made--nice and thick. Sometimes McDonalds's will give it to you without enough water, so I just add some of my coffee in it to compensate. Report
I figured it was all advertising hype but the other day I actually stopped and tried it out (had a coupon - buy a medium or larger beverage and get the oatmeal for free.). At first, I thought eww runny gunk, all the water was on top, and I could see some chunks of what appeared to be fruit cocktail like 1960's vintage canned stuff... and then I decided to think positively and stir it up and see what else was in it. After just a bit, the water absorbed on in and I began to see the brown sugar coming up and the other fruits - raisins and apples, and I was surprised at how tasty it was. It's not my steel cut oats, but if I keep a bag with my walnuts or almonds and my cinnamon with me to add to my MickyD's, I could live a few hours with that breakfast!! I'm kind of suspicious of the "brown sugar", need to go read their nutritional ingredient info on their website as I'm half expecting them to have snuck in some HFCS or aspartame or some other nasty stuff! Hopefully not! Report
Good to know that this is a healthy option, and not one of those "sounds healthy but isn't" menu items we come across far too often. As someone else mentioned, the fruit and yogurt parfait is another decent choice. I loved it when they had the larger one, which I believe was around 400 calories and was filling enough to be breakfast or even lunch all by itself. Of course, they did away with that, but kept the large fries. Report
For those who want protein but aren't Egg McMuffin fans (like me!), the Sausage Burrito is a great option and is featured on the dollar menu where I'm at. It's also only 300 calories. Report
I do oatmeal at home all the time, but sooo love McD's oatmeal for a quick breakfast out!

Also wanted to say thanks for posting the NI differences between McDonald's and Starbucks since the McD's version is obviously another Starbuck's knock off. :) Report
Stats for Quaker's Weight Control Instant Oatmeal Brown Sugar flavor:

160 Calories
Total Fat 3g
Sodium 290mg 12%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Soluble Fiber 4g
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g Report
I like the Quaker's instant Weight Control oatmeal in brown sugar much better. I make it with Almond Breeze milk, raisins, and pecans. I could eat it every day for the rest of my life! Plus, it has a high protein content. And it's cheaper than McDonald's. Report
I absolutely LOVE the mcdonald's fruit n maple oatmeal! It's sooo good. Report
As most have said "IF THEY HAD to eat out" they would choose McDonalds Oatmeal. I will have to give it a try. However, I agree with the one who said for 300 calories I would eat the Egg McMuffin. Report
I had it, and it was very good! Now I have something really filling to pick when the boyfriend has a hankering for an egg McMuffin and a frappe.

I also enjoy the fruit n' yogurt parfait. It's 160 with granola. Yum! Report
I enjoyed my first McD oatmeal this week for lunch. I would buy it again!! Report
I've had this several times while on road trips and it is super yummy! It's also Vegan which makes it an amazing triple award winner for me. Yummy, Vegan & Cheap (only $1.99 !) Report
The McDonald's oatmeal is a good option if you are on the go and need a healthier choice. I was recently in the airport and chose this as the alternative to all the other fast food options. Report
The Mcdonalds oatmeal is tastey and it is great to know that Mcdonalds is offering some healthier options... It is a decent option when you have to eat breakfast on the run. Report
It's great to see McDonald's offering this new, nutritious choice, BUT I will never waste my money ordering it after I saw how it's made - instant oatmeal, packet of fruit. I can make that for a FRACTION of the cost at home. Why buy it at McDonald's? I'll stick with my occasional #5 - sausage biscuit with cheese, hashbrowns and large coffee. I don't make hashbrowns or biscuits at home so it's a true treat AND a bargain. Report
I have had the oatmeal and think its fantastic!! Really hits the spot when I'm on the go, but I generally will have a quick bowl of oatmeal, I use the quick packs, where the bag the oatmeal comes in can be used as a measuring cup for the water. So works great if I'm running late and need to eat it at work! Or a piece of grain whole wheat toast and a bit of natural peanut butter does the trick for me!!! Report
I have tried the Oatmeal with & without the brown sugar and I really enjoy it either way. It is a great when you are on the run and you don't have time to grab something from the house. Report
I have yet to try McDonald's oatmeal; however, I am a huge fan of Jamba Juice's steel cut oatmeal. They have a few varieties of toppings or you can get it plain.
Plain steel cut oatmeal: 7.25oz, 180 calories, 0.5 saturated fat, 35 carbs, and 20 sodium. Oatmeal with toppings range from 220 calories to 290 calories. Report
I've actually ordered it a couple times when I've met some other mom's there for a playdate. My McD's offers it all day, so I had it for lunch. I ordered it without the brown sugar and found it delicious. I couldn't imagine trying to eat it driving anywhere though. Report
Kudos to McDonalds for trying to make things healthier. I think that slowly the American public is learning to read labels & make better choices. To many times the fast food industry has tried to lure us into thinking things are healthy when they aren't. Even baby steps count when your moving forward. Report
I've tried the Starbucks but have a hard time with the 11.5 grams of fat - in oatmeal for goodness sakes! I keep Lower Sugar Quaker Oats Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal in my desk at work along with a jar of peanut butter. One packet of the oatmeal, .25 -.5 serving of the peanut butter and 1/2 a banana and I'm set!

On the topic of the McDonalds Big Breakfast, one of the things I like about this option is being able to pick and choose what of it I eat. If I get this(which I do one in a bluemoon), I usually have the egg(s) and half the sausage. I pass the biscuit, other half of the sausage and the hashbrowns on to different co-workers who like specific parts of this meal. Report
I might think about oatmeal the next time I'm shopping. Thanks. I wouldn't dream of making a trip to a restaurant for it though. Isn't it easy to cook at home? Report
I grab breakfast on the go during the week. As someone says this is the easiest meal to make healthy choices for. A boiled egg and toast from a deli, a yogurt, a fruit salad, or oatmeal.

I have tried Starbucks and McDonald's oatmeal. As something of a oatmeal snob, none of these (including the quaker oats) is my favorite. The starbucks option is a little better because it taste heartier and thicker. The McDonalds version is a little thinner. However, they both taste good and are solid options. Though I always find amazing oatmeal at my local delis. Report
Honestly at 290 calories, I think I would rather have the Egg McMuffin for 300 calories. More protien and less carbs too. More fat and sodium, but I also like the taste better. It just goes to show you really have to do the research yourself and find what's healthy for you. Rather than having the companies shove the "healthy" food down your throat. Report
Personally I don't like fruit with my oatmeal, but I am SO glad to see fast food places add healthy options! Report
What is the texture like? I am big on the texture of certain foods, do not like instant oatmeal because of the texture. Report
I tried the oatmeal last week and it was delicious!! Plenty of fruit and enough to start the morning. Report
I have tried it both with and without the brown sugar. They are both very tasty, but with the brown sugar it is a little too sweet and with out it's a little too bland. 1/2 a Truvia and it was perfect. @ $1.99 it's the best option there,healthier and cheaper than any of the breakfast sandwiches or platters and far more filling than anything on the "Dollar" menu. A good option for when I'm running late in the morning. Report
This is probably the best item McDonalds has ever added to their menu. Perfect for on- the- run and want a nutritional breakfast ! Report
I have tried the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and it is delicious. Report
In my area, they are attaching sticker coupons for a free oatmeal to the coffees. I used my coupon this morning, and have to say I really liked McD's oatmeal. I'm not a huge McD's fan, but I have to say I really liked it. Granted, making it at home is definitely more economical and probably a bit healthier, but every now and then if you're pressed for time, it's a good option. Report
Thanks for this blog -- I was wondering about this option. Agree, home prepared is better but it's good to know that in a pinch this isn't a horrible choice. Report
Thank goodness for this, sometimes I feel I just need "fast food" SPECIALLY with a young baby at home the mornings are crazy and "fast food" is kinda "reward" if your having a tough morning so something healthy is a blessing!!! Report
I haven't tried it yet but will probably the next time I'm caught short without a handy breakfast at home. It's better by far than a lot of the other choices out there and I do enjoy oatmeal for breakfast. Report
I didn't know that McDonald's offered this, however, I don't run by the fast food places all that often anymore and don't have much time for TV to see the advertizements. Glad to know about it, in the event, that I need that "to-go" breakfast some day. I do LOVE oatmeal, so that's a plus. Report
I disagree that McDonald's oatmeal "is similar" to instant and Starbucks oatmeal. I think it is healthier. Without brown sugar it has half the sugar for the same amt. of oatmeal as the instant and a lot less calories than Starbucks. It tastes good and makes a great option for drivethru lunch or snack as well as breakfast. Report
Thanks for the review - don't forget the huge difference between the MC and TheStarbucks price! Report
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new McDonald's oatmeal!! Ever since seeing the first commercial for it, I knew I had to try it and I don't even like raisins! :-) Report
Based on the comments so far, I'll skip this one. Report
I always make breakfast at home. Oatmeal is one of my favorites. I am glad to see healthier oatmeal options available at fast food restaurants for the rare occasion I need breakfast away from home, usually when I'm at an airport or on a roadtrip. Even just a couple years ago I was traveling around the holidays and we stopped for breakfast and there were NO healthy options. Yes, these oatmeals might not be prepared in the healthiest way, but I'd much rather eat that then one of the biscuit sandwiches with sausage and cheese and twice the amount of fat I usually eat in a whole day! Report
I tried it; wasn't particular; would rather just make my own and add my own ingredients. Report
Hubby and I gave it a try after hearing positive reviews from relatives who had tried it but our experience was not that good. It was really wattery and had very little fruit. In all fairness, I think it was the establishment where we visited instead of the product itself. In any case, we'll stick to making our own at home. Report
I'd very much rather make my own. That way I can use gluten-free oats and my usual "half the amount of liquid that most people use". Report
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