A few years ago it came out that RoundUp (a pesticide) and the chemicals in it were harmful enough to cause cancer in farmers and others who used it. The harm doesn’t stop there though, as traces of the product can be found in the grains it is used on, including oatmeal. My mom was alarmed by this and cut off all oatmeal making and oat products from being brought in the house in no time. It was a great decision, except now, we had to rethink breakfast entirely, because, literally, every morning was either oatmeal as a hot cereal or oatmeal in homemade granola.
We began eating other cereals, such as the corn and quinoa cereal line offered by Nature’s Path Organic, which is how I became introduced to the company. The other cereals we bought that used oat flour alternatives, I recall being not as great. I still buy that corn cereal, but I don’t consume it in the traditional in-a-bowl-swimming-in-almond-milk kind of way. As I embark on my journey in 2020 to not use the microwave and to overall eat healthier, the cereal is most often in a Ziploc baggy packed with my other food for the day. When I get to the office I’ll sprinkle it in yogurt or mix it with nuts and dried fruit to create a trail mix. I’ve even layered it in between banana vanilla pudding, strawberries, and blueberries to make a gorgeous breakfast parfait!
I eventually found out that the company makes other breakfast foods that utilizes other flours such as rice flour and potato flour, allowing me to expand my choices in oat-less breakfast options. After I became bored of the Ezekiel english muffins I had been buying, I decided to try Nature’s Path Organic buckwheat waffles in the flavor “wildberry”. The following is my review of them.
I do not own a toaster oven or a toaster, so I opt for the oven preparation option where I am instructed to lay the waffles on the oven rack by the box. Total cooking time is supposed to be 2-3 minutes until “crisp and hot”. I never quite achieve the “crisp and hot” that they are referring to, because I have experimented with the amount of time that they are in the oven and they either come out too soft...Or too hard. Like really hard, especially when they cool. They snap when you try to break off a piece. The softer side of the completely cooked waffle is crumbly and difficult to apply spreads to.
I tend to allow them to come out of the oven a little soft because I am actually afraid to bite into them when they are hard, so I do myself a favor. The cooked waffles’ texture is somewhere between cakey and dry. They don’t have your traditional pancake batter waffle feel, and are the exact texture that drives omnivores away from wanting anything vegan. Even if I put margarine on them fresh out of the oven, the moisture does nothing for the dryness.
As if I haven’t already been pretty honest so far in this review, I’ll be even more honest: to taste a berry in these waffles, you’d have to imagine it. You may even have to imagine the flavor of the waffle itself. The product is so incredibly bland, that even if you layer peanut butter, honey, blueberries, bananas, etc. on top of them, the blandness is still pretty obvious. I was really disappointed in that. Anything berry is my favorite flavor, and I really wanted to have little pieces of freeze-dried berries explode with berry-licious-ness in my mouth. I also expected them to be slightly sweet, which they ended up not being.
By my review, you’d assume that these waffles are nasty, no bueno. I’ll let you use your own words. I’m known to tolerate the flavor of foods, even if they aren’t great, so perhaps for someone these are downright unbearable. What I will say is that Nature’s Path Organics could make many improvements, especially since their cereals are so great. I feel as though they missed the mark on these. Do I still buy them from time to time? Yes, I do. But it is only for the sake of convenience, and the fact that they contain buckwheat, which is a great source of fiber.
Looking Through Vegan Colored Glasses is a vegan lifestyle blog curated by a Black mom and four of her vegan raised kids, covering their opinions on health, food, and fashion.