Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Crunchy Oatmeal Cereal with a Hint of Brown Sugar, 21-Ounce Boxes

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Quick facts

  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • 96% of your minimum whole grain needs
  • Good source of fiber and calcium
  • Available in 3 delicious flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon and Golden Maple

Top reviews

contains added food dyes

I tried this at Costco and just loved it…until I read the ingredients. Contains yellow #5 and #6. Now why would Quaker destroy such a good idea by adding horrible food coloring? Also contains maltodextrin, a product of corn. I’m so mad because I love Quaker oatmeal. Why can’t they leave out the horrible coloring? 🙁
DamianCaddo Mills, TX

Great finger food!!

Quaker Oatmeal squares is one of my kids favorite cereals. It is also great finger food and frequently is a part of kids snack bags. We never had the Brown Sugar variety and I just recently tried it out with my family. Really low on sugar it still has a really great taste. But in fact, all four flavors, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Golden Maple and New Honey Nut Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, are heart healthy* and deliver 46 grams of whole grains (that’s 96%** of your minimum daily recommendation of whole grains), 5 grams of dietary fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving.
I also shared Brown Sugar Oatmeal Squares with few friends
Smart mamas like the ingredients including the amount of iron in this cereal. They were happy to find out there is only 7 grams of sugar in each serving, but it is still sweet and doesn’t taste like cardboard.
Few of my friends read the list of ingredients several times looking for something they are not happy with. No luck – all the ingredients seem authentic. Group verdict – APPROVED
SNACK BAGS
I make my own for the kids. They normally include
one or two types of cereal, dry fruit (cranberry or raisins are easy to deal with and cheap), plantain chips)Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Crunchy Oatmeal Cereal with a Hint of Brown Sugar, 14.5-Ounce (Pack of 4)
RussShinglehouse, PA

OK, not great.

These were OK. They taste decent (though nothing like Oatmeal). But they are rock hard too. By the time you’re done eating them, your jaw hurts from having to chew so much. Also, looking at the nutritional details, they aren’t all that healthy either, despite the premise promoted. Overall, a decent cereal, but not exactly a healthy option, and they will require a lot of chewing.
DinaGilman, MN

If Captain Crunch had an affair with Life cereal….

I like to eat Kashi Crunch and I was hoping this would be a slightly tastier alternative. But when they says a “hint of brown sugar” they mean it! These squares were not very exciting when it comes to flavor and I could barely register the brown sugar. They are relatively filling though and with some fruit on top, they would make a good, quick breakfast for an adult getting ready to head out to work, with 4 hours until their lunch break. But I don’t feel it stands out much from other “healthy” cereals for adults.
AmmieLexington Park, MD

My favorite

Quite possibly the best cereal ever. This is pretty expensive in stores so finding a good price on Amazon is awesome. Not too sweet, not too bland, and doesn’t get soggy. This cereal is perfect and makes a good meal or snack!
GailWayland, IA

Its not bad, but it doesn’t satisfy

I had the opportunity to digest a box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares Crunchy Oatmeal Cereal with a Hint of Brown Sugar, and the name of the product pretty much sums up whats in the box. To be honest, it is what it says it is, but not much more. The product had a good crunch and the brown sugar flavoring tasted as it was. But it struck me as sweet – maybe too sweet, to get the whole impact of the flavor. Or, said another way, there wasn’t any rich tones to what I was tasting, no nuances to the flavors. Would I buy it at the store? Probably not. The fiber content were higher, or maybe if they combined the brown sugar flavor with the cinnamon flavor there would be an encouragement to try it. But as it stands, my month with the cereal wasn’t one in which I looked forward to buying another box. It was more like trying to get through the one I had.
BrookeProsperity, WV

not bad

The kids liked this cereal. I thought the taste was pleasant but not exceptional for me. Good to bring as a snack food for the kids. Not as bad for them as some of the other cereals.
ClarisDoniphan, MO

I like to eat these right out of the box

Quaker Oatmeal Squares

I like to eat these right out of the box, as a snack. They would be perfect if they had fewer carbohydrates.
I recommend them.
Gunner. June, 2012

JunkoOphir, KY

A nice and tasty start to the day.

This cereal is quite tasty and not overly sweet. There is a nice taste of brown sugar, which seems to more resemble a hint of maple syrup. It also makes a nice snack alternative to popcorn or potato chips. The cereal is enriched with fiber and all of the other vitamin and mineral additives of most other breakfast cereals. It tastes good and is very crunchy, and not too sweet. A nice choice for breakfast, or just good right out of the box.
GladysEdgar, MT

Simple and delicious

I’m not an oatmeal fan, but I do like cereal so I was very interested in trying this one. The squares have a lightly sweet flavor. You can still taste the oats, though. It’s not overpowered by the brown sugar at all. The texture is extremely crunchy and holds up well in milk. Each piece is small enough to be finger food for little ones and grab-able in handfuls for adults. I’ve been snacking on it dry as well as in a bowl with milk and find it really versatile. Breakfast, lunch, dinnertime, evening snack…this cereal is a healthful option for any of those.
LucasNewbury Park, CA

A bit too hard

These are supposed to be touched by brown sugar but where? I am afraid this cereal is also a bit flat for me. The puffs are not puffy at all they are quite hard and unappealing.

In milk they do last awhile before getting too soggy but then they do not have any flavor unless you put a lot of sugar. I am sorry this does not stand up to the usual good flavors and textures of the Quaker Oats company that I grew up on. I guess I will go back to their oatmeal, you cannot go wrong with that.

FranceneNorth Bergen, NJ

Yummy cereal that is good for you!

I really enjoyed this cereal and needless to say, the box is almost empty after only about 5 days. It only has a slight oatmeal taste and I would say the brown sugar is more than just a hint but the combination is really delicious. It also does not get soggy right away. It stayed pretty crunchy for a while. Even to the last drop, there was still a little bit of crunch left.

Also, what I love is that it’s healthy and isn’t loaded with sugar. In fact, if you’re used to really sweet cereals, this may not be for you as while it has some sweetness to it, it isn’t overly sweet.

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to regular cereal, this is definitely worth a try.

KandyNason, IL

quaker oatmeal squares

wrote a long review that got lost before posting but most of the technical info is avail here, so I’ll just day I thought it was OK tasting and filling. It’s got whole oak and wheat flower and brown and other sugar as well as aditives good and not so good. I’m still a hot oatmeal lover and this is not nearly as good.
KaiUlm, MT

Love this cereal!

Not only is it super healthy and good for you, it’s also super delicious! Just the right amount of sweetness and, best of all, it STAYS CRUNCHY even when it’s been in milk for a while! I eat it every day!
ClementinaDelta City, MS

Quaker equals good

Very tasty, stays crunchy in milk. Also good enough for snacking. I will definitely look for these in the grocery store. Would love more of similar items to test.
DanicaHumboldt, AZ

One of my Favorites!

Yum, oatmeal squares. Okay, that does sound bland even to me, but Quaker makes a great cereal for any time. It’s crunchy even after sitting in my milk for a while (granted a little soggy outside but still nice and crisp inside) and the sweetness is not overwhelming. I like these for breakfast or as a snack since they are good on their own or with milk. Oatmeal Squares with a hint of brown sugar are just right in terms of flavor and crunch and one of my all time favorite cereals ever.
ElseCalvin, PA

A hint of sugar, but a few too many calories

This cereal is crunchy oatmeal/fiber squares, and really does have just a hint of sweetness to it. I don’t like overly sweet cereals, or cereals in which the sugar dissolves into the milk, and in this case neither is true.

The ingredient list is as follows: Whole oat flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, maltodextrin, malted barley extract, molasses, salt, calcium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, natural flavor, reduced iron, sodium ascorbate, yellow 5, niacinamide (vitamin B3), BHT (preservative), zinc oxide, vitamin E, acetate, vitamin A palmitate, yellow 6, thiamin mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamine B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and folic acid.

One cup of cereal alone contains 210 calories; with half a cup of skin milk it is 250 calories. In comparison, wheaties contain 133 calories per cup of cereal alone, and Kashi Go Lean contains 140 calories. One cup of cereal also contains 5g of dietary fiber, and 6g of protein.

Overall this is a tasty and healthy cereal, however it has a relatively high calorie count, and there are healthier alternatives available.

ParisValley City, ND

Crunchy goodness

I eat my cereal dry- right out of the box. Mostly for breakfast, but sometimes as a snack. Frosted Mini-Wheats is my “go-to” cereal, but this had oats instead of whole wheat, so I decided to give it a try.

And, now, it’s my second favorite cereal. Ok, so it’s didn’t quite bump my “go-to” out of first place, but it came close, and in fact I think it will be my fave for breakfast (but not as much for snacking).

It comes in a rather solid little square, with a great crunch and a good mouth feel, and it super-easy to eat right out of the box. My “Brown sugar” version had a hint of sweetness.

Nutritionally it’s two paws way up, with low fat, high fiber and not a lot of sugar.

So- give it a try.

DebrahSeney, MI

Cold Oatmeal?

This breakfast cereal by Quaker is really good. The cereal is squared shaped oatmeal that is prepared with milk and eaten cold. This is a fresh twist on an old classic because when I think of Quaker oatmeal I imagine it warm, not cold. The cereal is promoted by saying it has a hint of brown sugar and it is true. The taste of brown sugar is very, very subtle, but there.

This cereal also is a heart healthy product and provides more fiber than an average bowl of cereal. Another nice perk is it doesn’t become soggy as soon as the milk hits it. This might be a good way to have kids eat a healthier breakfast cereal. I know that I enjoyed it and would purchase it again.

LeeanneSolano, NM

A Nice Alternative to Spoon Size Shredded Wheat

One of the things I appreciated about this product is no sorbitol included; all of the sweetness comes from natural sources including brown sugar and sugar. The grains are all whole grain and include a broad spectrum of vitamins. The size of the individual squares is smaller than one typically gets with a shredded wheat product and they maintained their crispiness much longer. The sodium content is reasonably low at 190 mg and the dietary fiber is respectable at 5 grams as is the protein at 6 grams.

The taste is pleasant and that, along with the sustained crispiness makes for a nice change from shredded wheat and raisin bran. This one is worth a try.

JuleeBridgeport, NY

Tasty and crispy in milk

Very tasty, the hint of brown sugar is just right so that it is sweet but not overpowering and the pieces stay very crispy in milk. Great tasting and good for you, can’t go wrong there.
KaseyDriftwood, TX

Great cereal but the price?

I have to give the stuff a good rating because I have liked it enough to say, make it my breakfast for the past 15 years. BUT it has become inordinately expensive here in early 2012. Recently Quaker reduced the weight from 16 oz. to 14.5 oz. and at the same time the price went from about $3/box to $4.75/box! WTF?! Sad to say I’m still eating it–it’s good.
BarneyWing, AL

Sweet and Crunchy

Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal is a nice alternative to the typical “flake” cereal. The squares stay generally crunchy and tasty covered by milk. Very filling and just sweet enough (though I still like to add extra sugar). Quaker had a Toasted Oatmeal cereal that I liked better but stopped making it several years ago. This is a nice alternative.
ReggieBeaver Dams, NY

Very good

I am not a fan of brown sugar, but decided to give this a try. I was pleasantly surprised. The flavor is very good. I could barely detect brown sugar and I really did not mind it. Not in a sense that I had to tolerate the flavor, but that I really enjoyed it.

I liked that this cereal is not too sweet. I tried it as a snack by itself and with milk, and liked it both ways. However, my 4 year old son tried a piece and said he did not like it, I am guessing because it is not as sweet as his usual Honey Comb, Cheerios, and Trix stuff.

Oh well, more for me.

TammyJohnsonville, NY

Reinforcing the posiitve we already knew about Quaker

Quaker Oats has been a staple in American business for the past century and is well known for a wide range of products, including Rice-a-Roni, granola bars Aunt Jemima Syrups, Gatorade and of course, Quaker Oatmeal.

I don’t personally eat a great deal of cereal and am not partial to Quaker’s Life or Capt Crunch brands, but we must complement the company on its Oatmeal Squares product. The squares are rather small and keep a good balance with milk – they do not become soggy in 60 seconds. The brown sugar flavor is adult sensitive sweet and actually retain their flavor. They could be included as a snack or as a light meal other than breakfast. The amount needs to be watched as the calorie count can jump on one if not careful.

It is refreshing to note that the classic companies continue to produce and quietly promote their quality products.

Well done, Quaker Oats

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MyrtleNorth Lawrence, OH

Taste is important!

Is there anyone left who doesn’t know the benefits of Quaker cereals? If so, I’ll mention that part in a minute, because the most important thing, at least in our family, is taste. If it doesn’t taste good, we’ll never purchase the product. Oatmeal Squares not only tasted good, but was different, which I found surprising. Whole grains and brown sugar were mentioned on the box, but if you take a look at the ingredients, there’s malted barley extract and molasses too. This crunchy oatmeal cereal isn’t overly sweet, which is another plus. Here are some of the highlights:

* 46 grams of whole grains per serving
* The crunchiness holds up in milk
* Makes a great snack
* Low in saturated fat and cholesterol
* Certified by the American Heart Association
* 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein

The cereal fills you up and stays with you, important, if you have busy mornings. Also, it’s not messy, meaning, the squares don’t flake. Moms can easily put some in a baggy for kids to snack on while doing errands.

ZackObernburg, NY

Excellent Cereal

I personally prefer oats to wheat, so I was anxious to try this cereal. I am happy to report that I really like it. It tastes great! It is just slightly sweet, but not too much. It will work well for breakfast or for a snack right out of the box. The cereal has a satisfying crunch too.

One of the negative reviews noted that the cereal contains artificial coloring (Yellow 5 and Yellow 6). I too am puzzled why Quaker would want to color the cereal, and that is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. I suppose some marketing genius didn’t like the color. But Quaker oatmeal doesn’t have coloring, and people buy plenty of that. I hope that in the future Quaker worries more about how its products taste and less about how they look.

MartyEckley, CO

Brown Sugar How Come You Taste So Good?

Who orders cereal in the mail? apparently I do. This box came, and It felt like there was a box of rocks in my hand!

Oatmeal Squares are tiny boxes of brown sugary-ness, and they are heavy in more weighs than one (Im Punny). They taste very much like Golden Grahams Cereal, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 5) BUT with a earthier, Hay like aftertaste. If that makes sense. about a 1/2 a cup would fill you right on up for the whole morning.

I liked them well enough. Maybe would get them again in the future.

DamianWelchs Creek, KY

yummy cereal!

Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal with a hint of brown sugar is quite yummy. It’s not bland, yet it’s not too sweet either since it contains a hint of brown sugar. The taste kind of reminded me of Golden Grahams cereal. The cereal provides the right texture since it is crunchy and holds up in milk. The outside gets a little soggy after soaking in the milk for awhile, however the inside is still crunchy. The cereal is good too right out of the box as a snack, no milk needed.

I also love how it is a healthy cereal as well. The box claims it provides 46 grams of whole grains per serving. There is 210 calories a serving, 9 grams of sugar, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 190 mg of sodium, and 5 grams of fiber (19% daily value). Plus it’s enriched with all those needed vitamins and minerals. Overall, it’s an excellent choice for a healthy breakfast or as a go to snack.

CheryllEast Hartland, CT

Pretty Good Cereal

Overall, I liked this cereal. It had some heft to it which I liked. It was supposed to have a hint of brown sugar, but I couldn’t detect any. It did taste good right out of the box and with milk. It was better with a little sugar added.

I would have given it 5 stars if I could have tasted the brown sugar and if the cereal had been a bit sweeter. As is, I gave it four stars, but I might still buy it if I saw it in the grocery store. It is pretty good, and I can always add a little sugar. And, it is supposed to be healthy too.

RosieWatonga, OK