McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

by Leighann on January 28, 2011

McDonald's OatmealI successfully avoided eating at McDonald’s for about five years after reading the books Fast Food NationFast Food Nation and Mad CowboyMad Cowboy.

But add in a child or two and the time/ability/effort to avoid fast food kind of goes out the window.

And sometimes it’s the only opportunity to get a moment to relax and read a book.

And then when your child is diagnosed with diabetes and you begin diligently counting carbs, you come to appreciate that McDonald’s tray liners have nutritional info on the back side, that their website has a meal builder, and that many of their menu items have the information right there on the container. Happy meals even have a listing of common kids’ fare.

I often stop at McDonald’s to get a $1 gigantic ice tea on my way to work. I was happy this winter to see Fruit & Maple Oatmeal added to their menu. Granted, oatmeal made at home or in the office microwave is cheaper, but it is certainly convenient to find somewhat healthy (healthier?) items on their menu. Whole grains and fruit, FTW!

As I ate my cup of oatmeal my thoughts of course turned to carb counts and I made a mental note to look it up since Q loves oatmeal. I was quite happy to see the nutritional data on the cup. And an added bonus is the info for both ways you can order it (with or without brown sugar).

So, is this a good breakfast item?

Taste-wise I can say that I really enjoyed it. I liked the bits of real, fresh and dried fruit. The flavor was nice. And it didn’t taste like oatmeal from a packet. I would likely order it again.

From a nutrition standpoint? Not bad. Of course the brown sugar and dried cranberries add a proportionally large amount of carbs, but you are getting whole grains from the oatmeal and a bit of fresh apple. It’s 56 carbs with brown sugar and 48 without.

What do you think?

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Product Info

The following product information and images are from McDonald’s website:

McDonald's Oatmeal

Carb Count
Oatmeal 38
Diced Apples 2
Cranberry Raisin Blend 16
Light Cream 0
Total 56 grams carbs
Without Brown Sugar (subtract 8 grams carbs for 48 grams carbs total)

(Click to enlarge.)Oatmeal No Brown Sugar Nutrition

Oatmeal Nutrition


Whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, food starch-modified, salt, natural flavor (plant source), barley malt extract, caramel color.

Diced Apples
Apples, calcium ascorbate (a blend of calcium and vitamin C to maintain freshness and color).

Cranberry Raisin Blend
Dried sweetened cranberries (sugar, cranberries), California raisins, golden raisins, sunflower oil, sulfur dioxide (preservative).

Light Cream
Milk, cream, sodium phosphate, datem, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium citrate, carrageenan.

Disclaimer: McDonald’s in no way asked me to write about this product and I spend my own money on my daily iced tea and whatever else I may shove down my gullet on the way to work.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 adrian r January 28, 2011 at 6:16 am

We only purchase vegetarian items at McDonalds’s. This is on our list to try. Hopefully it won’t only be offered breakfast time.


2 Leighann January 28, 2011 at 6:51 am

Adrian- It’s offered all day long!

I’m with you on the vegetarian items. For breakfast I always ordered the Egg McMuffin…without Canadian bacon. Q likes the same thing.

But I’ve been ordering the oatmeal each time now. I don’t feel quite so guilty.


3 Amy January 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

I try to stay away from big carb items like this for my son, but I have to say I loved the oatmeal. We got a whole bunch of free coupons for the oatmeals as part of their promotion, so my husband and I have been taking turns using them. Personally, I always love McDonald’s. We generally do not eat fast food except here (not every day of course, or even every week.) There’s something very familiar and comfortable about McDs.


4 Joanne January 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

Thanks for the info… I’ve been wondering about their oatmeal. I’ve never made it for Elise and have no idea how it would affect her BG. I love steel cut oats, but they take so long to make!

btw, if you still would like me to do a guest post on carb factors, I am totally up for it!


5 Amanda January 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

Our family loves oatmeal, we have it most days for breakfast during the winter. We usually have the regular oatmeal and use butter and sugar to flavor it, (Korky uses Splenda). The oatmeal does not really affect her BG’s, pizza, pasta and rice are the ones that make us crazy. I am excited to try the new oatmeal and MCD’s, I have some coupons too, maybe I’ll take the kids tomorrow morning for breakfast and try it out. I love that they’ll offer it all day. We don’t do alot of fast food either, but sometimes when you’re traveling you can’t really stay away, we do alot of road trips here and MCD’s is always fast and easy, they can eat it in the car so we can stop, go to the bathroom and get our food to go. I also love how their carbcounts/nutrition info are so handy. I personally love Wendy’s, but we went thru the drive thru one day a few months ago and they were so rude about giving me a carb count, they didn’t have pre-printed brochurs (I know I spelled that wrong, LOL) and they kept telling me to come inside and look it up on their poster. Well, hello the reason I went through the drive thru was that I had 2 sleeping kids and didn’t want towake them up to go inside! Why couldn’t they just look at the poster and tell me. Anyways, pissed me off and now I don’t want to go back there anymore, at least not to that particular one. Anyways, don’t hate on me for saying this, but we love McDonald’s around here. No, not everyday, not even every month, but every now and then, for a treat and everything in moderation, right!?!


6 Mandy January 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

It is a very tasty alternative menu item. It is offered all day which is aplus for those of us trying to maintain or lose weight. My son is type 1 as well and he loves oatmeal too. We normally buy the Maple Brown Sugar from Quaker and for the serving size he eats (2 packages) it is 66g of carbs and that doesn’t include the cup of milk he drinks with it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the carbs were less and even more so for the oatmeal without brown sugar. I have ordered the oatmeal a few mornings before work and it def is a great way to beat the hunger pangs for busy mornings. I am hoping my son will like it, he hasn’t tried it yet…It kind of strikes me as an adult menu item. Glad its a choice now!


7 Jer January 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

LOVE the oatmeal option! There are mornings that we run late and my daughter is testing in the drive through lane. I won’t act pious and say that we only do it every so often, whatever! I have two very active daughters – 14 and 10 years old. Life is busy and I need all the help I can get! McDs is not bad as long as you are diligent about selecting the healthy menu items. It’s all about the moderation and making smart choices. We were all SO happy to see this on the menu. I’m not a big oatmeal person, but with the fruit, it’s very good. I’ve had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner (not on the same day!).

I also appreciate the carb counts as well. It’s plain as day on the packaging for most menu items. My 10 year old looks at the packaging, adds it up and enters it into her PDM (she’s an Omni Pod user as well). Another great restaurant for carb counts is Culvers. I carry their pamphlet in my car.

All hail the restaurants that provide carbs! Hip Hip Hooray!


8 Lani January 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

I’ve been wanting to try it! Thanks for doing the research as it will save me time now!


9 alexis of justices misbehaving pancreas January 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

Looks good! Im shocked and pleased theres no HFCS in there! I too have never done oatmeal with J so no clue how it affects bgs.


10 Rachel January 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I can’t eat oatmeal at all – any kind – especially steel-cut. It’s the only thing that’s sent me above 300 mg/dl since my diagnosis w/ T2. I suspect this would do the same.


11 Reyna January 30, 2011 at 5:15 am

Leighann…I am with you. LOVE the carb counts on McDonalds items and I would totally feed Joe the oatmeal AND I think it is an OK carb count. He would go for the brown sugar…no craisins.

I was wondering about the oatmeal, thanks for the post.


12 Hallie January 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm

OMG! I LOVE that oatmeal! McD is quick and easy for me at lunch. I want to “get out” but only have 20 min. I was getting the fruit and walnut salad. But now I get the oatmeal every day! Yum-O! Avery doesn’t like that stuff so I don’t have to worry about her. It’s a little carb heavy for my liking but it’s not too unhealthy and I doubt shed eat the whole thing anyway. Maybe when she’s older and a little less “plain”! But me- I’m addicted!!


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