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Alpen Porridge Apricot and Almond 40 g (Pack of 4)

by Alpen
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Microwave in 2 minutes
  • High in taste and fibre
  • Low in salt
  • Suitable for vegetarians
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Technical Details
BrandAlpen
Product Dimensions30.6 x 20.4 x 14.2 cm
Storage InstructionsStore in a cool, dry, odour free place.
SpecialitySuitable for Vegetarians
Country Produced InUnited Kingdom
Allergen InformationBarley
Energy Content1609 Kilojoules
Protein11 grams
Total Carbohydrate61.3 grams
Sugar17.2 grams
Total fat8.7 grams
Saturated Fat2.1 grams
Fiber7.3 grams
Sodium0.07 grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB00F3CGHTI
Best Sellers Rank 4,854 in Grocery (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.7 Kg
Date First Available31 Aug 2013
  
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Product Description

Product Description

This pack contains eight 40g servings.

Ingredients

Wholegrain Rolled Oats (59%)
Wholegrain Wheat (13%)
Sugar
Full Cream Milk Powder
Chopped Apricot (with Preservative Sulphur Dioxide) (5.7%)
Sultanas (5.1%)
Roasted Chopped Nuts (2.2%) (Almonds, Hazelnuts)
Flavouring
Malted Barley Extract
Rice Flour
Salt

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Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lumpy and artificial taste 26 Feb 2014
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I didn't like this - it had a very lumpy consistency and became 'claggy' within a few seconds. The smell of apricots was quite enticing as it cooked (in the microwave) but tasted very artificial, and I couldn't taste almond at all. I have been buying Oats So Simple porridge for the last year or so and won't be changing to Alpen on this showing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tasted better in the range 25 Jan 2014
By Angela Lovelace VINE VOICE
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I have tried most of the range of Alpen porridge, but so far have found this one the most bland, flavour wise. The nuts and the apricot pieces did little to give it flavour. There was plenty of them, but it did little to enhance it. As I said on previous interviews these are easy to make, just empty contents into a bowl, fill the empty packet with milk up to the fill line and pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Best flavour wise so far have been the Maple & Pecan and the Blueberry & Cranberry & nuts varieties.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and Filling 2 Jan 2014
By Clare VINE VOICE
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I love Alpen's Raspberry, Apple and Raisin porridge so was really eager to try this new flavour - Apricot, Almond and Hazelnut. This porridge comes in a box with 8 sachets. You have 2 options for cooking (microwave or saucepan). I cooked in the microwave: you open the sachet and pour the mixture into a microwave bowl. There is a line on the packet to show where 150ml of milk is. You add this then mix. You then cook for 2 mins (850W microwave) and then let it cool and eat it. (Alternatively you could boil milk for 2 mins then add to a saucepan and stir for 2 mins.)

The porridge was easy to make, filling and warming. The taste was pleasing and sweet enough for me, I find plain porridge unappetising. I would have liked the apricot taste to be a little stronger in the porridge but the nut flavour came through very nicely when you bit them.

Pros:
Easy to make
Line on packet eliminates need for jug
Cooking instructions on box and each packet
Pleasing taste - you won't need to add extras like sugar/syrup etc
Long use by date (9 months on my box - this is variable)

Cons:
I ripped my packet trying to open it so needed a jug
Apricot flavour could be stronger
Microwave instructions only for 850W microwave you have to experiment for other powers
Not for nut allergy sufferers

Nutritional Info per portion:
153 calories
4.4g protein
24.5g carbohydrates
6.9g sugars
3.5g fats
0.8g unsaturated fat
2.9g fibre
0.03g sodium (0.007g equivalent as salt)

Allergy Advice:
Contains wheat, oats, barley, milk, almonds, hazelnuts and sulphites. Not suitable for nut or peanut sufferers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tasty but not fat-free 1 Jan 2014
By Sarah A. I. Davis VINE VOICE
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I've been eating the special K porridge for a few weeks now, as a healthy weight loss attempt, for my lunches at work, and so was keen to try this Alpen option. This apricot and almond recipe is really delicious! The sachets are convenient and ideal to take to work with me, you can use the empty sachet to measure out the required milk, but this isn't really necessary as you can surely estimate the amount of milk you need for yourself (?).
A quick blast in the microwave and it's ready. Verdict? Really tasty, and much creamier than the Special K, but 3g of fat per serving compared to 1g. I'm torn between the two!!!!! If you're not on a diet I'd definitely buy this one, if you are on a diet...join me in my dilemma!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nutritional neurosis 14 April 2014
By S. Thomas #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Over the last few weeks I seem to have gone through a phase of analysing what I eat as if there is some Holy Grail breakfast out there that will keep me going all day and stop me feeling hungry.

This 'add milk and microwave' porridge is not dissimilar to its main rival that we have been buying for years and although there is conflicting information on the web about nutritional content, they seem to be on much of a par.

When I started to compare with a lot of other breakfasts we have tried I couldn't see a huge amount of difference in the statistics and since none of the manufacturers seems to cite glycaemic index values it seems to come down to what your body tells you.

I find these warming, filling and with sufficient natural sweetness to be self-contained. This combined with the fact that by their nature they dictate portion control helps, even if making a simple porridge might yield fewer calories per gram.

If anything, Alpen's offering - a late entrant to the market - has greater variety of texture and interest and I will be switching even though there is oh so little difference when it comes down to it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cereal killer. 13 April 2014
By Flickering Ember TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I love adding fruit and nuts to my porridge to pad it out and to add flavour and texture. However, these sachets fall short of the mark. They are good for stashing in your desk at work for an emergency breakfast, but you could equally as easy buy a multipack of sandwich/ziplock bags, a bag of plain porridge oats and a selection of nuts and freeze-dried fruits and make a tastier and healthier alternative (at a lower price). These sachets are high in sugar, and have an artificial flavour. The texture is gloopy and unpleasant and it's a chore to eat. If they weren't flavoured, they would be impossible to eat.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mmm....gluey 9 April 2014
By Miss VINE VOICE
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I thought these new sachets might work as a quick, healthy, yummy breakfast, but sadly they only fulfilled the quick part of that. The porridge is easy enough to make - empty the sachet in a bowl, then fill the sachet with milk and empty that into the bowl too. Keep a very good hold on the sachet to avoid milk spillage! Then microwave for two minutes - or on my microwave, around 3 minutes.

I didn't like either the taste or the texture of the porridge once cooked. The apricot taste was very artificial, and the porridge had the consistency of glue. It felt unpleasant and slimy in the mouth. I couldn't even finish the bowl. My partner managed to finish his portion, but didn't enjoy it.

The porridge isn't even particularly healthy - one portion contains 6.9 grams of sugar. You could have one portion of Weetos, the chocolate wholegrain cereal, for just an extra 0.2 grams of sugar per portion, as Weetos has 7.1 grams per bowl. I definitely know which one I'd rather have!

I wouldn't recommend this product, even for big porridge fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite porridge!
I love this flavour of porridge. It's like summer in a bowl (extra points for those who get the FRIENDS reference :p )

I will definitely buy again when I run out.
Published 21 days ago by Lia
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick, tasty and nourishing porridge for breakfast and supper.
What is it?
'Alpen Porridge Apricot and Almond' is a flavoured microwavable instant porridge. High in fibre and low in salt.

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Published 29 days ago by Karen Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, easy, tasty
I was initially a little bit skeptical about these flavoured microwave porridges. I had seen people eating them at work before and they smelt so sickly sweet that I was surprised... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexa
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too "wheaty" for me
To me, porridge is an oat based breakfast. As a person of Scottish heritage, adding anything other than a pinch of salt is pushing the boundaries, but I've grown to enjoy the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bee of Good Cheer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great taste!
I was initially worried about the number of calories per sachet, but soon realised they are only 185, a small price to pay for a gorgeous taste!
The whole family loves them!
Published 1 month ago by L. Goldsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Yum
When I opened a packet of the apricot porridge the smell reminded me of a facial scrub I used to buy years ago. It is rather synthetic smelling but not unpleasant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tarkytarks
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruity and filling
This was the first time that we tried any of the Alpen instant porrridges, and I have to say this was a winner. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Kimi-Chan Experience
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy and delicious
A slightly different take on porridge. It has a more mueslis vibe to it, which makes a great change. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. S. Bundy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste
I'm not a mad fan of these 'convenience' porridges, preferring to make my own from the raw oats. That said, there clearly is a market for them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike France
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