Is Quaker Instant Oatmeal Vegan?


Some flavors of Quaker instant oatmeal are vegan, and some are not.

Of course the oats themselves are vegan, but some of the flavoring ingredients are not.

I looked up the ingredients list for each flavor, and we’ll go through which ones are and aren’t vegan.

To start, let’s look at the ingredients in different flavors of a variety pack:

instant oat ingredients

The first 3 are vegan, but there are 2 problem ingredients in the Peaches & Cream flavor:

  1. Palm oils – A controversial plant ingredient that most vegans don’t consider vegan. Here’s why palm oil is controversial.
  2. Whey – A byproduct of milk after it has been curdled and strained. Clearly not vegan, but would be okay for vegetarians.

Which Quaker Instant Oat Flavors Are Vegan?

Let’s go through each flavor one-by-one and see which Quaker Instant Oatmeal flavors are and aren’t vegan:

  • Apple & Cranberries – Vegan
  • Apples and Cinnamon – Vegan
  • Banana & Maple – Vegan
  • Blueberries & Cream– Not vegan (whey, palm oil)
  • Cinnamon and Spice – Vegan
  • Coconut & Caramel – Vegan
  • Maple and Brown Sugar – Vegan
  • Original – Vegan
  • Peaches and Cream– Not vegan (whey, palm oil)
  • Peanut Butter & Honey – Not vegan (honey)
  • Peanut Butter & Banana – Vegan
  • Pumpkin Spice – Not vegan (nonfat dry milk)
  • Raisins and Spice – Vegan
  • Raisin, Date and Walnut – Vegan
  • Strawberries and Cream – Not vegan (whey, palm oil)

So most of them turn out to be vegan, but some are not.

This sucks if you like to buy the variety packs, but you still have quite a few options.

I know it’s not always an option, but you buying plain quick oats or steel cut oats and adding your own toppings will ensure that it’s vegan. It’s also much healthier.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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