Breakfast of Champions
Top: Apple Cinnamon oatmeal drizzled and dusted with raw honey and organic cinnamon, topped with chunks of organic apples. Middle: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter oatmeal loaded with organic cacao powder, bananas and peanut butter.Bottom: Blueberry oatmeal made with Gluten Free Steel-cut Oats, Organic Bananas, Raw Honey, Organic Cane Sugar, and Organic Coconut Oil.
Savannah Oatmeal Company takes breakfast seriously with their spin on healthy, ready-to-eat oats.
I don’t think most people understand how good oatmeal can be,” says Gabe Thomas, owner of the Savannah Oatmeal Company. He and his wife, Ansley, own the world’s only ready-to-eat oatmeal business, and they want to “bring more oats to more people,” as Thomas puts it. And he means it. The homegrown business began seven years ago in Thomas’s kitchen during a weekly bible study he hosted. “It was a bunch of guessing and tasting with that group,” says Thomas. “They’d say, ‘make more of these,’ or ‘make more of those.’” One night, a friend suggested he try making a Reese’s oatmeal. That was the start of the company’s best-selling Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal. Later came the Apple Cinnamon and Blueberry flavors. Now, with three standard options and two seasonal flavors (Peach and Pumpkin Spice), the brand has really taken off. Every flavor has several things in common: gluten free steel cut oats, organic coconut oil, organic bananas and local Savannah Bee Company honey. “It’s the perfect quick breakfast or snack for busy people,” says Thomas. Helping busy people is something Thomas seems particularly proficient at; his company recently began doing small, personal deliveries to their local Savannah customers. Not in Savannah? Don’t worry – Savannah Oatmeal can be ordered online, too. The company stopped selling in retail and began their more personable business model fairly recently, which includes monthly farmers market appearances in Columbia, SC, Amelia Island, Statesboro and Wilmington Island. “We want to build a relationship with our clients, not just a transaction,” Thomas says.