Vimax Porridge - Ground Oats


I am searching for Vimax Porridge, it is finely ground oats, also should come coarsely ground. I would be grateful if somebody could let me know where it is available.

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Jude says: I have had no response to my search for availability of VIMAX PORRIDGE. I reside in New Zealand. This was available during to 70's and 80's, it was discontinued in the late 80's ot early 90's I think. Brand Sanitarium. Came in fine ground and coarse ground. The contents of this mixture might be known by somebody, which would emable me perhaps to make it up myself.

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Hi Jude,
If you find some Vimax please let me know as it is the only porridge that I ever liked!

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Hi Jude...funny...I have just come to the computer to look this very same thing...only porridge I liked too and my mother used to make it up for me so I would eat it (as I wouldn't the other!)

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I just loved Vitmax fine and ate it from a small child in the early 60's till it disappeared from Supermarket shelves. No other porridge could match it for taste or texture. Be great if someone were to bring it back...

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Seeing this topic sparked my curiosity and I actually have a few questions for those of you who have consumed Vimax as a kid or are searching for it on the shelves... If Vimax is simply "ground oats" as many people put it, couldn't you just find that at a typical grocery store in those plastic bins with all the other grains/oats? Or even opt for using a blender/food processor to finely grind up whole oats?

And are there any other attributes to it that separate it's texture/flavor from normal ground oatmeal?

From the number of individuals I see searching for this product, one might think that think there would be something more to it than oats; which are common place at grocery stores.

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Maybe it was processed differently. My mother rang Sanitarium when they discontinued Vimax and they told her that it was because the weevils loved it as well! They could not store it without it getting contaminated with weevils so it made it unprofitable to supply. People aren't keen on weevils for breakfast.

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Thanks for the info Heather!

I just looked up weevils online (not knowing what they were) and I actually see these little bugs all the time when I'm out hiking. They like to hang onto all sorts of plants/tall grass. I certainly wouldn't weevil oats for breakfast either Lol!

Other oatmeal-related products don't seem to have this weevil problem, so you may be right about Vimax being processed differently.

Experimenting with a food processor may be the next best option.

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No problem, they are also known as pantry moths. You could also try contacting Sanitarium and ask how it was made. I personally do not like porridge, it is too gluggy and gloopy. Vimax was not gluggy or gloopy and just tasted totally different to regular oat porridge. Maybe they toasted the whole oats first and then ground them really finely. I would be really interested in your results!

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Vimax was a wheaten porridge - not oats based. It's nutty flavour came from the wheatgerm. I think it was made by Gore company Flemings, who made Creamota which is also no longer available. Vimax was still available in the 1990s as I have recipes from the NZ Herald specifying Vimax. When I contacted Goodman Fielder who took over Flemings they suggested I put rolled oats through the food processor.

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What the hell ,,,a few weevils to add worries. Seriously, I loved Vimax porridge as a kid. Would eat it now maybe with muesli. Am going to mail Sanitarium and find out....

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if you get a reply please share it here.

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Hi. I too used to prefer vimax porridge, being a kiwi. Since not being able to find it anywhere I thought out of the box and we now get rolled oats and put it through a coffee grinder. This makes it as fine ground as you want. Yummy!

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Hi Busvet, that is all well and good, but does it taste like Vimax did? I cannot stand the taste of porridge yet i had no problem whatsoever with the Vimax.

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I just saw your queries about Vimax (a couple of years on!) but I also often wonder about it - and loved it as a child. I have no idea what happened - have you found anything? Or found an equivalent product? Yum

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Another year later than the last comment...I got asked this morning by my Grandson why I wasn't having porridge with him and Grandad so I told him its because I havnt liked porridge since they stopped making Vimax and proceeded to google to see if I could find out why it ever disappeared off the shelf. I was amazed to find I wasn't the only one missing it! Still aren't sure from the comments if it was made from oats or wheat. I have also wondered if it had linseed in it giving it that nutty flavour. Let's hope Sanitarium or who ever did make it consider making it again weevils and all!

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I and many others lamented the day when advised that Vimax porridge was no longer to be supplied and I like many others preferred it to any other porridge but only the coarse version. It was made from wheat not oats. If so many people loved it why was it removed from our shelves?
If anyone does start making it again, it would be a great day. Please advise if this great event happens.

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I'm looking for the old Via-Max recipe book it had the recipe for making Lemon Champagne can anyone out their help me with this please.

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yes i am also lookng for the old vimax porridge ued to love it and when i went to stay with friends as a child she used to make it and we would have it with fresh cream and golden syrup Naughty eh! but oh so yummy Also wish they would bring it back.

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Re: Debbie (# 17) Expand Referenced Message

Try WholeGrain Steel Cut Oats by Ceres Organics. Vimax I remember as a child tasted like sawdust!!

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Re: Maddogpoppy (# 19) Expand Referenced Message

Well 2018 and i decided to see if i was right about the name of the porridge yip all these comments are great. I was the most fussiest kid ever and still at 52. But in saying that it was cause of the smooth texture as a kid. But since in Aussy now i tried a porridge with oats thinking yuk. But once you cook it. It really isnt to bad that oats dont stay hard. Then with my sugar and cream its yum. Toby oats traditional. Remember im real fussy and dont eat vegies either re the texture as a kid.

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Re: M van Son (# 64) Expand Referenced Message

Yes I tried Oat Bran but not similar in any way to Vi-max. I used to eat Vi-max religiously so …

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I've just made bran muffins from the recipe in my std5 recipe book, circa 1955. The recipe called for Vimax. I improvised with oat bran plus a handful of wholemeal flour. They came out OK. The oat bran taste reminded me of Cremoata porridge.

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Re: Jude (# 1) Expand Referenced Message

Vi max was around earlier than you say, I'm 73 and my grandmother had it for brekkie...I have stumbled across OAT BRAN from Woolworths, similar but not the same, has a nutty flavour and also bran...try it, I love it, just like I liked vi max..

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Re: Oriol (# 37) Expand Referenced Message

Hi, try OAT BRAN from Woolworths...

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Re: Jenni (# 32) Expand Referenced Message

Elfin was flour, and as for vi max, I have found a similar product from Woolworths called OAT BRAN, 250grams for $2.50.

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Re: Rosie (# 56) Expand Referenced Message

Thank you. I will check it out...

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Re: Mark (# 57) Expand Referenced Message

I realise this...but is close enough for me, and I understand...

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I'm in new Zealand and vi max has not been around for years...
The closest I have found is from Woolworths/countdown and is OAT BRAN, one of their own brand, possibly from Australia...

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Re: Rosie (# 56) Expand Referenced Message

Oat Bran and Vimax are not the same thing. Vimax is in fact wheat based and has a very different texture and taste.

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Re: Heather (# 2) Expand Referenced Message

Hi there. I bought some a while back, I think from Bin Inn.

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