I often buy crackers for later in the week when the bread runs out, and for snacking purposes. I generally alternate between the different crackers on offer to add a bit of diversity and variety. I often like to try out different products, as this introduces different foods into my son's diet. Whilst perusing the savoury cracker shelf in the supermarket my eyes were drawn to the Nairn's Oat cakes. These are not something that I had tried before, and I had no idea if I would actually like them.
After purchasing and trying the plain Nairn's Oat Cakes I was keen to try the other varieties that are available. I opted for a box of the Cheese flavoured Oat Cakes to try, as I thought these would be a nice alternative. The 200g box contains four individually sealed packets that contain six Oat Cakes. This makes an ideal snack for taking out or popping into a lunchbox for a healthy treat. I often carry a pack of these when heading out as part of my lunch, as they are easily portable and need no extra toppings.
The Cheese Oat Cakes are a healthy option that is suitable for vegetarians. They are baked with whole grain oats which naturally release energy to keep you going throughout the day. They are wheat free and contain minimal ingredients, which makes it easy to see that this is a healthy snack. They contain no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives and are GM free. This makes these delicious Oat Cakes a healthy option for adults and children alike.
The Oat Cakes are quite thin and delicate looking. They have a golden colour to them, and they look rather appetising. They can be enjoyed as they are, or you can add a topping if desired. I personally prefer to eat these on their own, as they are already flavoured. Biting into the Oat Cake it has a nice crunch to it. The mature cheddar tastes authentic and gives these oat cakes a delicious flavour. They are good enough to eat alone, and make an excellent healthy snack.
I find these Cheese Oat Cakes to be a tasty addition to my lunch. They are rather filling and provide me with energy to keep me going through the day. I generally have a packet of Nairn's in the cupboard and alternate between the different flavours. I find these to be a good option for taking out and about, as they are cheese flavoured which can be enjoyed without a topping. The savoury option is quite nice, too.
These Nairn's Cheese Oat Cakes are available in some supermarkets and can be purchased from Holland & Barrett.
Ingredients for those interested:
Wholegrain Oats, Palm Fruit Oil, Cheese (14%), Sea Salt, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate).
To view the full range, visit their website:
I have recently been sampling a number of products from the Nairns range after I tried Nairns Caramelised OnionOat Bakes....which were delicious! My newest purchase was for Nairn's Cheesey Oatcakes - which are equally delicious and are destined to become a favourite in my household.
One of the real benefits of eating Nairns Oatcakes is that they are pretty healthy to eat - and so they make a really great snack. One oatcake is just 39 calories and contains just 2g of fat. Compare that to my usual chocolate digestives and eating these is really helping in my efforts to loose weight. Because oars are high in fibre and high in slow release carbohydrates, the effect is that a few of these oatcakes satisfy my taste and also my hunger for a few hours at a time.
To buy a packet of Nairns Cheesy Oatbakes it will cost you about £1.29 for a 200g box - which contains 24 of the oatcakes. I think this is pretty good value. The oatcakes come packaged in such a way as they are kept fresh. Each box contains 4 smaller packets, each of which contain 6 oatcakes - and this means that even if you open the main box, the individual packets will stay sealed - and therefore the oatcakes within them are kept fresh and crunchy. It also makes them convenient to pack in a packed lunch!
The oatcakes look like oaty biscuits and they have a crumbly, rough and crunchy consistency. They are cheesy (like a medium cheddar) but the cheesiness is not overpowering at all. If you like a really strong cheese flavour then you may not like them, but if you're like me and you prefer a subtler cheesy flavour then these are probably for you. The main taste is of the oaty biscuitness - and then there is a hint of cheese. I generally eat them by themselves, but they are nice with a thin layer of Phillidelphia spread on them as well.
I do really enjoy these and think they are a really great healthy alternative to the usual fat-loaded snacks that are on the market.
My little boy loves the Marmite ricecrackers, but when they sold out of them in my local supermarket, I had to buy an alternative. Looking down the isle there were many plain ricecracker biscuits, I find these so dry. Also there were caramel and toffee covered ones, not so healthy! So I found these, they were cheesy and looked healthy so I thought I'd give them a go.
They are a healthy alternative to crisps like Mini cheddars. They taste really similar actually and are healthy too! Win win!
The Cheesy taste in not too overpowering, I found some products with cheese in really cheddary and not that nice. This flavour is just right.
The box contains multiple packets of 4 biscuits in a sealed plastic bag. This is such a great idea, you can pop a packet in your bag and use them up in a day. This stops the problem I have with crackers of the packet being open so long they go hard and crumbly. It keeps the others fresh and last a lot longer.
The box is also nice and small and as its cardboard it doesnt easily get ripped. I find with the ricecracker packets the packaging is so thin it rips easily and I end up putting the food in a plastic container.
Environmently its great the outer packagin can be recycled too!
They dont look that appetising, I know this is probably becuase there's not those nasty chemicals in them. They look like boring oatcakes, until you try one.
A healthy alternative to crisps, crackers and caramel-coated ricecrackers. Great taste and design.
I have been trying to be nice and healthy lately and one of the things that I have done is replace my usual sweet snacks and crisps with healthier alternatives like oatcakes, bread sticks and soups.
These Nairns oatcakes are available from my local Sainsburys store with a box containing 200g costing £1.19 which is quite reasonable as this contains 24 oatcakes that are individually sealed in four packets containing six in each packet.
The oatcakes are round in shape and look just like a hob nob biscuit but a little thinner and slightly smaller in diameter. I can smell a faint cheese smell coming from the oatcakes when I open the packet and everything about them looks and smells appetising.
The oatcakes are lovely and solid and well packed and while they are a little on the thin side this just makes them nice and easy to snap up in to a couple of pieces without making a big mess everywhere. There are a few crumbs that drop off along the way but nothing too bad which is important to me if I'm sneaking a snack at work as I don't want it to be obvious to customers that just a minute before I was having a little nibble.
My first thought when I ate one of these was that they are kind of like a biscuit with cheese and I guess this is because I associate oats with hob nobs and this was making me think of something sweet. The cheese taste is nice and subtle and just enough to awaken your taste buds without being too overpowering or leaving you with stinky breath.
I do find that if I have these at my 10am tea break at work I'm kept happy until 130pm-200pm when I get a chance to have my lunch. I usually feel starving by the time lunchtime rolls around and this is often when I've had chocolate or something rubbish on my tea break so it is amazing the difference that some decent food can make to my diet and how I feel on a day to day basis.
These oatcakes are delicious and are very good quality. Each oatcake contains 39 calories, 1.1g protein, 3.6g carbohydrates (or which 0.05g sugars), 2.3g fat (of which 1g saturates), 0.6g fibre, 0.14g salt. While these are a little high in fat the quality of the product is very good and it's sugar that I am trying to drastically avoid thanks to discovering that I am insulin resistant and that I can lose weight by cutting right back on sugar as well as everything else naughty in life.
I'm very pleased with the quality of these oatcakes and they are just what I would expect from Nairns. The cheese taste comes from real cheese rather than rubbish flavouring and there are just 5 ingredients in these oat cakes which is fantastic when I compare it to the amount of calories contained in some biscuits that I would have eaten in the past.
This oatcake contains palm fruit oil which is from a supplier who is a founding member of the Roundtable for the Production of Sustainable Palm Oil. I like to know that my food is ethically sourced now and recently I have been trying out lots of products that are new to me and actually checking the ingredients and where things are being sourced from.
These oatcakes are fantastic for my tea break and the little packet makes them nice and handy. I like to eat these plain but they are also ideal for dipping in to a nice soup instead of salt laden bread or for having with cheese & Marmite along with lots of crackers for something a little different.
I can be quite fussy with food and I was very surprised that I enjoyed these so much and I am definitely going to be purchasing these again and trying lots of other varieties.
Nairn's Cheesy Oatcakes
My daughter gave me a packet of these last weekend. She was telling me how nice they are after I had been saying that I wasn't too keen on oatcakes in general. I had said they had no taste so she brought me a pack of these cheesy ones over to try instead and I have to say that I was quite impressed.
These are great little biscuits that can either be bought in a box containing 4 packets of 8 biscuits, or can be bought separately as individual little packs. This allows them to be eaten a pack at a time so the remaining biscuits stay fresh in their packs.
~~~ The biscuits ~~~
The biscuits are about 2.5" in diameter and quite thin and a pale oaty brown colour. They are made of 70% oats and give a slow release of energy with no added sugar and no hydrogenated fats. They are high in fibre which is obviously very good for your digestive system. They also contain 15% cheese which is quite noticeable on first bite.
~~~ Taste ~~~
These little biscuits do actually taste quite nice. They are a little on the dry side being a bit crumbly and oaty, but taste quite cheesy. If you have ever had cheddars, then they are a little bit like those in taste but not in texture, as these are much dryer and more crumbly.
~~~ Nutrition Per Oatcake ~~~
Energy ~ 39kcals
Protein ~ 1.1g
Carbs ~ 3/6g
(of which sugars) ~ trace
Fat ~ 2.3g
(of which sats) ~ 1g
Fibre ~ 0.6g
Salt ~ 0.14g
Sodium ~ 0.1g
They contain no artificial colours or preservatives, have no GM (Genetically Modified) ingredients and are suitable for vegetarians . They are a wheat free product and for those interested in the allergy advice:
They contain gluten, milk and although the recipes and factory are nut free they will not guarantee that their ingredients are nut free.
~~~ Opinion ~~~
Well I have to say that I was impressed with these little biscuits. They have a lovely cheesy taste that is not too strong or overpowering. The texture some may think is a little dry but I think is nice and crumbly. They would be very nice accompaniments to a cheese and pickle sandwich for example for a lunch time or even as a snack on their own. They come conveniently wrapped to keep in the freshness and would make perfect little additions to children's school lunch boxes as they are high in fibre and have slow release energy. The only downside that I can think of is that at 39kcals per biscuit it may not be very sensible for dieters to consume the whole packet ........ not at all good for the waistline!
~~~ Cost and Availability ~~~
A box of these will cost anything from 74p to £1.20 depending on which supermarket you choose to shop at. However you can buy the small individual packs at places like Asda who do them for £1.00 for 3 of the packs.
For further product information visit www.nairns-oatcakes.com
Thanks for reading my review.
I just had to come and reviews these after a friend at work gave me one to try and I loved them! They are Cheese flavoured oatcakes and having never tried an oatcake before I was impressed.
The cheese flavour isn't really strong but it is a pleasant flavour similar to Mini cheddars. These are really good for those who are on a wheat free diet as they contain no wheat! There are also no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and they are high in fibre because of the wholegrain oats that these are made from. There are also no GM (genetically modified) products contained and they are suitable for vegetarians but not vegans because they contain milk. They also contain gluten for those who have a gluten allergy and they cannot guarantee they they do not contain nuts as the ingredients are out-sourced.
These are available to buy from all good supermarkets (usually the larger ones) and come in a few other flavours such as plain oatcakes or sweet chilli.
You can buy a box of these from between 74p - £1.20 depending on current offers. I think these would also be good for children as they are not too fattening with 39 calories per oatcake and are soft and crumbly when eating.
They are produced in Scotland and have a website for information here -
I would recommend these as you know exactly what's in them, and they are good for you in the sense of containing natural fibre. They are also delicious to snack on!
Thumbs up from me! Thank you for reading.
On a recent trip to Tescos straight after work I was feeling peckish so headed over to the crisps and biscuits section. I was looking for something on the 'healthier side' so went for Nairn's cheese oatcakes, which were on offer at 84p at the time (they're normally £1.19). This was not the first time I'd bought these - I've been buying oatcakes for several years, although not on a regular basis. I find them really handy to have in my bag when out and about or when going abroad so that I don't have to buy snacks. Incidently Nairn's also do oatcakes in other varieties, both sweet (two varieties - mixed fruit and ginger) and non-sweet (rough, finely milled, herb and pumpkin seed), all of which I've tried at some point. The other 'savoury' oatcakes are a bit plain on their own and really need something to go with them so I went for the cheese ones which I knew tasted nice on their own.
The oatcakes themselves come in packs of 6. There are 4 of these 6 packs in a box, each individually wrapped, which I find quite handy to have on the go. I'd actually prefer if they came in packs of 3 or 4 as I can't get through 6 at a time. They have a nice cheesy flavour that isn't too over-powering. The oatcakes are fairly healthy in that they contain no hydrogenated fat, no artificial colours or preservatives, no added sugar and no GM ingredients. Oats are also high in soluble fibre and slow enegy release carbohydrates which may keep you feeling full for longer. The recipe and factory is stated to be nut free, but the ingredients cannot be guaranteed to be.
The biscuits are nice on their own or can be eaten with houmous, soup or any other dips. Each biscuit contains 39 calories, 2.3g fat (1.0g saturates) and 0.14g salt (0.1g sodium) -this is ok if you're having a couple, but if you munch your way through the 6 pack (and this is not hard as I found them quite moreish) then the calories soon add up!
Overall, I really like Nairn's oatcakes and they're a fairly healthy alternative to crisps and biscuits. Give them a go!!
My new year's resolution is to eat more healthily - and that includes finding a healthy snack to replace crisps and biscuits. I think this might just fit the bill!
Nairn's "naturally nutritious" cheese oatcakes are full of oats (70%) which are high in fibre to give slow release energy. They have no added sugar and no hydrogenated fats. But they are not particularly low fat. They contain 15% cheese - which is good for authenticity (and taste) but not so good for the waist line. At 37 calories per oatcake they are not particularly good in the weight loss department (if you eat lots). After all a jaffa cake is only 44 calories and has half the fat of an oatcake! But I suspect an oatcake is still better for you - in terms of fibre and protein if nothing else!
The box is designed to make it easy for you to take a few oatcakes with you without the rest going off. Oatcakes are packed in 4 packs of 6 cakes inside the box. This makes it very convenient to take a pack to work for snacks or lunch - or to have a pack in the car in case you get peckish and are tempted to stop for a mars bar! (though don't eat all 6 at once - that is only 75 calories less than said mars bar!). This is also great when you are running late and have forgotten to make up a packed lunch. A pack of 6 oatcakes with a little tub of cream cheese can be put in your bag in a second and combined at your leisure at work.
Though these oatcakes are delicious enough to eat on their own. They are just like cheesy biscuits - only more substantial because of the oats. They will certainly help fill you up if you get peckish between meals.
I bought mine at Tescos for £1.19 - they seem to be the same price at Sainsburys. Not the cheapest snack but a box will make 4 lunches or a whole week of snacking (or more - how restrained can you be?) so not bad.
Well, I seem to be churning out the reviews lately, and today's is another food review! Please note, I'm not sure if these are meant to be Cheesey or Cheese oatcakes - my packet says Cheese, and Cheesey doesn't actually seem to be a word (it's Cheesy), but I suggested the product to DooYoo and the link I gave them was to a cheesey picture! Now, with that out of the way....
---Buying the Oatcakes---
Last week in Tesco I had put oatcakes on my shopping list (always good to have in the cupboard for a snack), and when I got to the oatcake section I found it quite hard to decide as there seems to be so much choice these days. I picked up the Nairn's Cheese Oatcakes as I thought I'd try something a bit different. The pack cost £1.19, so not badly priced.
The box of oatcakes contains 4 individually wrapped packs of 6 oatcakes. Personally I would prefer 6 packets of 4 (so take note if you're reading this oatcake maker!), as having 6 in a pack just encourages me to be piggy, and I don't need any encouragement!
---Nairn's and Oatcakes---
Nairn's (actually it seems to be nairn's - unsure why no capital letter) have been making oatcakes since 1888.
Their website is here:
They do Oatcakes, Oat Biscuits and Oat Bakes. There's some nice looking recipe suggestions on the website, so if you have some oatcakes you might want to check it out!
---What to do with them---
Personally, like my ricecakes, I like to just eat my oatcakes on their own. However, this box does have some serving suggestions (and as I've just said you can check out the website):
* In a lunchbox with ham, cubes of cheese, and cherry tomatoes
* With a bowl of soup (looks like tomato)
* With car keys and a map of the London underground.
I think I'll give eating my car keys a miss thanks. Although I have said I like oatcakes on their own, it's sometimes nice to put some Philadelphia on top.
---What's in them?---
The main ingredient (70%) is unsurprisingly wholegrain oats! Then there's Palm Fruit Oil, Sea Salt, Raising Agent, Sodium Bicarbonate, and in this variety 15% of the oatcakes are cheese. So I think you can expect a cheesey flavour!
For those with allergies, unfortunately they contain milk and can't be guaranteed to be nut free (I sometimes wonder what people with nut allergies actually can eat). They are however suitable for Vegetarians, and there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives or GM ingredients.
The important bit for those watching their weight is that each oatcake contains 39 calories. Not bad, but then when you have 6 it starts not to sound so good after all - I console myself by telling myself that they are healthy calories! On the salt factor, each contains 0.14g (since the daily maximum is 6g, even if you have 6, that isn't too bad).
---On to the taste---
Today's oatcakes are going to be my breakfast, and I have been waiting until I'd got this far writing the review before I ate them.
On opening the plastic wrapper the pleasant smell of cheese hits me. I take my first oatcake out and bite. Other than saying it takes of a cheesy biscuit with an oatcake consistency I don't really know what to say.
Onto the second oatcake....these are certainly very moreish. Unfortunately they are also quick to eat. The third oatcake is out before I can even shake the crumbs off my clothes (I am a messy eater).
At this point I put the oatcakes in my drawer telling myself I don't have to eat a whole packet - 5 minutes later the packet comes out and I finish them. I remind myself that nairn's oatcakes are "naturally nutritious".
These are very nice oatcakes with a twist - you probably won't like them if you don't like oatcakes, and you certainly won't if you don't like cheesy snacks.
I don't eat oatcakes that often, but they're a good thing to have in the cupboard - I'll certainly buy these ones again, and I might try eating them with soup if I've ever run out of bread. I will also try other nairn's products.