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I've been on a bit of a healthy eating kick since January, I want to lose the rest of my mummy tummy and also fit into a bikini for my summer holiday so I am being more sensible at eating. On the the things I have tried to cut down on is bread as I know this can bulk you out a bit but its hard when it comes to lunch time to think of something to eat instead of a sandwich. My mum recommend Oatcakes to me because she has to follow a wheat free diet for health reasons and these are one of the things she eats and enjoys. I'm glad she told me about them because they have become my new favourite thing for lunch.
My local shop sells the Nairns variety of rough oatcakes and these are the ones I have always bought. I like them so why not stick with them. So, what is an oatcake? Well, it looks just like a flat thin biscuit really, much like a biscuit that you would have with cheese. It's savoury obviously and made of 88% wholegrain and some sunflower oil. They do have some gluten in so are not recommended for a gluten free diet but can be for a wheat diet.
They are crunchy but not overly crunchy and are a bit crumbly but again, not overly crumbly. They have a really nice taste to them in my opinion and I can eat them plain although I like to soften them up with a bit of butter first. The nice thing about them is that there is loads of different ways you can eat them. I like them with a slice of cheese on top or I will add some tuna to them too to give my tuna a bit of a crunch. On the box it also shows you that you can eat them with fruit and yogurt, as an alternative to the traditional sandwich in a lunchbox and also with some Parma ham which looks lovely actually and I think I might try this soon! They really do fill me up for lunch and I am not missing my sandwiches at all!
According to the box, "Wholesome and naturally nutritious, oats are high in soluble fibre and packed full of slow release energy carbohydrates, which will keep you going for longer. Nairn's oatcakes will give you a natural boost that will help you get the most out of your day. At Nairn's we know our oats, we have been baking with them since 1888. We only use wholegrain oats grown in the nearby Scottish borders where the climate is perfect for slowly and naturally ripening the grains - our oats don't need insecticides."
What I really like about them is that you get 7 oatcakes wrapped together in a little plastic pack so you can pop them in your bag and take them out for later which I think is a really handy thing to do. You get 4 of these packs in a box and a box costs about £1.60 in our local Tesco which I think is really good value, especially for the number of oat cakes you get.
Each oatcake has 47 calories in it so not bad. I will tend to eat the whole pack of 7 for lunch although sometimes this is too much. If I keep them wrapped up and store it in an airtight container they will keep their freshness until the next day which is really nice.
All in all a nice tasty food.
While following a healthy eating plan a few months ago I discovered these oatcakes by Nairns, and they quickly became a favourite of mine.
They come in a box containing four pouches, each pouch has eight oatcakes, enough for lunch but probably too many for a quick snack (unless you are really hungry).
The pouches are handy for slipping into your bag or lunch box and they stay nice and fresh until they are opened. I buy them from Sainsburys and they cost £1.69 a box.
Now the oatcakes themselves aren't cakes at all. They are thin, round biscuits, almost like digestives but not sweet. They are crumbly and slightly salty with a rough texture. Nairns do a variety of different oatcakes, including fine-milled, organic and cheese flavoured, but I like the original rough oatcakes the most.
Each biscuit has under 40 calories, they have no added sugar, artificial additives or hydrogenated fats and are suitable for vegans. They are also wheat free and have a low GI, keeping you fuller for longer, so this means that just about anybody can enjoy them.
Gorgeous with humous, soup or cheese, these little beauties are so versatile, as well as being good for you!
The blurb on the box suggests trying them topped with natural yoghurt and fresh fruit compote for breakfast, but they are awesome with cream cheese and marmalade (don't knock it until you've tried it).
For lunch you could have them with blue cheese and fresh pears and as a mid afternoon snack try them with peanut butter and topped with sliced banana.
They make a lovely change from crackers and crispbreads and are high in fibre so your stomach will thank you.
I had never fancied oat cakes before, to be honest I thought they looked dry and tasteless. That was until I had some round my friends the other day and realised just how tasty they are. I went to my local Tesco and picked up a box of Nairns Oatcakes. They had a choice of regular oat cakes or rough oatmeal ones. I opted for the rough oatmeal type. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, no hydrogenated fat, they are high in fibre, and suitable for vegans.
The box has a white background and on the front is a large "n" in red tartan. Just below this it says nairns oatcakes rough oatmeal along with a picture of a couple of the oatcakes. The front of the box also informs the informs the customer that they are:-
No added sugar
Wheat free recipe
The back of the box gives the ingredients and the notional values. It also gives a little bit of allergy advice stating that they contain gluten and the factory where they are produced handles nuts and milk. The sides of the box give some information about Nairns and some serving suggestions.
Inside the box I was pleased to see that the oatcakes are wrapped in cellophane bags each one containing 7 oatcakes, The box contains 4 of these little bags. The oatcakes are round and thin and are a light brown colour. They actually smell a bit like digestive biscuits.
Despite these oatcakes being thin they seem very substantial when you eat them, all those oats require some good chewing and these certainly don't melt in the mouth, however they are absolutely delicious. The oatcakes are like a savoury digestive biscuit. I have them on their own or with a topping such as cheese or marmite. They are quite flimsy when you are buttering them so you do need to be a bit careful also they do tend to go soft very quickly so once opened you really need to keep them in an airtight container or well wrapped up.
If you like savoury biscuits or just fancy something a bit different to bread I would definitely recommend trying these. They have a lovely rough oaty texture and a delicious oaty taste. They make a nice little snack or even lunch. Definitely worth 5 stars.
Every single day I am reminded about eating healthy and properly during pregnancy which is a bit of a bug bear with me as I tend to eat quite healthily anyway but I tend to smile and nod politely! I've always been a grazer when it comes to eating and this hasn't changed so far during pregnancy but I ensure that when I snack its healthy. One thing I have always enjoyed (before pregnancy) is oatcakes. I find them tasty and filling and it's a great little snack. I always buy Nairn oatcakes as I find they are the best on the market, well for me anyway. I always have a box of the plain ones in my cupboard for my frequent snacking!
*** Nairns ***
Nairns have been creating their oatcakes (along with oat snacks and biscuits) since 1896 when it was established by John and Sarah a wife and husband team who opened their small bakery in the village of Strathaven in Lanarkshire.
Nairns are a true Scottish company and have remained that way in over 100 years. They only use wholegrain oats which are grown on the Scottish Borders as the farmers don't use insecticides and the grains respond well to the climate there.
*** Oatcakes ***
There are different types of oatcakes and these basically depend on where you are in the country but as this is a review for Scottish oatcakes then this is what I will be describing. Scottish oatcakes have been a staple diet for many years and are made with oatmeal which grows well in Scotland. They tend to come in circular or triangular shapes and are baked. They are full of energy releasing carbohydrates, soluble fibre, folic acid (great for me!) and plenty of vitamins & minerals.
*** Packaging ***
The individual packs of oatcakes come in clear packaging so you can see each oatcake. The oatcakes are housed in a rectangular cardboard box which is quite compact so it doesn't take up too much room in your cupboard. At the top of the box is a red tartan border and the "N" on the front of the box is in the same red tartan colour. The front of the box depicts two oatcake with one topped with grapes, a tomato and cheese. It also lists the benefits of oatcakes. Each box weighs 300g.
*** The Oatcakes ***
The oatcakes come in individual packs of 8 which is a great snack size but if you only want a few then you have to ensure you use them before they go stale which is a downside, maybe the packs should be slightly smaller.
Each oatcake is the same circular shape and look identical! They are a creamy brown colour and you can clearly make out the oatmeal. As these are the rough oatcakes (instead of the smooth) the oatcakes surface is quite uneven and well rough!
Oatcakes are certainly not the tastiest creations but for me I find that even though they are quite bland with an oaty taste (well fancy that!) they go great with accompaniments. Nairns rough oatcakes don't have much of a taste other than tasting mildly of oats so don't expect something wonderful but they are enjoyed by many people.
The oatcakes are quite dry but that is their nature but certainly not crumbly the compacted oatmeal stays together well but they are delicate as they are quite thin so if you are heavy handed you will find that they will easily snap in half so you do have to be gentle with them especially if you are spreading something on them.
*** Ingredients ***
Wholegrain Oats (88%), Palm Fruit Oil, Sea Salt, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate).
*** Nutritional Information ***
Calories - 45
Protein - 1.1g
Carbohydrates - 5.7g
Fibre - 1.1g
Fat - 2.0g
Sodium - 0.1g
Non GM, No Artificial Colourings, Flavourings or Preservatives, High Fibre, Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
*** Price and Availability ***
Tesco - £0.89p
Sainsburys - £0.89p
Asda - £0.89p
*** Overall ***
Even though they don't have much taste to them they provide me with a great snack as I can put toppings on them which give flavour. Yes the fat content per oatcake isn't brilliant but in comparison to a lot of other snacks they are perfectly fine to eat regularly. I tend to top mine with soft cheese (Dairylea, Philadelphia), cheddar and apple. Before I became pregnant I enjoyed these with brie and grape and Philadelphia and smoked salmon.
They are ideal as part of a cheeseboard as most types of cheese go well with them. A bonus for me is that they are vegan friendly and as my cousin is vegan I don't have to find alternatives for her. They may not be for everyone as they are bland and if you eat too much all at once they do get a bit clogging but for a healthier snack they are lovely and very filling so you don't need to gorge on them.
Would I recommend? Definitely they are not expensive to buy and are an ideal snack at anytime of the day.
This is my great stand-by for when I'm in a hurry, and are wrapped seperately in packets of 5. This means they are great for journeys, but also it stops them going stale quickly. As someone who has been wheat-free, oat cakes were a great snack alternative when bread and cakes were out- particularly topped with peanut butter and jam. Not all oat products are completely wheat free so it's always worth checking, but I think Nairn's are. On the negative side, while it's possible to develop a taste for oatcakes on their own (as I did), they can be a bit bland straight from the packet. Also they really do need to be stored in an airtight container as they easily pick up water from the surrounding air- you can take it from me that it isn't nice to bit into an oatcake after a couple of days to find it slightly bendy!
Oatcakes always remind me of childhood family holidays in Inverness staying in a tiny family run B&B where breakfast everymoring was a choice of stodgy stand your spoon up in it homemade porridge, stovies, haggis or homemade oatcakes. The safest option was always the oatcakes and they were served with lashings of butter, local honey, chocolate spread, cheeses, meats, pate and every variant of jam imaginable.
Nairns rough oatcakes might not be freshly made or even home made but they're almost as tasty. They lurk high on a shelf at my local Tesco wedged in beside the extortionately overpriced Dutchy Originals and the bizarre Swedish Krisprolls, dry mini half loaves of bread which threaten to shatter your teeth with every bite. I guess the red tartan on the outer packaging does point to them being for a niche market but they're not. Actually the packaging is very understaed, a simple white box with a tame red tartan logon and top and a simple colour picture of a nouvelle cuisine oatcake complete with a slice of what looks like pepper and two basil leaves. The outer box also contains lots of posh sounding menu suggestions including yogurt and fruit compote. Mmmm?
The contents are helpfully subdivided into four individaully sealed packs each containing seven oat cakes. Plenty enough for a single serving giant snack or even lunch on the go. One oatcake contains 45 calories making this 315 calories per sealed pack, the equivalent of three slices of Wharburtons white Toastie bread.
As for the taste well whatever you're expecting this won't be it. From a biscuit that looks suspiciously like museli in brick from comes a mouthwateringly buttery flavour. They do take a fair bit of chewing but this only adds to the sensation of fullness, unlike biscuits like cheese thins which melt on your tongue leaving you still feeling hungry, after a few oat cakes you'll know you've eaten. Best of all because they are so sturdy you can heap an awful lot of topping on them without the biscuit becoming soggy.
A 300g pack of Nairns rough oatcakes costs 89 pence and contains 421 calories per 100g.
I am a fussy eater and like plainer foods, especially when it comes to bisuits. I don't like bland biscuits and at first was a bit wary of these. However, the thought of some much needed fibre and something healthier than chocolate bars led my wife to get me these.
She picked the rough outcakes because they were on offer in the supermarket and I have to say they have quickly become a daily breakfast. They are basically all natural with no additives, no hydrogented fat, no GM ingredients, and high in fibre (a plus point if you have problems with ruffage). They are also suitable for vegetarians. In short, there's not much bad about them.
They come in a box with four individual packets each with seven oatcakes each. I eat a packet in one sitting but my wife goes for four or five.
In terms of topping the sky is the limit. I have had cream cheese, egg and bacon, melted cheese, butter, cheese, chicken and bacon sandwich filler, pate. You really can put anything on them. This makes them ideal for diets as they have on 45 calories per oatcake and you can control the toppings.
The box shows various ways that you top them and maybe inspire you to suit your tastes. In terms of taste, they are oaty, but not dry and while they do break they do not crumble into bits. I'd say 9/10 for taste.
They can be slipped in to a lunch box for a healthy snack and they hardly make any mess so they are ideal foor for picnics or at work. As I say I have my for breakfast at work when time is restricted. They are a very healthy alternative to toast and sanwiches, which lets face it, we all get bored with.
All in, at anything between 89p and £1.09 they are a helathy snack that can be tweaked to suit you tastes!!
At first sight, oatcakes can be unappealing - but once you get to know them - you know that with simple additions they can become a teeny bit moorish.
I first bought these because I wanted to avoid eating so much wheat and I thought that they would make a decent alternative to toast. Oats have gluten in them - but not quite the same sort as wheat. They have the great advantages of being a slow-release carbohydrate - which means can keep you full up for longer (that's why porridge is such a good breakfast cereal).
I read a tip somewhere else that almond nut butter is a healthy alternative to margarine so I started putting that on the oatcakes. I then popped on a dollop of my home made jam and discovered that the tastes and the mixtures of textures was divine. I think a lot of food is about texture and these oatcakes have it in shedloads.
Thus, I discovered a relatively healthy food (ignore the jam) which I then wanted to eat quite often. I now come home from work and head for the oatcakes speed-eating them five on the trot.
I have to admit that I am very addicted to the many brands of Ryvita that are about at the moment and love the crunchiness of them, but have recently tried a new product in an attempt to vary my diet slightly!
~ Price ~
Currently 74p in Sainsburys.
~ Packaging ~
They come packaged in an upright white box with red writing, a large 'n' on the front and pictures of the crackers along with different toppings.
The pictures on the front do make the oat cakes look a richer beige colour and slightly thicker than they are. They are more of a very, very light beige colour.
Inside the box I was pleased to see that the biscuits were packed in 4 groups of 7 and cellophane wrapped which is a big plus for me as it keeps the others so much fresher!
~ Smell ~
On opening the first packet and sticking my nose in to it, I could certainly smell the oats, not overpowering but it did have an ever so subtle smell of the oat feed we used to give the horses many moons ago.
Nevertheless, I tossed that memory aside, reminded myself I wasn't feeding the horses and tucked in.
~ Taste ~
The biscuits are very, very thin, a couple of millimetres thick and approx 2" in diameter so easily eaten in 2 refined mouthfuls.
Not surprisingly they only taste of oats. On the first mouthful I declared that I didn't like them but I did persevere and after 2 of the biscuits I got used to the oaty taste and actually quite liked them.
What made it for me was the great rough texture of the cakes / crackers. When I say rough, fear not, they aren't so rough that they cut your tongue and gums, they have more of a gritty texture so you can really feel the oats.
But I do have to admit that I missed the crunchiness of my usual Ryvitas, these just don't have the crunch factor that I like.
~ Serving Suggestions ~
You can eat them on their own, like I do, but my Mum tends to have these with a topping of her preference and some people just add a bit of margarine.
~ Low GI ~
These oat cakes have a low GI & GL (Glycaemic Index & Load) for those of you interested in the GI diet.
Foods like this help to keep your blood sugar and energy levels even, also help you feel fuller for longer. I didn't find the latter to be true, but then, I'm greedy!
~ Nairn's Oats ~
The oats are grown without insecticides in Scotland.
No artificial colouring which is obvious by the dull colour of the cakes / crackers.
No artificial flavourings or preservatives.
Suitable for vegetarians.
~ Other Nairn's Products ~
Oat biscuits: stem ginger, mixed berries, fruit flavours and spice flavours etc..
~ Nutritional Values Per Oat Cake ~
Skip this section if they don't interest you but I like to know things like this!
Carbs 5.9g (of which sugars 0.1g)
Fat 1.9g (of which saturates 0.8g)
4 GLs per 2 oat cakes
These are a very healthy snack to have, just watch out for the toppings you may add!!
For more info visit www.nairns-oatcakes.com
I tried these for the first time the other day...and I was impressed! Theyre something to snack on with a cup of tea of coffee instead of a chocolate biscuit.
The original rough oatcakes can be a little dry on their own and taste great with a spreading of duck and liver pate.
My favourite variety also contains mixed berries, which just make it a little sweeter. Inside the box, they come in little individual wrapped packs each containing five or six oat cakes. This helps preserve the freshness.
The outer packaging certainly reflects the fact that oatcakes are inherent to scottish cuisine!
I love them because each cake with the berries in, contains only 3 calories! So even if you don't like them to begin with, you can get to like them! They are surprisingly filling :)
It is difficult to describe the texture, but as the name would suggest they are quite grainy, but they have a lovely wholesome flavour.
I bought mine in Tesco and it was only 99p for a 400 gram box.
They are proudly Scottish.
If you are a chocolate biscuit addict, then these may not be for you. Nairn's rough oatcakes are not really designed to be eaten on their own unless you are feeling in a real hair-shirt mood. But, to be fair, whenever I have scoffed a few unadorned with butter or anything else, I have always enjoyed them
They are oat biscuits, about 70mm in diameter, and 5mm thick. In the box, the oatcakes are packaged in sealed sixes. Six, with toppings, could make a very satisfying lunch, good if you were going to be energetic afterwards, because they don't sit heavily on the stomach.
If you don't eat all six in a sitting, they stay good for quite a few days if you wrap them up well in clingflim.
Ingredients: wholegrain oats, palm fruit oil, sea salt and Sodium Bicarbonate as a raising agent.
"Non GM, No Artificial Colourings, Flavourings or Preservatives, High Fibre, Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans" say Nairn's.
Each oatcake contains the following amounts of calories (45), carbohyrate sugar (0.1g), fat (1.9g), saturated fat (0.5g), salt (0.2g), sodium (0.08g), fibre (1.1g) and protein (1.2g).
They taste as you would expect - oaty, with a discernible rough texture. The salt is not obtrusive. Texture is brittle and then a little crumbly. They digest easily.
Best served with toppings like cream cheese, hard cheese, tomatoes, fish, paté, jam, marmalade, banana. You could do the same with toast, but these are ready in the packet.
Great for canapés.
Check the date on the bottom - in general, you need to eat these up within about six months of purchase.
About £1.29 gets you a box of 24 oatcakes. Great value
We always keep a packet in the cupboard, and it doesn't take long before we need another one.
Wheat free, no added sugar and no hydrogenated fat.