“ Type: Crisps/Snacks „
I was walking around the snack area of my local Holland and Barratt this week, which you may have guessed from some of my previous reviews I seem to do quite a bit, when I came across Nairn's Oatbakes in the crisps section. I am quite an oatcake lover but tend not to buy Nairn's very often, not because I don't like them but mostly because I prefer to buy from Orkney and Shetland which you may have read in my recent review of Stockan and Garden. However Nairn's have recently ventured out into the world of crisp production with the launch of their healthy oat baked range, and the packet of these oatbakes looked really appetising on the shelf and comes highly decorated in appealing images of tartan with tomatoes, garlic and herbs. The front of the packet clearly states these are low gi, baked not fried, and contain wholegrain oats which of course are thought to be good for you as they mop up bad cholesterol. All credit to Nairn's as on the back is a wealth of information about the product. They explain the concept of low gi which essentially means they will keep you fuller for longer by keeping your blood sugar levels from rising and dipping too quickly. They also say that they have been baking with oats for 100 years and use oats grown in the Scottish borders which makes them a great company as they are sourcing locally. No insecticides are used in the production of these oats either. A great bonus too is that they are not only vegetarian but vegan too so if you have any vegans coming for Christmas(I have) then these are one of the few ready made treats you can buy! They are also wheat free and contain none of the hydrogenated fats and each bag only contains 129 calories. So all that said what do they taste like?- because in my opinion people are mostly swayed by taste which has to equal all these claims if the product is going to find its way to the checkout time and again. So I opened the bag and the first thing I have to say was total disappointment- why?- because the bag measures 6" by 5" and the product only took up the bottom 2". Now this is due to the fact that unlike crisps which tend to be crinkly and voluminous these are shaped like discs identical in size and so snuggle up together at the bottom of the packet. It gave me the first impression of meanness though which has to be said. That aside they tasted very good. The ingredients are wholegrain oats, tapioca starch, sunflower oil, wholemeal barley flour, natural flavouring,sundried tomato puree,(sun dried tomatoes, sunflower oil, olive oil,vinegar,capers,garlic, chilli,oregano,salt), tomato powder oregano and salt. The overwhelming taste was tomato and they were very herby flavoured. They also come in sweet chilli and cheese flavour, and the website says they are good for dipping. Personally I would rather do that with a Dorito but then they aren't as healthy by a mile as these. If you are looking for a crisp which is an alternative to what you would normally buy then I would give these a try. I just wish they would make the packet smaller to reflect the contents as sadly the impression is one of meanness which is a shame because the actual product is good. I have given it 3 stars which I would increase if I thought the packet size reflected the contents and was more representative of quantity and therefore not raising expectations which could not be delivered.