Nairn’s know their oats, and their oatcakes have been a cupboard staple of mine for many years. I’m sure they’ve made an appearance in your lunchbox at some point too, but did you know that the company have been producing oatcakes since 1896?! So when I say they know their oats, they really know their oats.
It was only recently however, at an event showing that there’s more to Nairn’s than just oatcakes, that I really got to know the company and their wide range of products. From oatcakes to crackers, biscuits and snack bags, Nairn’s are set to be a cupboard stable for another 120 years.
Nairn’s use only wholegrain oats grown in the Scottish Boarders, and pride themselves in good quality, slowly grown produce, creating wholesome food that is as natural as possible. A far cry from plain oatcakes to pop a slice of cheese and a cherry tomato on top of, the Nairn’s range covers everything from breakfast porridge, to lunchtime crackers, as well as low sugar biscuits for that 3pm slump. They even have a great gluten-free range that isn’t tasteless and boring but has almost as much variety as the standard range.
The Scots have been eating oats as part other diet for hundreds of years, and are known for having porridge to give them the best start to their day. But why are oats so beneficial?
- High in soluble fibre which helps fill you up and release energy slowly throughout the day, as well as helping to maintain a healthy digestion
- A good source of vitamins and minerals
- Oats contain beta-glucans which has been proven to help lower cholesterol
- Versatile and affordable
Given all the benefits of oats, and knowing the long-term energy they give, Nairn’s arranged for us to have a Pilates taster session with the one and only Lynne Robinson of Body Control Pilates. We were gently guided through some exercises focusing on the fundamentals of Pilates; perfect for me after a long day and probably an even longer week!
After building up a little appetite, we were finally treated to some oatcake canapés, including some innovative toppings I hadn’t ever thought about! I’m a standard cheese and tomato, or tuna and cucumber kind of girl and have never thought about incorporating oatcakes into anything other than my lunch.
Nutritionist Amanda Hamilton, chef and blogger Karen Burns-Booth, and fitness blogger Faya Nilsson each shared with us their favourite recipes, and here’s my take just a few of those ideas to get your own creative juices going!
Scrambled Eggs & Salmon
- Nairn’s product of your choice (I’m loving the herb & seed crackers, but plain oatcakes would work just as well)
- Scrambled egg
- Thinly sliced smoked salmon
- Grated horseradish root to taste
Bacon, Tomato & Feta
- Nairn’s cracked black pepper oatcakes
- Crispy bacon, thinly sliced (a bit of a treat)
- Crumbled feta
- Roasted cherry tomato
Asian Spices Prawns & Kale
- Nairn’s super seeded oatcakes
- Kale leaf lightly braised
- Baby prawns stir fried in sweet chilli sauce
- Squeeze lemon juice
Banana & Nut Butter
- need I explain this one?!
Apple Crumble Trifle
- Nairn’s Ginger Oat Biscuits, crushed
- Cooking apples cooked in water, cinnamon and sugar (or your sugar alternative) until soft, drain, blend to a pulp
- Greek yogurt
- Layer in a glass: Biscuits, apples, yogurt, biscuits, apples, yogurt
- Honey drizzled on top.
Thanks Nairn’s for a wonderful evening and a huge goodie bag full of treats. A special thanks to you for discovering I was experimenting with gluten-free and letting me loose on a table full of your gluten-free range. I’m absolutely loving it all!!
For more information on Nairn’s, their products, manufacturing processes and more recipes on their blog, head to their website.