Saturday, 26 April 2014

Marks & Spencer Seeded Oatcakes with pumpkin, sunflower and linseed

Walking around M&S in town today, I was so excited by all the new products and summer ranges. M&S is always great for finding new foodie finds with interesting flavours and clever twists. I always think they're at the forefront of food trends and this was certainly true of all the new summer ranges, which are also heavily health based as people look to slim down for their summer breaks.

One of the great finds I found today were these seeded oatcakes with pumpkin, sunflower and linseed. Savoury biscuits seem to be a bit of a trend at the moment - gone are the days of plain old cream crackers and Ritz - and lots of companies and supermarkets are offering really intresting new types, shapes and flavours.

I love crackers and oatcakes - they're a pretty saintly snack. Not sugary or fatty and so much more substantial and nourishing than crisps. Oatcakes in particular are a great, permissible snack due to the goodness of oats and I find they certainly fill a gap. The lovely packaging of these oatcakes with its hand drawn like pictures conjures up images of summer and naturalness and I couldn't wait to get stuck in.

One thing I particularly appreciated about this product is that the oatcakes are wrapped in four seperate packs. I hate opening a big bag of crisps or crackers and feeling like I need to eat them quickly before they go off so this added touch for extra freshness is much appreciated. It also makes them great for popping in a bag and taking out and about with you.

The oatcakes had a lovely freshly baked appearance and looked very rustic and crumbly. Perfectly round with the little seeds speckled throughout, they looked very appetising. They're also charmingly thin and feel very sophisticated because of this. Breaking one in half gave a solid and satisfying snap and revealed further generosity with the seeds.

The seeds really elevated these oatcakes beyond normal ones. It gave them an interesting texture and added some extra nuttiness and graininess to the mix. But the actual oatcakes are great quality too. Deeply savoury with a goodly pinch of salt, they're crumbly and very oaty. They almost taste like a savoury hobnob with a lovely toasted oat flavour. And despite how thin they are, they are a very filling and satisying eat. Due to the strong oat flavour and fabulously munchy texture, I only had two and that was enough and yet was only 117 calories.

These were absolutely delicious as they were, making a tasty alternative to crisps or nuts but would also be great for lunches, with cheeseboards, dipped in houmous or spread with peanut butter. Frankly, I could eat these with anything.

Price: £1.20
Available: Marks and Spencer

Pros: Added pumpkin, sunflower and linseed, portion control packs, salty and satisfying, a quick, healthy and tasty snack
Cons: Maybe they should be wrapped in twos rather than fours

Score: 8/10

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