Saturday, 31 January 2015

Nairns Stem Ginger Oat Biscuits

I buy a lot of Nairns stuff anyway but when I saw these on a special buy in Lidl for 89p, I thought I'd give them a try as well. I often buy the Nairns Muesli Breaks and Astrobites as they're a real guilt free biscuit treat with significantly less sugar than other biscuits.

These follow the same mould and have a lot of the same benefits. The first big plus is that the box contains 4 individually wrapped packs of 5 biscuits. This helps keep them fresh (nothing worse than massive packs of biscuits you don't eat frequently and then start to go soft), helps with portion control (though I like to think I wouldn't eat 5 in one go) and means you can take a pack out and about with you - so handy fot lunchboxes or journeys.

Nutritionally, like a lot of Nairns products, they have something going for them. Firstly, these biscuits are made from oats rather than flour so are wheat free and this means they're slightly lower GI and help keep you slightly fuller for longer. They're also 44 calories a biscuit and most importantly to me lower in sugar than other biscuits. They claim 40% than a standard biscuit and it's just over 17g of sugar per 100g with only 1.7g a biscuit, which is really great.

But of course, something can be very healthy but if it can't deliver on taste credentials, then you might as well not bother. Luckily, these are very tasty and actually more so than the other sweet Nairn biscuits I've tried. They taste less overtly oaty, like the Muesli Breaks, and have a really good gingery kick.

I absolutely love ginger and these have a really nice spicy warmth to them. A bit of demerara sugar keeps things nicely sweetened without being overly sweet at all. The inclusion of actual stem ginger is what really gives them a kick and actually they dunk quite well in tea too. They're never going to be quite as nice a ginger nut - although arguably these are way more gingery - but for the improved nutrition, they are easily substituitable for normal biscuits as they're delicious in their own right.

Score: 7.5/10

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