Hello all! Just popping in to announce the winner of the Nairn’s giveaway! Congratulations to….
I will be emailing you shortly Sherri, congrats! I hope you enjoy all the cookies and crackers :)
Happy belated Thanksgiving (or very early Thanksgiving for my U.S. friends or just happy Wednesday to everyone else)!
It was inevitable…the pumpkin dessert had to make an appearance at some point. I resisted for quite, avoiding all pumpkin but when Thanksgiving comes around it just has to happen! I remember when I was younger we would always go to my grandparents’ for dinner. Being French Canadian, my grandma really knew how to cook a holiday feast right down to the home-preserved pickles, homemade ketchup, tortiere and mashed potatoes. I loved those potatoes so much she always made extra for me. And of course, there were 2 kinds of pie- one of them always pumpkin.
I was always so fixated on the pumpkin, I honestly have NO IDEA what the other one was. I had a selective memory as a child.
Here’s my version of pumpkin pie. I am a lazy cook and couldn’t be bothered to make a traditional pie with crust, so I went for more of a square. And I made them no-bake because I could make them and just stick them in the fridge without having to pay them much mind. Crucial for days I feel like I’m running around with my head cut off trying to get a million things done.
These pumpkin pie squares are packed full of healthy fats from the nuts and coconut and tons of fibre and Vitamin A from the pumpkin. Of course this is dessert so it has to be sweet- maple syrup does a brilliant job of playing up the warming fall flavours and pumpkin pie spice gives it that real pie feel while also delivering a punch of blood-sugar balancing cinnamon. The real secret ingredient here? Coconut flour! Just a couple tablespoons really help thicken the filling up, giving it a traditional texture while also adding a dose of sweetness and fibre. Coconut flour is a tricky ingredient to get used to but it’s magical once you do.
I hope some of you give this a try whether it’s for a Thanksgiving celebration or even if it’s just because it’s fall and that means ALL THE PUMPKIN.
Adapted from these bars from The Kitchn.
To all you Canadians, how was your Thanksgiving? Favourite dish you or a friend/family member made? These squares topped my list but there was this amazing apple cider sangria that deserves a mention…
Americans- have any of you started planning your Thanksgiving meals yet? Do you have anything you always make?
Everyone! What’s your favourite way to enjoy pumpkin (or any squash)?
There are a lot of different food cravings that exist out there. Sweet, salty, crunchy, smooth, healthy, deep-fried, decadent, light. And comfort. Comfort is what I associate with Nairn’s.
For the year I lived in Ireland, as a vegan, it was very hard to find comfort food when I was feeling homesick. The Irish are very proud of their dairy and hence it is in everything. Foods that it doesn’t need to be in! Every cracker, soup, even breads and most chocolate contained it. I enjoy cooking and baking so it wasn’t a big problem, but sometimes you just want a store-bought cookie (because they really do taste different) to dip into your Starbucks coffee (because it’s the same everywhere) and curl up and feel sorry for yourself. It was those times that I was so so so grateful for Nairn’s and their variety of healthy cookies.
So of course, when Nairn’s contacted me and asked if I would do a review of their products on the blog, I jumped at the chance! I had never tried their more savoury offerings before so this was a great opportunity to check out more of what they have to offer.
Nairn’s is a Scottish company that specializes in all things oats. From their website,
So you could say that here at Nairn’s we really do know our oats. We also know the importance of keeping our delicious award winning products as simple, wholesome and healthy as possible – the proof is in the taste.
I can certainly attest to this statement! What they make is delicious, using only whole oats and wholesome ingredients and they will satisfy any cracker or cookie craving you might have. I had a hard time stopping myself from eating the whole box! Thankfully, they are prepackaged into individual portions (which also makes taking them on the go super convenient)!
*before I go further, I should note that while Nairn’s does have certified gluten-free products, the products I am reviewing are not them. While containing no grains except oats, there is a risk for contamination. So if you are very sensitive to gluten, check out their gluten-free products. Not available in Canada.
I tried the Rough Milled and Organic Oatcakes. They were both softer than a cracker, but chewy and really tasted like oats! This might be a silly statement but how often in our current food system does a food really taste like its’ ingredients? Not too often.
I tried the Oat Crackers with Sunflower Seeds. This were crunchy just like you would expect a cracker to be and have added sunflower seeds to they are actually quite filling.
And now my favourites! These taste more wholesome than your average store-bought cookie: they have a distinct oat flavour. The oats lend a wonderful chewy texture to the crisp cookies. I tried..
The Chocolate Chip had rich dark chocolate chips, the Mixed Berries actually taste like real berries and the Stem Ginger had a wonderful kick. In fact, the ginger were my favourite so I decided to use them in a recipe.
I wanted to see how these biscuits would fare as a cookie crust. Turns out very well!
Nairn’s has also offered to send one lucky reader these products to try as well! To enter, leave a comment below telling me which product you’d like to try most! Giveaway will remain open for 1 week, until midnight on October 15, 2014.
Thank you to Nairn’s for these wonderful products and for providing a giveaway!
Disclaimer: I was provided the products for review free of charge, but I was in no way obligated to post a positive review. All opinions are completely my own.
I come to you all today, with a very un-fall-like recipe. No pumpkin, no squash, apples, or anything of the like. In fact I actually chose lemon and coconut- two tropical flavours that are much happier in the spring and summer. So just what am I doing?
Fall is hands-down my favourite season, even with the knowledge that winter will follow. I love the colours, the copious amounts of tea, coffee, cider, hot chocolate, etc. that I can justify drinking, the sweaters, scarves and boots that I get to pull out of hibernation and the cool crisp breezes I feel on my face. I love the flavours of the food and the feeling of a “new start” that the school year always brings. Continue reading
Today’s post is all about playing catch-up! I was given the opportunity to try a few different products in my absence and wanted to make sure you all knew about them. Also, i wanted to highlight a couple sweet treats in Toronto all you Torontonians need to try before the summer officially leaves.