How long do they keep?
GNSOs stay yummy naturally and have a remarkable shelf life. They don't normally stick around all that long – and yet if you do find a package that's been at the bottom of a backpack for a few months we venture they will still be delicious. If not, not to worry —
They’re guaranteed to last forever!
If you come across GNSOs that taste stale or off, return for refund or replacement, no questions asked.
How did this start?
I fell in love with the oatcake when we arrived in Nova Scotia in 1984. At the time recipes were in books – not online. I soon began baking them and packing them in tins to send to family at Christmas. Refinements developed from there. In the spring of 2014, we launched genuineoatcakes.com and began taking orders.
Where will this go?
First we’ll take Manhattan, then we’ll take Berlin.
The challenge at the outset was to create a real yummy Nova Scotian product with a small environmental footprint and high nutritional value. We imagine this largely accomplished. We've shipped to all corners of North America and as far away as Hawaii and Australia and received critical acclaim.
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Can I freeze them?
Yes, they also keep well in the fridge or freezer. Folks order KiloCans for just this purpose.
For a fresh-out-of-the-oven experience, try 20 seconds in the microwave.
Our grains, the oatmeal, whole spelt four, buckwheat flour and flax seed in our oatcakes are certified organic from Speerville Flour Mill.
In August 2016, we started sourcing Organic Cranberries from Springbrook, in Tracy, New Brunswick.
We would love to find organic butter, but unfortunately this is not available locally. The honey and maple syrup we use are of the highest quality and yet make no such claim (and it’s not really necessary).
In May 2017, we started using Heatherdale Organic Canola Oil to produce Vegan Classics for folks avoiding dairy products in their diets.
OMG Yes! Move over Oreos.
Great with cheese and jam?
Yes, this works. Be creative.
Delicious with warm drinks?
Perfect for hiking and biking?
Are they gluten-free?
Short answer: No.
May 2017 – Low or almost no gluten
We've started baking with Buckwheat as a low or almost no gluten alternative to whole Spelt flour. Folks love our "Buckwheat Classics" and say there is only a slight difference between the flavour of the Buckwheat and Spelt.
These do not claim to be gluten-free however.
Gluten free flours are not available locally in Atlantic Canada. Speerville organic products – no matter what their content – can't claim to be gluten free due to cross contamination within the facility and hence the Speerville label disclaimer, “May contain trace amounts...”. (Note the same can be said for any kitchen unless dedicated to only gluten free baking.)
We sympathize with all those who are consciously limiting their consumption of modern wheat-based products, and it's for this reason that we use whole Spelt flour in our recipe, to quote the Speerville Spelt label: “Spelt is an ancient wheat that can be enjoyed by many wheat sensitive people.”
How many Oatcake varieties?
Five: We are making Classics, Reds with dried cranberries, Blues with dried blueberries, and Combos with dried cranberries & blueberries – and Lavender!
Our dried berries are processed by Terra Beata Farms, on Heckman’s Island near Lunenburg. Lavender from Seafoam, Nova Scotia
Would they work in my office?
When you're peckish at work, there generally are not a lot of options, save the local concession or food court where fare is often from away and neither healthy nor satisfying. GNSOs have established a new trend in this respect, where a jar of Oatakes sits near the coffee machine and a jar collects change to cover Oatcake costs. Now when you want a snack or a little treat you don't have to settle for a Twinkie or a Mars Bar or such – you can acually have the genuine article!
GNSO Nutrition Facts