Scottish Cycling Foods I: Oatcakes

Inspired by The Inner Ring’s Euro Foods series, I have been meaning to do some lighthearted posts on Scottish Cycling Foods.

We all know cyclists love cake during a cafe stop or at the end of a run. But they can also be obsessive about weight, and this healthier type of cake is a Scottish speciality that can help in that regard.

I was first introduced to oatcakes as a snack by a couple of junior racers – Jack Barrett and William Bowers. They have low-GI carbs, helping to fill you up, and low fat. Unless you put a slab of cheese on top that is. I now scoff about five or six of the things every day.

Nairn’s are my default choice for the Scottish oatcake, and they can be enjoyed with cheese, like a mature Mull cheddar, and a dram of whisky. If I’m going for something a little nicer I’ll pick up Stockan and Gardens.

Picture from Stag Bakeries Hebridean oatcakes

  • Dave Hamill

    Nice blog post Owen. I hadn’t thought about Oatcakes. I think a follow up taste test of brands with their relative calorific value could help find the optimum oatcake brand for the Scottish cyclist.

  • Stockan and Gardens every time, with a nice Montgomery Cheddar (Hey the name “sounds” Scottish!)

  • I’ll see your 4 or 5 a day Owen and raise you another 4 or 5 😉 My recommendation would Adamsons handmade oatcakes – fantastic Fife produce. They’re big though, so one or two is plenty.

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