Product Snapshot: Olina’s Snackers Crackers

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 02 June 2021.
Tagged: health, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, healthy snacks, nutrition, Product snapshot, review, snacks

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We sampled Olina’s latest offering in the seeded cracker range – called Olina’s Bakehouse Seriously Seedy Snackers (which is a great name BTW). They come in four flavours: Barbecue, Chilli & Lime, Beetroot & Sour Cream, and Balsamic Vinegar & Caramelised Onion. Take a look at our verdict.

Four ‘seedy’ varieties

All four variants come in two stay-fresh packs inside which, despite the extra packaging, I think is great as nothing seems to stay fresh these days despite all my over-wrapping. The crackers come in squarish 140 gram pack. All four variants make similar claims:

  • 5 out of 5 Health Star Rating
  • “Plenty of healthy, a lot of tasty”
  • Less than 3 g carbs per serve
  • Gluten-free 

Snackers Variants

Nutrition numbers from one variant 

Nutrition Information Panel: Balsamic Vinegar & Caramelised Onion

Serve size: 18 g (3 crackers)

No of serves: 7.8

Component

Per serve

Per 100g

Energy     kJ

                Cal

425

101

2360

562

Protein, g

3.5

19.2

Fat     Total, g

8.3

46.0

          Saturated, g

0.9

5.0

Carbohydrate, g

2.4

13.2

        Sugars, g

0.7

3.7

Dietary Fibre, g

2.9

15.9

Sodium, mg

97

540

 

Ingredients (from Ingredient List on back):

Snackers Olina Chilli Lime NIPWhite sesame seeds, linseeds, sunflower kernels, pumpkin seed kernels, balsamic vinegar & caramelised onion seasoning 7.5% [onion powder, sugar, salt, natural food acid 330, balsamic vinegar powder, natural flavours], high oleic sunflower oil, psyllium husk. 

Food acid 330 is citric acid which adds a tart or sour taste. This produces a pleasing flavour, balances out any sweetness and helps maintain a constant acidity level in these crackers. 

Pros 

  • Light and crispy in taste.
  • Definitely lower in carbs (under 3 grams a serve) as is claimed on the pack.
  • No nasties in terms of hidden additives such as preservatives and flavours.
  • Definitely boosts your intake of seeds from sesame, linseeds (also called flaxseeds), sunflower and pumpkin.
  • These were not expensive. At $4 per pack (an introductory offer from Woolworths), they made a great accompaniment to dips and/or soft cheeses. The regular price is around $5 a pack. 
  • Naturally gluten-free as no flour nor wheat-based ingredients.
  • At 540 mg per 100 grams, lowish in sodium (a measure of salt or sodium chloride). Anything under 600 mg sodium per 100 g is considered low.
  • Compared to Jatz crackers (not shown), these Snackers have more protein, fat and fibre, but less carbohydrate and around the same sodium level. These Snackers had 300 more kilojoules (Calories) per 100g too as expected.
  • Two sealed packs maintains freshness 

Snackers Cheeseboard Knife 1

 Cons

  • Not as tasty as Olina’s Simply Seeds Crackers or Carmen’s Super Seed & Grain Crackers, but I’m obviously biased as I prefer the plainer versions of everything - plain salt over barbecue flavour, for instance.
  • They could have given you an approximate number of crackers for the defined serve size. I had to count them. A serve was defined as 18 grams, which turned out to be about 3 cracker biscuits.
  • Lots of packaging.
  • Only 17% Australian ingredients 

The bottom line

Olina's Snackers are a great cracker if you’re trying to eat more seeds OR cut your carb intake. You can find out more about them here.

Catherine Saxelby

About the Author

Catherine Saxelby has the answers! She is an accredited nutritionist, blogger and award-winning author. Her latest book Nutrition for Life 2020 Edition is a fresh new update on all the things you've read about or heard in the last year. Think insects, collagen, vegan eating, Keto dieting, vitamin B12, fast food and cafe culture.  It has plenty of colour pictures and is easy to dip in and out of. Grab your copy NOW!