Genuine Answers

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 and began taking orders.

Where will this go?
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.

In 2024 we'll be 10 years-old and approaching half-a-million oatcakes baked! Such perseverance naturally nurtures an oatcake culture. The slogan "We're oakecake people!" speaks to this constituency understanding the values embodied. Be it a sane alternative to TimBits™ on the road, or taking immense pleasure with a quiet pot of tea; on a hike or at the beach, or declaring your undying loyality by offering oatcakes often on the table for folks that might stop in. You're announcing you like goodness in the food you offer and in the food you eat, you have a preference for local and handmade, and you're not content with a food system that profits from poisoning the population.

This seems to be where we find ourselves today. There is so much to love about oatcake people!

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Can I freeze them?
Yes, they also keep well in the fridge or freezer.

Canada Organic

What’s organic?
Our grains, the oatmeal, whole spelt four, buckwheat flour and flax seed in our oatcakes are certified organic from Speerville Flour Mill.

ACORN - Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network

In August 2016, we started sourcing Organic Cranberries from Springbrook, in Tracy, New Brunswick.

We use certified organic maple syrup from Hutchinson Maple Products in Aylesford, Nova Scotia

In May 2017, we started using Alpha Mills Organic Canola Oil to produce vegan Buckyolas for folks avoiding dairy products (and gluten) in their diets.

Kid friendly?
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 Speervile organic Buckwheat flour as a low or almost no gluten alternative to whole Spelt flour. Folks love our Buckyolas. 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?
For an answer to this question best to check the Small Batches link to see what we've been baking lately. We are happy to respond to special requests. We don't maintain an inventory. Orders are filled with oatcakes recently out of the oven, or freshly packaged. We are continually innovating.

GNSO Nutrition Facts

Genuine Nova Scotia Oatcakes
Best oatcakes ever...
“Travelled across the country to have a badly needed visit with my two grandbabies and their mum & dad. At the wonderful Halifax market in the harbour I spotted your Genuine Nova Scotia oatcakes - bingo, the perfect treat to bring home to my husband. He seemed a little underwhelmed when the gift was presented to him, BUT once he tasted one things changed. The sharing was limited to a taste and I have to agree with him "the best ever".
Keep up the good work. Cheers from Victoria (the other beautiful harbour).” – Chris

Basic Goodness in Every Bite.