Scanbran (or Scan Bran) – Love it, Hate it or Bake it?

As there are those who like “Marmite” and those that hate it, there is the Slimming World equivalent – Scanbran (or Scan Bran).  To give it it’s full name – It’s “GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread” or it’s sister product “GG Oatbran Salt Free Crispbread”.  “GG” being the name of the manufacturer. At Slimming World though they tend to be known simply as “scanbran”/”scan bran” and “oat bran” (not be confused with the milled oatbran cereal products found in most supermarkets and health food shops).

A packet of “scanbran” (blue packet) and a packet of “oatbran” (orange packet).

Love it or Hate it?

As I said above, some people love scanbran and those that don’t.  I fall into the “love it” category.

The “haters” will describe it as like eating “cardboard” or “plywood”. More than once I’ve heard people ask “What can I do with it apart from tiling the wall with it?”

Which of the two is better? That’s a matter of personal taste. I prefer the oat version in the orange packet, but I know plenty who prefer the original version in the blue packet.

The one thing to note about Scanbran (or Scan Bran if you prefer) is that it is very high in fibre. That means it is – on its own – quite dry.  But also makes it a great Healthy Extra B choice and useful for “clearing out the pipes” so to speak. I’ve heard it referred to “tools for stools” before and for good reason.

Important Note about eating Scan/Oat Bran

Because of the fibre content on these crispbreads it is near necessity to make sure you are drinking enough fluids throughout the day. The mix of fibre and fluid (to help the fibre along) is essential for them to, well, pass.

The bad news for Scan/Oatbran lovers

If you haven’t heard – the bad news is that Slimming World is stopping selling these items. It may have already happened in some groups whilst others may still have stock.  Whilst there is a replacement for them coming from Slimming World – I believe (at time of writing) that it’s still a few months off.

It is still available however at Holland & Barrett and other health food shops, as well as on Amazon and eBay. However Slimming World groups have long been the cheapest place to buy them (only £1.20 a packet) but that is obviously about to change.

All Joking Aside

So what can be done with them.  Slimming World members across the years have been rather inventive when it comes to using scanbran (or scan bran). From cakes to trifles to using it to coat scotch eggs and chicken nuggets. It’s all been done and tried. I even have a scanbran and Marmite savoury loaf recipe kicking around somewhere.

But first, before you break out the food processors, and turning the crispbreads into dust to make into cakes, etc. Try it as it was intended – as a crispbread. Top it with “Laughing Cow Light” cheese triangles, maybe with another topping too. Good old cottage cheese works as well. If using cottage cheese – try spreading it on the first two slices, eat the first slice you spread it upon. Now spread it on the third slice, and eat the second – the crispbread softens just a little in the time between spreading and eating.

Other ways of eating scanbran without baking

So, whilst we’ll get onto scanbran cakes a bit further down, there are other ways of using scanbran before we start applying for a place on “The Great British Bake Off”.

  • Dunk it in soup.
  • Have a slice or two under a tin of beans or tomatoes.
  • Soak it in a little coffee before layering it with quark or yogurt (or forgo the coffee and just layer it in yogurt) – leave overnight though for the slices to soften.
  • Broken up and dunked in soft-boiled eggs
  • Used with any number of home-made dips – humus or both savoury or sweet Quark mixes.

Let me have cake – and eat it.

Let’s be honest – this is what everyone came here for – cake recipes using scanbran.  As above though – if you haven’t used it as intended (i.e. as a Ryvita type crispbread), do try that first but it’s not to everyone’s taste. It really does seem to be a love/hate thing when it comes to scanbran. Some people love it, some people don’t. At least till you bake it into a cake and then even most the hater seem to like it.

There are two main variations on the scanbran cake. Which is best? Try them both and you decide.  🙂  I’ll also include the scanbran carrot cake recipe that I’ve used for years and always seems to go down well at taster sessions at group.  (I’ve even in the past been accused after baking scanbran cakes and taking them to work as having brought them from a shop). Scanbran cakes (particularly the first variation) can come out a little dry – if you find that a problem – try adding a tablespoon or two of mincemeat next time.

Chocolate Scanbran Cake.
Chocolate scanbran cake (using the 3eggs recipe) – using Weight Watchers Low Fat chocolate powder (2syns per 11g serving) with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg thrown in for good measure. 🙂

Variation 1 – 3 eggs

  1. 5 pieces of scanbran  (5syns or Healthy Extra if eating the whole cake yourself on the same day).
  2. 3 eggs – beaten together
  3. 5 tablespoons sweetener (or to personal preference) (2.5syns)
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder (0.5syn) – Optional.
  5. Flavouring agents (synned as appropriate).

On the subject of flavouring – the world is your oyster. There’s an old-time recipe that’s been kicking around for years of putting some low fat drinking chocolate (such as a sachet of Options or Highlights) or cocoa with a chopped up “Curly Wurly” mixed into it.  I do tend to favour chocolate based ones, but you could use the zest and juice of a lemon (but in this case only use 2 eggs or it becomes a watery mess).

Variation 2 – 2 eggs + 1 yogurt

  1. 5 pieces of scanbran  (5syns or Healthy Extra if eating the whole cake yourself on the same day).
  2. 2 eggs – beaten together
  3. 1 suitable flavour of Muller Light yogurt (or equivalent – check syns)
  4. 5 tablespoons sweetener (or to personal preference) (2.5syns)
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder (0.5syn) – Optional.
  6. Flavouring agents (synned as appropriate).

Method

The method for both variations is basically the same.

  1. Break the scanbran up into small pieces into a suitable container (doesn’t need to be to big – just big enough to allow you to cover with water).
  2. Pour over enough boiling water to soak into the scanbran – leave for about 5 minutes until all the pieces are softened and drain off any excess water.
  3. Mash with the back of a fork before leaving for 15 or so minutes to cool down.
  4. In a large mixing bowl – add all the dry ingredients (except optionally the baking powder) – including chocolate powder if using that. Mix well.
  5. Add in the mashed up scanbran and mix (it can become quite a stiff mix – especially if using cocoa powder) before adding in the beaten eggs (and yogurt if using variation 2) and mix well.  I also add the baking powder in at this stage too – but could be added earlier if you wish. Mix well.
  6. Either pour the mix into a microwavable container or into a lined loaf/cake tin.
  7. If cooking in a microwave – cook on full power for about 5minutes and check. It should be pulling away from the sides of the container and cooked all the way through. If it isn’t cooked – put it back in for 2 minutes at a time, checking each time.
  8. Oven cooking a scanbran cake – cook in a hot oven at about 200c (non-fan oven) for about 30minutes.  Again should be cooked through, no sign of liquid and pulling away from the sides (as per the microwave instructions above).
  9. Once cooked – turn out onto a rack to cool.

Serve once cool or if you like whilst it’s still hot. Sliced with a bit of yogurt and some fruit is one of my personal favourite ways to serve scanbran cake.

Did Someone Say “Carrot Cake”?

I’ve been using this particular recipe for years for a scanbran carrot cake – adjusting from time to time to reflect changes to the plan and syn values. I would have originally taken it from Facebook but that’s the most I can credit it with.  But like anything else – there are many variations on the theme and a Google search for “Slimming World carrot cake” will bring up most of them.

  1. 5 Scan Bran-crushed (or broken up and soaked as above)
  2. 5oz grated carrot
  3. ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  4. 1 level tbsp runny honey
  5. 2 level tbsp mincemeat
  6. 3 beaten eggs  

For the topping:

  • 1 tub quark Lemon juice
  • Sweetener to taste  

Method:  

  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 4, 180°C/ 350°F
  2. Mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Transfer the mix into a baking tin lined with non-stick baking parchment and bake for 1 hour.
  4. When cooked turn onto a wire rack to cool.

 

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