This recipe was previously part of a sponsored feature in December 2019

I decided to make a buffet grazing board for a family Christmas party, one that everyone could enjoy without having to worry about cross contamination.

I packed my grazing board with lots of delicious gluten free oatcakes and crackers, cheese, meats and nibbles. I used the Nairns range, as after recently trying them at another gathering, my gluten-eating family all declared they would never know these crackers were gluten free. Win!

Grazing boards are very on trend at the moment and actually are the perfect no hassle alternative to classic canapes. Guests can construct canapes according to their personal tastes and preferences, plus everyone gets a decent feed with minimal effort required from you – real food made simple!

Christmas time can be busy and the ability to rustle up some party food, with minimal prep and effort, will make your life a lot easier. Having food that is suitable for everyone keeps things simple too.

Grazing boards are really easy to put together, but I’ve added a simple recipe below to help you get started. So you can either go rogue and create your own version or scroll down to find out what you need to buy and my top tips for making everything look visually fantastic.

Gluten Free Grazing Board (Serves 10-12 People as Canapes)

Shopping List

  • One box Nairn’s Gluten Free Cheese Oatcakes
  • One box Nairn’s Gluten Free Superseeded Oatcakes
  • One pack of Nairn’s Gluten Free Flatbreads (I used the Rosemary and Sea Salt variety)
  • A selection of cheeses (I used eight varieties – a baked camembert, brie, a soft herb and garlic cheese, cheddar, chilli red leicester, wensleydale with cranberries, comte and emmental).
  • Chutney (I used three types – fig jam, cranberry sauce and caramelised onion chutney)
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Nuts (I used homemade caramelised pecans)
  • Olives
  • Marinated vegetables
  • Smoked salmon
  • Cured meats and ham

(you could also consider using figs, crudities, pigs in blankets, dried fruit, crunchy radishes and so much more, whatever your favourite nibbles are)


  1. Start by placing a few large cheeses and the baked camembert on the board, these become main focal points that you can work out from.
  2. Now add swirls and stacks of oatcakes and flatbreads as the next major items, which will add texture to the board.
  3. Fold and roll the cured meats and salmon into roses and twists – this will make them easy for guests to pick up and looks really pretty when presented. Arrange them in clusters, between the cheese and crackers.
  4. Scoop a few spoonfuls of each chutney into small dipping pots or ramekins and add to the board.
  5. Finally, use your other ingredients (the grapes and nuts, pomegranate seeds, olives and vegetables) to fill all the gaps on the board until the base is entirely covered. This will ensure it looks incredibly festive and full.

Serve immediately and then you can sit back and relax, chat to your guests and enjoy a festive drink. What a refreshing change from the usual chaos of hosting :).

Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatcakes and Flatbreads

Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatcakes and Nairn’s Gluten Free Flatbreads are widely available in various supermarkets and here is the full product and stockist information for you:

  • Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatcakes and Flatbreads are made with wholegrain oats, are naturally high in fibre and contain no added sugar, no hydrogenated fat, no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and no GM ingredients.
  • Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatcakes come in three varieties: cheese, super seeded and original (I am obsessed with the cheese ones).
  • Nairn’s Gluten Free Flatbreads come in three varieties too: original, rosemary and sea salt, and caramelised onion.
  • The oats for the Nairn’s gluten free range are grown in dedicated fields and milled in uncontaminated conditions, ensuring they are completely gluten free.
  • Both ranges are Coeliac UK approved and are suitable for vegans, aside from the cheese oatcakes.
  • Available nationwide in the UK from various retailers, including Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Waitrose, RRP various.

For more information about the Nairn’s gluten free range visit their website. While you are there you can also sign up to the Nairn’s newsletter (at the bottom of their homepage) for all the latest news about new product launches, gluten free recipes and more!

*This was a paid sponsored feature in association with Nairn’s in December 2019. I only ever promote products that I personally enjoy and am happy to recommend to you all. All opinions on are my own and are always 100% genuine.