Delicious and Nutritious: Scottish Oatcake Recipe

Welcome to my cleaned-up Scottish oatcakes recipe! As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I am excited to share this traditional Scottish recipe with a healthier twist. Oatcakes have been a staple in Scottish households for centuries, and for good reason. They are incredibly versatile, easy to make, and delicious.

In this recipe, we will be using whole wheat flour and oats as the base ingredients instead of refined flour. Additionally, we will be using coconut oil as a healthier alternative to butter or lard. These tweaks not only make these oatcakes gluten-free but also add nutritional value without compromising on taste.

Whether you are a fan of traditional Scottish cuisine or simply looking for a tasty and healthy snack, these oatcakes are sure to satisfy your cravings. So let’s get started on this journey to experience the rich Scottish oatmeal-cake yumminess!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cleaned-Up Scottish Oatcakes
Cleaned-Up Scottish Oatcakes

Looking for a delicious and wholesome breakfast that’s easy to make and full of flavor? Look no further than my Cleaned-Up Scottish Oatcakes Recipe!

This traditional Scottish oatcakes recipe is made with whole wheat flour, oats, water, and coconut oil. It features a unique blend of savory and sweet flavors that will delight your tastebuds and leave you feeling satisfied all morning long.

So why should you try this recipe? For starters, it’s incredibly versatile. You can serve these oatcakes as a hearty breakfast, a mid-day snack, or even a light dinner.

In addition to being tasty and versatile, this recipe is also incredibly healthy. It’s made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour and rolled oats, which are packed with fiber and other essential nutrients. Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it a great option for those with dietary restrictions.

But what really sets these Scottish oatcakes apart is their texture. They’re crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and have a hearty flavor that pairs perfectly with your favorite toppings. Add a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of butter for some extra indulgence.

So why not try out my Cleaned-Up Scottish Oatcakes Recipe today? With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll be enjoying the delicious yumminess of traditional Scottish oatcakes in no time!

Ingredient List

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Let’s talk about the ingredients you will need for this cleaned-up Scottish oatcakes recipe. You will need:

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup of water

This recipe is customizable as it can be made gluten-free by using oat flour instead of wheat flour. The best type of oats to use for traditional Scottish oatcakes are stone-milled Scottish oats, which can provide a deliciously nutty flavor to your oatcakes. Once you have gathered all your ingredients, you are ready to start!

The Recipe How-To

Now that you have gathered all the required ingredients listed above, it’s time to get started on making these delicious Scottish oatcakes!

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

  1. In a mixing bowl, add one cup of whole wheat flour, two teaspoons of baking soda, and two cups of oats flour (ground oats). If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, feel free to use gluten-free oats instead.
  2. Use your hands or a wooden spoon to mix the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix again.

Step 2: Mix in Wet Ingredients

  1. Heat 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of coconut oil in a small saucepan until the oil is melted.
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them gently with a fork or spoon until everything is well combined.

  3. Tip: Don’t overmix the dough; otherwise, it might become too hard and not turn out well.

Step 3: Roll Out Dough

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Dust a clean work surface with extra oatmeal to prevent sticking.
  3. Shape your dough into a ball and place it onto the surface.
  4. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it’s about 1/8-inch thick.

Step 4: Cut And Bake

  1. Cut the rolled-out dough into rounds or whatever shapes you like using cookie cutters or a knife.
  2. Place each individual Scottish oatcake onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake them in the preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes, or until lightly golden.

  4. Tip: Be sure to check on them every few minutes after the ten-minute mark because they tend to cook quickly and burn easily due to their sugar content.

When done, remove your baked Scottish oatcakes from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. Enjoy them plain or with any of your favorite toppings, such as butter, cheese, or jam.

With these simple steps, you can now make the traditional Scottish oatcakes recipe at home with ease!

Substitutions and Variations

 Watch out, these oatcakes are addictively delicious!
Watch out, these oatcakes are addictively delicious!

The best thing about this Scottish oatcakes recipe is that it is incredibly versatile. You can easily substitute some of the ingredients to create a recipe that suits your taste or dietary requirements.

For those who prefer gluten-free options, you can use certified gluten-free oats and replace whole wheat flour with almond flour or a gluten-free baking mix. Instead of baking soda, you can also use bicarbonate soda for the same effect.

If you want to add a different flavor to the oatcakes, you can consider adding some spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Adding dried fruits like cranberries or cherries to the oatcakes can also give it a new twist.

For those who prefer sweeter oatcakes, you can add a little brown sugar to the dough mixture before rolling it out. However, if you are cutting calories, sugar is not essential in this recipe.

Another variation of this recipe is the Scottish oatmeal cake. It’s essentially similar to this recipe but is baked as a large cake instead of individual circles.

You may also experiment with different types of oats; rolled oats tend to lend themselves well for baking different kinds of cookies, and porridge oats will make a denser texture. Blending oatmeal into fine flour in a food processor will give these Scottish favorites a smoother texture.

Overall, customizing your oatcakes helps highlight the versatility and customization options that the simple yet healthy traditional Scottish oatcake recipe has to offer.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for an afternoon snack or breakfast treat.
Perfect for an afternoon snack or breakfast treat.

Scottish oatcakes are versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways. These delicious and hearty oat cakes can be served as a snack, appetizer, or paired with your favourite dishes.

One classic way to eat Scottish oatcakes is to spread some butter over them and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. The buttery flavour blends perfectly with the nutty texture of the oatcakes, creating a delightful experience for your taste buds.

You can also serve Scottish oatcakes topped with cheese, fresh sliced tomatoes and cucumbers for a savoury twist that will have your guests coming back for more. A simple topping of hummus or mashed avocado with a sprinkle of paprika will add some depth and flavour to your oatcakes.

For a sweet version, top the oatcakes with some berry jam or honey for a satisfying treat that’s perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Pairing wise, Scottish oatcakes are great with soups, stews or salads. They pair exceptionally well with smoked salmon or any smoked fish, making them an ideal accompaniment to seafood dishes.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even use Scottish oatcakes in place of bread in sandwiches. The possibilities are endless when it comes to serving and pairing Scottish oatcakes.

Whatever way you choose to enjoy Scottish oatcakes, their rich flavour and unique texture are sure to leave you wanting more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A simple recipe with wholesome ingredients.
A simple recipe with wholesome ingredients.

One of the best things about Scottish oatcakes is that they are versatile and ideal for make-ahead preparation. You can easily prepare a large batch of these oatcakes and store some for later. Here are some tips on how to store, reheat, and serve your Scottish oatcakes:

Make-ahead: If you want to prepare a large batch of Scottish oatcakes, you can easily do so by doubling the recipe. Simply dust a clean work surface with oatmeal flour and roll out the dough as per the instructions. Cut out circular shapes using a cookie cutter or round glass and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Once you have all your oatcakes, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge for up to a week.

Storing: If you have any leftover oatcakes that have not been eaten or served, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. This will keep them crisp and delicious.

Reheating: There are many ways to reheat your Scottish oatcakes, depending on your preference. One way is to simply place them in an oven preheated at 350°F for five to seven minutes. Another way is to toast them lightly in a toaster oven or on the stovetop griddle until warm and crispy.

Serving: Once your oatcakes are heated or reheated, you can serve them with butter, jam, honey or even cheese as part of a savory breakfast or as an accompaniment to soup or salad. They also go well with tea or coffee in the afternoon.

Remember that one of the great things about Scottish oatcakes is that they are very resilient so don’t be afraid to experiment with different methods of reheating, storing, and serving them. With their delicious nutty flavor and hearty texture, Scottish oatcakes are sure to become one of your favorite treats!

Tips for Perfect Results

 No need for store-bought crackers when you can make these at home.
No need for store-bought crackers when you can make these at home.

When making Scottish oatcakes, achieving the perfect texture and taste can be challenging. Here are some tips to ensure that your oatcakes turn out just right.

1. Use stone-milled Scottish oats: For the traditional Scottish taste, use stone-milled oats which give a nutty flavor to the oatcakes. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Scottish Oatmeal is a great option.

2. Mix the dough properly: Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then add water, butter or coconut oil to form a dough. Avoid over-mixing as it can lead to tough and hard oatcakes.

3. Roll the dough on a clean surface: When rolling out the dough, use a clean work surface lightly dusted with oatmeal or flour to prevent sticking.

4. Add little sugar, salt and baking soda: Adding more sugar or salt can kill the authentic oatiness of these cakes. So, add them in moderation.

5. Cut into uniform shapes: Cut the rolled sheets of dough into 2-3 inches wide rounds with a biscuit cutter or simply use a knife to cut them in squares or rectangles.

6. Use old fashioned rolled oats for Gluten-free: If you want these fantastic cakes gluten-free, then replace wheat flour with either gluten-free flours or rolled oats.

7. Preheat Oven properly: Preheat your oven to 350°F for at least 15 minutes before baking to ensure even cooking.

By following these tips you’ll be able to create crispy and yummy oatcakes that you will love!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Cleaned-Up Scottish Oatcakes Recipe is the perfect choice for anyone looking to indulge in some delicious and traditional Scottish oatcakes without any guilt. The recipe is not only easy to make but also very versatile, allowing for various substitutions and variations to fit personal preferences.

Whether you’re gluten-free or simply looking for a healthier version of traditional Scottish oatcakes, this Cleaned-Up Scottish Oatcakes Recipe is definitely worth a try. So, get all the ingredients ready, clean up your work surface, preheat your oven, and roll that dough into a yummy oatcakes yumminess that will remind you of the warm Scottish hospitality.

By using whole wheat flour and oats flour, coconut oil, natural sweeteners like brown sugar or honey, and stone-milled Scottish oatmeal, you can easily create a healthy and satisfying snack that’s perfect for any occasion.

So why not give this recipe a try today? Your taste buds will thank you for sure!

Cleaned-Up Scottish Oatcakes

Cleaned-Up Scottish Oatcakes Recipe

We have been enjoying Oatcakes for breakfast since my now-adult children were toddlers. With white flour and shortening among the ingredients, the original recipe was NOT clean, so after I started eating healthy I found a way to make them good for us. The best part is that no-one can tell the difference- really!
Course Snack
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 30 Mins, Breakfast, Brunch, Easy, From Scratch, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Toddler-Friendly, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 18 Oatcakes
Calories 217.2kcal


  • 1 cup slow cook oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 -3 tablespoons water, ice cold


  • Heat oven to 375.
  • Mix the dry ingredients, then cut the shortening in until it resembles fine crumbs. (I gave up on this and just smooshed it with my hands.) Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a stiff dough when you press it together. (Alternatively, you can mix this in your food processor).
  • On lightly wheat-floured surface, roll the dough out to about 1/8-inch thick. If needed, use ice water as "glue" to patch it together- It might fall apart a little. Cut into rounds with a large cookie cutter or the top of a glass about 2 1/2" in diameter. Or you can cut it into squares with a knife. Place on and ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake until the oatcakes start to brown, about 12-15 minutes. Cool a bit on a wire rack, if your gang will wait that long.
  • To serve, top with whatever you find in your kitchen. These are not sweet, so they make a great base for sweeter toppings like jelly and honey. Other toppings we've use are peanut butter, butter, sliced fruit, cream cheese and coconut. I think we even used chocolate chips a time or two. Use your imagination!
  • Per serving (2 oatcakes): 183 calories, 3g protein, 16g carbohydrate, 12g healthy fats, 2.5g fiber, 135mg sodium.


Serving: 46g | Calories: 217.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.1g | Protein: 4.7g | Fat: 13.6g | Saturated Fat: 10.7g | Sodium: 135.2mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 0.1g

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