Cleaned-Up Scottish Oatcakes

"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!"
photo by NancyAnne photo by NancyAnne
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Ready In:
18 Oatcakes




  • 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.

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I'm a mom of seven and grandma to four (so far) living in Bloomington, Indiana. Now that the kids are raised I have been able to go back to work as the assistant manager at My Sister's Closet, a local not-for-profit upscale clothing thrift store that provides low income and at-risk women with interview and getting-started outfits appropriate for their new job. I'm also a certified personal trainer and health coach, although I no longer use these certifications.
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