Gluten-Free Scottish Oatcakes

(makes 18 oatcakes)

A wonderful breakfast invention, these can be served with honey, butter, or jam, but they’re just as satisfying plain. They make an excellent hors d’oeuvre or a yummy snack, topped with smoked fish or other meat, or cheese for those who aren’t dairy-sensitive.

½ c shortening
1 c regular GF oats or quick-cooking GF oats
1 c GF flour mix
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 to 3 tbsp cold water


1. Cut shortening into oats, flour, baking soda and salt until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add water, 1 tbsp at a time, until mixture forms a stiff dough.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

3.  Roll until 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into 2 ½-inch rounds or squares. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake until oatcakes start to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.


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8 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Scottish Oatcakes

  1. I wish there was a picture of this but I looked it up and found a picture on wikipedia at I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before and certainly had never heard the name. I am intrigued! This is why I read your blog. Your recipes are so unique!

  2. I had these before when I was visiting my grandmother in Australia of all places. She’s not Scottish but somehow she had this recipe. Anyway, they were really delicious and we had them with homemade jam. I have to say that I’m really intrigued about the smoked fish suggestion you make. That sounds sooo good!

  3. I’m so happy to find how easy this recipe is! I can tolerate oats very well and the same thing with the members of my family. I can’t wait to make these, sure seems more interesting than making boring old oatmeal! Okay, well it’s not so boring but it gets old after a while.

  4. I haven’t even heard of this food before! I am very excited to try it with all the toppings you list here…not all at the same time of course LOL but it seems to me this is a breakfast option as well as a snack and lunchtime food.

  5. Oh yes this is great with smoked fish, cheese, and jalapeno jelly! I love jalapeno jelly and I actually make it myself now. It’s sweet and spicy at the same time and creates a sophisticated taste in whatever you use it in. I highly recommend ya’ll try it!

  6. I made these and they were easy and delicious! I ate them with some homemade strawberry jam. Next time I’m going to add creamcheese with the jam. There’s something about creamcheese and jam that I absolutely love as a combination. It tastes like a dessert but without the guilt!

  7. I just stumbled on your website today and can’t believe the number of resources you offer. Thank you so much. I have a question about the oatcakes. Have you or anyone tried these with a different fat? I am new to gluten free living and I too have had an amazing experience once being correctly diagnosed. Once again, this is a wonderful website. P.S. Please don’t share my website with anyone else. Thanks!

    1. I have never tried this recipe with a different fat but I am sure you could experiment with really anything. coconut oil, butter, ghee, etc. If you decide to take on the baking adventure let me know how it turns out!


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