Last Updated on October 16, 2023 by Eve Dawes
Homemade Oatcakes Recipe | A Healthy Alternative to Rice Cakes
Healthy oatcakes recipe gluten free: a super simple, healthy and gluten free snack option. This homemade oatcakes recipe is from my Mum and she was nice enough to pass it on and reveal the family secret! Some of the reasons I prefer oatcakes to rice cakes is they smell so much better and are more filling. This homemade oatcakes recipe is still gluten free (many aren’t) like rice cakes but less messy. I’m still not a fan of the taste or smell of rice cakes but will still eat them if I’m prepping for a show or photoshoot.
This gluten free oatcakes recipe always remind me of my childhood and my Mum making fresh baked oatcakes. I’d eat them hot out of the oven and spread butter or Nutella over the top which melted into fresh baked deliciousness.
Are oatcakes healthy?
Yes oatcakes are healthy in general. When it comes to oatcakes, generally they’re healthy if you’re not adding toppings. However, homemade oatcakes recipes will always be the healthiest option as you’re in control of the ingredients.
Oatcakes are great for on-the-go as a healthy snack as they don’t need refrigerating and don’t crumble or break as easily as many other crackers. I eat them on their own as a snack or with almond butter and a protein shake for a complete snack or meal if I’m eating 6 times a day.
Are oatcakes gluten free?
That depends on the type of flour you use in your oatcakes recipe. This one uses oat flour so they are gluten-free as well as having the option to make them lactose free, which you’ll see in the recipe below.
Easy Gluten Free Healthy Oatcakes Recipe
- 8 oz oats (2 2/3 cups)
- 3 oz oat flour (3/4 cup), you can also use coconut flour or regular flour (although regular flour will add gluten)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 ½ oz (1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp) salted for sweet or unsalted butter for savory. Not a fake spread/oil or low fat substitute
- 3-4 tbsp non-fat milk, or almond milk to make lactose free. You can also just use water.
- Optional: 8-10 drops of liquid stevia if you prefer a sweeter snack
- Preheat oven to 170 C/325°F
- Combine oats, flour and baking powder in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add butter and using your hands rub into flour mix until it forms a breadcrumb consistency.
- If using stevia for a sweeter taste, stir into the breadcrumb mix then add the milk gradually to form a firm dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface (to prevent sticking) and knead for 2 minutes. Tip: The colder your hands are to do this the better as it sticks more the warmer your hands are.
- Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness.
- Cut into circles of desired size and place on a non-stick baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes
- Place oatcakes on a wire rack to allow to cool.
Tips for making the perfect homemade oatcakes
Getting the perfect consistency in this gluten free oatcakes recipe AKA hard biscuits comes down to reacting to the texture as you’re making it. Once you’ve turned the mixture out to kneed it if it starts falling apart add more water. If it starts getting too wet and sticking to your surface, flour the surface more and roll into the flour until it firms up and stops sticking. When it doesn’t stick to the floured surface and isn’t falling apart then you’ve got it perfect and it’s ready to be rolled out.
How long do oatcakes take to make and bake
This healthy oatcakes recipe cooking time is a little personal. I prefer mine slightly soft whilst my husband and Mum like theirs crunchier and more like hard biscuits. So I make mine thicker and cook them for less time and then just leave their oatcakes in the oven a few minutes longer until they are more of a golden brown. They will harden more as they cool so don’t overcook them.
These healthy oatcakes can be eaten plain or topped with anything of your choosing but try to keep it healthy. A few ideas include home-made salsa, guacamole, hummus, fresh fruit or nut butters such as Almond butter are great too.
If you are struggling to find liquid Stevia you can always order it online, this is my fave as it’s vanilla creme flavor so I use it in my coffee too.
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