Nova Scotia Oatcakes

  • Author: Rachelle Lucas
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 27 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


  • 2 Cups Oatmeal
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil or Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Boiling Water


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water (add a little more water if needed).
  3. Combine dry ingredients with butter, then add dissolved baking soda.
  4. Mold into a dough ball, then press it out onto a baking sheet. You can roll it out with a dough pin to make it thin as you want it to be about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Cover and chill for 10-15 minutes to firm up the dough, then remove and score down the middle and across to make 8-10 squares (you’ll use these lines for clean cuts after it’s done baking).
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown. They should be crisp and crunchy, not chewy.
  7. Separate the cakes along the score lines with a thin knife and then allow them to cool.
  8. Enjoy with your favorite coffee or tea or add them to your day pack for some quick energy during a hike or a long road trip.

  • Category: Canadian
  • Cuisine: Breakfast