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Easy Nova Scotia Oatcakes

Easy and delicious Nova Scotia oatcakes made with just a few basic ingredients you likely have in your pantry. These sweet and salty oatcakes make for a perfect dessert or snack with your afternoon tea.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: vegan
Servings: 12


  • 1 cup flour (white, whole wheat or spelt), spoon and level
  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup butter (use vegan butter for vegan option), cold
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Chocolate for drizzling (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the flour, oats, sugar, baking soda and salt to a medium mixing bowl. Stir together.
  • Add the cold butter and combine it to the dry mixture, using a fork or your hands. You want to get a crumbly mixture.
  • Add the water and stir it all together until you get a slightly wet dough.
  • Sprinkle flour on a clean surface. Transfer the dough to the floured surface. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on the dough and roll out until you get a 1/2" thick rectangle. Cut into 12 squares and transfer to the baking sheet, placed close together (see pictures). Alternatively, you can do these steps directly on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden and crispy with a slightly soft middle.
  • Let them cool completely, then drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer. They will be slightly crumbly, especially when warm.


You may be able to use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, but I would recommend adding an extra tablespoon of water if you notice the dough is dry. They may be a little more crumbly this way. Let me know if you try it!
I used about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. You can use your favorite chocolate chips or bar (use vegan if desired). I melted the chocolate in the microwave for about 1 minute with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to help it drizzle smoothly.