Gluten Free Highland Oatcakes


2 tablespoons oil
3 - 4 tablespoons boiling water to mix
1/2 lb (225 g) fine oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate


1. Warm the oil and mix with the boiling water.

2. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix to a stiff paste.

3. Turn on to a board dusted with oatmeal. Quickly roll into a round about 1/8 inch (1/2 cm) thick.

4. Cut into quarters and cook slowly on a griddle until hardened.

5. Put into a cool oven for about 1/2 hour to dry.

6. Alternatively, the oatcakes can be baked at 350°F (180°C) gas mark 4 for 20-25 minutes.

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NOT gluten free
posted by Sarah @ 03:53PM, 5/12/08
Please beware that oats contain gluten, so this recipe is NOT gluten free.
Gluten free oats do not contain gluten
posted by Kelly @ 07:28PM, 10/12/08
So if you are really gluten sensitive (like me), you can use them. Oats do not contain gluten, but they are harvested with the same equipment as wheat, so they are often cross-contaminated with gluten. Specially labeled gluten-free oats are grown in dedicated fields and harvested with dedicated equipment.
Can you please tell me where you can get gluten free oatmeal
posted by s.k.mahon @ 11:54AM, 8/13/10
Love to try the recipe but can't find gluten free oatmeal. Oats are available but as yet haven't been able to find oatmeal Can you please help?
GF oatmeal
posted by David H @ 05:56PM, 1/26/11
Buy GF oats in Sainsburys, Tesco, Helth Food shops or on-line.

Place a quantity in a blender and blend until broken down into Oatmeal.

Oats and Coeliacs
posted by Felicity @ 08:51PM, 6/06/11
As I understand it there are two problems with Oats
1. they are often cross contaminated and harvested or stored with wheat.
2. there are now uncontaminated wheat free/gluten free oats. But oats have a similar grain structure to wheat and about 50% of coeliacs find they can eat uncontaminated oats and 50% react to the similarity in structure and can't eat oats even when they are technically gluten free. So many recipies for very gluten sensitive people assume oats are out too.
Oats and Coeliacs
posted by Richard @ 03:53PM, 9/28/11
It is nothing to do with "grain structure". Coeliacs are "allergic", have an immune response to specific proteins. Oats don't contain those proteins, but may be contaminated by proximity or equipment.
Gluten-free oatmeal products in the UK and USA
posted by Lilee @ 07:38PM, 6/10/12
I visit family in Scotland throughout the year and have found that Nairn's gluten-free products are incredibly delicious over all the other "free from" labels. In the United States, Bob's Red Mill has a large line of gluten-free products, including delicious oatmeal.
When I cook oatmeal/porrdige, I add extra water and don't overcook it. When it's finished, I drain it in a sieve. The oats are fluffy and loose, not gooey and gluey. No one in the family has a reaction when I prepare it in that fashion. The key is to know what works best for your own body and to learn the difference between an intolerance, a sensitivity or an allergy.
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