Apple Oatcakes

Apple oatcakes recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

Current recipe obsession: Oatcakes.

They’re a variation on pancakes, minus the flour, sugar, and egg.

How obsessed am I? I have made these oatcakes three times in three days. That’s obsession.

I like oatcakes better than actual oatmeal, and better than regular pancakes, for that matter. Pancakes have a tendency to make me a bit sick to my stomach. They’re too sweet and too heavy for me.

But these do nothing of the sorts. They’re gluten free, dairy free, and sweetened with just a squeeze of honey.

Tummy-friendly, wholesome ingredients.

Apple oatcake recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

The Cost: $1.04

These oatcakes are super cheap. Here’s the cost breakdown:

  • Oatmeal (1 1/3 cups) = $.24
  • Almond milk (2/3 cup) = $.30
  • 1/2 small apple = $.35
  • Other ingredients (baking powder, honey, cinnamon, vanilla) = $.15

Total cost (2 large servings) = $1.04
Cost per serving = $.52
Cost per pancake = $.10

Recipe inspiration: I discovered oatcakes on The Oatmeal Artist, and came up with this variation that contains fresh apple. (Side note: If you like oatmeal, you absolutely must check out this blog!)

Apple oatcakes, from Cheap Recipe Blog

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Apple Oatcakes Recipe
Yield: 10 small oatcakes

Apple Oatcakes Recipe

Trust me: You might want to double the recipe. These oatcakes keep well in the fridge and are a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups old-fashioned oats (not instant!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 small apple, cut into chunks
  • Oil, for frying (I used coconut oil)


  1. Place all ingredients except apple and oil into a blender and puree until smooth. Add apples and continue blending until no apple chunks remain. You want a smooth pancake batter.
  2. Heat a tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan. Pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter into the frying pan. Heat until bubbles begin to form on the top. Flip and continue cooking on the other side for another minute or so.
  3. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel-lined tray. Repeat until all of the batter is used. Serve oatcakes hot or cold with sliced apples and maple syrup.

18 Responses to “Apple Oatcakes”

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    Court — October 20, 2014 @ 3:13 am

    I’ve made these about four times now. Love them, thanks for the recipe!

    • Haley replied: — October 25th, 2014 @ 3:32 am

      Woohoo, sounds like you’ve found a winner! I’ve made them several times myself. I love that they keep in the fridge for several days.

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    Amanda Katz — December 30, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

    Just made these. Will be making them more. Yum! I think I am going to make a bunch and freeze them so I can pop them in the toaster for on the go!

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    Jen @ Frugal Millennial — May 10, 2016 @ 12:20 am

    Looks delicious!!

    • Haley replied: — May 10th, 2016 @ 7:01 pm

      Thank you Jen!

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    Anne Marie @ CCHC — September 26, 2016 @ 5:16 pm

    These looks absolutely divine!! I am a complete pancake-a-holic, but would love to give oatcakes a try. I think that my apple and pancake obsessed son would love them too!

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    [email protected]'s Kitchen and Garden — September 26, 2016 @ 6:39 pm

    I love the idea of how frugal. I also love the idea of apples included in the recipe. Sounds so good!

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    Krystal @ Little Light on a Hill — September 26, 2016 @ 6:50 pm

    Thanks so much for this perfect fall recipe. We found out this year that my daughter is allergic to eggs and milk and breakfast food has been a real challenge as far as new recipes are concerned. We will definitely be cooking these up after our trip to the apple orchard this year! ?

    • Haley replied: — September 28th, 2016 @ 3:03 pm

      I hope this one works out for you!

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    Jill — September 27, 2016 @ 2:48 am

    These look positively scrumptious!!! 

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    Jamie @ Medium Sized Family — September 30, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

    This sounds delicious! It would be a nice change of pace from regular pancakes. Yum!

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    Nara — September 30, 2016 @ 6:29 pm

    Great post and so yummy. Thanks for sharing, my kids will love this recipe.

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    Jaime — September 30, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

    This is such perfect timing. Apples are going on sale right around this time, and I’m looking for new ways to use them! I’m also wary of my breakfast foods; I love pancakes/waffles, but it’s just too much sugar so early in the morning. I’m also pushing toward a healthier lifestyle, and I appreciate that these are made with good ingredients! My daughter’s obsessed with pancakes, so I’m gonna try to make up a huge batch of these and freeze them. =)

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    Suzi — October 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

    Just pinned this! We have two apple trees in our yard, and I happen to be off dairy and gluten. So. . . score! Thanks.

    • Haley replied: — October 2nd, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

      Jealous of your apple trees! Thanks for pinning 🙂

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    angie — October 2, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

    to me this says fall all over it and I love that it is a cheap recipe as well. Thanks for sharing

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