Oaty Biscuits. Delicious, very versatile and totally irresistible!


Oaty Biscuits. Delicious, very versatile and totally irresistible!

large sultana oaty biscuits

A very, very variable recipe, for oaty biscuits. Much, much too moreish – and although they are only 1p a biscuit, could make it not frugal as they get scoffed too quickly 🙂 especially warm and delicious straight from the oven mmmmm

Some of the hundreds of oaty biscuit flavour variations you could try

Add to the oaty biscuit mix:-

  • A tsp ginger, fresh, preserved or dried
  • Or cinnamon, mixed spice or ground cloves
  • Chopped nuts of any kind
  • A handful of any dried fruit – dried cranberries, sour cherries, raisins, currants or chopped apricots
  • Chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
  • Cocoa
  • Smarties
  • Jelly tots
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Sprinkles
  • Etc etc etc

Should I use butter or oil to make oaty biscuits?

I often use a neutral oil to make these, rapeseed oil or a light olive oil. The oil version oaty biscuits have a short texture which we both like. Use a butter or margarine and the texture will be softer, still gorgeous though!

I’ve reduced the original amount of sugar from 200g to 150g in line with current thinking

Large chocolate oaty biscuits

I replaced 30g of the flour with cocoa powder in this chocolate oaty biscuits version. I also divided the mixture into 12 to make a dozen much larger biscuits. These larger biscuits needed 20 minutes in the oven rather than 15. They’re still warm and my husband has eaten two already!

chocolate oaty biscuits


Large raisin / sultana oaty biscuits

This version is also larger oaty biscuits. I added a big handful of sultanas to these ones and as I’d run out of oil, I used butter in this batch. Lovely crisp texture and buttery flavour

large sultana oaty biscuits


This recipe is from Meal Plan 1, Meal Plan 3, Meal Plan 7 and  Meal Plan 8,  complete 7 day plans for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list

Oaty biscuits
oaty biscuits

Oaty Biscuits

Very, very variable recipe, much, much too moreish!
4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
School Lunches
budget meals
cheap family recipes
dairy free by Olguioo from the Noun Project
Dairy Free
No Nuts by Llisole from the Noun Project
Nut Free
vegan by Guilherme Furtado from the Noun Project
Vegetarian by Philipp Petzka from the Noun Project
Servings: 50 biscuits
Cost per portion 1p per biscuit
Calories: 76kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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  • 200 g self- raising flour
  • 200 g oats
  • 150 g sugar
  • 200 ml veg oil
  • 2 tbsp hot water


  • Just bung everything a bowl and mix together very well.
  • Use the same weight of butter, spread or coconut oil instead of the oil if you prefer
  • Using your hands, make walnut sized pieces and place on greased baking trays. You can either leave them walnut shaped, or flatten them out to biscuit shape
  • Bake at 180C fan for 15 minutes. Click to start a 15 minute timer


Nutrition Facts
Oaty Biscuits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Thrifty Lesley

    That sounds a lovely combination. I daren’t make any very often, I scoff too many!

  2. Alison Hiscock

    5 stars
    I made these last week for the umpteenth time. Very delish, but didn’t last very long.
    I used a TSP of mixed spice, a handful of mixed fruit and some chopped mixed nuts. I sprinkled the tops before baking with Demerara sugar mixed with half teaspoon of mixed spice.
    I love that these are customisable. This time I used Olio-type spread, approx 285g, but it works equally well with oil.
    I made them ping pong ball sized and flattened them slightly with a fork.
    It made 22. I baked for 20 mins.
    Thanks for your recipes, which I use a lot.

  3. Thrifty Lesley

    Might need to be pressed more firmly, or was there maybe a little too much flour or oats?

  4. Elaine Pettifer

    I think I went a bit wrong! Maybe need wee bit more oil as they didn’t come together well…first time baking with oil….but will persevere..they are edible just some are broken nuggets!!!lol

  5. Thrifty Lesley

    half oil and half butter is interesting, what was the texture like? Were they short or crispy, or somewhere in the middle?

  6. Karen

    5 stars
    Just made a batch of these and they are lovely. I used half oil and half melted butter as that was what I had in. Will definitely make them again with some of the variations.

  7. Thrifty Lesley

    That sounds lovely, pumpkin seeds would work very well

  8. Katherine Pemberton

    These oaty biscuits are delicious with pumpkin seeds added. I found mine cooked in less than fifteen minutes in a fan oven.

  9. Moira

    5 stars
    Hi just made these, great added cinnamon to them. I have been looking for a oat biscuit recipe for a while none have turned out as good as these. Next time I will cut back on the sugar as I don’t have a sweet tooth.

  10. Lesley

    I know what you mean, I can’t make them, eat too many!

  11. Catherine

    Just made these and they are delicious. Seems like a lot of oil though (200g). They are really crumbly and sweet (my sweet tooth loves you!). They may not last the week… LOL

  12. Lesley

    Yes, that’s right. Not steel cut oats. They are the rolled oats

    I’m still eating that soup, taking it out of the freezer, working through that stash!

    We had a lovely Christmas, I love all that family time., makes me feel all warm and fuzzy

  13. New England Flybaby


    Are “porridge oats” what we in the States call “old-fashioned” or “rolled” oats? (I’m assuming they’re NOT steel-cut oats aka Irish oatmeal in the States), but please correct me if I’m wrong.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas! I’m enjoying reading your many clever ideas for Christmas leftovers; that soup for leftover day 1 looks delicious!

  14. Lesley

    Have some in the tin right now, and trying not to have any. They are scrummy! Good luck with your fund raiser

  15. Helen

    Will be making these for a charity coffee morning on Wednesday 🙂

  16. Lesley

    they are much too moreish, one just isn’t enough!
    those additions sound lovely

  17. kirsty

    Just made some of these (and sneaked one still warm from the oven) GORGEOUS! Added lemon zest, a little lemon juice and some cinnamon, got away with the extra liquid as my flour was overly dry anyway. This made loads too!

  18. Lesley

    I find them much too moreish and have to lock them in a tin 🙂

  19. Claire

    just made these (with spread instead of veg oil as that’s what I had)
    and they are delicious! Thanks! 🙂

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