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the best oat cakes recipe

What to snack on when you want to eat healthy? Quitting snacks (which used to be chocolate and pastries in my case) has been one of the hardest parts of eating better.
Until I discovered oat cakes! After a bit of experimenting I found the perfect recipe for me that is both healthy and super tasty.
best oat cakes recipe. little home by hand blog
Using this recipe as a base I first tried a batch with dark chocolate mixed in. It was ok, but rather bitter. For the next batch I just started adding things I thought would taste nice.

Here’s my recipe:

  • 225g oats
  • ca. 200g  chopped almonds
  • ca. 150g raisins
  • 60g whole grain spelt flour (can be substituted by wholewheat flour if you have no spelt flour on hand)
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 60g butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey (can be substituted with agave nectar if you want no sugar at all)
  • 60-80ml hot water
  • between 1/2 and 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of cardamom

Mix together all dry ingredients, then add the honey, melted butter and hot water. Mix with a spoon until it has formed a dough, then roll out on a floured surface (I roll it out between a piece of saran wrap so it doesn’t stick).

best oat cakes recipe. little home by hand blog
best oat cakes recipe. little home by hand blog
I used glasses to cut the cakes (some of these photos are from my chocolate batch, hence the dark color)
best oat cakes recipe. little home by hand blog
Bake at 190°C for about 20-30 minutes, until the cakes are starting to brown.
best oat cakes recipe. little home by hand blog
best oat cakes recipe. little home by hand blog
The cakes are very filling due to the oats and the whole grain flour. The spices and almonds add a nice taste and the raisins add sweetness. I think I’ll substitute the honey with agave nectar the next time and see how that turns out.
Happy baking!

PS: If you have some tried and true healthy snack recipes do share in the comments!



I was so determined not to get caught up in the holiday rush this year, to bake cookies every sunday, to visit christmas markets and enjoy advent.
Yeah, that didn’t happen. It was a stressful time at work and the days just rushed by in a whirlwind, leaving me feeling completely tuckered out.
Yesterday was the last day at work and I am slowly starting to exhale and relax. I’m looking forward to the next few days, spending time with friends and family, going to the cinema, taking it slow and resting.
baking christmas cookies. tidytipsy
We did manage to bake one batch of cookies during the month and since I’m restricting myself to one item of sweets or chocolate a day (more on that soon), they’ve lasted us quite a while!
baking christmas cookies. tidytipsy
I got some orders in my Etsy shop and managed to send christmas cards to my portrait customers this year, so early mornings were spent packaging and shipping.
etsy orders. fotografiekoehler
christmas cards. fotografiekoehler
We had a christmas party at work, which was great fun.
party. fotografiekoehler
party. fotografiekoehler
The theme was “The night before Christmas – Pajama party” and the costumes were such fun! I serged together a blue jersey dress really quickly (as in, I didn’t even finish the hems) using the Grainline Scout pattern and went as starry sky.
december. tidytipsy
I also started knitting my first ever cardigan! Well, I took about a month to decide on the yarn and then 2 weeks to knit a test swatch (got it right the first time, thank goodness) and finally cast on yesterday.
You’ll have seen these photos on Instagram if you follow me there. Looking forward to digging out my “real” camera again in the quieter days to come.
Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

merry christmas

Oh boy, christmas really came too fast this year!
I worked up until yesterday, but we squeezed a last minute batch of christmas cookies in anyway.

We didn’t do much decorating (the cats took down any we tried to put up) but we got lots of chocolate and goodies at work. One freebie was this baby christmas tree that we got sent and which my colleagues saved for me, knowing I would love it. It came with instructions to pot it and keep it on the balcony and it even came with tiny christmas ornaments. What a beautiful idea to give as a company christmas present instead of sending out junk that will get thrown out immediately!
I’m hoping it’ll be big enough to keep as a small potted tree on the table next christmas and the years after that.

I wish you all a wonderful and restful time with your family and friends.