In this recipe, I am going to show you how to make oat wraps. Not only do they taste great, but they are also cheap to make and only have two ingredients.

Please note, that if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, this also works in a non-stick frying pan.

Where did oat wraps originally come from?

I have no idea who first invented them. But the first oatcake wrap I ate was in Staffordshire, England. Many years ago I visited my in-laws in Stoke-On-Trent in Staffordshire, England. My husband (at the time) introduced me to a delightful invention – the ‘Staffordshire Oatcake‘, a simple oat wrap. Not only were they naturally vegan, but the traditional versions were also wheat-free.

We stuffed our oat wraps with hummus and salad and enjoyed the most delicious lunch. Another time, we rolled them up to dunk in our tomato soup. And then there was this other occasion when I had the rather bright idea of using them to create an enchilada – oh yum!

The oatcake wrap is a rather genius sort of pancake
typically made using a flat-bottomed griddle or cast iron skillet.

This ‘oatcake’ can be used to fill with the contents of your choice for breakfast or lunch, like a wrap or crepe – or simply used as a simple alternative to bread. This oatcake, however, is not to be confused with the Scottish ‘oatcake’ which is actually a biscuit or cracker.

Simple Oat Wraps - using a cast iron skillet #vegan #glutenfree - staffordshire oatcakes by Anastasia at Kind Earth


After going gluten-free a few years ago I started to miss my spelt bread – ahhhhhh. It wasn’t long before that yearning to create delicious alternatives began to motivate me. As it happens, I was lying in bed one morning, daydreaming when the vision of this oat wrap popped into my thoughts. It all made sense.

Creating a batter from ground oats 

I simply imagined creating a batter from ground oats and water and doing a bit of culinary magic on a cast iron griddle or skillet. I quickly bought myself a cast iron skillet – which is when the fun began!

Making a pliable, flexible oat wrap

Before long I’d figured out that I needed to make a pourable batter and pour it on the skillet. Much to my joy, it worked and after a few attempts, I’d found different formulas, all with slightly different outcomes.

I was particularly looking for something pliable and flexible that didn’t break easily when finished; something that you could wrap salad and hummus in. It turns out that achieving that is quite easy with a flat-bottomed cast iron skillet and a few tips.

If you want to use gluten-free oats, then your oat wraps are totally gluten-free

Personally, I use gluten-free oats, but if you don’t eat GF, then just use any oats. What is the difference between gluten-free and regular oats? Read HERE.


Simple Oat Wraps - using a cast iron skillet #vegan #glutenfree

  • Step 1: Create the oat wrap batter (scroll for the recipe below).
  • Step 2: Smooth it onto your piping hot skillet.
  • Step 3: Give it a minute or two to come together.
  • Step 4: Flip it over.
  • Step 5: Pop it into a lint-free tea towel (USA: dish towel) or kitchen towel/paper for 10 to 15 mins.
  • Step 6: Enjoy your oat wrap as is or stuff it with your favourite ingredients.

Simple Oat Wraps - using a cast iron skillet #vegan #glutenfree - staffordshire oatcakes by Anastasia at Kind Earth

Important tips for making simple oatcake wraps…

  • Make sure your griddle or skillet is hot enough. The mixture needs to be really hot to do its culinary alchemy and to stop it from sticking to the pan.
  • Make sure your batter is not too thick – yet not too thin.
  • Be sure that you have a smidgen of oil to evenly coat your cast iron skillet between rounds, to prevent sticking (this only need to be a minimal amount).

Simple Oat Wraps - using a cast iron skillet #vegan #glutenfree - staffordshire oatcakes by Anastasia at Kind Earth

A helpful video on how to make oat wraps

The oat wrap written recipe is below. Please watch this video first for a quick visual guide on how to make these…

Simple Oat Wraps - using a cast iron skillet #vegan #glutenfree

Simple Oatcake Wraps Using A Cast Iron Skillet - 2 ingredients (GF vegan)

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A delicious staffordshire oatcake wrap recipe made using oats and water (with salt and pepper to season). Easy, naturally vegan and can be gluten-free (if using gluten-free oats).


  • 150g ground oats (1¼ cups approx)
  • 250ml water (1 cup)
  • Big pinch of sea salt


  1. Either buy ground oats or grind them yourself. You can usually do this in a food processor, high powered blender or nut mill.
  2. Mix oats, water (with salt and pepper) together. Use a jug and a fork to 'whisk' these ingredients together until evenly combined and without lumps.
  3. Leave mixture to settle for a few minutes (it will thicken in this time) and stir/whisk again (see my video for demo). You need a batter mixture that is thick, yet easy to pour. If it is too thick then the oatcake wraps will likely crack. If it is too thin then it might do other weird stuff hahaha. The best way to learn this is by 'feel' and experience or trial & error. If your mixture is too thick, add a dash of water to thin. If it is too thin, then add a small amount of ground oats to it.

Cooking your oatcake wraps

  1. Heat your cast iron skillet until it is piping hot. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, please note that this usually works in a regular non-stick frying pan too.
  2. Pour about a quarter of your mixture onto the surface of the skillet (watch video for demo) and quickly smooth out with a flat-ish bottomed spoon.
  3. It will quickly change consistency with the heat, within a couple of minutes.
  4. Use a metal or heat-proof spatula (known as fish-slice in the UK) to gently tease the edges of the wrap. If it's going right, then the whole wrap should lift up effortlessly. If there is any resistance then leave it another minute. Once you peek underneath and see it starting to tan ever so slightly you can flip it over and cook the other side for a minute or two.

Softening your oatcake wraps before serving them

  1. When done, pop onto a cooling rack between the layers of a lint-free tea towel (in the USA they are called dish drying cloths or something like that) or between layers or kitchen towel/paper. This important to help them soften if you want to roll them up. Leave them for 10 to 15 minutes and that should be enough time to soften enough so that you can roll them.
  2. Stuff with your favourite dip and salad ingredients and enjoy for lunch. Alternatively stuff with a bean recipe like this Spicy Black Beans One Pot and create enchiladas. Or simply roll and use as an accompaniment to soup.
  3. Explore and enjoy!

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If you want to make a gluten-free vegan wrap with chickpea flour and tapioca flour, then this recipe here is amazing too…

Gluten-free Vegan Wraps or Tortillas that work every time by Anastasia, Kind Earth

If you want to use rice paper for wrapping things, summer roll style, then there is an excellent guide for that here…

How to make perfect spring rolls with rice paper wraps by Trinity - gluten-free vegan

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Simple Oat Wraps - using a cast iron skillet #vegan #glutenfree - staffordshire oatcakes by Anastasia at Kind Earth