This Oatmeal Bread recipe will give you the most delicious, moist, and fluffy bread you’ve ever tasted! Simple and easy recipe for beginning bakers. Enjoy with homemade soup like Minestrone or Chicken Noodle.
In our house, we like to eat homemade bread. It’s healthier than store-bought bread, made of real food ingredients, and it’s simply delicious.
However homemade bread sometimes takes time. Between work, family obligations, kids’ school activities, and household duties, who has all of the extra time to make bread from scratch?
Enter oatmeal bread. Not only are oats really, really good for you, but making oat flour is incredibly easy.
I started making homemade oat flour quite some time ago. I often substitute a cup or two for all-purpose flour in muffin and cookie recipes without a huge impact on flavor. In fact, it often keeps the baked goods from drying out so quickly.
This bread was delicious plain and with butter. So good in fact that those slices were all I was able to capture before the rest of the loaf was gobbled up. The slightly sweet and chewy texture also inspired another bread recipe – cinnamon raisin swirl!
Not only will your family devour this delicious oatmeal bread, but it’s also a perfect recipe because:
- Oats are healthy, which increases the nutrition of your homemade bread!
- It’s easy! Without complicated ingredients and techniques, this oatmeal bread is perfect for beginning bakers.
- It’s versatile! With a slightly sweet and nutty flavor, oatmeal bread is perfect plain, with butter, or even as sandwiches.
What is Oat Bread made of?
- Water** (see notes below if you’re not using einkorn)
- Granulated sugar
- Oat flour (how to make homemade oat flour)
- All-purpose einkorn flour** (see notes below if you’re not using einkorn)
- Vital wheat gluten
- Butter, soft or melted
Is Oatmeal Bread good for you?
Yes! This article from The Harvard School of Public Health talks about how healthy oats are. Not only that, but this oatmeal bread recipe is made from simple real food ingredients from scratch. Simple, unprocessed real food ingredients provide the best fuel and nutrition for our bodies.
How do you make oatmeal bread from scratch?
- In a large mixing bowl, combine yeast, water, and sugar and let sit until foamy. Add remaining ingredients until the dough is slightly sticky but thick, smooth, and elastic.
- Cover the bowl with a towel and set aside in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes; punch down.
- Cover the bowl and let rise again for 30 minutes; punch down.
- Preheat the oven. Split the dough and shape into two loaves. Cover pans with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to completely cool before slicing (if you can!).
What Does Oatmeal Bread Taste Like?
Oats have a naturally nutty and sweet flavor. This bread is soft, moist with the most perfect chewy texture. It’s so versatile that it would go well with butter as an accompaniment to my homemade minestrone soup, or perfect as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
More Easy Bread Recipes
- No Yeast Bread
- Homemade Pita Bread
- No-Knead Overnight Artisan Bread
- 90 Minute Man Bread
- No-Knead Einkorn Sourdough Bread
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Very Little Bother Oat Bread
This Very Little Bother Oat Bread recipe will give you the most delicious, tasty, moist, and fluffy bread you’ve ever experienced! Easy recipe novice bakers.
- Prep Time: 1 hour 35 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 2 hours, 5 mins
- Yield: 2 loaves 1x
- Category: Breads
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 1 ¾ cups water** (see notes below if you’re not using einkorn)
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp yeast
- 2 cups oat flour (how to make homemade oat flour)
- 3 – 3 ½ cups all-purpose einkorn flour** (see notes below if you’re not using einkorn)
- ½ cup vital wheat gluten
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup butter, soft or melted
- In a stand mixer bowl, combine yeast, water, and sugar and let sit until foamy. Add salt, oil, oat flour, 3 cups bread flour and vital wheat gluten. Mix until a sticky dough forms. Gradually add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is slightly sticky but thick.
- Cover bowl with a towel and set aside in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes; punch down.
- Cover bowl and let rise again for 30 minutes; punch down.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On the work surface, split the dough and shape it into two loaves. Place the loaves seam down into lightly greased loaf pans. Cover pans with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
- Bake the bread for 30 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before slicing (if you can!).
** If you’re using modern wheat (whole wheat, bread flour, or all-purpose flour), increase the water to 2 ¼ cups. You may also need to increase the flour to up to 5 cups.
What’s your favorite variation of oat bread?
I would like to leave out the modern wheat gluten, and add xanthan gum, instead. Whaddya think??
I have quick oats on hand and wondered if I can make my own oat flour from it by grinding it. Have you tried that or know if it would work? Can’t wait to try this recipe – it looks amazing! 🙂
Can I make this with only oat flour???✨
Unfortunately no Yuri – oats don’t have any gluten at all, so you’ll be left with an incredibly dense loaf of oatmeal. 🙁
No where in the recipe does it say to knead the bread, do you not have to in this recipe? I would like to try this recipe. Thank you!
Linda, the kneading is done in step 1 where it says “mix until a sticky dough forms.” This bread doesn’t require the extensive kneading that a typical bread recipe calls for.
Thanks, Tiffany. I would never have thought that “mix” and “knead” meant the same thing.
I am going to make this bread tomorrow! I was wondering if I could sub any wheat flour for the all purpose? I am not against white flour but my son loves wheat bread and I would like to keep the flavor there!!
Yes, you can! One thing to keep in mind is that oat doesn’t have gluten, so you have to combat that w/grains with gluten. Whole wheat is heavier than AP, so I leaned towards AP to ensure it rose well. If you sub, I’d start with 50/50 for the first time and then adjust from there. Awesome that he likes wheat bread – way to go mama!
I was looking for a oat bread recipe and I am so glad I checked here! I decided to try yours because I have had so much success making several of your bread recipes, this one was no different! I think this might be my all time favorite bread recipe now! So yummy!
I used AP Flour instead of the bread flour, and then added in another 2 tbsp vital wheat gluten per cup of flour and it turned out awesome! I will be making this again! Thank you again for these great recipes! I will be back to try others 🙂
Aw, your excitement is contagious – thank you! So glad you liked the recipes… I think this one is my favorite too!
BTW, I already have orders from a few friends for loaves of this bread! LOL they loved it as much as I did. It looks like I will be making more in the next few days 🙂
Oh wow! That’s a pretty darn good compliment! You know you’ve struck gold when friends ask you to make it for them. 😉
Hello! I just wanted to say that my family love love loves this bread! It is my go to bread every week because not only is it tasty for toast, french toast or just plain with honey, but also holds up great as a sandwich. I did want to add that I have found that using coconut sugar actually makes the bread even tastier! I use the same amount called for regular sugar and just sub the coconut sugar. Thank you for all the delicious recipes and money saving tips! God bless!
I’m so glad you liked it Taylor! I’ll have to try coconut sugar in this the next time I have it. I know it’s one of my favorites too – something about the oat gives it such a new chew!
Just out of curiosity, the oil you refer to in the instructions part of the recipe is the butter? I”m so excited to try this recipe. Thanks!!!
Hi there..I am new to home bread baking; do you know if I can skip the stand mixer and hand mix the dough? Thanks!
Yes you can Tabitha! Any of my bread recipes can be converted to by-hand, unless otherwise noted. 🙂
In the directions it says to add oil but I don’t see oil in the ingredients list. Is the oil supposed to say butter or do we add oil and butter? Thanks
That should say butter. Thanks for catching my typo Nicole!
Is it possible for me to make this recipe in my breadmaker?
I haven’t tried it personally Christina, but if you use this recipe and follow the instructions for the machine, I’m betting you’ll still get something pretty tasty. 🙂
I dont have a stand mixer, is it even possible to make homemade bread with out one?? Thanks for this wonderful site you have put together!
Yes, it is! It certainly takes more arm work, but it’s entirely possible. Just mix everything in a bowl until the spoon won’t turn, then start kneading. 🙂 Thank you Deanna!!
Love this recipe! I tried it for the first time today with my kids and wow – amazing. Wow do we buy the bread from the store? Thank you for posting!
You’re welcome Natalie! Happy to hear you enjoyed it!