Start out your day with a slice of homemade honey oat bread. Amazing warm out of the oven, or toasted, it doesn’t get much better than this. A quick and easy recipe you’re going to love.
While it might take a little while, making homemade bread is worth every minute. It takes minimal prep time and the result is a hearty slice of bread that will melt in your mouth. Double the recipe and make a loaf for now and freeze one for later!
There’s nothing that will make your house smell like home more than honey oat bread baking away. Homemade oat bread is hard to resist warm just out of the oven, but is just as good warmed up for toast in the morning or afternoon snack.
I get tired of oatmeal cereal every morning but I still need something to keep me going until lunch and surprisingly enough, just one slice of this amazing oat bread recipe is all I need.
Honey oat bread has oats of course, but also whole wheat flour mixed with all purpose flour for both texture and flavor. For a crunchier texture try an apple oatmeal bread with walnuts.
Of course it has honey inside and more honey brushed on the outside before baking. I like the idea of using honey instead of sugar when possible. The honey not only gives a slightly sweet taste to the bread itself but helps keep the oatmeal sprinkled on top in place so that it can get brown and toasty while it bakes.
What is an Oat Bread?
Oat bread has rolled oats in the dough. These large flakes of oats give the bread more texture and a hearty flavor without the crunchiness that you get with some whole grain breads. This makes it ideal for sandwiches or toast.
Why You’ll Love this Honey Oat Bread Recipe
- The aroma of fresh baked bread wafting through the house is amazing!
- This is an easy bread than anyone can make.
- Oatmeal honey bread is good with just butter or toasted with honey or jam.
- It’s packed with healthy ingredients, nothing processed.
Oat Bread Recipe Ingredients
- Flour – Both all purpose flour and whole wheat flour
- Old fashioned oatmeal – for a heartier oatmeal, use old fashioned, it holds up better in baking
- Instant yeast – you can also use active yeast
- Pantry staples – honey, milk, butter, salt, whole wheat flour
How To Make Honey Oat Bread
Combine oats, flours, yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Heat some butter, milk and water in the microwave until just warm and then add honey to it. Add to the flour mixture and mix with the dough hook until smooth and elastic. Cover and let it rise until double, about an hour. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you’ll have to knead this by hand using old fashioned elbow grease until the dough looks smooth and elastic.
Punch down to remove the air bubbles and spread into a rectangle.
Then roll up, jellyroll style.
Place in a 9 x 5 loaf pan, cover and let rise about 45 minutes.
Warm honey and spread on top of the risen loaf and sprinkle with oats.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Remove and let cool completely if you can. If not, I won’t judge.
Pro tip: If your loaf is browning too quickly on top before the rest of the loaf is baked, you can use a large piece of aluminum foil and make a tent to stick over the top of the loaf pan to shield it.
Now that you have a warm delicious slice of oatmeal honey bread, slather it with butter and honey, or it’s a great way to enjoy homemade strawberry or peach jam. Eat this with a couple of cheesy sausage balls or a crustless quiche for the perfect brunch or breakfast.
How to Store Oat Bread (can it be frozen?)
Oat bread will stay fresh on the counter in an airtight bag for 1-2 days, after that it will quickly get dry. The best way to store homemade bread is to freeze it if you aren’t going to eat it in 2 days. If you store it in the refrigerator it can easily dry out.
How long will oatmeal bread last?
Homemade honey oat bread, like any homemade bread does not have preservatives so it will not stay fresh long. If you’re not going to eat it in three days, freeze it so that it doesn’t get stale. Otherwise, once it’s cooled, store it in an airtight bag on the counter.
Oatmeal Bread Recipe FAQs
If you are cutting this into thin sandwich slices you could get about 16 slices, if you want a thick slice of toast, you’ll probably only get 12 slices.
For a warm place for the bread to rise, heat up water in the microwave and add the bowl of dough to the warm microwave. Shut the door and let it rise in a warm humid environment.
There are two types of yeast – active yeast and instant yeast. Active dry yeast works great but needs more time for rising than instant yeast.
Both oatmeal and whole-wheat have lots of health benefits. Since this bread has both, you will get all the health benefits of eating whole grain along with the great flavor and texture they add to homemade bread.
Oatmeal bread can be a healthy option as it is high in fiber and nutrients.
Honey adds a natural sweetness to bread while adding antioxidants and avoiding the need for added sugar.
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Honey Oat Bread
- 2 ½ cups All purpose flour
- ½ cup Whole wheat flour
- ¾ cups old fashioned oatmeal or instant
- 1 package instant yeast 2 ¼ teaspoons
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons Oatmeal
- Combine oatmeal, flours, yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- In a 2 cup measuring cup or bowl, add butter and microwave for 10 seconds. Add milk and ¼ cup water and heat for 1 minute until warm but not hot. Add honey and stir to combined.
- Add milk mixture to flour mixture and combine with dough hook attachment. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and place in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch down and spread into a rectangle, then roll jellyroll style into a log that will fit into a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Place it in the pan, cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until it is about doubled.
- Warm a tablespoon of honey in the microwave for a few seconds so it will easily spread. Spread on top of the loaf, covering it completely. Sprinkle with oatmeal.
- Bake for 350º for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Let cool before slicing.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- For a warm place for the bread to rise, heat up water in the microwave and add the bowl of dough to the warm microwave. Shut the door and let it rise in a warm humid environment.
- You can leave out the whole wheat flour for a lighter loaf.
- Make sure that your butter mixture is warm and not hot when adding it to the yeast mixture or it will kill the yeast.
Do you grease the loaf pan
Did you hand stretch or use rolling pin to get the rectangle. In my mixer now so I’ll sing it until I hear from you
Barbara Curry says
I roll mine out with a rolling pin but you can use your hands to spread it into a rectangle. If you use a nonstick loaf pan, you don’t need to greasee it, but if not, I would butter it to make sure it comes out ok A little extra butter is never a bad thing! I’m craving a piece of this yummy bread now. Hope you enjoy.
You need look no further for the most PERFECT bread recipe. I just made a loaf this morning and fact…my family ate EVERY PIECE! Second loaf in the works now (3 hours later). Light, flavorful, easy …my advice MAKE THIS NOW!
Barbara Curry says
I’m so glad this turned out and that you loved it so much. I’m making a batch for breakfast tomorrow!
Everyone must RUN not walk to make this bread! I made it this morning and there is not one slice left! It’s so easy and delicious I’m actually making my second loaf of the day!
Delicious, light, easy to make the ONLY recipe you’ll ever need for oatmeal bread!
Can this be made in a breadmachine??
Barbara Curry says
Donna, I’m sorry but I don’t have a bread machine so I’m not sure how to convert it. King Arthur’s has a post on it that might be helpful. https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/blog/2018/04/30/how-to-convert-recipes-to-a-bread-machine