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Honey Oat Bread

Prep Time: 2 hrs
Cook Time: 1 hr
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Honey Oat Bread is the perfect bread to make for your breakfast toast! It's sweet, soft, and easy to make! Give this recipe a try, you'll be making this one over and over!

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Sliced honey oat bread on a table

Honey Oat Bread is a bread that you will LOVE! Everyone is talking about Healthy January and writing down their goals for the year. What better way to start the year off with learning a fun and yummy bread recipe? This Honey Oat Bread is a great way to get started with your New Year's baking resolutions. It's slightly sweet, contains only a few ingredients, and doesn't require any special techniques. Best of all, the end result is a light and fluffy crumb that will pair perfectly with just about anything. Eat this bread as a sandwich, with simply butter, or enjoy it by itself! Any way that you like works just fine!

Also, you have to check out this Apple Oat Bread and this Cheesy Beer Bread while you're here!

Sliced Honey Oat Bread with oats and a honey dipper

Honey Oat Bread

So, funny story about this recipe. I started developing this recipe back in the Fall. I made this on a whim, posted the reel to social media, and never posted the recipe. Why, you may ask? Because when I baked it, it kept overflowing in the pan. I was so frustrated because it tasted SO good, but was just not structurally sound.

As you know, I want to always make sure that my recipes are fairly (emphasis on fairly) simple, if not SUPER simple. I didn't want to post a recipe that tasted good but wasn't presentable. So, I decided yesterday that I would give this recipe another try. Shocker! It was successful. I sliced it, ate it by itself and then as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Then, my Husband tried it. He loved it too!

Also, if you love this recipe, try this Same Day Country Loaf and this Maple Oat Breakfast Bread too!

a sliced loaf of bread

what did I do differently?

So, I'm glad that you asked. The first time I made this Honey Oat Bread, it tasted so good, but it overflowed in the pan and was misshapen. This recipe does require a 10x5 loaf pan - the size of the pan helped!! The second time? I burned it because I wasn't paying attention. The third time? Ugh. The third time, I scaled down the amount of flour too much and it was too small for the pan and the shape just wasn't there. As you can see, I had my fair share of frustration. So, after the third attempt, I decided to give it a rest.

Fast forward about 4 months later (to yesterday), I decided to give it another go. However, this time, I used a dutch oven as opposed to a loaf pan. Again, the taste was there. Soft, fluffy, delicious - amazing! This was my test run (again) and I was very happy with it. So, I decided to attempt the loaf again. It worked! What did I do differently? I simply scaled the ingredients back and gave my dough more time to rest and rise appropriately. That way, when it was time to bake, everything came worked out!

a sliced loaf of bread on a table with oats and coffee mugs

what is honey oat bread?

Honey Oat Bread is a bread that is comprised of honey, whole/rolled oats, water, yeast, a little salt and flour. All of these ingredients come together and make a bread that's slightly sweet and fluffy. The texture is airy and soft with a pillowy outer shell. To get the oats to stick to the outside of the bread, simply brush with honey prior to baking and sprinkle the whole rolled oats on top.

pieces of honey oat bread on a marble table

how many slices are in one loaf?

This recipe yields about 12 slices. Of course, this is depending on how big or small you slice the loaf/bread. I like my bread slices a bit thicker, so I cut them accordingly. Typically, I eat this bread as toast with a little butter for breakfast with my morning coffee. But! This bread also makes an exceptional ham sandwich and can be eaten with savory foods as well for a delicious sweet and savory vibe.

loaf of honey oat bread

is homemade bread healthier than store brought?

To answer simply - YES!!! Store brought bread can contain a lot of preservatives and fillers like high fructose corn syrup and calcium propionate etc. When you make your own bread, you control exactly what goes into the bread. Making it yourself and in your own kitchen also yields a more flavorful bread! There's something really cool about making your own bread from scratch. Knowing exactly what you're eating and exactly where each of the ingredients came from always gives me such satisfaction. So, give this recipe a try. You'll love it because homemade bread is so much better!

how long will this honey oat bread keep?

If you haven't eaten it all immediately fresh out of the oven, this bread will keep for up to 5-7 days. It should be stored in a bread box or in an airtight container. You can also freeze this bread for up to three months. When it's time to use the bread, simply toast in the oven or in a toaster right out of the freezer. IF you allow it to defrost, the bread will become soggy. Yikes! Besides, toasted bread is always yummy anyway. Just my biased opinion! 🙂

do I have to use rolled oats in honey oat bread? Can I use instant oats?

You should definitely use rolled oats. They're healthier and bake better in the bread. The instant oats tend to blend into the flour and don't have a distinct texture. The rolled oats give the bread the texture and create the yummy chewiness! So, I have to 100% recommend rolled oats.

honey oat bread crumb

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Honey Oat Bread

Honey Oat Bread is the perfect bread to make for your breakfast toast! It's sweet, soft, and easy to make! Give this recipe a try, you'll be making this one over and over!
Serving: 12 servings
Prep Time: 2 hrs
Cook Time: 1 hr
Calories: 140kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Bread Flour
  • 3 cups Water, Lukewarm
  • 1 ½ cup Old Fashioned Oats/Rolled Oats
  • 3 tbsps Honey
  • 2 tsps Salt
  • 3 tsps Active Dry Yeast

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine bread flour, water, oats, and honey. Mix together with your hands, dough will be very sticky. Once all ingredients come together to form a dough, cover with a towel and let the dough sit for 30 minutes.
  • Add yeast and salt to the dough and knead for 5 minutes. Cover with a towel and allow dough to rest again for 30 minutes.
  • Gently stretch and pull the dough - pull one side of the dough up and bring to the middle. Repeat about 4-5 times and let dough sit again for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Dough should be slightly bubbly. Spray a 10x5 loaf pan with oil and add dough to the pan. Brush top of dough with 1 tsp of melted honey and sprinkle oats on top. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until golden brown.
  • Allow bread to cool completely before cutting into.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    you are the bread queen. every one of your recipes are delicious and this is no exception. you were right, this honey oat bread with warm butter is SO good!

  2. I can't figure out what's going wrong for the life of me. I've made this bread twice now and my apartment tends to get cold so before I make it, I always turn the heater on to get the room temp up to 75. First time, I baked for 55 min and it came out really doughy in the center. So I just made it again and this time, baked for an hour and 20 min and it still came out super doughy in the center, but I had to pull it out of the oven because the top was starting to burn. What am I doing wrong??

    • Hi Becca, sorry to hear that this recipe isn't working for you! I'm not quite sure what's going on. I will note that everyone's oven's are different so adjusting the temperature up by 25 degrees may help cook the bread thoroughly. Also, are you cooking the bread on the center rack of the oven? This ensures an even bake. Also, are you using a 9 x 5 loaf pan? I hope that this helps!

  3. 5 stars
    The bread was so good on its own, it was delicious with jam for breakfast and I also had some leftovers with soup for dinner.

  4. 5 stars
    You've got me thinking I can make homemade bread all the time now because this recipe was so easy and turned out just PERFECT.

  5. 5 stars
    You've got me thinking I can make homemade bread all the time now because this recipe was so easy and turned out PERFECT.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this today and it turned out so good!! Making bread was easier than I thought it would be, thanks to the help of your recipe! I'll definitely be making this again!

  7. 5 stars
    I planned to make this bread for sandwiches, but it was SO good on its own that I just ended up snacking on it with a little salted butter! It was so hearty and fluffy, and the touch of honey was perfect. I'll definitely be making it again soon!

  8. 5 stars
    I was so scared to try homemade bread- until I saw this recipe on Pinterest! I realized I had everything I needed to make it, and I went for it! Wow- I’m definitely going to be making it again very soon because it was amazing!

  9. 5 stars
    I thought that making my own bread would be a really tough feat. I really appreciated your detailed instructions, and it was so much easier than I thought.