Homemade bread has been all the rage this year, and this healthy oat bread recipe is no exception. Not only is this oatmeal bread better for you than traditional white loaves, but it is hands down one of the simplest bread recipes around. So even if you are completely new to the game, I guarantee your oat bread will have that perfect fluffy texture and a golden crispy crust every time.
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Why You'll Love This Oatmeal Bread Recipe
- Homemade oatmeal bread is a healthy alternative to store-bought white breads since the oats are rich in fiber and contain other essential nutrients.
- The possibilities for this bread are endless. Use your oatmeal bread to make avocado toast for breakfast, or enjoy it at lunch when making your favorite sandwich.
- This easy bread recipe is perfect for beginner bread makers. The steps are simple to follow with no mixer needed. In fact, most of the time is allotted to allow the dough to rise and bake, so there's very little hands-on work required.
- One loaf goes a long way, so this is a great option for when you want to prep a few meals for the week. Plus, it's easy to store at room temperature, so you can always have it on hand.
- Milk - brought to a simmer
- Rolled oats - old fashioned rolled oats work best
- Butter - at room temperature
- Honey - for a natural sweetness
- Instant yeast - active dry yeast can work as well
- Warm water - to build your dough
- Salt - to blend with the flour
- Flour - whole wheat flour is ideal
- Egg wash - to brush on the dough for a golden brown crust
How to Make Oatmeal Bread
Step 1: Prepare your oats
In a large mixing bowl, add the oats and butter. Pour the simmered milk over the oats and butter, and allow the oat mixture to soak at room temperature for 90 minutes.
Step 2: Build The dough
Add the honey, yeast, and warm water to your oat mixture and set aside for roughly 5 minutes. You'll then start to incorporate the flour and salt a little bit at a time, stirring consistently until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
Step 3: Knead the dough
Continue to add flour until the dough is soft without being too sticky. Knead your dough for a few minutes, then cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for one hour.
Step 4: Shape your loaf
Once your dough is ready, punch down on the dough to shape it into a loaf. You'll then transfer the dough to a prepared loaf pan and let the dough rise for an additional hour.
Step 5: Bake the bread
Preheat your oven to 350°F and gently brush your dough with the egg wash mixture. You can then bake the bread for 35-40 minutes until the crust turns golden brown. Allow the bread to cool completely before removing the loaf from the pan and serving.
- To ensure a fluffier bread, keep your dough well hydrated by not letting it dry out, and avoid over kneading.
- Top your loaf with sunflower or pumpkin seeds to make a delicious seeded oat bread.
- For a less noticeable oat texture, use quick oats, combine half oat flour with half bread flour, or ground your own oats
- To make a gluten free bread, opt for a gluten free flour
- Use almond milk, oat milk, or dairy free milk to make this recipe dairy free.
How To Store Oat Bread
I personally avoid storing my bread in the fridge as it can make the bread stale very quickly. With that in mind, you can wrap your bread in plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for up to 5 days, or freeze it.
If you are freezing a whole loaf, simply wrap the loaf in parchment paper and store it in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. For sliced bread, I recommend placing a sheet of parchment paper in between the slices before freezing.
When reheating a few slices of bread, simply place the slice on a microwave-safe plate and reheat in intervals of 10 seconds until the bread has softened. If you need to reheat a whole frozen loaf, I recommend baking the frozen loaf in the oven at 325F for 15-20 minutes or until it is soft and warm throughout.
More Healthy Recipes
- Oat flour pancakes
- Healthy low calorie banana bread
- Low calorie bagels
- Blueberry overnight oats
- Healthy French toast
- 1 cup milk, bring to simmer
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoon butter, room temperature
- 4 tablespoon honey
- 2 ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
- ⅓ cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 ½-3 cups all-purpose flour or oat flour
- Egg wash for brushing, 1 egg + 2 tablespoon water
- Add oats and butter in a bowl. Pour over simmered milk and set aside for 1 ½ hours.
- Add honey, yeast, and warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- Add the flour with salt a little at a time and stir until the dough starts to pull away from the sides.
- Add enough flour to make the dough soft but not overly sticky. Knead for a few minutes and cover with a plastic foil. Let the dough rise for 1 hour.
- Punch down the dough and shape it into a loaf.
- Transfer the loaf to a baking pan and allow to rise for another hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Gently brush the dough with the egg wash.
- Bake the bread for 35-40 minutes.
- Cool the bread completely before removing it from the loaf pan.
- Slice and serve as desired.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gProtein: 4g