Honey Oatmeal Wheat Bread

A whole grain bread with a lovely taste and aroma. More substantial than a standard white – thanks to the oats and wheat flour, but never heavy. With a soft open crumb and golden crust, it’s perfect for sandwiches, toast – or even just eating plain.

Yields one king-size loaf or two regular size (26 servings)

SODIUM CONTENT: 9 mg per slice

Nutrition Facts: Honey Oatmeal Wheat Bread


4 1/2 t. instant dry yeast
1 1/2 c. warm milk
1 1/2 c. warm water
1/2 c. honey
1/3 c. vegetable oil
2 c. old fashioned (not instant) rolled oats
2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
3 1/2-4 c. all-purpose flour


Measure the yeast into a large mixing bowl. Add the warm milk and water and stir. Add the honey and oil and stir well to combine. Add the oats and mix, then add in the whole wheat flour, a cup or so at a time, stirring well to combine. Gradually stir in the all-purpose flour, a half cup at a time, mixing until a dough begins to form. Once the dough is pretty solid, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gather together, adding just enough flour to keep the dough from sticking. Begin kneading, adding a little flour as necessary, and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a clean mixing bowl and place dough inside. Cover well (I like to use clear plastic wrap secured at the top with a rubber band) and place in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Once dough has doubled, removed cover and punch down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and either shape into a single loaf or cut into two and shape into individual loaves. Lightly butter or oil one (or two) loaf pan(s) and gently place loaf/ves inside. Cover loosely with some lightly oiled plastic wrap and leave to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Once risen, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the pan/s on the middle rack in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Remove pan/s from oven and place on wire rack to cool for a minute, then carefully remove bread from pan/s and place on wire rack to cool. Allow bread to cool at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

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13 Responses to Honey Oatmeal Wheat Bread

  1. Sylvia says:

    Can this recipe be made in a bread maker?

    • Christy says:

      Hi Sylvia!

      I’m sorry I don’t have any experience w a bread maker, but I don’t see why it couldn’t be adapted to one. If you do try and have success, please report back! It’d be helpful to others I’m sure.

      Best wishes to you.

  2. Deborah says:

    Have been looking for a good honey oatmeal bread recipe. Going to try this. Thanks for your site.

  3. Lollie says:

    Have you tried using all whole wheat flour and no ap flour? I have another whole wheat bread recipe that is all whole wheat but the sodium is high.

    Great website — thank you for all your hard work!

  4. Christy says:

    Hi Lollie!

    You could definitely substitute an equal amount of white whole wheat flour for the regular all-purpose. If you try it – or some other combination – please feel free to comment back and let me know how it goes. Best of luck!

    So glad to hear you’re enjoying the site! You’re so welcome. 🙂 Christy

  5. Amy says:

    Do you know what the sodium content is?

    • Christy says:

      Hi Amy! Yes, the bread should make 26 servings – whether baked in a king-sized loaf or two regular sized loaves – and contains 9 mg sodium per slice. I’ve calculated the complete nutritional information for the recipe and posted above. Hope this helps!

      PS: Thanks so much for letting me know when the info is missing – it’s really a big help for us all. I’ll be sure to keep adding as I’m alerted. Thanks again! 🙂

    • Amy says:

      Whoops just found it!

  6. Julie says:

    I’m from England, so I struggle to get my head around the cup system. When you say two regular loaves, would that be the equivalent of a loaf made with 500g of flour?

    I would like to try this in my breadmaker, it looks lovely 🙂

    Thank you

    • Christy says:

      Hi Julie!

      Great question. This recipe calls for 6+ cups flour PLUS 2 cups of oats. So it would be roughly equivalent to TWO loaves of bread made with 500g flour. Really hope that helps! Best of luck w/ your bread maker. :))

      Very best wishes,

  7. John says:

    Hi, I’ve tried twice now to adapt this recipe to a break maker but am having trouble with getting a proper dough. I’ve halved the recipe to adapt it to the 1.5 lb setting of the machine. The first time I followed the recipe directly and baked in the machine and the dough collapsed and made a rather flat topped loaf which tasted great, but was rather dense. The second time I ran the machine on the dough only cycle and I monitored it and saw that the dough looked like a very wet gooey mess, so I added about 5 tablespoons of wheat flour, one at a time, while the machine was doing the initial kneading. I thought it was looking like a reasonable dough ball and when I removed it onto a lightly floured board, it was still a very sticky mess and also collapsed after 1-1/2 hours of rising. The bread came out about the same, dense, but flavorful. Is this how this should behave or should I expect to get a better formed loaf (and less messy cleanup!)? Thanks.

    • Christy says:

      Hi John,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your unsuccessful attempts using the bread maker. Unfortunately, I’ve never used one of these machines- but another reader has offered this advice:

      “For those who are asking about bread makers, I first put all liquid ingredients in the bread maker, including the honey, then the flour, and finally the yeast. You need to make sure that no liquid or honey touches the yeast.”

      Not sure if this is the root of the problem (lack of personal experience) but thought I’d pass along.

      Wishing you all the very best,

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