Bread Machine Oatmeal Bread With Molasses and Honey

Bread Machine Honey Molasses Oatmeal Bread on Table

Harald Walker / Stocksy

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 1 1/2 pounds
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
274 Calories
5g Fat
50g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 274
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 433mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 132mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The flavor and texture of a fresh-baked loaf of bread far surpass anything store-bought, and this bread machine recipe for oatmeal bread is simple to make and delicious, especially since it is flavored with a combination of honey and molasses, offering a bit of sweetness.

When using a bread machine, the directions are often to combine all of the ingredients and press start. This recipe, however, requires one additional step: The oatmeal needs to be combined with boiling water and left to cool slightly (it's important that the mixture isn't too hot or it will kill the yeast). Then it is combined with butter, honey, molasses, egg, bread flour, and yeast and left to mix and bake. If you like a classically shaped loaf or round loaf, you can use the machine to mix and knead the dough and then finish it in a conventional pan or on a baking sheet in the oven. This bread recipe makes a 1 1/2-pound loaf.

This oatmeal bread with molasses and honey is a fabulous toasting bread, and it makes great sandwiches. Enjoy this lightly sweetened bread with jam in the morning, or even alongside barbecue as it is particularly good with baked beans



  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 3 cups bread flour

  • 2 teaspoons instant or bread machine yeast, sprinkled over flour

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Put the oats in a mixing bowl. Pour the boiling water over the oats, and set aside to cool. They should not be too hot or the heat could kill the yeast.

  3. When the oats have cooled but are still a bit warm (about 105 F to 110 F), transfer to the bread machine pan.

  4. Add the remaining ingredients according to your bread machine manufacturer's manual.

  5. Bake on the light crust setting.

  6. Enjoy.


In addition to light, dark, and blackstrap molasses, you will find sulfured and unsulfured varieties. It is best to use unsulfured, as the sulfur is a preservative, removing some of the sweetness and causing a chemical-like aftertaste.

Recipe Variation

If you don't have bread flour, you can use all-purpose flour. Bread flour has more gluten than all-purpose, so the loaf may not rise as much as it would with bread flour.

Can I bake this in the oven?

You can use the machine to mix and knead, and then shape into a round loaf or into small rolls. Top with a sprinkling of oats, if desired. Bake at 350 F for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the loaf or rolls are golden brown and sound hollow when lightly tapped with a finger.

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