Oatmeal Batter Bread

Oatmeal batter bread

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
180 Calories
7g Fat
25g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 151mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g
Calcium 34mg 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.)

Batter breads such as this recipe for Oatmeal Batter Bread are much easier to make than regular yeast breads because you don't have to knead them. This hearty loaf is ready in under two hours, most of that rising time.


  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 3/4 cup oats (rolled)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (0.25-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oats (rolled)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Grease an 8 x 4" loaf pan with solid shortening or spray it with nonstick baking spray containing flour. 

  3. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, oats, salt, and yeast and mix well.

  4. In a small saucepan, heat water, honey, and butter until very warm, about 120 F. Add this warm mixture to the flour mixture along with egg and beat for three minutes.

  5. Stir in additional 1 to 1 1/2 cups flour to make a stiff batter. Cover the batter and let rise until light, about 25 to 30 minutes.

  6. Stir down the batter and spoon into the prepared pan.

  7. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons oats and cover the loaf with a clean kitchen towel. Let rise until batter reaches the top of the pan, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  8. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 F.

  9. Bake the bread for 35 to 40 minutes until the loaf is golden brown and it sounds hollow when lightly tapped.

  10. Remove the bread from the pan immediately and place on a wire rack to cool.

  11. Serve and enjoy!


  • These types of breads don't keep very long, so if it lasts more than two or three days, cut it into slices and freeze.
  • So the slices don't stick together when frozen, place them individually on a cookie sheet and freeze until firm. Then package the frozen slices into a freezer container, label it, and freeze up to 3 months. You can toast this bread straight from the freezer, and it makes wonderful toast.
  • The trick with batter breads is to beat them well, but don't overbeat them. Follow the time instructions in the recipe. You want the gluten to develop in the bread, but you don't want so much gluten that the bread is tough. The mixture should still be a batter; in other words, you won't be able to pick it up with your hands, but it should be thicker than a cake batter. It should be difficult to stir when you have all the flour added.

Recipe Variations

  • You could substitute some whole wheat flour for some of the all-purpose flour in this easy recipe. Use about 1 cup of whole wheat flour to start with.