Whole-Grain Oatmeal Bread

This hearty bread is delicious toasted and spread with whipped honey or jam.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 3 hoursDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 packages (1⁄4 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1⁄2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1⁄2 cup medium rye flour
  • 1⁄4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


  • In small bowl, combine water and yeast; let stand until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine honey, milk, 1 cup old-fashioned oats, salt, and canola oil. Heat just until very warm (about 120°F). Remove from heat and beat in egg. Combine in large bowl with whole-wheat flour, rye flour, flaxseed, and 1 cup bread flour. Add yeast mixture and beat for 1 minute. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Gradually stir in remaining bread flour to make a firm dough. Turn onto floured surface and knead until dough is elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough, divide in half, and form into loaves. Place in greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pans, sprinkle with remaining oats, cover, and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter, then remove to wire racks to cool.