Oatmeal Bread is an old family favorite bread recipe made with rolled oats and molasses. It’s soft and hearty and so easy you’ll want to make it every weekend.

This oatmeal bread is an old-fashioned bread recipe passed to me by my great-grandmother.  

close up shot of a sliced loaf of oatmeal bread.

Now I make it for my family, and it’s always a family favorite. Soft and hearty – it’s the perfect homemade bread recipe.

The best recipes are family, and this amazing oatmeal bread is from my great-grandmother. My Gigi recently passed away, and as my mom was clearing out her closet, she discovered an old shot box full of family recipes, and this is one of the ones in there.

My Gigi was one the best hostesses at parties and she loved making food for people, yes, she is where I get it from. So, finding these stained and creased recipe cards fills me with such joy. I consider these found recipes heirlooms, and I am thrilled to have them so I can keep the traditions alive with my family.

Soft Oatmeal Bread Recipe

And this homemade oatmeal bread? It’s a winner, friends. Simple and easy to make with the incredible texture. Yes, it’s yeast bread, which makes it so wonderful. 

I’ve had quick oatmeal bread, and they’re often dense – oatmeal bread with yeast is another wonderful thing. It’s soft, smells wonderful while baking, and has the best flavor.

three pieces of bread stacked on top of each other.

This oatmeal bread isn’t sweet but has a beautiful flavor from the molasses and a hint of ginger for warmth. I love to use it to make sandwiches and toast, but a slice with jam and butter is also great.

The only thing you need is a little time and a few ingredients. You can make it by hand or use a bread machine to prepare the dough. I’ve included instructions for both!

It’s a great weekend baking project, and the recipe makes two loaves – one to enjoy right away and another to freeze for later. Or gift it to a friend as a special treat. I know it will be a hit.


  • Quick-cooking rolled oats
  • Scalded milk
  • Active dry yeast
  • Warm water
  • Molasses
  • Salt
  • Ground ginger
  • All-purpose flour

How to Make Oatmeal Bread

Place the oats in a large bowl and cover them with the hot milk. Stir to combine and let the oats soak until the mixture is lukewarm.

the mixed dough in a bowl.

Combine the yeast with the warm water in a large mixing bowl. Add the molasses, salt, and ginger to the yeast mixture. Stir in the flour and, once combined, cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

the risen dough.

Leave the dough to rise in a warm spot for an hour or until it’s doubled in size.

Transfer the bread dough to a floured work surface knead it, and divide it in half.

the dough divided into two parts.

Place the two parts of dough in two greased 9×5″ loaf pans. Cover the pans and let the loaves rise for about 45 minutes.

Bake the oatmeal loaves at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes.

a baked loaf in a pan.

If you have a bread machine, you can use it to make and knead the dough.

Bread Machine Steps

  • Soak the oats in the hot milk.
  • Place the bread ingredients in your bread machine in the following order: Water, molasses, soaked oats, milk, flour, salt, ginger, and yeast.
  • Turn on the dough setting (on mine, it’s setting 8) and leave it to mix and rise. For my machine, it takes about an hour and a half.
  • Once the dough is done, knead it a few times place it in the prepared pans, and bake it.
a whole loaf of oatmeal bread.

Tips for the Best Bread

Be sure to use quick-cooking rolled oats, which are also called old-fashioned oats. Don’t use instant oats or quick oats.

The first time I made this oatmeal bread I didn’t soak the oats. I just combined everything, and it came out fine. It has a chewier texture when you do it this way, so for a softer loaf of bread, be sure to soak the oatmeal first.

a piece of bread torn in half.

Allow the bread to cool before slicing it. For serving, sometimes I warm it in the oven or the microwave.

Keep the bread tightly wrapped, and it will be kept at room temperature for a few days. You can also freeze it for several months!

a stack of three pieces of oatmeal bread.

Make a batch of this soft oatmeal bread, and I promise you won’t regret it. It’s so simple, so delicious, and a winner every time.

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Oatmeal Bread

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 24 slices
Calories: 129 kcal
This Oatmeal Bread is an easy yeast bread with simple ingredients. The oats are soaked in hot milk which gives the bread a wonderfully soft texture. It's hearty and delicious – the perfect slice of bread with some warm butter.
close up shot of a sliced loaf of oatmeal bread.


  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats not instant
  • 2 cups milk scalded
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


Regular Instructions (no bread machine)

  • Put oats in a large bowl and cover with hot milk. Stir and let stand until lukewarm.
  • Soften yeast in the warm water and stir to dissolve. Add with the molasses, salt, and ginger to the oat mixture. Stir in flour.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Knead dough on a well floured surface, divide in half and put in 2 greased 9×5" loaf pans. Cover and rise for about 45 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 45-50 minutes.

Bread Machine Instructions

  • Put oats in a large bowl and cover with hot milk. Stir and let stand until lukewarm, 10-15 minutes.
  • In the following order, add ingredients to bread machine: Water, molasses, soaked oats and milk, flour, salt, ginger, and yeast. Set to dough setting and let it run, this is setting 8 for mine and takes an hour and a half total to mix and rise.
  • Knead dough on a well floured surface, divide in half and put in 2 greased 9×5" loaf pans. Sprinkle tops of loaves with rolled oats. Cover and rise for another 45 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 40
Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 207mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg
close up shot of a sliced loaf of oatmeal bread.
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  1. 5 stars
    I’m so glad I found this! I love making bread, and I’ve been looking for healthier recipe options. I can’t wait to try this one.

    1. Hi Alice, we haven’t used any sugar alternative in place of molasses before so I’m not sure how it would turn out. I would look into sugar free molasses alternatives and let us know if you give any a try and how it works!

  2. 5 stars
    My whole family loved this hearty bread! I used quick “one-minute” oats but now that I’m rereading the recipe to make it again, I see that old fashioned oats are recommended. Could you clarify which kind you mean? I’m planning to do half and half just to see if it changes the texture.

    1. Hi there – so glad you love the recipe, we do too! I used your traditional rolled oats because they are soaked in milk it works just fine either way. I typically use the Quick-cooking rolled oats from Bob’s Red Mill or Quaker. Hope this helps.

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