Oatmeal bread is a great alternative to the basic white bread, milk bread, or buttermilk bread. It is a great way to introduce healthy oats in your diet and that too in a way you will not even realize.
It is very easy to make bread machine oatmeal bread with old fashioned rolled oats. The bread machine does all the task of mixing, kneading, rising, and finally baking the oatmel bread.
This is a vegan recipe and it makes a light, fluffy, and delicious homemade bread which is perfect for morning toast or your favorite sandwiches.
This homemade oatmeal bread recipe requires very few basic pantry ingredients. You will need bread flour, old-fashioned oats, salt, lukewarm water, oil, sugar, and instant yeast.
Instead of bread flour, you can use all-purpose flour, though the bread will end up with a little less rise compared to the bread flour. However, the difference is not very significant and you can use either of the flours interchangeably.
Instant yeast or bread machine yeast will work equally well for this recipe. There is no need to soak or cook the rolled oats to make the bread. You can just add the dry oats along with other ingredients.
Making oatmeal bread in a bread machine is extremely easy and even kids can make it! All you need to do is place all the wet and dry ingredients in the order recommended by the bread machine manufacturer.
I added water, oil, salt, sugar, bread flour, oats, and instant yeast in that order. Select the basic bread cycle with 1.5 lb loaf size and medium crust color settings.
Once the bread machine cycle starts, the paddles will start mixing all the ingredients. You can watch the dough for about initial 10 minutes and if it is too dry you can add a little water and if it is too wet, you can add a tablespoon of flour.
The oatmeal bread dough may look a little moist in the beginning but as the oats get well mixed, it starts leaving the sides of the bread machine pan.
For consistent results, it is best to weigh the flour instead of measuring it by cups. While measuring with a cup, you may end up packing the cup tightly and adding more flour than required by the recipe.
Once the final kneading cycle is done, you can remove the paddle from the machine. Optionally you can also sprinkle some rolled oats on the dough. For the oats to stick well, gently press them with your fingers so that they stick well to the dough.
Once the bread machine cycle is complete, remove the pan from the machine and invert it and shake it to remove the bread. If bread is kept longer in the bread machine, it will become soggy.
Let the bread cool down completely on a cooling rack. You can then slice it with a bread knife or an electric knife.
- All-purpose flour - instead of bread flour, you can use all-purpose flour. You may see a slight difference in the overall rise but it is not a very significant difference.
- Yeast - instant yeast or bread machine yeast can be used in the recipe.
- Sweetener - instead of sugar, you can add maple syrup or honey (for non-vegan).
- Butter - instead of oil you can use butter or vegan butter.
If you like baking the bread in the oven for a better overall texture, you can make the dough in the bread machine using the dough cycle. Then you can shape the dough into a loaf and let it rise for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Bake the bread in the oven at 350°F for about 25-30 minutes. Let it cool down on a rack completely before slicing it.
I have used the 2 lb. Hamilton Beach artisan bread maker to make this 1.5 lb oatmeal bread loaf.
For cooling the bread, you will need a cooling rack else the bread can become soggy.
To slice the bread, you can use a bread slicer, a bread knife, or an electric knife.
Homemade oatmeal bread can be stored at room temperature in a bread box or an air-tight container for 3-4 days depending on the ambient temperature.
It is not advisable to store the bread in the refrigerator as it will become too dry. You can slice them and freeze them in the freezer. When you want to use them, you can take as many slices as you need and toast them in the toaster.
There is no need to moisten the rolled oats, they are added in the dry form to make this recipe.
For consistent results, it is best to weigh the flour instead of measuring it by cups.
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Bread Machine Oatmeal Bread
- 1 cup Water (240 ml, microwave 30 seconds)
- 4 tablespoon Oil (60 ml)
- 2 tablespoon Organic cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 2 ½ cup Bread flour (300 grams)
- 1 cup Old-fashioned rolled oats (80 grams)
- 2 ¼ teaspoon Bread machine yeast (7 grams, or instant yeast)
- Place the wet and dry ingredients in the order required by your bread machine.1 cup Water, 4 tablespoon Oil, 2 tablespoon Organic cane sugar, 1 teaspoon Salt, 2 ½ cup Bread flour, 1 cup Old-fashioned rolled oats, 2 ¼ teaspoon Bread machine yeast
- Close the lid and select the "Basic" cycle, 1.5 lb size, and the preferred crust setting to "light".
- The bread will be ready once the cycle completes.
- Remove the loaf by inverting the pan and shaking it.
- Place the bread on a cooling rack and allow it to cool down.
- Once the bread is cooled down completely, slice it with a serrated bread knife or an electric knife.
- Sifting and weighing the flour helps make the bread soft. Sifting is optional, however, weighing the flour gives consistent results.
- Click on the Metric link below the ingredients list to get the measurements in weight.
- Once the bread is baked, remove it from the container and place it on a rack to cool down. Leaving the bread in the container to cool down can make it moist.
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