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No-Knead Honey Oatmeal Bread

We especially enjoy this tasty bread because we like using honey as a natural sweetener means healthier eating. We use the bread for both toast and sandwiches. It's lovely during the holidays, too—or, for that matter, anytime! —Janice Dancer, Williamstown, Vermont
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each ) active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter, optional


  • In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup water to boiling. Stir in the oats, butter, honey and salt. Let stand until mixture cools to 110°-115°, stirring occasionally. Heat remaining water to 110°-115°.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the egg, oat mixture and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Do not knead. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough; divide evenly between 2 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Smooth tops of loaves. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 35-40 minutes. Using a sharp knife, make a shallow slash down the center of each loaf.
  • Bake at 375° until golden brown, 40-45 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. If desired, brush with melted butter.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 132 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 325mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.

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  • krysfielder
    May 16, 2020

    I like it. It won't replace my regular recipe, we prefer something a bit sweeter and lighter, but this will be a nice sandwich bread, I think.

  • tiffanylittle
    Dec 7, 2013

    love this bread it is great i used the 2 packets 1/4 oz and it turned out great to me. I also substituted the butter for 8 tsp of applesauce to keep a healthy theme going and it turned out great. i will be making this instead of buying store bought bread

  • cmglaude
    Feb 10, 2012

    I used 4.5 tsp of yeast (2.25 tsp. in each yeast pkg). and I think it is the correct amount.

  • cmglaude
    Feb 10, 2012

    VERY good bread!! and could not be easier to make. It turned out soft, buttery and sweet ... perfect!

  • desirae123
    Apr 18, 2009

    Did it turn out OK with the 2 packets of yeast?

  • newlywedws
    Feb 11, 2009

    Can't help but wonder if the quantity of yeast is correct 2 package 1/2 ounce each, should it be 1/4 ounce each?! Will follow up to advise if bread turned out right (I used a total of 5 tsp of yeast)