100% Whole Grain Oatmeal Bread – quick and easy

Fresh, delicious bread – ready in less than an hour!

Do you love bread as much as I do? My whole family loves bread. Especially homemade bread. We often go through one loaf, sometimes two, a day.

I suppose I’ve spoiled my kids because I love to make homemade bread – we always have homemade bread in the house. When they are occasionally exposed to store-bought bread, they won’t eat it. Store-bought bread just doesn’t compare to homemade bread.

Of course, that means I can’t just stop making bread – not without my children revolting. Good thing bread is not that hard to make. If you feel like bread is difficult and time-consuming, you HAVE to try this recipe. Bread CAN be quick and easy.

I have to share my favorite bread-making appliance – my Kitchen Aid. I LOVE my Kitchen Aid. I made bread for years before getting one. I would knead the dough by hand, which is totally doable, but it takes some effort. My mother gave me a Kitchen Aid for Christmas a couple years back, and it was life-changing. Bread is now a cinch to make. It really only takes about 5 minutes of hands-on work.

You don’t have to use a Kitchen Aid to make this bread. You can also use a bread machine or make it by hand. Whichever way you prefer 🙂

If you use a bread machine, you have two options:

  • One, you can simply use this recipe and let your breadmaker do all the work, going through its usual whole wheat bread cycle, which usually takes about 3 hours.  If you do this, you might want to use regular yeast or a bit less instant yeast (maybe 2 tsp instead of 1 Tbsp) so that the bread doesn’t rise too much.
  • Two, you can use this recipe in your breadmaker, but take the dough out after the first kneading cycle.  Then, simply follow the directions below from step #3.

The recipe below calls for instant yeast – in my experience, it works better than regular yeast for my quick and easy recipes.   But I have also used regular yeast, and that works pretty well too.  So don’t stress if you can’t find / don’t have instant yeast.

WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR: The type you use is important!!! I have tried a lot of different whole wheat flours, and my favorite is Montana Wheat Prairie Gold flour.  It’s a lighter color, so the bread doesn’t look as “healthy” (if that bothers your kids…sometimes my kids shy away from things that look healthy).  It’s also very finely ground, which I have found is VERY important in baking.  Whatever brand you use, be sure that it is finely ground flour.

Try these other quick and easy whole wheat recipes:

100% Whole Grain Oatmeal Bread

  • Servings: 30
  • Difficulty: Easy
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5 C whole wheat flour
2 C hot water
1 C rolled oats
1/3 C sugar
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp yeast

1. Preheat the oven to 150F.
2. Combine all ingredients in Kitchen Aid bowl. Using the dough hook, mix for 10 minutes (I use the #2 mixing setting). To make the bread by hand, see the note below.
3. Check on the dough as it’s mixing. If it looks too dry, add water, one tablespoon at a time. If it starts looking too sticky, add flour one tablespoon at a time. You want the dough to be soft, but not so wet that it sticks to the bowl. For tips on how the dough should look, see the note below.
4. Grease two bread pans.
5. Divide the dough into two loafs and place them in the bread pans.
6. Place the dough in the oven and turn the oven OFF.
7. Wait 15 minutes. The bread will rise during this time.
8. Without opening the oven, set the temperature to 350F and set the timer for 15 minutes. (Yes, you leave the bread in the oven while the oven heats up and the bread continues to cook after that.)
9. After 15 minutes, leaving the bread in the oven, cover the bread with aluminum foil, to prevent the crust from getting too dry.
10. Let the bread cook another 13-15 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow bread to cool.

ENJOY!

To make this bread by hand, combine the flour, oats, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Add the oil and hot water and stir until well combined. Then, knead for 10 minutes and continue to step #3.

For tips on how the dough should look, go here.

This recipe was adapted from here.

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