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This classic oatbread machine recipe is perfect for great-tasting lunch sandwiches… And oatmeal adds some healthy oatmeal to your family’s diet. Because this recipe contains no overwhelming spices, this classic oatmeal can be used for a wide variety of lunch sandwiches, such as ham and cheese sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, etc. Also, since you’re using a bread machine, this oatbread recipe is extremely easy to prepare for your family’s lunches!

Oatmeal bread machine recipe: old-fashioned goodness!

Oatmeal tastes great and is supposed to have many health benefits. According to WebMD, “Oatmeal’s longest-lasting claim to fame is its proven ability to curb bad cholesterol (LDL). Chalk that down to a type of soluble fiber called beta glucan… The fiber in oatmeal also helps you feel full and eat less later in the day. Fiber also relieves constipation and helps control blood sugar levels.” This is definitely the kind of sandwich bread to make for your family if you’re trying to add some old-fashioned natural fiber in your diet.

Key Ingredient – Old-fashioned oat flakes Since

this bread recipe is made in a bread machine, it is simple and easy to make. It should take only 5 minutes or so to prepare it and then let the bread machine do the rest of the work. For more great recipes, visit Bread Dad’s main bread machine recipe section. Bread Dad also has a printable, “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of the page. If you like this recipe, we hope you leave a comment below and give us a 5-star rating. Thank you!

Ingredients – Bread Machine Oatmeal Recipe –

1.5 lb

Bread 1 1/8 cups – Milk (warm) – 259 milliliters – 1 1/8 cups of milk equals 1 cup and 2

    tablespoons of milk 3

  • tablespoons – Unsalted butter (sliced and softened) – 43
  • grams 2 1/4 cups – Bread flour –

  • 270
  • grams

  • 3/4 cup – Old-fashioned oatmeal (oat flakes) – 68 grams – Do not pre-moisten oatmeal. Use dried oat flakes.
  • 1/4 cup – Light brown sugar (packed) – 54 grams – If you prefer non-sweet oatmeal breads, you should use only 1 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon
  • – salt – 6 grams 1 teaspoon – bread machine yeast – 3 grams –

  • non-active dry yeast

Ingredients – Bread Machine

Oatmeal bread recipe – 2 lb Bread

1 1/2 cups – Milk (warm) –

  • 345 milliliters
  • 4 tablespoons – Unsalted butter (sliced and softened) – 57
  • grams

  • 3 cups – bread flour – 360
  • grams

  • 1 cup – Old Fashioned Oatmeal (oat flakes) – 90 grams – Do not pre-moisten oats. Use dried oat flakes.
  • 1/3 cup – Light brown sugar (packed) – 72 grams – If you prefer non-sweet oatmeal breads, you should use only 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  • 1

  • 1/2 teaspoons – salt – 9
  • grams 1

  • 1/2 teaspoons – Bread machine yeast – 4.5 grams – Non-active dry yeast

Servings – Approximately 12 slices

Necessary equipment: cup and measuring spoons, silicone spatula, oven gloves, cooling rack and a bread machine


Oat flakes sprinkled on dough after kneading Completed Instructions

– Bread Machine Oatmeal Recipe

Unplug the bread machine

  • and then remove the bread tray.
  • Add all the ingredients, starting with the milk, into the “bucket” of the bread machine (pan). Make sure yeast is the last and does not touch milk or salt. Some people like to make a small “divot” on top of the flour to keep the yeast in one place before the machine starts.
  • Place the bread

  • pan (with the ingredients) back into the bread machine.
  • Plug in the bread machine. Enter the correct settings (for the 1.5 lb or 2 lb pan version) and press the “start” button.
  • Optional – After the bread machine has finished

  • kneading and before the baking cycle begins, sprinkle some old-fashioned oatmeal flakes over the bread dough
  • . When the bread machine

  • has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine. Remove the bread and place it on a cooling rack. Wear oven gloves when removing the container from the bread machine (bread pan) as it will be very hot.
  • On our Sunbeam bread machine, baking takes about 3 hours for a 2-pound bread (and 2:53 hours for a 1.5 lb. bread bread) in the light color and basic bread configuration. However, some machines may differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine’s “finished” alarm sounds. Your bread machine should show you the duration of the cooking time after you have entered the settings into the machine. This will let you know when to be in the kitchen to remove the bread.
  • Before using your bread machine

  • , you should read the bread machine manufacturer’s instructions to use the bread machine effectively and safely
  • .

  • Read the tips section below for additional information on how to make this recipe successfully.

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Bread Machine Oatmeal

Recipe The

  • following tips are designed to help bread machine “newbies” and those who haven’t touched their bread machine in years.
  • Click on our “print recipe” link if you want to print this recipe. Include all ingredients and recipe instructions. However, the recipe printing feature does not include our tips section. Please read the tips section to avoid common recipe problems.
  • This recipe is part of our series on easy bread machine recipes.
  • Optional – Try our baked oatmeal bread recipe if you want to make the oatmeal dough with your bread machine and finish it in your oven to achieve the classic bread shape (versus the “block” shape of the bread machine) and prevent any bread machine from mixing popsicle holes into your bread. It is the oven version of the recipe on this page.
  • If you haven’t used your bread machine in a long time, buy some YEAST from NEW bread machine before making your bread. Old yeast can die or lose its potency and this will lead to bread that does not rise properly. Bread machine yeast may not be viable if you’ve been sitting in your pantry for years.

DO NOT confuse the 1.5 lb and 2 lb ingredient amounts and the bread machine setup when making

  • your bread (i.e. accidentally use some of the 2lb amounts when making the 1.5lb version of bread). Have… cough, cough… He made this mistake before!
  • This recipe is NOT for 1 pound capacity bread machines. Please check the capacity of your bread machine before making this recipe. This recipe helps you create 1.5 lb and 2 lb breads. If you have a small bread machine (i.e. a bread machine that only has a 1-pound bread capacity), you won’t be able to make this recipe. The bread will be too big for your machine and overflow the bread pan (and the top is likely to collapse). An example of a bread machine with only a capacity of 1 lb is the Zojirushi Mini Home Bakery (model BB-HAC10).
  • For bread machines with a bread capacity greater than 1 lb, consider doing the 1.5 lb version first. Some bread machines with a purported 2-pound bread capacity are smaller than advertised. See how the 1.5 lb version works on your bread machine before trying the 2 lb version.
  • To make this bread look more “authentic”, I like to sprinkle some old-fashioned oatmeal flakes on top of the dough after the bread machine has finished its final kneading cycle. I use old-fashioned oatmeal (versus instant oatmeal) to get big oatmeal. Of course, for safety, I wear oven gloves and don’t put my hands inside the bread machine.
  • If this oatmeal is too simple for your family, you can add some dried fruits like raisins, dried cranberries, dried cranberries, etc.
  • This oatbread recipe uses simple “old-fashioned” oatmeal flakes (oatmeal) because they are less processed and have larger flakes than instant or “one minute” oats. However, you can use unflavored one-minute/instant oatmeal (oatmeal) as a substitute if you don’t have old-fashioned oat flakes.
  • FYI, I usually use Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oats to make this recipe. However, there are also many brands of old-fashioned oat flakes from lower-cost supermarkets.
  • You should use dried oat flakes to make this bread (do not use already cooked/boiled oatmeal). Boiled oats have varying amounts of moisture and could spoil the recipe. If you use boiled oatmeal, the bread may have too much liquid (compared to what is required in the recipe) and come out undercooked. Do not pre-moisten oat flakes.

This recipe uses bread machine yeast (instant yeast

  • ) and NOT active dry yeast.
  • When adding the yeast, it should be placed in a separate position from the salt (i.e. placed on opposite sides of the bread tray). Close contact with salt can kill or slow yeast growth. I like to make a small “divot” on top of the flour to keep the yeast (separate from the salt) before the bread machine starts mixing the ingredients.
  • This recipe uses bread flour. Not whole wheat flour. If you use whole wheat flour, the bread is likely to have trouble growing properly.
  • Do not use cold milk. The main problem with using regular milk is that people tend to use refrigerated cold milk and this can slow the growth of yeast. Try using warm milk (or instant powdered milk mixed with warm water). However, you should also keep in mind that milk/water should not be too hot because very hot milk/water can kill yeast.
  • Optional – If you don’t have cow’s milk, you can replace it with soy milk, oat milk, water, etc. I use whole milk because it adds a little flavor to the bread, but you can use a milk substitute that’s better for your family.
  • Optional: If you don’t have butter, you can replace it with a neutral-tasting vegetable oil (i.e. canola oil or corn oil) 1 to 1 (i.e. replace 3 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons of oil). However, you will be giving up the buttery taste.

Once you’ve mastered the basic bread machine bread recipes (

  • like this bread), you may want to try some more advanced bread machine bread recipes (i.e. French bread or Italian bread). In these recipes, the bread machine will still do the hard work of kneading the dough, but you will have to shape the bread by hand.
  • According to Wikipedia, “In a 100-gram (3 1/2-ounce) serving, oats provide 1,630 kilojoules (389 kilocalories) of dietary energy and are a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of protein (34% DV), dietary fiber (44% DV), several B vitamins, and numerous dietary minerals.”
  • Do you have problems with bread collapses and misshapen bread tops? Be sure to read Bread Dad’s article on Bread Machine Bread Collapses. It has reasons and solutions for possible bread collapses.
  • If your bread comes out too dense, it’s likely due to one of the following reasons; You are using old or rancid yeast, using a cold liquid at refrigerator temperature (which slows down yeast growth), baking in a cold winter temperature stove (yeast likes kitchen temperatures of 75-80 degrees F), using all-purpose flour (instead of bread flour as required in the recipe), placing salt on top or next to the yeast (salt kills the yeast, so it should be placed away from the yeast in the bread pan), etc. For more reasons, you should visit Bread Dad’s Why Is My Bread Machine Bread So Dense? page.
  • If you start substituting ingredients (i.e. using different types of flour that are not required in the recipe), you are experimenting and should not expect results similar to the recipe shown above. Experimenting can be fun. However, you should expect some successes but more potential disappointments when you start experimenting with recipes. For example, if you substitute whole wheat flour for whole wheat flour, you’ll probably experience a problem (since whole wheat flour doesn’t increase as well as bread flour). In addition, whole wheat flour tastes totally different.
  • If you have a problem with a bread machine recipe, make sure you follow the recipe exactly (i.e. use the correct bread machine settings),

  • you are using the right amount of an ingredient (i.e. do not look at measurements instead of using a measuring cup or accidentally add a teaspoon when a tablespoon is required), You’re using the right ingredients (i.e. bread machine yeast versus regular yeast or bread flour versus all-purpose flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • Keep in mind that some bread recipes may differ slightly between different types of bread machines. So, read the manufacturer’s instructions for your bread machine for basic bread recipes (i.e. white bread or whole wheat bread), as they are more likely to work on your individual bread machine.
  • FYI – The yeast of the bread machine loses its potency over time. In general, the yeast of the bread machine lasts only 3-4 months after you have opened the bottle. However, if the yeast is exposed to air and moisture (i.e. the bottle is not hermetically sealed) or exposed to higher temperatures, the yeast will expire even more quickly.
  • Once you have opened the bottle containing the yeast from the bread machine, the yeast will last longer if you store the bottle in the refrigerator or freezer. Just make sure the bottle is hermetically sealed (as yeast will deteriorate quickly if exposed to air, moisture, and/or heat).
  • The yeast from the bread machine in a bottle that has never been opened should last until the date of “Best if used before” of the bottle… But only if the bottle has been stored correctly (i.e. in a refrigerator, freezer or in a dark, dry and cool place in the pantry) and the bottle remains unopened.
  • Kitchen humidity can affect a recipe. A winter kitchen tends to be drier because its heating system dries out the air. On the other hand, a kitchen in summer can be much more humid. This change in humidity affects cooking, as flour can absorb moisture from the air. Therefore, you may need to add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid in the winter if the dough looks too dry. Or you may have to add 1-2 teaspoons of flour in the summer if the dough looks too wet. If your kitchen is very dry or wet, you may need to add even a little more (but start with 1 teaspoon at a time until you achieve the right consistency). Of course, excessive humidity or dryness of the kitchen can affect a recipe at any time of the year (not only in summer and winter).
  • Also, you should read this very helpful comment from Pete (one of our amazing visitors): “Newcomers to bread machines, especially those who like to float on bread, should be careful with this recipe. The 100% hydration level is necessary for dry oatmeal. Oatmeal takes a while to absorb milk, so it may be in the first kneading cycle before the dumpling starts to “look like” that of a lower hydration recipe. So resist the temptation to add more flour.”
  • Moisture is also one of the reasons why people should store flour in an airtight container (if they have already opened the flour package). Flour (not in airtight containers) can pick up extra moisture from the air while sitting in the pantry. This can alter recipes, spoil taste, degrade shelf life, etc.
  • If you like baked goods with old-fashioned oatmeal, you should also try our recipe for cranberry cookies with chocolate chips and soft flour
  • .

  • My recipes are based on measurements of U.S. ingredients (i.e. American cups and tablespoons). However, as a courtesy to our European visitors, I have also included some very rough European equivalents (i.e. grams and milliliters). Since I rarely use European measures when baking, let me know in the comments section below if any of the European ingredient measurements need to be changed (i.e. for ingredient XYZ, milliliters are more commonly used compared to the gram information listed in the recipe).
  • Always wear oven gloves/gloves when dealing with a bread machine. The bread pan and the rest of the bread machine can get very hot during the baking process. This means that the bread pan and bread machine are likely to be very hot when you try to remove a baked goods from the bread machine and/or bread pan.
  • For more easy bread ideas, visit Bread Dad’s sections on bread machine recipes and homemade bread recipes.
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Questions about oatmeal bread

Can you make oatbread? Oatmeal bread

is usually not made entirely from oatmeal. It is often a mixture of wheat-based flour (usually bread flour) and oatmeal. Most oatbread recipes use more wheat-based flour than oatmeal (i.e., 3 cups of bread flour and 1 cup of oatmeal). Bakers use more bread flour because it contains gluten protein and this allows the bread to rise during the yeast fermentation process. This helps create a taller, fluffier bread. In contrast, oat flakes and oats have very little or no gluten and therefore do not increase. This inability to increase limits the amount of oatmeal used in many bread recipes. Oatmeal is often added to a bread recipe to provide healthy oat fiber.

Is oatmeal bread better?

Oatmeal bread tends to provide more healthy fiber than regular white bread. Other health benefits of oatmeal supposedly include the ability to lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), reduce constipation (due to the extra fiber), etc. Finally, in my opinion, homemade oatbread tastes much better than boring packaged white bread from the store.

To learn more about the benefits of oatmeal, read this WebMD article.

Does oatmeal have fiber?

Oats are a good source of soluble fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, soluble fiber “found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein, or ‘bad’ cholesterol. In contrast, whole wheat provides more insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is not broken down significantly and therefore helps everything in the digestive tract “move forward.” This means that insoluble fiber is good for problems like constipation. If you’re looking for more insoluble fiber, you should try our wholemeal bread recipe for bread machines.

To learn more about oats and soluble fiber, you should read this Wikipedia article. You can also read this WebMD article called Soluble and Insoluble Fiber: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between oats and oats?

The difference between oats

and oats is processing. Oats are the unprocessed seeds of a cereal grain plant known as the oat plant or common oatmeal. In contrast, oats are made from processed oats where oat seeds have been ground, cut with steel, or rolled. However, due to marketing purposes, oats and oats are often used interchangeably. You can find different types of oats called instant oats, rolled oats, steel-cut oats, Irish oats, etc. Confusing, but if the oats have been processed, the product is an oat (regardless of the brand name).

Can I make bread from all-purpose bread flour machine?

You can use all-purpose flour to make bread from bread machine. However, all-purpose flour does not have as much gluten as bread flour. Gluten helps trap carbon dioxide released by yeast. Therefore, bread flour increases better than all-purpose flour and creates a more chewy bread. However, if you run out of bread flour and can’t make it to the store, you can use all-purpose flour instead. An oatmeal bread made with all-purpose flour should be a decent substitute… It’s just not as good as an oatmeal made with bread flour.

To learn more about the differences between various types of flour, you should read this Wikipedia article.

Can I make this bread machine oatmeal without butter?

Yes, you can make bread from bread machine without butter. Some people like to make breads “without butter” because they have run out of butter or are trying to reduce saturated fat in their diet.

You just need to substitute butter for vegetable oil in this recipe. They are almost equal substitutes. For example, 1 tablespoon of butter equals 3/4 to 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (depending on the vegetable oil you use). Also, when making butter-free oatbread, you may want to consider using a neutral-tasting vegetable oil (i.e. corn or canola oil) instead of a stronger-tasting vegetable oil. However, although oatmeal made with vegetable oil will be fine, it will lack the delicious buttery taste of the previous recipe.

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