A lovely oatmeal molasses bread, with added oats and whole wheat flour for extra goodness. Makes great toast and sandwiches!

oatmeal molasses bread on cooling rack

Winter here means not only soup season, but hearty bread season. This Oatmeal Molasses fits that bill perfectly! This lovely molasses bread also has added oats and whole wheat flour, for extra goodness. This bread is delicious eaten out of hand with butter, toasts beautifully and makes great sandwich bread, too!

This two-loaf recipe is also great for doing one weekly bake, keeping one out and freezing the second loaf for later in the week. An extra loaf also makes a great and welcomed gift for family, friend or neighbour :)

Ingredients and Substitutions

Oats – Large-flake, old-fashioned rolled oats are recommended here. In a pinch, you could probably use quick-cooking oats. Instant oats are less idea.

Molasses – For best results, use “Fancy” molasses, rather than Cooking or Blackstrap molasses, which has a much stronger and harsher flavour. If you only have Cooking molasses on hand, you could try using half molasses/half honey, to temper the molasses a bit.

All-purpose flour and whole wheat flour – This recipe uses a combination of all purpose flour, together with some whole wheat flour. I have only tested this recipe with the specified ratio of all purpose to whole wheat flour, so it is recommended that you keep to these amounts for best results. If you don’t have whole wheat flour on hand, you can replace with more all-purpose flour. You may need to use additional flour over-all with this substitution.

Yeast – you’ll want to use regular Active Dry or Instant Yeast, such as SAF Brand for this bread. Quick or rapid-rise yeast is not recommended, as this is a two-rise recipe.

You will also need – Eggs (2), salt, white sugar, butter (can use vegetable oil instead in same quantities).

Step-by-Step Photos

This is a summary of the steps to make this bread. Always refer to the Recipe Card below for complete ingredients and instructions.

first steps for making oatmeal molasses bread

Start the dough by soaking the rolled oats. Be sure the mixture is cooled sufficiently before proceeding. If it’s too hot, it could kill the yeast. Add the rest of the dough ingredients, but holding back 1 cup of the all purpose flour.

finishing dough for oatmeal molasses bread

Add as much of the last cup of all purpose flour as needed, to bring the dough together. Note that this is quite a moist dough. It’s about ready when it wraps the hook and cleans the bowl a bit (but not completely.). Remove to a floured work surface and knead 1 minute, adding a bit more flour if it is sticking to your hands or the counter. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled, about 60-75 minutes.

shaping loaf for oatmeal molasses bread

Divide dough into 2 equal pieces (I like to weigh them, so they are the exact same size). Roll into a rectangle, then roll up jelly-roll style from the short side. Pinch seam together and place into greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled and cresting the pan by about 1 inch in the centre of the pan. Brush top with egg wash and sprinkle with more rolled oats right before baking.

oatmeal molasses bread sliced and buttered

Recipe Tips

  • Bread recipes often list the flour amounts as “approximate”, since the exact amount you will need varies from kitchen to kitchen. You may need less or more flour than specified and that’s perfectly normal. For that reason, I always hold back about 1 cup of the flour and add the last part in small increments and only as needed to bring the dough to the desired texture. You don’t need to use it all and likewise, if you need more, add more.
  • It is also worth reminding that dough rising time will vary from kitchen to kitchen. I like to include a rough estimate of rising time, just so people understand the approximate time involved, but you should always trust what you see and not the clock. It’s done rising when it’s doubled, however long that takes. Check regularly on the rising progress, to avoid over-proofing, in the event it is rising faster in your kitchen than it did in mine.
  • If you are a new or novice bread baker, you may wish to take a read of my Getting Started with Yeast Bread Baking resource page.
  • An instant-read thermometer is invaluable for bread baking. Often a loaf will look done, when it isn’t ready at all. Loaves like this one, with rolled oats, hold a lot of moisture, so the loaf will brown on the outside, but the inside will be still moist and under-cooked. Testing with a thermometer takes the guess work away. Inserting it in the centre of the loaf to test will tell you exactly when your loaf is ready. Typically, you want a loaf at least 190F. With moist loaves like this one, I want to see at least 200F and up to 210F.

oatmeal molasses bread on cooling rack

Storing and Freezing

Store bread in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or freeze up to 2-3 months.

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oatmeal molasses bread on cooling rack

Get the Recipe: Oatmeal Molasses Bread

A delicious lightly molasses-flavoured bread, with rolled oats for fibre and flavour. Makes 2 loaves.
5 stars from 8 ratings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Rising Time:: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Yield: 24 servinbs


  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cups large-flake rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup Fancy molasses, *see Note 1
  • 2 Tablespoon butter, at room temperature or vegetable oil, in same quantity
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water, about 105F
  • 1 Tablespoon active dry or Instant yeast, not rapid or quick-rising
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, approximately

Topping before baking:

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons large-flake rolled oats


  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, add the oats and boiling water. Stir and let stand 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the white sugar, lukewarm water and yeast in a small bowl. Stir to combine and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Once oats have soaked, add the molasses, butter and egg to the bowl and stir to combine with a spoon or kneading hook on a mixer. Add the yeast mixture, whole wheat flour, salt and 1 1/2 cups of the all purpose flour.
  • Use a spoon or kneading hook to mix in thoroughly. Continue by adding the last cup of flour, in small increments, adding only as much as needed to create a moist dough that wraps the kneading hook and cleans the bowl in spots. You may not need all of the last cup or you may need a bit more that 1 cup. Dough will be quite moist.
  • Remove dough to a floured work surface and knead 1 minutes, adding additional flour if dough is sticking to hands or work surface. Form into a ball, place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, approximately 60-75 minutes.
  • Remove dough to a floured work surface. Press to deflate, then divide into 2 equal pieces.
  • Take one piece of the dough and roll into a 8 x 11-inch rectangle. Starting from the short side, roll the dough up jelly-roll style and pinch the seams to seal.
  • Place into a greased 8 x 4-inch loaf pan. Repeat with the other piece of dough. **If you only have 9x5-inch loaf pans, you can use them here. Roll your dough into a slightly larger 9x12-inch rectangle, so it will fill the larger pan. Your resulting loaf will be wider and shorter and the cooking time may change, so watch closely.
  • Cover the pans with greased plastic wrap or a clean tea towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375F (not fan-assisted), with rack in the centre of the oven.
  • Once loaves are ready to bake, brush tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with additional rolled oats.
  • Bake in preheated over for about 40 minutes, checking after about 25 minutes and covering the tops loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil if loaves are nicely browned already, to prevent over-browning. If you have an instant-read thermometer, baked loaves until the loaves read at least 200F when inserted into the centre of the loaf.
  • Remove from oven and immediately remove loaves to a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.


1. Be sure to use "Fancy" molasses and not Cooking or Blackstrap molasses, which is too strong and harsh in flavour. If you only have Cooking molasses on hand, you can try and use half Cooking molasses and half liquid honey.
This bread freezes beautifully up to 3 months.
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Course: Bread
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 119kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 157mg, Potassium: 129mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 53IU, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg
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