Oatmeal Sourdough Bread Recipe – An easy and healthy bread

Oatmeal is a wonderful thing to eat. It’s creamy, warm, and add cinnamon sugar and a good knob of butter on top and you’re golden. Did you know that it’s also wonderful if you put it into bread? This is my recipe for oatmeal sourdough bread.

Oatmeal bread is a very American thing. Porridge was a great way to fill the stomach before going out into the fields and if some of it was leftover it was an obvious choice to not throw it out, but to add it to your bread when baking the daily bread.

Did I mention it’s also delicious?

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The dough in this oatmeal sourdough bread recipe

Vitals

Total weight1416 grams
Pre-fermented flour8.3%
Hydration79.5%
Yield2 small loaves
rolled oats on top of the bread in this recipe

Dough

The dough is made from bread flour, which will give it its structure and oven spring, spelt for its amazing sweet and earthy notes.

A good amount of oatmeal (oat porridge) is mixed into the dough, which acts as a tangzhong. That means some of the moisture is trapped inside the oat grains and gives the bread a longer shelf life because the hydration is higher than it seems when you are working with the dough.

The amount of salt is a little higher than usual, but with a large amount of oatmeal added, the bread can become a little bland if it’s lower.

The hydration is 80% but will seem much lower. It all depends on the absorption of your flour, so if you know your flour can’t take a lot of water you may want to lower the hydration slightly.

The inoculation is 20%, which is a good place to be for fermentation between 21°C-30°C (70°F-86°F).

WeightIngredientBaker's Percentage
65grolled oats10%
130gwater20%
WeightIngredientBaker's Percentage
450gbread flour69.2%
200gspelt flour30.8%
425gwater65.4%
16gsalt2.5%
130gstarter (100% hydration)20%

As always, if you want to play around with the formula, change the quantity, hydration or inoculations you can do so here in my Bread Calculator.

slices of oatmeal sourdough bread on a board

The conclusion of this oatmeal sourdough bread recipe

So this oatmeal bread is meant as a wonderfully moist daily bread. So does it deliver?

The combination of the wheat, spelt and oats, is a wonderful taste combination. The bread has a very nutty and somewhat earthy and sweet character.

the crumb in this oatmeal sourdough bread recipe

The crumb is closed, with lots of small air bubbles, which means it’s perfect for sandwich application. The crust is crunchy and the oats outside give in an interesting texture.

The crumb is also moist, but in no way unpleasantly. Best of all, this bread stays good for 3-4 days if kept the right way.

This could be your new daily bread if you only give it a chance.

the crust of an oatmeal bread

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Oatmeal Sourdough Bread

Course: All
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal, sourdough bread, spelt
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 50 minutes
Proofing: 5 hours 30 minutes
Total: 15 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 2 small oatmeal breads
Calories: 1395kcal
Author: Sune Trudslev
Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Sourdough Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 bread)
Calories 1395 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 3125mg136%
Carbohydrates 271g90%
Fiber 22g92%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 46g92%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
A wonderfully moist and delicious sourdough bread that combines oatmeal taste with the slightly sweet and nutty flavors of spelt.
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Ingredients

Oatmeal

  • 65 g rolled oats
  • 130 g water

Dough

Topping

  • thick rolled oats, as needed

Instructions

Make the porridge

  • In a microwave-safe container, add: 65g rolled oats and 130g water and give a quick mix.
    65 g rolled oats, 130 g water
  • Microwave it on full until it bubbles. It took about 2 minutes in my 900W microwave.
  • Then give it a good stir to make it cohesive. Put it away while it cools off.
  • You can put it in the fridge or the freezer to speed up the process, but don't let it freeze solid.

Mix the dough

  • To a medium bowl add: 450g bread flour, 200g whole grain spelt and 16g salt. Mix it to combine it.
    450 g bread flour, 200 g wholegrain spelt flour, 16 g salt
  • Then add the cooled oatmeal. It’ll probably be clumpy, but you must break it up with your fingers so it doesn’t sit in clumps in the dough.
  • Add 130g sourdough starter.
    130 g sourdough starter
  • Add 350g water. That takes the bread to 70% hydration.
    425 g water
  • If you feel like it can take more, you can add up to 75g more water, which will take the dough to 80% hydration.
    425 g water
  • Mix it with your hands until all of the flour is hydrated. If the dough is stiff, you may want to knead it.
  • Put it back in the bowl and let the dough rest for an hour. Then put it in a bulking container.
  • Level the top of the dough, and mark where the top of the dough is. Then mark where it will have grown 50%.
  • Then put it somewhere warm. I use my Brød & Taylor proofer set to 30°C/86°F.

Division and shaping

  • When it’s grown, take the dough out of the container and split it in half. Then shape each dough piece into a loose ball using your bench scraper.
  • Then let the dough balls rest on the counter for 20 minutes. When the 20 minutes are up, prepare a dishcloth with thick rolled oats.
    thick rolled oats, as needed
  • Then it’s time to shape the dough. Watch the video to get a tutorial on how to shape the dough.
  • To apply the oats, mist the top of the dough with a spray bottle. Then flip the shaped dough onto the oats.
  • Roll it around to get the oats on the surface and put it in a proofing basket.
  • If using boules, shape the sides to create more tension on the top of the dough. If using bâtards, do a quick stitch.
  • Then put the dough in the fridge for at least 8 hours, up to 48 hours.

Bake the bread

  • Heat your oven to 260°C/500°F for an hour. You should have a dutch oven inside the oven.
  • When the oven is hot, grab your dough from the fridge. Don’t let it come up to temperature.
  • Dust the bottom with rice flour to make sure it slides off the peel.
  • Flip it onto the peel and score the dough using a lame.
  • Grab the dough on the peel, and place the dough inside the bottom of the dutch oven. Turn your oven down to 230°C/450°F and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the top of the dutch oven and bake for another 25 minutes.
  • Then take the bread out of the oven, and let it cool on a wire rack.
  • To bake the other bread, put the top of the dutch oven back, reheat the oven to 260°C/500°F and bake the other bread as described above.

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  1. DP Reply

    I don’t have spelt flour… can I substitute it?

    • You can use any whole grain or even bread flour if you want a whiter bread 🙂

  2. Carrie Reply

    Can I use unbleached all purpose flour in place of the bread flour

    • Yes, but you may need to lower the hydration. You need the consistency that I have in the video 🙂

  3. william ginder Reply

    I made the oat meal loaf the other day the only thing I did different ( i took the order from your experimental results) was I put the water in the bowl first then the starter then the cooked oats then the rest of the flour came out nice I will make this one again often I think.
    thanks