Honey Oat Quick Bread

We love this bread. I’ve made it quite a few times in the past and it always gets eaten quickly. It’s a quick bread, but it’s actually good for you! It’s not of the traditional loaded with sugar and oil variety, but instead is made with whole grains, oatmeal, and plain yogurt for moistness. It’s delicious. Not overly sweet, but perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Our favorite way to eat it is with butter and a little bit of honey drizzled over the top. It’s also great with peanut butter. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve even heard it’s good toasted. Mike loves it when I make this, and I really like being able to quickly make a loaf of bread, without the kneading and rising, and knowing that it’s actually good for us. It’s a nice switch from other less healthy (but still delicious) quick breads out there.

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Honey Oat Quick Bread


1 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats, or quick-cooking (not instant) oats, divided
2 1/3 cups white whole-wheat flour (or use half white, half whole-wheat flour)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
8 ounces (scant 1 cup) plain yogurt
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup clover honey, or other mild honey
3/4 cup milk


Position rack in middle of oven; preheat to 375°F. Generously coat a 9-by-5-inch (or similar size) loaf pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon oats in the pan. Tip the pan back and forth to coat the sides and bottom with oats.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Using a fork, beat the remaining 1 cup oats, yogurt, egg, oil and honey in a medium bowl until well blended. Stir in milk. Gently stir the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture just until thoroughly incorporated but not overmixed (don't overmix or the bread will be tough). Scrape the batter into the pan, spreading evenly to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon oats over the top.

Bake the loaf until well browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. (It’s normal for the top to crack.) Let stand in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a table knife around and under the loaf to loosen it and turn it out onto the rack. Let cool until barely warm, about 45 minutes.

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25 Responses to “Honey Oat Quick Bread”

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    Anonymous — June 11, 2010 @ 2:24 am

    dog bites man, megan makes bread

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    Mike — June 11, 2010 @ 4:16 am

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    Anne Marie — June 11, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    Quick breads make me so happy!

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    Kelsey — June 11, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

    this may be random but i totally wish subway used this for their bread instead of the honey oat one they currently use. wouldn't that be fantastic!!! <3

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    Mary — June 11, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    What a lovely quick bread. Fast, healthy and delicious is a hard combination to argue with. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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    Simply Life — June 11, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

    oh yum! I've never bought canola oil – do you think any other oils could be used or is that pretty important to the recipe? it looks great!

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    Jennifer Scavone — June 11, 2010 @ 9:10 pm


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    Magic of Spice — June 11, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

    What a beautiful bread…I would swear I can smeel the warm oats and honey:)

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    Mirror 2 the world — June 12, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    fun in the kitchen. lol

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    embraceyourskin — June 12, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    Thanks for the quick and easy recipe! I will definitely try it!

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    Anonymous — June 12, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    Megan – I totally just looked at your blog again and am now hungry!!! :-) Heather
    p.s. so fun to hang out the other night!

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    megan — June 14, 2010 @ 2:18 am

    Simply Life – I'm sure other oils could be used. Vegetable oil would work as well, or olive oil, but it might change the taste slightly. It's a pretty forgiving bread, so play around with it and see what works :)

    heather – Definitely fun to hang out! You'll have to check back and see if my pictures look any better after I start shooting in manual!

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    Natalie — June 16, 2010 @ 1:14 am

    I've never seen a quickbread like this..but now I want to make this and use the bread to make paninis. YUM!

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    Anonymous — December 1, 2010 @ 1:37 am

    Oh my word! This was fantastic. Just the aroma as it was baking drove me to distraction. I was barely able to contain myself during the cool off. Thanks for sharing, I will be making this again.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 5, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    Anonymous – I'm so glad you liked this! Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know :)

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    Anonymous — March 11, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    This quick bread and the Honey Beer Bread are staples these days for our sandwiches. Since I do not bake with any kind of sugar (only honey, maple syrup and molasses), would love more quick bread ideas with only honey as the sweetener.

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    Anonymous — March 11, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

    Didn't really make that clear. I would like to use only honey, molasses and maple syrup in my baking.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 14, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    Anonymous – So glad you liked this bread! (and the beer bread!) There is an Irish Brown Bread on the site that I think you would also like. It's a really old post, so don't laugh :) http://www.whatmegansmaking.com/2009/02/beef-tortellini-soup-and-irish-brown.html

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    Becky — June 19, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    Holy smokes.

    Just made this bread. It was SO simple and easy….and the result is soooo delicious! I will be making this bread often! Thank you!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — June 20, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    Becky – So glad you liked this! :)

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    Rhoda — December 11, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    This is bread is pure deliciousness! And nice and easy too! Love it for sandwiches! Thanks for another great recipe!!!!!

    • megan replied: — December 12th, 2012 @ 6:14 am

      So glad you liked it! :)

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    CLJ — February 8, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    I found your website just now while looking for ways to make bread with smaller amounts of wheat flour. This one sounds wonderful (I’ll probably be using coconut oil instead of canola oil but that shouldn’t be a problem) …the way you’ve written it, I can tell it will be easy and delicious ~ thank you !

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    susanna — February 14, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    Megan, thanks for this recipe. It was delish! I didn’t have any honey, so I used molasses…still good. Look forward to making it again!

    • megan replied: — February 15th, 2013 @ 6:01 am

      So glad you liked it! And it sounds great with molasses :)

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