The day my Whole Wheat Stir-and-Pour Bread turned into this Stir-and-Pour Honey Oat Bread is the day I discovered that my family is spoiled.
Hear me out. My kids and my husband are incredible, fabulous, and godly. They are kind, gentle, and they amaze me on a daily basis. But the day I made this Honey Oat Bread for the first time, they did not blink. They did not flinch. They did not leap off the couch and run to the kitchen the very moment they smelled the deliciousness of homemade bread wafting into the living room.
They did not praise me. They did not admire me. There were no tears of joy in their eyes. Hmmfff.
Y’all, my kids don’t know that homemade bread is amazing. I mean, they know that it is because they love it and enjoy eating it very much. But homemade bread? Meh, it’s just another average Monday. (Simply because it’s so easy to make this bread, I actually have time to do it regularly. You will too. Keep reading!)
I remember once when my kids were little and I told them, “I’m going to give you a special treat this afternoon!” Their eyes lit up with excitement…until later that day when I presented them with a plate of homemade cookies. They saw the “treat” and they were like, “oh.” I mean, they ate them and they loved them. But homemade cookies? Special? We ate those last Thursday.
Now boxed cookies from the store? Now THAT’S a treat. Whatever my dudes.
Here’s the interesting fact. I’m not even the mom who has time to bake bread and cookies much anymore. I’ve bought more un-homemade (but still real) food in the past couple of years than ever before. (Thank you, Mr. Dell’s unprocessed frozen potatoes for being there for me when I need you most.) The only reason I can still make homemade food these days is that I’ve learned the art of barely working and still putting incredible dishes on the table. (I’m looking at you, Simple Recipes.)
And so it is with this Honey Oat Bread. Because of this recipe, your family can be spoiled too! They can become the ones that are so used to eating homemade bread that they no longer realize how amazing it is to be treated with such goodness!
Why? Because anyone in the world can make this bread. It requires measuring, dumping, stirring, pouring, and that’s it. Do no work. Make no mess. Smell homemade bread. Eat homemade bread. Cry tears of joy. Or just sit there unphased, eating fresh, delicious bread because it is, after all, just another average Monday.
Stir-and-Pour Honey Oat Bread
- 3 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground hard white wheat)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons active rise yeast
- 2 Tablespoons sucanat or sugar or honey
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups warm water
- Optional Topping:
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- Stir all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Cover and allow dough to sit for 30-45 minutes.
- Pour contents into a well-buttered loaf pan.
- Heat honey in a small saucepan and drizzle over the unbaked loaf.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup oats on top.
- Bake in a 350° for 50-60 minutes or until evenly browned.
- Allow it to sit in the pan for 15 minutes.
- Remove the loaf to let it cool completely before slicing.
It is very worth noting that one of our college-aged sons (who no longer lives at home or eats much homemade food) came home for a haircut on a day I had made homemade bread. His face lit up, and he exclaimed joyfully over the bread on the cutting board. Rest assured, he was sent back to the dorm with a bag of sliced homemade bread and a butter knife.
So make this amazing Stir-and-Pour Oat and Honey Bread. It’s easier to make this bread than it is to go to the store to buy bread. True story.
Disclaimer: No children are actually spoiled in the making of this bread.