Molasses Oatmeal Bread Machine Recipe

February 5, 2009 · 40 comments · Print This Post

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Molasses Oatmeal Bread

I bet you thought I was fickle and that the love affair with my bread machine wouldn’t last. Well ye of little faith take notice, I haven’t stopped baking bread in this fantastic contraption since I first posted about it back in December. In fact, it’s become a bi-weekly and occasionally tri-weekly event. The tightening in the seat and thighs of my jeans can certainly attest to the truth in this statement.

A bread machine is perfect for someone like me who hates the messiness and time consuming monotony of baking bread “in the wild.” I applaud those of you who like this sort of activity. Frankly I’d rather read a book, play Animal Crossing, or any other number of activities that don’t leave me covered in flour from head to toe.

Obviously when I was growing up my mom made “real” bread. My favorite of her many recipes was a Molasses Oatmeal bread that toasted beautifully, had a subtly sweet taste and a lovely light caramel color. After having such amazing success with the basic white bread recipe, I decided to be brave and attempt to adapt her recipe for the bread machine. The outcome is an addictive bread that takes me straight back to the bygone days of Saturday morning cartoons and She-Ra pajamas. I can think of very few things that I find more satisfying than two thick slices of this bread hot from the toaster and generously coated in real butter. I hope you enjoy it!

Molasses Oatmeal Bread Machine Recipe

3 cups of bread flour (Erin’s Note: If the dough ball is too moist during the first kneading cycle add a little more flour. If it’s too crumbly, be sure to add a few additional drops of water).
1 package of yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons of butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 eggs

Incorporate the above ingredients into the bowl of your bread machine per the manufacturer’s instructions. For my particular bread machine I add all of the wet ingredients first (water, molasses, butter, egg). Then I add the dry ingredients next (flour, oats, salt) and end by pressing a small indentation into the flour with my finger. This is where you place the yeast. I use the machine’s “Basic Setting” and select the 1.5 pound loaf option. Finally, I press “Start” and go about my business. Once the bread is baked, I coat the top of the hot loaf with butter and remove the bread machine bowl to a wire rack to cool completely. I like to serve this bread toasted and spread very liberally with real butter.

Molasses Oatmeal Bread

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1 Diana February 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm

She-Ra was the best!

Bread looks fantastic…you are seriously making me want to get a bread machine! Especially to make this very loaf – it sounds so interesting and I love molasses!

🙂 D


2 Karen @ Mignardise February 5, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I can almost smell it from here. Wish I had a piece!


3 missginsu February 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm

The crumb on that looks really good. The thing I always hate about bread machine loaves is the crust (my favorite part).

Does your machine make a satisfyingly crusty crust, or is that something that the machines just aren’t meant for?


4 Victoria November 16, 2013 at 9:21 am

I always use my bread maker but I only use it to mix everything and then I take it out of the breadmaker put it in loaf pans and bake in the oven that way I get the size and the crust I want….


5 High Plains Drifter February 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm

My machine is gathering dust in the basement. I’m hooked on beer bread. No fuss, no muss, and fresh bread in an hour.

But it’s making me lazy… need to break out of this winter slump and try something like your mo/oat bread.

Nice camera work, by the way.


6 Donna February 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm

This looks terrific. Makes me want to break out my bread machine in the basement, still new and sealed in package.. BTW, I passed 2 awards onto you, please pick them up XXXOOO


7 Grace February 5, 2009 at 7:55 pm

A bread machine is SO going on my Christmas wishlist.


8 meg February 5, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I bet this tastes amazing. I would love to make some French Toast with this!


9 Monica H February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Is it sad that I forgot I had a bread machine?

There is something so therapeutic about being covered in flour though 🙂


10 snooky doodle February 6, 2009 at 2:43 am

this looks delicious ! This bread is perfect 🙂


11 wummy February 6, 2009 at 10:22 am

This bread is my favorite. Think I will have to whip some up this week-end. Once you use the bread machine you will never go back to hand mixing! And think you didn’t use for a long time after you recieved such a wonderful gift.


12 Lynda February 6, 2009 at 10:30 am

I love homemade bread, especially oatmeal bread.I wish I had some now!BTW, I left some awards for you at my blog!


13 Lys February 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Erin – I’ve made two loaves in my bread machine and while one was so so, the other – man, I used that delay cycle and it was a BRICK! Note to self, do not use that Krusteaz mix. I’ll see if I can attempt this one this weekend because I’m refusing to buy another mix and just do it from scratch.


14 JBreiding February 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm

If I could offer some advice. Take your yeast, packet or measured amount, and some warm water. Combine them and let them set aside as you gather your ingredients. By the time you have combined all other ingredients the yeast should be dissolved, or woken, and ready to pitch.

This will help the rising in a bread machine.

Judging by the size of your loaf it was probably fairly heavy.

I had this same problem for ever with my bread machine until I stared brewing beer and took some lessons from that and applied it to bread, given they are both fermentation of yeast. It worked out well, needless to say I no longer use a bread machine and just do it all by hand. Only really requires 10 minutes of needing the rest is just waiting.


15 EB February 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Princess of Power Pj’s?! Ha!! I’ll one up ya there. She-Ra sleepin’ bag. Ooh yeah. The cloth kind made especially for Saturday morning cartoons. Booyah.


16 Jaime February 8, 2009 at 8:33 am

Erin! I just wanted to tell you while I don’t usually bake, you’ve inspired me to start giving it a try. Usually The Oven + Jaime = Spectacular Disaster, but I’m hoping to change my luck. 🙂

I remember a while back you mentioned that you bake for Chris’s Monday meetings, and I thought I’d start doing that for Kelly (who also has meetings every Monday). Do you have any recommendations for recipes or cookbooks that result in fairly simple and yummy treats?

I am going to start this Monday off with some brownies from a box. I had a recipe for brownies from Martha Stewart Living magazine that I was all excited about, but then I realized it called for 8 sticks (!) of butter. I don’t want to give anyone a heart attack or anything. 🙂


17 zestycook February 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I so want a piece ERIN! I am a huge bread baby…. can you send me a some? 🙂



18 EatingRD February 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I love making bread in my machine and that recipe looks great! I was wondering if there is a version for a 2-lb loaf? Mine only makes the giant loaves, thanks!



19 roberta August 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Did you accidently leave out the sugar. Can’t imagine bread without a little. Otherwise it looks terrific. Let me know. thanks


20 Erin August 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm


In this recipe the molasses acts as “sugar.” It’s acidic and very sweet so it activates the yeast just fine.

Enjoy the bread!


21 Grace September 27, 2009 at 11:47 am

Hi Erin,
I’ve just used my newly bought bread machine (a Kenwood BM 250) for the first time today and baked a 500g loaf of 100% whole wheat bread. The result was quite satisfactory. I followed the recipe booklet and used sugar, though I’d prefer using molasses instead. The reason why I didn’t do so was that I was not sure if molasses can replace sugar entirely as far as yeast activation is concerned. So my question is, does molasses activate yeast (I used dried yeast) as much and good as sugar, so that I can replace sugar with molasses completely? Or do I have to keep a portion of the sugar? And what is the ratio/proportion if molasses is to be used to replace sugar for baking whole wheat bread with yeast dough?
Many thanks in advance.


22 Erin September 27, 2009 at 11:53 am


Yes, the molasses will activate the yeast much like sugar. As you can see from this recipe I used molasses entirely in this bread. I’m not sure if a 1 to 1 ratio of molasses can be used instead of sugar in all bread recipes though. You may want to google that or simply experiment a bit. I hope you enjoy your new bread machine!


23 Carys June 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

LOVED this bread – thank you so much for sharing the recipe, Erin!
I’d been looking for a bread maker recipe for Molasses Oat Bread that used quick oats and was thrilled to find this. Not having bread flour, I substituted all-purpose with little to no difference in the overall result; the bread was absolutely delish!
Thanks again….{{off to make another loaf}}


24 April September 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

I had company over for dinner yesterday. Made a New England Boiled dinner, a loaf of your Molasses Oatmeal Bread, a Marjorie Standish Blueberry pie and it all came out delicious. Im a bread-a-holic so that was of course my favorite part of the whole meal. I will make more today for sandwiches during the week. The texture of the bread was unbelievable. Thanks for sharing this wonderful bread recipe Erin!!


25 Claire January 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I made this yesterday, following the directions exactly. This bread has a nice flavor and good texture. Thanks.


26 ACW April 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I thought the oats would be visible (and, thus, a turn-off to the kids)… I’m happily surprised that this loaf is *so* smooth in texture. Amazing! Thanks for posting it.


27 Janice February 7, 2012 at 6:00 am

I just made this bread yesterday and it was delicious! Normally I don’t use that much yeast but this was perfect, the texture was light and fluffy. Thank you!


28 Pluto_Child February 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

This is my first time to your blog. I was just hunting around for a passable oatmeal molasses loaf recipe. I honestly have to admit I chose this over the other recipes I saw simply based on the fact that you talk about wearing your She-Ra pajamas as a kid. I’m just slightly biased 😛

I am glad I did choose this recipe because it was simply divine. I changed two things. I used sorghum instead of molasses and I swapped out 1 cup of the bread flour for whole wheat. Even with the swap this turned out to be the best loaf I’ve ever had from the bread machine. It was light and fluffy and moist and completely delicious. Best texture, best crust, best flavor! Thank you for sharing this recipe.


29 Erin February 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Thank you so very much for the terribly kind comment! I know first hand how much of a pain it is to have bread machine recipes turn out poorly so I’m happy to have created something that you enjoyed!

Thanks for visiting and my She-Ra dolls say hello 😉


30 Jan Cargill February 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

REading your recipe, I have 2 questions..

Mine is a 1 b machine.. I could use 2/3 of each ingredient… but I have no idea how much yeast is in a package.. mine comes in a jar..

AND could I use the Packet of Oatmeal that makes ONE serving.. At 82 years old and living alone, I don’t have large quantities of ingredients and don’t like buying something that I won’t use up..


31 Erin February 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thank you for your comment. 1 packet of yeast contains 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast so if you’d like to halve this recipe I’d use a rounded teaspoon in your machine. Also, I’m sure it would be fine to use the packets of instant oatmeal that you have on hand. Just make sure they’re plain or you might end up with apple-cinnamon molasses bread 🙂

Good luck with your baking!


32 Claire April 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I made this today and it came out great. It rose nicely. I used large oats (not quick) and whole wheat bread, but everything else was as per your instructions (oh, I used the larger loaf size setting on my machine, not the smaller one). Thank you! I’ll be making this again, for sure. So wholesome and beautiful and delicious!


33 Claire April 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

I meant “whole wheat flour”, not “whole wheat bread”!!!


34 Nikki April 14, 2012 at 4:28 am

wow!! I love this recipe — Fantastic!!!


35 Beth May 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I have this bread in my machine at the moment! I have less than two hours to wait, and it smells amazing right now!


36 Sue Cottrell November 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Erin, Years ago I had a friend that had a bread machine and she made the best bread with that thing. Hum! Um! Anyway, she made a bread called “Anna Dammam Bread “. The story was ” The farmer had a wife and her name was Anna. Anna made some bread for her husband and declared “Anna damn that’s good bread “(not sure that is an exact quote) but from that day forward, Anna Dammam Bread. I am not sure all or any of this is true, but it is what I was told. Anyway, back to why I am posting you, have you ever heard of this bread? Thank You for your time. Sue


37 Shauna October 15, 2014 at 5:56 pm

What kind of bread machine are you using?


38 Alana November 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

Hi! I added a link to this recipe on my latest blog post! I can’t wait to try this recipe!


39 Tara March 27, 2017 at 9:59 am

This bread turned out awesome!Im so happy with it!


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