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Sweet and Soft Honey Oat Sourdough

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This sweet and soft Honey Oat Sourdough is hearty and delicious. This real sourdough bread makes great chewy toast or filling French toast! #realfood #fermented #rolledoats #heirloomgrains #honeysweetened #organic #nourishing #wisetraditions #nourishingtraditions


My Honey Oat Sourdough bread has a lot going for it. If you like crusty, thick, chewy, slightly sweet bread made with whole grains, then this is your recipe.

The crumb on this bread is surprisingly airy considering the amount of rolled oats incorporated into it. You don’t have to use only rolled oats, other rolled heirloom grains work really well. I use a combination of rolled oats, rolled barley, rolled rye, and rolled einkorn.

The addition of rolled grains gives this bread a toothy chewiness and a sweet earthy smell.  You will not be disappointed!


Cutting into the crumb of this Honey Oat Sourdough reveals a light and airy texture!


Finding The Right Grains

I’m extremely partial to my local mill, they grow lots of heirloom organic grains and sell them whole, rolled, or ground into cereals and flours. The good news is, their wonderful selection can be ordered online by visiting Camas Country Mill.

My absolute favorite is the Triple 200 series. I call for this finely sieved whole grain flour in many recipes. It’s similar to whole wheat pastry flour but with a very airy texture and wonderful full bodied sweet flavor.



I big loaf of sweet and soft Honey Oat Sourdough bread that is perfectly browned from the oven.



This bread is a high hydration dough. It has extra water and rolled grains added at the time of mixing. It is then left to ferment overnight at room temperature before being shaped and baked in the morning.

I like this long fermentation process because the bread has a chance to fully ferment. This allows the rolled grains to soak up extra water. It gives the lactic acid plenty of time to develop. The high lactic acid development neutralizes phytic acid in the whole grain making nutrients more bio available, and it breaks down hard to digest proteins.

Homemade sourdough is the healthiest bread available!


A perfect loaf of sweet and soft Honey Oat Sourdough awaits being cut and devoured.


Start Here

If you are a sourdough beginner you might want to start out by reading my free sourdough guide, Demystifying Sourdough – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sourdough Starter – Why It’s Better For You – And How To Start One. This guide will give you so much valuable information on my sourdough process and what I’ve learned by trial and error over the years.

I also have articles about How To Feed Your Starter For Successful Baking and How To Bake The Perfect Sourdough Boule In Your Dutch Oven with video that will show you how to mix and shape a perfect boule!


This sweet and soft Honey Oat Sourdough is hearty and delicious. This real sourdough bread makes great chewy toast or filling French toast! #realfood #fermented #rolledoats #heirloomgrains #honeysweetened #organic #nourishing #wisetraditions #nourishingtraditions


Tools Of The Trade

This Dutch oven has changed my whole baking game!


A dough whisk keeps hands clean and is great for stretch and fold mixing.

A perfect loaf of sweet and soft Honey Oat Sourdough awaits being cut and devoured.

Honey Oat Sourdough

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Proofing Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 13 hours 10 minutes

A sweet and soft sourdough bread with rolled grains and honey. This bread makes wonderful toast and is incredible as French Toast!


The Night Before

  1. In a large glass bowl mix all ingredients into a wet and sticky dough. I use my dough whisk for this step because the dough will stick to your hands. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Using the dough whisk do a round of stretch and fold. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Repeat this stretch and fold process up to 5 more times.
  3. Cover the dough and place it in a warm area of your kitchen. Ferment the dough overnight.

The Next Morning

  1. Uncover the dough and wet your hands. Do a stretch and fold in the bowl to deflate the dough and start the shaping process. Let the dough rest 5 minutes.
  2. Spread a handful of oats out on your work surface. Small rolled grains work well - rolled einkorn is pictured. Turn the dough out onto the oats. Make sure the dough lands seam side up on the oats. Quickly shape the dough into a round so that the oats are covering the dough. Place the dough seam side down and shape it further using your hands and the tension of the surface. Leave the dough seam side down on the work surface for a few minutes.
  3. Prepare your banneton with a light dusting of flour. I use sprouted flour, oat flour, or rice four as it's less sticky than wheat flour. Place the dough ball seam side up in the banneton and cover it lightly. Let the dough double at room temperature.
  4. Preheat you oven to 450° with your Dutch oven inside. 
  5. Cut a square of parchment paper and turn the dough out onto it so the seam side is now down.
  6. Score the dough with a sharp razor blade. The oats can make it a little tricky to score so I use a nice wide cross pattern instead of something more elaborate. 
  7. Remove the hot Dutch oven from your oven and take the lid off. Carefully pick up the dough using the corners of the parchment paper. Lower the dough into the Dutch oven and replace the lid. Place the Dutch oven back into the oven and bake covered for 25 minutes.
  8. After 25 minutes remove the lid and continue baking for 15 more minutes. This bread should bake for 40 minutes total.
  9. Remove the bread from the Dutch oven and parchment paper. Place the boule on a cooling rack and let it cool completely before slicing.


This sweet and soft Honey Oat Sourdough is hearty and delicious. This real sourdough bread makes great chewy toast or filling French toast! #realfood #fermented #rolledoats #heirloomgrains #honeysweetened #organic #nourishing #wisetraditions #nourishingtraditions




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Edwin Gray

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

As others have stated, my dough was over-hydrated, impossible to shape. I followed the directions by weight. My whole wheat flour was not Triple 200; rather I used fine, freshly-gound winter wheat berries, using my Mockmill 100 with the stones just touching. No vital wheat gluten was called for so I did not use any. My starter has been going strong for year or so and is 100% hydration, and the previous feeding was a 50/50 mix of finely-ground rye berries and organic all-purpose flour. For the rolled grain I used rolled oats. After the overnight proofing I did a stretch and fold. It was quite obvious that there was no way the dough would hold its shape for the next step, so I added several more stretch and fold sessions, spaced 5-10 minutes apart and incorporating a dusting of all-purpose flour at each session. Still, the dough was quite slack but I dumped it into an oblong proofing basket anyway. One hour has passed and minimal rise has taken place. I'll give it another hour and bake it regardless of the amount of rise. FYI my kitchen is about 70F.

Butter For All

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Hi Edwin,

I really appreciate your feedback. But I also wonder why you would expect the same results as pictured when you use different ingredients without adjustments? You sound like a very competent baker who knows how to adjust hydration by reducing water or adding flour. My recommendation would be to use 75% of the water by weight and only add more if your flour can take it. Every flour has a different moisture content and adjustments are standard practice when baking with starter. Especially when substitutions are made. I sincerely hope the bread is delicious and rises well in the oven!

Best of luck,



Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Other than using regular whole wheat flour to substitute for the triple 200 that you use, I am confident that I followed the instructions using a scale to measure and yet, my dough is runny. I am unable to form a ball......suggestions?

Butter For All

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Hi Noreen,

I'm so sorry to hear it. It could be a number of things. Flour quality, hydration absorption rate of the oats, gluten development, over or under's so hard to know without more info. Can you tell me, did the dough double during the bulk ferment overnight? Was it sour tasting once baked? Did it start out runny, or get runny over time?

Let me know and I'll try to help troubleshoot! You can also look further into the topics above that are highlighted in this guide.

Best wishes,



Monday 2nd of November 2020

Hello, if I do not use rolled grains but use oatmeal flour instead (for the portion of the rolled grains) should I ferment the dough overnight in the refrigerator to prevent over-fermentation? Also, why is there no autolysis in the beginning? Please educate me, I’m still very new to sourdough, thank you!

Butter For All

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Hi Sharon!

Welcome to the wonderful world of sourdough!

I would do the overnight fermentation no matter what you substitute. Consideration given to how long your starter and bread takes to proof. If you find it is over-proofing with an overnight ferment, then you can let it just double at room temp before refrigeration. All my recipes have a long ferment or use completely fermented starter. I'm most concerned with the digestibility of wheat, and write my recipes from that perspective.

I personally don't feel that Autolyse is necessary for my everyday breads. You can of course autolyse any recipe by just modifying when you add the salt.

If you'd like additional One-on-one support, I do offer consultationSourdough Consultation!

Hope you have great luck with this recipe!



Saturday 5th of September 2020

I very much like the flavor of this loaf; have made it many times and results have improved with experience. I grind my own flour so for the 200 grams of bread flour portion, the grind is sifted to remove the bran and gluten is added. Works quite well. I am now getting workable dough with this high hydration recipe.

Butter For All

Monday 7th of September 2020

Hi Sheryl!

I'm so happy to hear it. It does take practice to get the feel for it, but once you have it you will make the best bread! Thanks for leaving your feedback!



Sunday 23rd of August 2020

I tried to make your bread for the first time this weekend and followed your instructions to the T but I had the same issues with the super hydrated loaf! I was never able to meet it to hold any kind of shape and then once I got it into my cloche, it just completely spread out and I ended up with an enormous disk rather than a beautiful high loaf. Any advice?

Butter For All

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

Hi Chan,

Perhaps try again with a little less water. Start with 75% of the listed hydration and only add more if the dough seems too dry. The quality and the type of the oats and flour can be major players here. It could be over-proofed, under-proofed, underdeveloped, etc. It's really hard to know without more information. If you have photos or specific product info you can email them to me.

I think I will try to demo this recipe in the coming weeks! Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube so you see the demo when I get it published!

Best of luck on the next loaf!