Sweet and Soft Honey Oat Sourdough

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 personally 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 fine while grain flour in many recipes. Its 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.

Honey Oat Sourdough
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Proofing Time
12 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

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

Course: Bread, Ferment, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Traditional
Keyword: Grains, Heirloom, Honey, Oatmeal, Starter, Whole Wheat
Servings: 12
Author: Butter For All
  • 120 Grams Rolled Grains 3/4 Cup
  • 200 Grams Bread Flour 1 1/2 Cup
  • 200 Grams Whole Wheat Flour 1 1/2 Cup - I use a Triple 200
  • 90 Grams Raw Honey 1/4 Cup - Dark honey works well here
  • 12 Grams Salt 2 Teaspoons
  • 400 Grams Water 1 2/3 Cup
  • 250 Grams Starter 1 Cup - 100% hydration - Stirred down
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





  1. Lisa

    Just made this bread. It is delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and info. My first sourdough bread for a few years. Excellent!! I used Rogers Porridge Oats and ancient grains as that’s what I had on hand.

  2. Judi

    Hi, I’m about to try this recipe and was wondering if I could put the dough in the frig overnight after the 12 hours at room temp for a longer ferment/ time management? Sounds wonderful and can’t wait to try! Thanks for all the great recipes.

  3. Silva

    I was wondering if you can help me. I’ve made this bread before and it’s delicious and my favorite actually, however once I knock it down and start to shape it’s impossible to shape. The dough is super hydrated. Is there a problem? Am I doing something wrong? I follow the directions exactly. Is there a step I’m missing?


    • Hi Silva!

      I’m happy to help! It sounds like you may just need a little more flour if you find it hard to work with. Sometimes whole wheat/whole grains will vary a lot in how much they hydrate during the fermentation process. You can just add a little extra during mixing say up to 50g. It won’t change the recipe at all, just make it easier to handle! The texture also has to do with gluten development, if you are using lots of whole grains they may not be developing the gluten structure to hold the bread in shape. I think adding a bit more flour, especially bread flour would do the trick.

      Hope this helps!


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