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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.

4.25 from 8 votes
A perfect loaf of sweet and soft Honey Oat Sourdough awaits being cut and devoured.
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




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Friday 10th of July 2020

Very tasty bread. Mine didn’t rise as much as your picture shows, but it’s very moist. I use a 70% hydration for my starter and was too lazy to convert is my guess why it came out so moist. I would definitely make it again.

Butter For All

Saturday 11th of July 2020

Hi Grace,

I'm so glad it worked despite the higher hydration starter. Maybe throw in an extra handful of oats to help absorb a little of the extra hydration. Thank you for the feedback!


Shirley Hamblin

Sunday 5th of July 2020

The weight measurements are off.

Butter For All

Sunday 5th of July 2020

Hi Shirley,

Sorry to hear you are having trouble.

The weight measurements are always exact, the cups and spoons measurements are always approximate.

Jenifer Gallagher

Sunday 21st of June 2020

Have been working on my sourdough technique for 2 months now so not an advanced baker by any means. Have had great success with regular sourdough. This recipe sounded so good but I too had a very wet, sloppy dough. My starter is mostly fresh milled hard red wheat with some all-purpose flour (when I don’t take time to mill) at 100% hydration. As per recipe, I used: rolled oats, a mix of half home-milled soft white and hard red wheats, bread flour, and dark raw honey. The messy dough didn’t worry me through the stretch and folds - I’ve had this before with some recipes. And the rise after overnight bulk ferment was amazing! My issues began when I tried to shape it. As I put it out on the oats for shaping it kept spreading and I struggled to form a dough ball, even with a bench scraper. So much so that the oats were reincorporated into the dough as I couldn’t form a boule. I managed to get it into my homemade banneton (colander with floured towel and some extra oats on the bottom to help with sticking). Still waiting on the final doubling before baking. I imagine it’s going to taste wonderful but I just struggled with the loose dough/shaping. I live in South Florida - ambient kitchen temp averages 76° and approx. 58-60% humidity in the air (even with a/c). This could definitely have attributed to the wet dough. Just FYI for anyone who may have a similar experience. Will update after baking later on.

Butter For All

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Hi Jennifer,

I am so anxious to know how it went! I have to say, most likely, there is not much gluten development happening with all those wonderful, fresh milled whole grains. You might try subbing out up to 50% for bread flour and see what happens. Let us know!



Saturday 6th of June 2020

Hi! I made this last night/this morning and the dough was soooo wet. I think the issue is that I used Old Fashioned Oats, and they didn't soak up as much water as the rolled oats would have. Also, like everyone else, I can't find any bread flour. What do YOU think? The bread still tasted great, but it spread and expanded into my dutch oven and was a little dense. Thanks for the feedback! Barbara

Butter For All

Sunday 7th of June 2020

Hi Barbara,

The flour shouldn't matter too much, nor the oats, but I would follow your instinct and just add a bit more flour at the time of mixing until you get the right consistency. Is your starter 100% hydration by weight (the same weight flour and water)? That is the most common problem.

Hope this helps!



Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Excellent bread! Thank you for sharing this recipe. My dough was very wet- almost a batter- but the final loaf was perfect.

Butter For All

Saturday 30th of May 2020


Thanks so much for the feedback! There is a little extra hydration to soften the oats and whole grains during a long ferment. I'm glad it came out perfect in any case!!!

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