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Sweet and Soft Honey Oat Sourdough

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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!

A collage of loaves of honey oat sourdough bread with text overlay.

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.

A big loaf of sweet and soft honey oat sourdough bread 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 bioavailable, 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 videos that will show you how to mix and shape a perfect boule!

A loaf of honey oat sourdough bread with text overlay.

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 incredible 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 five 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 for 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 flour 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 your oven to 450°F 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.

A collage of loaves of honey oat sourdough bread with text overlay.


Saturday 18th of March 2023

I’d like to try baking in my Dutch oven but I don’t have parchment paper. Do you have a recommendation on how to do that? Thanks

Butter For All

Monday 27th of March 2023

Hi Elizabeth! A generous coating of oats on the outside of the loaf, and a layer of cornmeal on the bottom of the DO could work to keep the bread from sticking. But I wouldn't add any additional water to create steam inside the DO.

Hope that helps!

George Wallace

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Here you go this is my most recent of 4 ...

This has become one of my favorite breads thanks again for the great recipe.

Butter For All

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Lovely looking bread, George!

Thank you for sharing!!!


Wednesday 7th of December 2022

Thank you for posting this recipe. I am a novice bread baker and your post caught my eye so I gave it a try! My comments are: Very loose dough. (Measured all ingredients exactly) Did not bake up as tall as my usual no knead sourdough recipe. Turned out very good in the end.

Butter For All

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

Thanks for the feedback, Karen!

This recipe is a higher hydration and can be tricky to handle for a novice. You should be proud of yourself. A very well developed starter, and lots of stretch and fold during bulk fermentation will make the dough easier to work with.

I hope you'll continue to make this bread until you have it mastered!


Sunday 23rd of October 2022

Hi Courtney- thanks so much for this recipe! It’s the first of yours that I’ve tried and while it didn’t turn out perfectly the flavor is delicious. Like others, the hydration was an issue for me but when it’s my first go with a recipe I stick to the recipe and I also read comments about the oats absorbing water during fermentation. I didn’t have any trouble with the rises and I added a little flour on the second set of stretch and folds but it was still a very loose dough for me and my final product was only about 3” high. My head was telling me to bake it in my loaf pan but I decided to stick to the recipe as written. I’m curious if you have baked it in a loaf pan and if so what size did you use? And also have you made a YouTube video for this bread? Thanks again- can’t wait to try it again soon!

Butter For All

Thursday 27th of October 2022

Hi Karen!

It's always so inspiring to hear from someone who doesn't give up! Well done! I might split this recipe into two standard loaf pans if going that route. I would worry that it would be too much for just one. You could always play around with making one loaf and a few buns, or two smaller loaves. While I haven't baked this recipe in a loaf pan, I'm sure it would work well! Feel free to add flour until the dough is a consistency that is workable for you. It wont change things too much.

I'll think about doing a video. Good idea!

Thanks for reaching out, Courtney


Wednesday 1st of June 2022

This turned out pretty good. I usually don’t like working with high hydration loaves, but practice helps! I will make again.

Butter For All

Friday 3rd of June 2022

Hi Denise!

I'm so happy to hear it! Thanks for leaving your feedback!

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