Whole Wheat Oatmeal Quick Bread


I made this one night last week, when I wanted something hearty and robust and satisfying but not sweet and dessert-y. I know, that sounds weird. But I was after something that would ground me a little. And thus I made this delightful bread.

I started with whole wheat pastry flour, which always makes me happy with its whole wheat pastry-ness. To that I added whole wheat white flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

oats and flour

It looked like it needed something. Yes…it was calling out for cinnamon. I answered the call.

oats and flour with cinnamon

I whisked that together, and set it aside.

Next up, a lightly beaten egg. I love having just the right tiny bowl and wee whisk for this job.

egg in small bowl with tiny whisk

The egg went into a fresh bowl along with Greek yogurt, canola oil, brown sugar (only two tablespoons), and low fat buttermilk. I whisked.

liquid ingredients whisked with sugar

That got poured into the flour & oat mixture, and stirred just until combined.

pouring mixture into flour


It was a pretty thick batter, which made sense, since it was going to be a hearty sort of bread. Despite the instruction to pour it into a loaf pan, there was no pouring. I scooped it out with a (purple) spatula and spread it as evenly as I could, then sprinkled the last tablespoon of oats across the top.

batter in pan

I baked for about 40 minutes, and then it was done. I let it sit in the pan for another 15 minutes.

cooling in pan

It smelled really good.

It came out of the pan nicely, smooth around the sides and bumpy on top. I liked its rustic look.

bread on rack

And I liked its rustic taste. It wasn’t sweet at all, but the cinnamon I put in gave it just a tiny bit of flavor, just barely, and otherwise it was a simple, honest bread, just what I was after. I ate it plain a few times, and one night spread some peanut butter on it, and loved it both ways. It’s a great breakfast bread, or a perfect side for soup or salad. Sadly, it’s also a tempting late night snack, but that’s another issue entirely. It would probably be nice toasted as well. (And it’s only 4 P+.) Make it so!

make it so


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