Check out this Molasses Oatmeal Bread recipe. The molasses adds to the flavor and gives the loaf a wonderful, dark brown color.
Last updated on September 20, 2023 – Originally published on June 24, 2018
Don’t you love the deep, rich color of this bread? I know I do! It’s all because of the molasses in this bread recipe.
Where Does Molasses Come From?
Speaking of molasses, let’s talk about that for a second. It’s a thick, sticky liquid that’s made during the sugar-making process.
Sugar cane juice is extracted from the sugar cane plant. The juice is then boiled to concentrate it, promoting sugar crystallization.
Light molasses comes from the first boiling of the sugar syrup. It’s lighter in flavor and color. If a recipe doesn’t specify which type of molasses to use, I recommend using light molasses.
Dark molasses comes from the second boiling of the sugar syrup. It’s darker and not as sweet as light molasses. It’s typically used in things like baked beans. However, I’ve used it in this bread recipe and liked it.
Talk about comfort food! If you like oatmeal bread, then check out this buttermilk oatmeal bread recipe! The bread is very soft and as you eat it, you’ll notice a slight buttermilk tang.
How to Make Molasses Oatmeal Bread in the Bread Machine
I make the below recipe in my two-pound machine. Note that you’ll be using the basic setting with medium crust.
I’ve written the recipe to use dark molasses. However, either light or dark molasses will work with this recipe.
Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine in terms of which ingredients to put in the bread machine first. With my machine I add the liquid first.
I recommend that you check on the dough after five or ten minutes of kneading. Pop the top of the bread machine and look at the dough. It should be a smooth, round ball.
If the dough is too dry add liquid a teaspoon at a time until it looks right. If it looks too wet, add flour a tablespoon at a time until it looks good.
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Molasses Oatmeal Bread Recipe for the Bread Machine
Again, I make this recipe in my two-pound machine using the basic setting with medium crust.
1 cup water
¼ cup molasses, dark
3 cups bread flour
¾ cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
See below for metric measurements, as well as nutrition information, for this bread machine molasses oatmeal bread recipe.
Molasses Oatmeal Bread
- 1 cup (236.6 ml) water
- 1/4 cup (59.1 ml) dark molasses
- 3 cups (375 g) bread flour
- 3/4 cup (60.8 g) old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- This is a recipe for a two-pound bread machine. Use the basic, white setting with medium crust for this recipe.
- Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine in terms of which order to add ingredients to your bread machine. With my machine, I add the liquids first.
- Check on the dough after five or ten minutes of kneading. It should be a smooth, round ball.
- If the dough is too dry add liquid a teaspoon at a time until it looks right. If it looks too wet, add flour a tablespoon at a time until it looks right.
All information presented within this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on breadmachinediva.com should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate. I try to provide accurate information to the best of my ability; however these figures should still be considered estimates.