Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Bread – Improv Challenge

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This month’s Improv Challenge (hosted each month by Kristen @ Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker) was oats + raisins. I can’t wait to see what others did because for the life of me, I couldn’t think past muffins, cookies or bread (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

These two foods are certainly a dynamic duo for a dietitian. In America, oats are one of the most beloved whole grains and dried fruits, such asĀ raisins (when there isn’t extra sugar added) are a terrific, nutrient dense ingredient which pair well with so many other foods (think nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits, veggies, the list goes on.) My personal favorite? Those gorgeous amber colored golden raisins.

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I’ve had this oatmeal bread recipe for ages, given to me by my grandmother – who probably got from a magazine decades ago. I tweaked it by adding in white whole wheat flour and ground flax for some extra fiber and for sweetness, tossed in the golden raisins, too.

Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Bread


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons oats


  1. In a small bowl, mix together boiling water and oats. Set aside and let cool for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine, yeast, warm water and 1 tablespoon honey. Let sit 10 minutes until yeast is frothy.
  3. Add in the oat mixture, the remaining 3 tablespoons honey, salt, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour and ground flax. If using a stand mixer, use dough hook to mix dough. Otherwise, mix thoroughly by hand.
  4. Add in remaining 1/2 - 3/4 cup flour to form a soft dough. Mix in raisins.
  5. Knead with dough hook or by hand on a floured surface for 5 minutes.
  6. Roll into a ball and put in a greased bowl. Cover and let sit in warm place for 1 hour.
  7. Punch down down and shape into a bread loaf. Place into a 8 x 4 x 2-in coated loaf pan.
  8. Cover and let rise for 45 - 60 more minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Spray top of loaf with cooking spray and sprinkle on 2 tablespoons of oats. Bake in oven for 50 - 55 minutes, until golden brown.
  11. Let cool on rack in pan for 10 minutes, turn out and cool completely before slicing.

Next time, I think I’d add some cinnamon and nutmeg for that cinnamon raisin effect. This is a delicious bread for breakfast or for gift giving (the holidays are around the corner…..)

Here are more temptingĀ oat & raisin recipes for your reading and cooking pleasure!

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  1. What a hearty looking loaf of bread. YUM! My favorite way to eat it is toasted with lots of butter & a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar…

  2. Gorgeous looking bread! I love the combination of red and golden raisins. Great choice for improv.

  3. This bread sounds right up my alley! I like whole wheat and flax in my quick breads, but have not tried flax in yeast bread. I thought about using golden raisins in my scones, but I wanted to use up the open box of regualr raisins.

  4. lovely loaf! GREG

  5. Mmmmmm…..I adore honey oat bread…and love that you added flax seed! Beautifully done!

  6. I love the rustic bread look with the oats on top.

  7. Ha! Great minds really do think alike! Love the oatmeal on top of the bread!

  8. This must have smelled wonderful as it was baking…such a great looking loaf of bread!

  9. I love making homemade breads. Your bread looks amazing and sounds delicious.

  10. Those are such beautiful slices of bread. I can just imagine them toasted with a dab of butter!
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  11. Making bread did cross my mind. This looks so tasty,I need to try this soon,
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  12. This looks absolutely delightful, Deanna! I’m so glad you did the challenge as well; I’m an absolute sucker for oat toppings.

  13. Made this tonight, and while I scanned the comments, nothing but great comments from everyone (I wonder if they actually tried making the recipe?), I found the bread too dense and hard to knead (with a dough mixer). Added a dash of water.. It became sticky… added flour and mixed again, by then the raisins that I put in on the second round had been smashed (adding to the stickiness).. Well, who knows, it will go into the oven soon, and if the taste is great, I will comment again.

    • Loretta – Hmmm – made it with a dough mixer too and had decent results but I find with any bread recipe, that sometimes I need to add a little more water and other times I need to add a little more flour as the temperature of your home, humidity, etc. all comes into play with bread baking. Please let me know the outcome -thanks for visiting.

  14. Awesome looking bread!!!! I love oatmeal raisin bread. I am a true bread lover. I can image just eating some and toasting it very hard and spraying it with coconut spray. “Delicious and Scrumptious.”
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