Honey and Oat Gluten Free Bread

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Honey and Oat Gluten Free Bread recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Soft, fluffy and perfectly slice-able sandwich bread with a rich flavor from oat flour and honey. After a few months of making and very much enjoying soft and fluffy gluten free sandwich bread, I missed the deeper flavors that are typical in whole wheat sandwich bread. So, I started playing with the recipe. (The original is closer in flavor to a traditional light wheat or white sandwich bread.)

I’ve made this recipe at least five times now and I am very excited to finally share it. This bread is perfect for sandwiches, toast or as a snack on it’s own. It was also a hit served with soup and chili.

* If you enjoy step by step photos, there are photos included in my original Gluten Free Sandwich Bread post. This dough appears the same in each stage and the photos can be used for reference.

If you are not in need of Gluten Free bread, I recommend trying one of the following:
 Honey and Oat Gluten Free Sandwich Bread - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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Honey and Oat Gluten Free Bread

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Servings: 12 -16 slices


  • 1 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 1/4 cups oat flour make sure the flour is certified GF
  • 2/3 cup potato starch
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons instant
  • yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • Optional: sprinkle of oats for the top make sure the oats are certified GF


  • Place the flours, starch, yeast, salt and xanthan gum in a mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer. Warm the butter and honey in a glass bowl or cup until the butter is melted. Whisk or stir it together and set aside.
  •  Using an electric mixer (hand mixer, or stand), gradually beat the warm milk into the dry ingredients. The mixture will be crumbly at first, but once all the milk is added, it’ll come together. Add the melted butter and honey to the mixing bowl and beat until thoroughly blended.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat the mixture till each egg is thoroughly integrated before adding the next one. Once you’ve added all the eggs, beat the mixture at high speed for 3 minutes. This adds air to the thick batter, which helps take the place of the missing gluten as far as structure is concerned.
  • At the end of 3 minutes, the batter will look like thick, heavy buttercream icing: smooth and silky. The dough will also be very sticky, and feel a bit gritty if you rub some between your fingers. Leave the batter right in the mixing bowl and cover the bowl with a light cloth or plastic wrap.
  • Let the thick batter rise for 60-90 minutes. This batter won’t double in size, but it’ll definitely puff up. Gently stir the batter down. Scrape it into a lightly greased 8 1/2” x 4 1/2” loaf pan. 
  • Use your wet fingers, or a wet spatula or bowl scraper, to smooth the top, eliminating any “wrinkles.” The smoother your loaf is before you put it into the oven, the smoother it’ll be once it’s baked. 
  • Lightly sprinkle the top of the loaf with oats and press lightly into the loaf. Loosely cover the pan and let the dough rise till it barely crowns over the rim of the pan. 45 – 60 minutes, as much as 90. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake the bread for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove it from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack. Lightly brush with melted butter to help keep the crust soft, being careful not to brush off the sprinkling of oats. Slice when completely cool. Enjoy!
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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Trisha says

    I’d love to try this recipe but do not have any instant yeast, only regular. Is there any way I can use the yeast I have and allow it to rest in the warm milk first?

    • Mary Younkin says

      To substitute active dry for instant (or rapid rise) yeast: Use 25 percent more active dry. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of instant yeast, use 1 1/4 teaspoons of active dry. That said, it should work fine to dissolve the yeast in the milk.

    • Mary Younkin says

      I haven’t tried that myself, but I think there are some comments on this post where people have had success with the bread machine. You’d typically stir together the ingredients and add them to the machine and let it work its magic, unfortunately, I honestly can’t help with more than that.

    • Mary Younkin says

      It is accurate, but bread baking times will vary greatly depending on the time of pans being used and your oven. I always caution to test bread for doneness before removing it from the oven.

  2. Zuri says

    Okay I have actually never left a review on any food recipe ever and I bake and cook a lot. I recently had to cut out gluten from my diet for health reasons ( i love gluten and would never give it up willingly) and decided to make my own bread because the store bought GF breads are not super tasty and pretty dry. This is hands down the best gluten free -and top 5 regular – bread recipes I have ever tried. I have baked it twice now and both times it has come out perfectly. So moist and fluffy with a beautiful flavour. I ground my own brown rice flour and oat flour with a blender and it worked out! It is a little sweet for regular bread, so the second batch I reduced the honey, still amazing. None of my family members have to be gluten free and they all love this bread – it is gone before my grandmas! When school starts I am going to bake like five loaves then cut and freeze them to have throughout the semester! Thank you so much for this recipe. 🙂5 stars

  3. Mary Gentle says

    Finally! Finally!!!! I am so thankful and pleased! This bread turned out exactly as expected! It is quite lovely plain, even the crusty end tastes nice! No gummy “bread” with a biter crust! I am truly thrilled! I should not be this excited over bread, but here I am happy as a lark! I did not have tapioca flour so I simply added aprox 2T additional potato starch and no problems.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Yes, it only takes 25 minutes for me. However, DEFINITELY test for doneness and make sure it has cooked through before removing the bread from the oven, Sarah.

  4. Tammy says

    I made this tonight. I had to make a few changes as I can’t have dairy or Eggs. I used ½ oat milk & Half Coconut milk. I used a 🍌 for my egg. I added Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hemp Hearts, crushed Walnuts & Almonds. As all these things are great binders. For our year, someone in my Mead group inquired about using 🍷 yeast. Lavlin EC ,1118. I have tried so many different recipes for G. F. This one was perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this.5 stars

    • Jamie says

      Hey Tammy,

      I’m looking for a good GF bread recipe without dairy or eggs. Can you share the quantities of items you used to replace the dairy and eggs?

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Christina, that isn’t something that I track. If you copy and paste the ingredient list into a recipe calculator, it will calculate that info for you.

  5. Andrea S. says

    Really great recipe. I am so excited -it’s light and fluffy and tastes great. This is going to become a staple! I found I needed to increase the milk quite a bit to get it to stick together. Otherwise everything as in the recipe.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Christy, that isn’t something that I track. You can copy and paste the ingredients into one of the online recipe calculators though and it will calculate it for you.

    • Mary Younkin says

      You can try it with additional tapioca starch in place of the potato starch. The texture will be a little different, but it should still work, Vivi.

  6. vicky says

    Great recipe – the best I’ve tried to date. This is the first gf bread recipe I’ve found that calls for 2 rises – was a little skeptical but it turned out great. Good flavor and texture. My picky gluten eating hubby liked it so much that he actually said, “wow don’t forget how to make this!” I did make some small changes–I’m allergic to the nightshade family and corn so I skipped the potato starch and used 1/2 cup of tapioca & 1/2 cup of sweet potato starch. I also reduced the honey to 1/4 cup and used sprouted oats and rice flour. It wasn’t done at 25 min, so I baked it for an additional 10 min. and that did the trick. Other than that I followed all other directions exactly. Delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe.5 stars

  7. Missy says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. Before my daughter had to go gluten free, we made a special oatmeal wheat bread together. This tastes EXACTLY like it. It’s even a very similar recipe with the addition of eggs (which was something I wondered if my old recipe needed to be gf successfully!) anyway, you gave us a family treasure back with this recipe. Thank you.5 stars

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