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Oatmeal Dinner Rolls


These oatmeal dinner rolls provide a delicious addition to most family meals. They rise quite high as they bake, making them incredibly light and fluffy.

And while no one may ask, these rolls offer great nutrition, too!  Research continues to show the amazing health benefits of oats.  However, even with the nutrition and delicious taste, they bake up quite easily with ingredients from your pantry. We make them often and think you might, too.

Saving time helps, too. Make a larger batch and freeze part for baking at a later date.





Perfect on their own, they also dress up even more with special spreads. Consider whipping up a bit of honey butter. It offers a divine effect on these rolls.

  • To make honey butter, simply mix equal amounts of butter and honey. Use 1/2 cup butter, softened. Add to that, 1/2 cup of your favorite honey. Make sure your honey is pure honey. Often store-bought honey will include sugars and additives. Some contain no honey at all.
  • Blend together to reach the desired consistency. Stir in 1 tsp cinnamon, if desired.
  • Chill until ready to use.
  • For whipped honey butter, use your electric beater. This spreads easily on your dinner rolls.
  • To incorporate other flavors to your butter spread, consider adding your favorite all-fruit jam or fresh fruit.



Makes 18 rolls

prep: 40 min; rise 1hr, 45 min; bake 20

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; add oats and butter. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; cool to lukewarm.

oatmeal dinner rolls

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

Diane Kann
Light and fluffy dinner rolls with the added nutrition of oats. They make any meal a bit more special.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
rise time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 18 rolls


  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 cup oats
  • cup water 110-115°F
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • cup brown sugar packed
  • tsp salt
  • cups wheat flour white wheat works well


  • Mix the oats, butter, and 2 cups water in a bowl and allow the water to soak up the oats.
  • In another bowl, stir the sugar into the warm water. Add the yeast and mix lightly. Allow to set for about 5 minutes to create a foam.
  • Mix the brown sugar, salt, and 4 cups of flour together. Add the soaked oats and the foamed yeast. Stir to mix.
  • Add in enough four to make a soft dough. You might need less than the entire 5½ cups.
  • Using a stand mixer or by hand, knead about 6 to 8 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Grease a bowl. Put dough in and turn to coat all side of the dough. Cover and let rest in a warm place until doubled in size, about an hour.
  • Punch down, allow to rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Grease two 9-inch round baking pans
  • Divide dough into 18 balls about the same size. Put 9 balls into each of the 2 pans.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from pan to wire racks to cool.
  • Serve warm or room temperature.
Keyword dinner roll, oat, roll, whole wheat
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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tbsp active yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour




  • In a large bowl, dissolve 1 tbsp sugar in warm water. Stir in yeast. Let set for about 5 minutes to allow the yeast to foam.
  • Mix into the oat mixture, brown sugar, salt, and 4 cups flour; beat until smooth.
  • Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; allow to rest for 10 minutes. Shape into 18 balls. Place in two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from pan to wire racks to cool.
  • Serve warm or room temperature.




oatmeal dinner rolls

oatmeal dinner rolls


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