Honey Oat Rolls

Honey Oat Rolls are a fantastic dinner companion. The hint of sweetness in these hearty rolls makes them something special!

Honey Oat Rolls in a rectangular serving dish

I’ve come to appreciate the pleasure of baking homemade breads. I’ll admit it took me a while to get there, but now I find it almost comforting and soothing. I still tend to gravitate toward easier yeast bread recipes, but there’s nothing at all wrong with that. Just like with my other baking, I prefer simplicity with a great result. And that’s what is happening here with these Honey Oat Rolls.

The best thing about these rolls (other than their flavor, which we’ll discuss shortly) is that they’re really easy to make. You only need a few minutes of mixing, a little kneading, and then portioning. The rest of the time is idle while the bread rests and rises. I like to use my stand mixer for making these rolls, but a sturdy hand mixer will also do the trick.

Honey Oat Rolls in a serving dish on a wooden surface

As for the flavor, well, it’s really just lovely. There’s a hint of sweetness from the honey, a little nutty chewiness from the oats, and a hearty flavor thanks to the presence of whole wheat flour. Put that all together, and you get one irresistible dinner roll.

These rolls are a perfect companion to so many meals. They’re even great split and served as little sandwiches with your favorite sandwich makings. And add to all that the fact that they’re freezer-friendly, and you’ve really got a winner!

Honey Oat Rolls in a baking pan on a wire rack

Hopefully, I’ve sold you on all the merits of these Honey Oat Rolls, so let’s talk about how best to divide the dough once you’re ready to shape the rolls. Your kitchen scale is your friend. Simply weigh the dough in grams and then divide that weight by 24. Then you’ll know exactly how much each portion should weigh. It makes quick work of portioning and ensures that your rolls are a consistent size.

I really can’t say enough good things about these Honey Oat Rolls. I have a weakness for homemade dinner rolls, and these are one of my favorites. They’re just a little different from normal rolls to offer some variety. Give them a try when you’re craving homemade bread. I think you’ll find that this is a recipe you’ll want to make again and again!

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Yield: 24 rolls

Honey Oat Rolls

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 37 minutes

These hearty Honey Oat Rolls get a touch of sweetness from honey. They're really fantastic!

Honey Oat Rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 & 1/2 to 2 & 3/4 cups (300g to 330g) all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup (85g) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (49g) old fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 & 1/2 teaspoons (2 - 0.25 ounce packages) active dry yeast or instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup (84g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter, plus more for brushing on the baked rolls
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, all of the whole wheat flour, oats, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Set aside.
  2. Place the water, honey, and butter in a small saucepan. Heat to 120-130°F. Add to the flour mixture, and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the egg, and beat on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in just enough of the remaining all-purpose flour to form a soft dough. The dough will be sticky.
  5. Transfer the dough to a floured surface. Knead 6-8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl, and turn once so that the top and bottom are greased. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  6. Punch down the dough. Transfer to a lightly floured surface. Divide and shape into 24 balls.* Arrange the dough balls in a greased 9"x 13" baking pan. Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 30 minutes).
  7. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Melt 1 tablespoon butter to brush over the rolls.

Notes

*For best results and consistently sized rolls, weigh the dough in grams and divide by 24 to get the weight for each roll.

Recipe slightly adapted from Taste of Home.

Honey Oat Rolls

Honey Oat Rolls

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