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Whole Grain Oat Rolls

By Tessa Arias
September 23rd, 2015
5 from 5 votes
5 from 5 votes

With these Whole Grain Oat Rolls, healthy bread doesn't have to taste bad! Anyone can make these surprisingly light, beautiful, and tasty dinner rolls. Step-by-step video below!

Yield: 9 rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Slightly nutty and earthy without being overwhelming.
Texture: Surprisingly light for whole grain bread, but not quite as light as pure white bread. I actually like the little bit of texture the oat flour adds!
Ease: Super easy and I’ve even included a step-by-step video for those of you who get freaked out by homemade yeast bread.
Appearance: Beautiful! I love the contrast of the light colored oats on the browned tops.
Pros: Perfect healthy accompaniment to just about any dinner. Can also be made ahead of time.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes!

Healthy bread that actually tastes good AND is easy to make?!

As a total carboholic I would take the bread over the main course entree any day. It’s a dangerous preference. Anyone else share it? For those of us who love bread but know the importance of moderation and getting in enough whole grains, it can be a struggle to find daily balance. Most of the time whole wheat bread is horribly dense, dry, and overly flavored by the wheat. This recipe for Whole Grain Oat Rolls, however, is here to prove that healthy bread doesn’t have to taste bad!

Healthy bread that actually tastes good AND is easy to make?!

I first love these rolls because they’re beautiful. Slightly rustic but made special with the sprinkling of oats on top. Who could resist one at the dinner table? But the fact that this recipe is totally doable (promise, just watch the video below) and can be made ahead of time means they hit ALL the marks in my book!

P.S. – I love serving these rolls with a flavored butter than can stand up to the flavor profile of the nutty whole grain goodness. Since it’s currently fall my Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter is a MUST. Also, make-ahead instructions for the rolls are at the bottom of the printable recipe down below.

Healthy bread that actually tastes good AND is easy to make?!

5 from 5 votes

How to make
Whole Grain Oat Rolls

Yield: 9 rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
With these Whole Grain Oat Rolls, healthy bread doesn't have to taste bad! Anyone can make these surprisingly light, beautiful, and tasty dinner rolls. Step-by-step video below!


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for serving (if desired)
  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (3.2 ounces) oat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (6.75 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 large egg
  • Old fashioned oats, for sprinkling


  1. In a small saucepan combine the butter, milk, and water. Set over low heat until the butter is melted. Let the mixture cool to about 110°F, or just warm to the touch. Stir in the yeast and honey.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook (or by hand), combine the white whole wheat flour, oat flour, all-purpose flour, and salt. Add the milk mixture and stir until combined. Knead on medium low speed until the dough comes together in a smooth, elastic, and slightly sticky ball. If the dough is unbearably sticky, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time. Avoid adding extra flour if possible, sticky is better than dense.
  3. Remove the dough to a well-oiled bowl, turning to coat completely in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and divide into three equal pieces. Divide each piece into three pieces, for a total of 9 rolls. Form each piece into a smooth tight ball by stretching the corners around the bottom and rolling between your palm and the counter.
  5. Grease an 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Place each ball of dough in the dish and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise again until puffy, about 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  7. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush over the rolls. Sprinkle with oats. Bake the rolls for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden. Serve with honey and butter, if desisred.

To make ahead:

  1. Wrap the completely cooled rolls tightly in foil then place in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 1 month.

To thaw:

  1. Let the rolls thaw at room temperature overnight before rewarming in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes.

To make straight from the freezer:

  1. Loosen the foil around the rolls place directly on the oven rack of a 300°F oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until warmed all the way through. Serve immediately before the rolls dry out from reheating.

Recipe Notes

White whole wheat flour works best here because you get all the nutrition of whole wheat without all the dense texture and intense wheat flavor. However, if you can't find it, feel free to use regular whole wheat flour. You can also use active dry yeast in this recipe, just be sure to let it proof with the liquid mixture for 5 minutes.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Amy — January 11, 2021 at 8:11 am

    I love how moist these are while still using whole wheat flour. I wasn’t sure about oat flour, but after a quick google search I realized I just needed to put oats in my blender to make my own.
    These are a hit with my family and I love how they look with the oats on top.

    • #
      Tessa — January 11, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment, Amy!

  2. #
    Hema nandani Logan — June 21, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Absolutely delicious. My kids love taking them as snack for school!

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    Upma Dhingra — January 16, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Do u have eggless recipes as well?

  4. #
    Jessica Dawson — September 9, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Will definitely be making these again. They turned out so well. They tasted like professional rolls. Perfect match with my soup.

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    Jessica — March 15, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Hi Tessa,

    How much water and sugar should I proof the 3 tsp. of active dry yeast? For how many minutes? I assume that I have to adjust the liquid that the recipe calls for, right?



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    Linda Davis — November 19, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Will this work in a bread machine for the kneading and rising part, then form, rise again and bake in the over?

  7. #
    Annie — November 9, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I love this recipe …the dinner rolls are simply delicious

  8. #
    Sarah — July 3, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Can you be more descriptive on how long the kneeding takes place with a kitchen aid mixer? I’ve never used mine before and thought others might have the same question

  9. #
    Gail — November 17, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Do you have to use the whole wheat and all purpose flour? Can you just use more oat flour? Wheat allergies.

  10. #
    Prinny — August 15, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Hi Tessa! Can v substitute egg with anything?My kid is allergic to egg

  11. #
    Bernie Vessel — April 10, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Chef Tessa

    Thank you for being so well spoken!

  12. #
    Papar — January 27, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for sharing the recipe

  13. #
    Heidi Shirk — January 3, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    These were easy to make and tasted great. My family never knew there was oat flour in it, and while they aren’t healthy, I didn’t feel as bad eating them since it wasn’t white flour. I skipped the egg/oat topping and just ran a stick of butter over the tops after they came out of the oven. 15 minutes was my bake time at 400.

  14. #
    Yanet — February 1, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    How many calories are on each.

  15. #
    Madelyn — September 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    My bad, for some reason I thought it said we needed extra honey to brush the rolls. I read it correctly afterwards. They came out pretty good. Soft and tasty, great recipe, thanks!

  16. #
    Madelyn — September 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Hi, my dough is rising as I write. Have one question, it says we need extra honey for coating buns, when do we brush them with it? Thanks!

  17. #
    Kristina — September 25, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I love bread! I could eat it 3x a day and in between also. I think this is the best food there is, in my country we have a saying: “if a bread falls on the floor, pick it up and kiss it” (it rhymes in my language). I had an oat bread a couple of weeks ago and I totally loved it – these rolls look like that bread. Have to try them!

  18. #
    Gaby Dalkin — September 24, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    so guilty of wanting to eat all the bread as a main dish! these look so awesome, love the oats on top!!

  19. #
    Ursula — September 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I LOVE bread! I pick bread over most anything. Everyday I have a nice hearty piece of bread and butter for lunch and with each bite I think “man! Is this ever good!” My family think I’m nuts. Hahaha….it’s not just me…. 🙂

    I”ll have to try this and your whole wheat English muffins. They look delish.

  20. #
    Aldershot — September 24, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I don’t know much people like us, bread lovers. If its a tasty bread I can only that the entire day even though it’s a dangerous preference. These oat rolls look delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe.

    From your suggestions, below the recipe, have to say that the Dutch Crunch Bread Rolls look stunningly tempting.

  21. #
    Joane — September 23, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Can I just use whole wheat flour and all purpose flour,half and half?

  22. #
    Rene — September 23, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Looks good but I don’t have a mixer with a dough hook. Is it necessary?

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      Tessa — September 23, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Nope, as I mentioned in the video you can also knead the dough completely by hand.

  23. #
    Mariana Sarceda — September 23, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Mmm! They look deliciously healthy! What a nice way of introducing oats to the daily menu! I think I’ll turn my kitchen into a homey bakery today!

    • #
      Tessa — September 23, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Mariana! Wonderful!

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