O'Kee's Irish Soda Oatmeal Bread


This bread is delicious. Plan ahead 12 hours!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 50 mins
2 loaves


  • 1 cup regular rolled oats

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 3 tablespoons dark molasses

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Mix rolled oats, buttermilk, and molasses in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.

  2. Whisk together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar until combined; pour flour mixture into buttermilk mixture and stir just until moistened.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly-floured work surface and knead 3 or 4 times until dough holds its shape.

  4. Cut dough in half; pat each half into a 6-inch round loaf.

  5. Use a sharp knife to deeply score each loaf in quarters, cutting 1-inch deep.

  6. Wrap each loaf in plastic wrap and allow to stand at least 12 hours at room temperature to ferment. (Loaves can be refrigerated up to 2 more days after this, if desired.)

  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  8. Place loaves on an ungreased baking sheet.

  9. Bake loaves for 15 minutes and reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue to bake until loaves are browned and make a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom, about 20 more minutes.

  10. Allow breads to cool for 10 minutes before slicing. To serve, slice loaves 3/4-inch thick all across the loaf, then cut slices in half.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
2g Fat
60g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 743mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 500mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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