Fluffy Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

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These honey oat dinner rolls are soft and fluffy with just a hint of sweetness, making them perfect for holiday meals and beyond.

The oats give them a heartiness that plain white flour bread rolls are missing, but they still retain all the soft texture that pleases most everyone.

Easy to bake for beginners and yet deliciousness for advanced bakers, this recipe for oatmeal rolls is one you’ll turn to again and again.

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Beginner Friendly

This oat rolls recipe is so basic that beginner bread bakers should feel confident in tackling it. Yes, it requires some addititonal steps over a basic loaf of homemade bread but they are simple and nothing that needs tons of advanced skill or practice.

Forming bread rolls isn’t difficult and honestly are quite forgiving. Just do your best to shape them into small round loaves and place in the pan. If they get a little wonky in shape, they’ll still be delicious and the more you make rolls the better you’ll get at shaping them.

Simple Ingredients

There’s nothing fancy here, you likely already have all the ingredients in your pantry. As always use the best ingredients you have for the best flavor in the final rolls.

Oat bread rolls sitting on a wire rack to cool.

Rolled Oats

The recipe was tested with rolled oats because that’s what I always have on hand. Quick cooking oats would likely work but I can’t guarantee.

Don’t skip the soaking of the oat in the boiling water – it is this step that adds a level of creaminess to rolls.


If you want to use maple syrup or even brown sugar instead of honey that would work just fine. These are not intended to be overly sweet, just a hint.

Flour Choices

For ease, I went with all-purpose flour but you could easily use bread flour if desired.

Want some whole-grain flavor? Consider substituting some of the white flour for whole wheat flour. Add it slowly as the whole grain absorbs the water differently.

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Roll Size

The recipe as written makes 15 oatmeal dinner rolls of a medium size. You could go bigger or smaller as desired, just add or subtract baking time – you’ll just have to watch the baking time based on size.

Baking Pan

I chose to bake these in a 9X13 inch cake pan because I like how the rise in the pan and maintain softer edges.

However, you could bake this dinner roll recipe on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper instead, if desired.

How to Serve

Use these fluffy dinner rolls as a wonderful addition to any holiday dinner table. Simply put them in a basket and watch them be devoured.

They’re quite wonderful with eggs at breakfast.

You could use them as a soft sandwich bun.

Don’t be afraid to slather them in peanut butter or other favorite nut butter for a simple, delightful snack

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How to Store

Store any leftover rolls in an airtight container where they should stay fresh up to 4 days at room temperature.

For longer term storage, place into freezer bags, wrap in plastic wrap, or place into containers and freeze.

Let frozen rolls thaw on the counter prior to serving. Use up any frozen bread within 6 months for best flavor.

Want more oat bread recipes? Try these favorites from our archives.

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Oat Bread Rolls

Yield: 15 Rolls
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Soft, fluffy, and full of flavor these tender oat rolls are perfect to serve at family feasts.


  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Salted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry, Powdered Milk
  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour


  1. In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. Combine oats, butter, salt, honey, and boiling water. Stir until everything is combined. Let cool until it comes to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup warm water and yeast. Let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir the yeast mixture into the oat mixture. Add powdered milk, egg, and 1 cup of flour. Mix well.
  4. Add the remaining cups of flour and using a wooden spoon or the dough hook on your stand mixer, combine until a soft dough begins to form. If using a mixer, the dough will clean the sides of the bowl.
  5. If necessary, add more flour just 1/2 cup at a time and mixing well until a dough forms.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until soft and elastic.
  7. Oil a bowl and place dough ball inside, turning to coat.
  8. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and put in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  9. Grease a 9X13" cake pan.
  10. Punch down the risen dough and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead slightly and divide the dough into 15 equal pieces. It's easiest to weigh the dough on a scale for even roll sizes.
  11. Form each piece into a round, roll shape. Place the rolls into the greased pan in 3 rows of 5.
  12. Cover the pan with a towel and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  13. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  14. Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, the tops will be golden and the rolls will sound hollow when tapped with a knuckle when done. If you use an instant read thermometer, the rolls should have an internal temperature of 190 degrees Fahrenheit in the center when cooked.
  15. Remove from the oven and let pan cool on rack for about 5 minutes. Then place a wire rack on top of the pan and invert to remove the entire pan of baked rolls from baking pan. Turn over and let cool or serve warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 176mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

I try but cannot guarantee this nutritional information is 100% accurate.

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