Oat Bran & Flaxseed Bread

I’m gonna go ahead and dub this my favorite bread I’ve ever made. Just wanted to get that out there.

Something else I want to get out there right away. There’s no shame in being proactive. I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a while now…but I’ve been afraid to try it. To ease my nerves, I started the day yesterday by making a loaf of my Dutch Oven bread because I know it comes out perfectly every time :) This helped me mentally prepare for disappointment in case loaf number 2 didn’t turn out.

Luckily for me (and for you!) the new recipe turned out delightfully well! I followed the original recipe except I subbed in some whole wheat flour for part of the AP flour. I was surprised to see the recipe used AP flour instead of bread flour, but I though i’d give it a try.

I activated my yeast, added the rest of the ingredients and kneaded myself a nice little ball of dough:

I let it rise, let it rise again and popped it in the oven!

Oat Bran & Flaxseed Bread

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 35 min

Keywords: bake bread healthy vegetarian

Ingredients (1 loaf)

  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ c whole wheat flour
  • 2 c AP flour


1. In a mixing bowl, combine yeast, honey and warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes.

2. Mix in oat bran, ground flaxseed, salt, wheat flour and 1 c AP flour.

3. Stir and gradually add remaining flour until the dough comes together into a ball. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Add flour as necessary if it sticks.

4. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for 1 hour.

5. Knead the dough a few times to deflate, shape into a ball again and place on a baking sheet. Let rise for 45 minutes.

6. Make a few shallow slashes in the top of the loaf and bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

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Next time I make this I plan to increase the amount of wheat flour slightly and make it closer to 1/2 wheat, 1/2 AP. I might also throw in another tablespoon of flax.

I really like the texture of this loaf. It’s soft, but it slices well. It’s great with peanut butter and the hubby likes it too! I have a feeling this loaf won’t last long.

As for the Dutch oven loaf? It’s getting turned into french toast for dinner tonight :)

As for you guys? Go make this loaf immediately!

Have you ever put oat bran or flax in your bread?



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. i’ve only made quick breads before – yes, still intimidated by yeast! eek. i loooove fresh bread though, i need to get over my fear soon! i’m sure it’d be so much cheaper to make my own!
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  2. Mine is cooking in the oven now:)
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  3. Alright, I have yeast up in my cupboard that I have never used because I’m super intimidated. I also bought oat bran for the first time last week. I guess this means I HAVE to try this bread. :)

    • woohoo!!! good luck :) just make sure to check the date on your yeast to make sure it’s not too old! can’t wait to hear what you think

  4. I’m not very experienced as a baker. I do love both flax and oat bran though, so I should try it.
    I love your criss-crosses- gives it that homemade touch!

  5. I’m impressed with your bread skills. I need to give it another go. This might be the recipe I try!
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  6. This may sound strange but… that is some seriously beautiful bread! Bread is always something I’ve sort of struggled with – I’m never real consistent. I’m motivated to try this, though!
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  7. Caitlin C. says:

    Can you post the nutritional facts for this recipe? Looks lovely!!


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