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Easy Oatmeal Bread (Gluten-Free Option)

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There’s something extra special about a loaf of Easy Oatmeal Bread. Maybe that’s because it has a delightful texture, it’s filling, and it’s absolutely delicious. Cut a big warm slice, top it with butter, and/or your favorite jam. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a tasty little snack.  

First, you should know that the recipe is pretty darn effortless and calls for everyday ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Secondly, it’s ridiculously easy to make a loaf gluten-free therefore no one needs to miss out. 

See photos of gluten-free oatmeal bread near the end of the post! 

NOTE: The photos of the regular oatmeal bread were taken in my mom’s kitchen. Photos of the gluten-free bread were taken in my daughter, Anna’s kitchen. 

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Close-up view of slices of freshly baked Easy Oatmeal Bread.

Comfort Food

Doesn’t a fresh loaf of homemade bread equal sheer comfort food? It sure does in my book. The aroma of homemade bread baking always puts a smile on my face and makes my kitchen feel extra cozy. 

Moreover, because I do consider bread to be comfort food, I like to make two loaves and keep one and give the other loaf away.

For instance, some of my favorite bread recipes are:

*NOTE: Each of the above bread recipes contains a gluten-free version. 

Preparing the oatmeal for Easy Oatmeal Bread.

Step 1

This yummy oatmeal bread recipe begins by mixing boiling water and oatmeal together, then letting it stand for 20 minutes. 

Add ingredients together to make Easy Oatmeal Bread.

Step 2

Next, combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla.

Stirring Easy Oatmeal Bread ingredients together.

I use my KitchenAid mixer to cream the ingredients together.

Adding cinnamon and baking soda to Easy Oatmeal Bread.

Step 3

Next, add baking soda and ground cinnamon to the mixture. 

Mixing all of the ingredients together for a loaf of Easy Oatmeal Bread.

Beat the mixture for 2 minutes. 

Oatmeal is ready to add to the other ingredients for Easy Oatmeal Bread.

The oatmeal gradually absorbs the water and should look sometime like the photo above after it sets for 20 minutes. 

Adding oatmeal.

Step 4

The next step is to add the oatmeal to the egg mixture. 

Adding flour.

Step 5

Now add all-purpose flour. 

East Oatmeal Bread batter.

Blend the mixture until the oatmeal and flour are well incorporated. 

NOTE: Feel free to stir a handful of raisins, and/or chopped pecans, walnuts, or macadamia nuts into the batter. 

Loaf pan of Easy Oatmeal Bread batter ready to bake.

Step 6

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch loaf pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until center is set. *NOTE: Poke Test – poke a cake tester or wooden toothpick into the center of the bread and if it comes out “clean” {no batter sticking to it}, the bread is done. 

Freshly baked loaf of Easy Oatmeal Bread.

When the bread is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. 

Easy Oatmeal Bread cooling.

Next, carefully remove the bread from the pan and allow it to cool for another 5 minutes. 

Serving up Easy Oatmeal Bread.

Ready to Serve!

Finally, it’s time to cut this delicious warm loaf of Easy Oatmeal Bread! 

Easy Oatmeal Bread slices

Mmmm… Don’t you just want to grab a slice and start munching away? 

Easy Oatmeal Bread (Gluten-Free Option)
Yield: 1 Loaf ( 9"x5")

Easy Oatmeal Bread (Gluten-Free Option)

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This delicious oatmeal bread is truly delightful and extremely easy to make gluten-free. It's a fabulous addition to any meal.


  • 1 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup oatmeal (GF Option: use certified gluten-free oatmeal)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (GF Option: use a gluten-free brand)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (GF Option: use 100% pure baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (GF Option: use a gluten-free flour blend plus 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (unless flour already contains it)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix boiling water and oatmeal; let stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Cream sugars with eggs, butter, and vanilla. Add baking soda and cinnamon; beat 2 minutes. Add oatmeal mixture and flour (plus xanthan gum for gluten-free version).
  4. Bake in a greased loaf pan for 50-60 minutes or until center is set. (*NOTE: Poke Test - poke a cake tester or wooden toothpick into the center of the bread and if it comes out "clean" {no batter sticking to it}, the bread is done.)
  5. Remove from the oven; let rest for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan; carefully slice. Serve. Store leftovers in an air-tight container with a lid.


*You can easily turn old fashioned rolled oats into instant oats by chopping them up in a food processer or blender. Pulsated until the oats resemble the consistency of instant oats.  

*Additional options: raisins, chopped pecans, walnuts, or macadamia nuts.

Gluten-Free Option

As previously mentioned, it’s extremely easy to make a loaf of gluten-free oatmeal bread. Simply use gluten-free oatmeal, pure baking soda (100% sodium bicarbonate), gluten-free vanilla extract, and gluten-free flour plus 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (unless the GF flour already contains it).

Gluten-Free Texture

Notice that the texture of gluten-free oatmeal bread is slightly different from bread made with all-purpose wheat flour. That is to say, it’s a little bit more crumbly but it tastes just as amazing. 

Amazing Flavor

For kicks and grins, I used gluten-free rolled oats rather than using gluten-free quick oatmeal. The rolled oats worked just fine but consequently created a tad bit chewier bread.

Rather than being a dark brown color (like the loaf made using all-purpose flour), interestingly, the gluten-free bread was lighter in color.  

In conclusion, I believe everyone in your family will enjoy a slice of warm oatmeal bread. 



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{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Zooey June 10, 2020, 6:40 am
    Oh this looks so delicious. Recently I made a banana bread and it was really good, considering I'm not that good in baking ;) I must try your recipe, it looks quite simple. Just need to get the gluten-free flour and oatmeal! My Profile
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy June 10, 2020, 9:41 am
      Hi Zooey, Thanks for your kind words and we hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Take care! Linda & Anna :)

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