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Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

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Ready to shake up your bread-making routine? Introducing our oatmeal dinner rolls – your new secret weapon in the kitchen. Forget about the usual bread options; these rolls are a game-changer, blending the wholesome goodness of oats with the irresistible allure of freshly baked bread.

They’re the perfect addition to any meal, promising to elevate your dining experience with their rich, comforting flavors and perfectly soft texture. 

Hot oatmeal dinner rolls in a 13x9 inch baking dish.

Just Like Grandma’s Old Fashioned Oatmeal Dinner Rolls Recipe

  • Whole grains galore: Incorporating rolled oats provides a delightful texture and a nutritional boost, making these rolls a wholesome choice for any meal.
  • Versatility at its best: Perfect for sliders, sandwiches, or simply enjoying with a dab of butter, these rolls are a versatile addition to any dinner lineup.
  • Irresistible comfort: Soft, fluffy, and subtly sweet with that hearty oat kick – it’s the kind of comfort food that’ll make you sit up and take notice.

Ingredients for our Old Fashioned Oatmeal Roll Recipe

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  • Pantry: Rolled oats, all-purpose flour, instant dry yeast, honey
  • Dairy: Milk
  • Pantry seasonings: Salt

How to Make Old-Fashioned Oat Rolls

I adapted my oatmeal bread recipe to make these dinner buns. Here is a brief overview to get an idea of what to expect with the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  1. Soften oats in boiling water, then cool. Mix the flour, yeast, salt, softened oatmeal, warm milk, and honey to form a dough.
  2. Knead the dough until it is soft.
  3. Let it rise.
  4. Shape into balls, and allow to rise again. Bake until golden brown and enjoy!
A collage of four photos showing how to make oat dinner rolls.

If you like this recipe, try our einkorn dinner rolls.

Recipe Variations

  • Herb-infused: Mix in your favorite herbs like rosemary or thyme for an aromatic twist.
  • Whole grain: Substitute half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for an extra hearty texture.
  • Sweet delight: Add cinnamon and raisins for a sweet, spiced version that’s perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Tips for Success

Whipping up the perfect oatmeal dinner rolls is all about nailing the basics.

  • Ensure your milk is warm to touch but not hot, to activate the yeast without killing it.
  • A sticky dough is good! Resist the urge to add too much flour, as it can make the rolls dense.
  • Allow the rolls to double in size during the second rise for the fluffiest results.


Store the cooled rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to three months. To refresh, lightly warm them in the oven or microwave before serving.

Oatmeal dinner rolls in a baking dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know when the rolls are done baking? They should be golden brown on top and sound hollow when tapped.
  • Can I use this dough for other shapes of bread? Absolutely, feel free to get creative with braids, loaves, or even stuffed rolls.

That’s the lowdown on whipping up some killer old fashioned oat dinner rolls that might just make your store-bought bread feel a tad inadequate. These rolls aren’t just a side dish; they’re the unsung heroes ready to steal the spotlight at your next meal. Bake them once, and you’ll be patting yourself on the back while everyone else wonders when you turned into a bread whisperer.

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Freshly baked oat dinner rolls.

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

Our Oatmeal Dinner Rolls are here to shake up your bread basket with a nod to the good old days. They’re soft and tender and blend that hearty oat goodness into every bite. Perfect for slathering with butter or mopping up gravy.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 38 minutes
Servings: 12 to 15 rolls
Calories: 52kcal
Author: Dahn Boquist


  • ½ cup rolled oats not instant (45 grams)
  • ½ cup boiling water 114 grams
  • 2-¼ to 3 cups all purpose flour 270 to 360 grams
  • 2-½ teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1-½ teaspoons salt 9 grams
  • ¾ cups warm milk 170 grams
  • 3 tablespoons honey


  • Put the oats into a small bowl and add the boiling water. Let them stand for 5 minutes so they soften and the mixture can cool to a lukewarm temperature.
  • Combine 2-¼ cups of flour, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Incorporate the softened oatmeal mix, warm milk, and honey, blending until everything is thoroughly mixed. Expect the dough to be sticky and lumpy. Incorporate the remaining flour and mix thoroughly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Either with an electric mixer or by hand, knead the dough for 8-10 minutes until it is smooth. The dough should feel slightly sticky. 
  • Shape the dough into a ball and put it in a large bowl that has been greased with oil. Lightly oil the surface of the dough ball, then cover it with plastic wrap. Place it in a draft free area and let it rise until it has doubled in size, which should take about 1 to 2 hours
  • Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Transfer the dough to a floured counter and divide it into 12 to 15 equal pieces. Shape each section of dough into a small ball and place in the greased pan. If you make 12 rolls, they will be large enough for sliders and if you divide the dough into 15 sections, the rolls will be a bit smaller.
  • Brush the top of the rolls with some olive oil, then cover the pan with a towel or plastic wrap. Allow them to rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until they have nearly doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. When the oven is hot, place the rolls in the oven and bake for 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 77mg | Sugar: 4g

Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Wednesday 20th of March 2024

They look so tender and great!

Dahn Boquist

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Thanks Angie!

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