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Oatmeal Quick Bread

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Oatmeal Quick Bread filled with chocolate chips takes less than an hour to whip up. You don’t need a mixer or yeast for this easy and delicious sweet bread.

close up of sliced oatmeal chocolate chip quick bread

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread

I like to serve this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread for breakfast with Ham & Potato Breakfast Casserole or Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups but then I end up eating it all day because it’s really good.

Both of my girls love it, which is good because they won’t eat oatmeal otherwise, so I feel good about getting *some* into them.

Given the current shortage on yeast (have you been able to find any?), I’ve been making a lot of quick breads.

overhead shot of sliced quick bread topped with chocolate chips

Equipment you’ll need

  • Mixing Bowls – My favorite mixing bowls with the grippy bottom.
  • Wooden Spoons – I’ve had these for years.
  • Loaf Pan – 9×5 loaf pans are cheap but TJ Maxx/HomeGoods often has really pretty ones. I like that this one has a lid.

Ingredients you’ll need

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • Flour – I’ve only tested this bread with all-purpose white flour.
  • Oats – You can use either old fashioned or quick oats. I use old fashioned.
  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
  • Brown Sugar – I use light brown sugar, dark will work as well.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda – Both for rise, in place of yeast.
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Chocolate Chips – Mini chocolate chips work well to distribute through the bread. If you’re not into chocolate chips, you can skip them or include a dried fruit.
  • Egg
  • Butter – Melted and cooled.
  • Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use regular milk or use my buttermilk hack below.
baking ingredients laid out to make quick bread

How to make Oatmeal Quick Bread

  1. STEP ONE: To a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients – flour, oats, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder & soda, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate chips. Whisk together.
  2. STEP TWO: To a small mixing bowl, add the wet ingredients – buttermilk, egg, and melted butter.
  3. STEP THREE: Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir together until everything is just incorporated. It will be slightly lumpy.
  4. STEP FOUR: Pour the batter into a greased 9×5 loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
collage of mixing bowls making oatmeal bread

What is a quick bread?

A quick bread is a bread that uses baking powder and/or soda as leavening agents in place of yeast.

Some other examples are Cinnamon Quick Bread, Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread, and Chocolate Marble Zucchini Bread.

They don’t have to be sweet. Beer Bread is a savory quick bread.

What if I don’t have buttermilk?

If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use regular milk in this recipe. Or, you can “make” some with this hack.

Add one tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, and add enough milk until it measures 1 cup. Stir, and let sit for five minutes before using.

overhead shot of bread in loaf pan

Tips & Suggestions

  • You can use quick oats or old fashioned oats in this recipe. I usually opt for old fashioned.
  • Melt and cool your butter before you whisk it together with the egg so you don’t end up scrambling your egg.
  • Don’t use a mixer for this recipe – a wooden spoon or spatula is all you need, which will prevent over-mixing.
  • If you don’t like chocolate chips, you can skip them altogether or substitute raisins or dried fruit.
white platter with four pieces of chocolate chip bread

Need more oatmeal recipes? Try these:

sliced oatmeal quick bread

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close up of sliced oatmeal chocolate chip quick bread

Oatmeal Quick Bread

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
Oatmeal Quick Bread filled with chocolate chips takes less than an hour to whip up. You don’t need a mixer or yeast for this easy and delicious sweet bread.
4.63 from 145 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1975 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • cup old fashioned oats quick oats can also be used
  • cup granulated white sugar
  • cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tablespoons butter melted & cooled
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter.
  • Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, just until fully incorporated. The batter will be lumpy.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a rack before slicing to serve.

Notes

  • You can use quick oats or old fashioned oats in this recipe. I usually opt for old fashioned.
  • Melt and cool your butter before you whisk it together with the egg so you don’t end up scrambling your egg.
  • Don’t use a mixer for this recipe – a wooden spoon or spatula is all you need, which will prevent over-mixing.
  • If you don’t like chocolate chips, you can skip them altogether or substitute raisins, other dried fruits, or nuts.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 1975kcalCarbohydrates: 324gProtein: 34gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 291mgSodium: 2798mgPotassium: 1418mgFiber: 7gSugar: 188gVitamin A: 1833IUCalcium: 804mgIron: 10mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Originally published February 22, 2013

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  1. BecHeflin says

    This looks like the perfect morning treat with my warm apple cider! I feel the same way about those bittersweet chips…I wish they’d make them in “morsel” and mini sizes!

  2. Kristin Dawn says

    Hey, new follower from the GYB Blog Hop. Looks delicious! Looking forward to following along. 🙂

    xo,
    Kristin
    aboutagirl.ca

  3. MommyonDemand says

    I love all bread recipes! I will have to make this!

  4. Pamela says

    YUMMY! I will be making this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Amber says

    Yum! I wanna make this immediately 🙂

  6. Janet says

    4 stars
    I used the larger chips and just chopped them up abit! Also used its flour…so good

  7. Sheila says

    So simple and tasty.

  8. Kristine Soto says

    5 stars
    That was really good! I had bought my husband a bag of 100-calorie mixed nuts and dried cranberries for a trip that fell through. So I toasted the nuts (because they had expired a week earlier–why they were on sale, I guess) and added them to the bread. Super yummy! I used canola oil instead of butter because I had it handy. Would make again!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Great addition! Thanks for reporting back!

  9. Tebogo says

    5 stars
    So easy to make. I used raisins instead of chocolate chips. Absolutely delicious. Also replaced the sugar with coconut sugar……yummy. Perfect in the morning, slightly warmed up with butter.

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m glad you liked it & good to know swapping coconut sugar will work. Thanks!

  10. Connie says

    It tastes good but mine didn’t rise at all.

  11. Connie says

    4 stars
    I make with whole wheat flour. It’s delicious. Question about your nutrition info- is that for the entire loaf?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi Connie. Glad to hear the swap worked well! Yes, the nutrition info is an estimate for the entire loaf.

    • Natalie says

      I put the ingredients in a recipe calculator & came up with 2632. So, for 8 servings it’s 329cal/slice.
      Mine is in the oven now & I hope it’s good!

    • Melissa Williams says

      I think you’ll like it 🙂 And that’s why I recommend using your own calculator – each will vary, especially based on the exact ingredients you use.

  12. Johanne says

    Would like to know if it freezes well

    • Melissa Williams says

      I have never tried – we always eat it really quickly lol But I think it should do fine. I’d wrap in plastic wrap, then foil, and it should be good for a couple months in the freezer.

  13. Pat says

    5 stars
    My husband said to give this recipe a gold star. The chewy oatmeal and sweet chocolate is a great combination. Will definitely make again.

    • Melissa Williams says

      I love hearing that – thanks so much for reporting back!

  14. Chrissy says

    5 stars
    This will be on repeat at my house. Made it for the first time just a few days ago and have made it twice since. Hubby loves it. Thank you!

  15. Rebecca H Gable says

    Can you use a bread maker for this recipe?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m never used a bread maker so I’m no help there lol I’m not sure how it would save time/effort here.

    • Rebecca H Gable says

      I’ll try and give you feed back. Using a bread maker for me is easier because I don’t have to worry about forgetting about my bread in ovens…..😆

    • Melissa Williams says

      Fair enough! I’ve just never even used one to know the convenience. Definitely let me know how it goes =)

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