Oaty Spelt Soda Bread

I’ve made my Oaty Lockdown Loaf quite a few times now, but it’s generally a job for the weekend as it takes quite a few hours from start to finish, so I was looking for a quicker recipe to try for a midweek loaf.

I like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Seedy Rye Soda Bread from his River Cottage Light and Easy book, but I didn’t have any seeds or rye flour! I did, however, have spelt flour and oats so I decided to try a version using those in place of the rye flour and seeds!

This is a dairy-free recipe so there’s no soured cream or anything like that in it – just apple juice, rapeseed oil and honey along with my spelt flour/oats and bicarbonate of soda and salt.

I mixed the honey and oil with the apple juice and some water and mixed them up before adding the liquid to the oats to soak for a bit. Then I put my spelt flour in a mixing bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and salt and mixed these together before tipping in the oaty mixture. I mixed everything together to form a soft sticky dough which I formed into a round and plonked it on a floured baking sheet. I topped it with a few oats that I’d held back and a sprinkling of spelt flour and cut a deep cross in the dough.

I popped the loaf into a preheated oven at 200C and baked it for 30 minutes and then placed it on a wire rack to cool.

It didn’t cool for long, though, as I couldn’t resist eating a bit while it was still warm! It’s easy to break the loaf up with your hands, then I just sliced away at one of the quarters. It’s lovely with some dairy-free spread and a bit more honey on top. And it’s super-quick to make!

If you’d like to try it yourself, here’s the recipe:

Oaty Spelt Soda Bread Recipe


  • 250g spelt flour
  • 80g rolled oats (set a few aside to top the loaf)
  • 1.5 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 0.5 teaspoons salt
  • 100ml apple juice
  • 100ml water
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil


  • Mix the apple juice, water, oil and honey thoroughly and add to the oats to soak
  • Mix the spelt flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a mixing bowl
  • Add the oaty mixture and mix to form a soft sticky dough
  • Form the dough into a round and place on a floured baking sheet
  • Top with the oats set aside and a dusting of spelt flour
  • Cut a deep cross in the dough
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 30 minutes
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a retired landscape and travel photographer still taking the occasional photograph! For image licensing and prints see linktr.ee/marksunderland.

2 Responses

  1. Alisha Alekse

    Hi ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lovely recipe ๐Ÿ™‚
    Would it be possible to use buckwheat flour instead of spelt flour? How much would I need, the same amount?

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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