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Buttermilk-Oat Dinner Rolls

buttermilk oat rolls on a plate


On Sunday night we got the chance to go see Les Mis at a local theater with my husbands company.  Have you see Les Mis, the movie or the musical?  I had not seen the movie before, and didn’t really know anything about the story. The extent of my knowledge was there was a character named Cosette.  One of my best friends in high school was named Cosette.  Her mom had watched the movie and loved it so much while she was pregnant, she named her daughter after one of the characters.  I am glad that I finally know the story, and had the chance to see it live.

buttermilk oat rolls in a pan

Back to Thanksgiving sides.  Yesterday we covered the Thanksgiving Stuffing, today are the dinner rolls.  I might have a slight carb addiction because these are two of my must haves at Thanksgiving.  I am not always particular about the roll, like I am the stuffing, but there has to be dinner rolls involved.  A warm roll with the butter melted into all the nooks and cranies is just perfect for any meal.

buttermilk oat rolls onm a plate

Last winter I made Classic Oatmeal Bread, and it was a quick favorite of mine.  So when I saw this recipe for oat dinner rolls, I had to try it.  I am a big fan of hearty oat bread, and these rolls did not disappoint.  Fresh out of the oven they were tender and soft.  These aren’t super light and fluffy like some rolls, they have body to them, which is why I like them.  I put butter on mine, my husband drizzled honey on his.  Either way they were delicious, and sure to make a great side for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Yield: 12

Buttermilk-Oat Dinner Rolls

buttermilk oat rolls onm a plate

Hearty oat dinner rolls. Perfect side for Thanksgiving or any day.

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes


  • 3/4 cup regular oats
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 Tbls sugar
  • 1 pkg dry yeast, (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water, (105° to 115°)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 Tbls butter, , melted
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  • 1 Tbls water
  • 1 egg white, , beated
  • 1 Tbls regular oats


  1. In a small bowl combine oats, boiling water and 1 Tbls sugar. Stir until well combined. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a 1 cup measuring cup dissolve yeast and 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl combine 1 3/4 cups of flour, oat mixture, buttermilk, melted butter, salt and yeast mixture. Stir until it forms a soft ball. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead for 8 minutes (until smooth and elastic). Add additional flour 1 Tbls at a time as needed. The dough will be slightly sticky.
  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  5. Punch down the dough. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Divide dough into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Place in a 9 inch square baking dish, coated with non stick spray. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  8. In a small bowl combine 1 Tbls water with egg white. Gently brush over the top of the rolls. Sprinkle with oats.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and serve warm.


Recipe from Cooking Light

Nutrition Information



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Amount Per Serving Calories 134Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 3mgSodium 170mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 4g

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Susan Monk

Thursday 24th of April 2014

I wonder if you can use a little bit of whole wheat in with that flour? I love all your recipes. thanks

Erin S

Thursday 24th of April 2014

Thank you!! I would try maybe 1/2 all-purpose and 1/2 white whole wheat flour to start with. I made whole wheat rolls once, by just subbing the entire amount in regular recipe, and they came out a little tough. Still working on a soft and fluffy 100% whole wheat version :)

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie

Monday 18th of November 2013

LOVE Les Mis...and these yummy looking rolls! :)


Monday 18th of November 2013

Beautiful rolls Erin-one year I bought rolls for Thanksgiving (trying to same time) and I never heard the end of how horrible they were, so I always make my rolls and like to try different recipes and this one looks like a winner ;)

Renee @ Awesome on $20

Friday 15th of November 2013

I love this idea! The texture seems wonderful. I'd love to try them.

Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

I have yet to see Les Mis - hubby keeps saying we need to see it next time it comes to San Francisco. Glad you liked it. Speaking of like, these rolls I am loving!!!

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