As part of the Operation Transformation meal plan.


Makes: 675g loaf or 12 slices (approximately 220 kcal per slice)

  • 500ml carton natural yoghurt (3% fat)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons. rapeseed oil, little extra (¼ teaspoon) to grease
  • 2 x 500ml cartons porridge oats (375g)
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (10g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (1.25g)
  • 3 teaspoons softened butter, to serve (optional – 15g)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), gas mark 6. Put the yoghurt in a bowl, scraping it all out. Then rinse out the yoghurt carton and you will have no need to use scales for this clever bread recipe.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the yoghurt and add the egg and oil. Stir until mixed. Then use the carton to measure out 2 cartons of the oats and mix them in with the bicarbonate of soda and salt until evenly combined. 
  3. Lightly oil a 675g loaf tin and tip in the oat mixture. Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown. 
  4. Remove the bread from the oven and go around the sides with a table knife to loosen out the bread and tip out on to the work surface. 
  5. Return the loaf to the oven and put straight on the oven shelf without any tin or baking sheet for another 5 minutes to dry the crust out. Leave the cooked loaf to cool down completely on a wire rack and then cut into 12 even-sized slices. 
  6. Spread each slice of brown bread with ¼ teaspoon of butter, if liked to serve.

Prepare Ahead
This loaf keeps well for up to 3 days unsliced wrapped in tin foil and is excellent toasted or to use in lunchboxes.