I have 9 of the best whole wheat bread recipes that even a beginner can make. I’m serious, making whole wheat bread isn’t difficult. It isn’t even time-consuming unless you count the time you’re doing other things and waiting for it to rise and bake. You don’t need to sit around and watch it rise. You’ll get pretty bored pretty fast. You could do some chores and even run some errands while it’s rising.
Some of these whole wheat bread recipes don’t even need to rise. Even better!
The first few recipes on this list are for regular bread you could use to make sandwiches or toast or whatever you do with bread. The last few are more for healthy desserts, snacks or maybe even breakfast. They really are healthy enough for breakfast because they are all made with whole wheat flour. Some have very little oil and no refined sugar.
I wanted to use some of these dessert bread recipes because the sandwich bread recipes are all very similar. I didn’t think you needed 9 recipes that are all pretty much the same. Don’t get me wrong. They aren’t all exactly the same, I made sure of that. There are differences, but they are also very similar.
I included some recipes with Whole Wheat White Flour because I want you to know how wonderful it is. My mother has baked with it for years. It is a hard wheat like whole wheat but when ground it has a nicer finer texture and flavor which is more like all purpose flour. But it isn’t processed like all purpose flour.
If you want to bake with flour that is super healthy I suggest you buy the whole wheat and the whole white wheat and grind them into flour yourself. You will need to buy a wheat grinder. I suggest this because a lot of the nutrients in flour disappear after they are ground into flour and it sits around. The longer it sits the fewer nutrients it has. My mom used to grind her wheat and if she didn’t use it immediately she would store it in the freezer because that is supposed to help it retain the nutrients.
If you want really healthy bread grind the wheat just before you make the bread. My mom has this wheat grinder – it costs a little more than others but you get what you pay for. If you haven’t made a lot of bread, make several batches and make sure it’s something you want to continue doing. Then if you love making and want to continue, then I suggest buying a wheat grinder.
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Whole Wheat Bread Recipes
1. Whole Wheat Crock Pot Bread – Clean Eating Recipes
If you don’t want to cook bread in the over or you don’t have a bread machine this is a new way to cook bread. Yes, that’s right in your crockpot. This is a super easy way to make bread, it doesn’t have much of a rise time. You need to let the yeast activate for 15 minutes in the beginning. The loaf of bread will take the shape of your crock pot. It takes about half an hour to rise on the low setting. Then you switch the heat to high to cook it. I added cranberries and walnuts to give some holiday flavor but that is totally optional. You can think of some things of your own to add if you wanted to.
2. Easy, Soft 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread – An Oregon Cottage
This is a basic recipe that is perfect to use for sandwich bread. It is a lot easier to make homemade bread than you think it is. Actually, it’s one of the first things my mother learned how to make when she was a young girl. You can save a lot of money making your own bread rather than buying it. It’s so much healthier too. You know exactly what it’s made of. It takes less time to make a batch of bread than it does to run to the store and a buy a loaf of bread. I’m talking about the time you spend to actually make the bread. That’s doesn’t include rising time and baking time which doesn’t take up any of YOUR time. A loaf of this bread cost about $.65 that’s cheap. Give it a try.
3. The Best Whole Wheat & Honey Bread – The DIY Mommy
You should get into the habit of make a batch of this batch every Saturday or Sunday. Then you can eat it for sandwiches and morning toast for the whole next week. It will keep a long time in the freezer but it will keep a week in the refrigerator too. Make sure you refrigerate it because it doesn’t have any preservatives, which are not healthy, so it won’t keep long sitting on the kitchen counter without molding. I like to slice mine with an electric knife, that works better than any other knife especially if it isn’t completely cold. Then I freeze it and I can break off a couple slices at a time when I want to eat it and put the rest back in the freezer. Make sure you use old fashioned oats, not quick oats because quick oats are not clean eating.
4. 30 Minute Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread – Wholefully
I wanted to include this recipe because my mom used to make what she called Italian bread and I loved it. It was just a regular loaf of bread with Italian seasoning, garlic and parmesan cheese added, like this bread. This is a really easy recipe. You don’t even have to worry about trying to make it look pretty and nice and smooth. I’m sure this is very similar but even easier to make. It can be ready to eat start to finish in half an hour. You just put the dough on a baking sheet, let it rise a few minutes, punch holes in it and bake it. She also has ideas for ways to make it rise quickly.
5. Whole Wheat Beer Bread – 40 Aprons
I never heard of beer bread before. I just learned that the beer takes the place of yeast and makes the bread rise. Beer is made with yeast so that makes sense to me. They say that most of the alcohol bakes off but some of the beer flavor stays in the bread. This is really really easy to make. You don’t have to wait for it to rise. You just mix it up, but it in the bread pan and bake it. It can be made in less than an hour and the baking time takes up 40 minutes of that time. Would you make this for your family?
6. Easy Honey Whole Wheat Oat Bread – Lovely Little Kitchen
This is a really good recipe to make if you haven’t made bread before. Of course, it’s a good one if you have a lot of experience too. The Whole Wheat White Flour is a little easier to work with than regular whole wheat flour. The texture is a little closer to regular white flour. You get all the health benefit of whole wheat flour but the bread will be fluffier and softer. I talk about Whole Wheat White Flour at the top of this post if you don’t know much about it. Another option would be to use half and half whole wheat flour and Whole Wheat White Flour. You don’t need to change anything in the recipe just the flour.
7. Healthy Gingerbread Loaf – I Food Real
I can’t think of anything better than the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven. Now you can make it and eat it too because this is a very healthy recipe. It’s made with applesauce in place in most of the oil and has no refined sugar. The added spices that aren’t usually in gingerbread make it extra special. Instead of spending the time and effort to make a glaze you just use a pastry brush and put some maple syrup on top after it’s baked. Yum Yum
8. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread – Amy’s Healthy Baking
This is a little different than any ordinary zucchini bread. To begin with, it’s clean. The greek yogurt adds moisture without extra oil with a fraction of the calories. It only uses 1 tablespoon of oil! The nutmeg and cinnamon is something that’s a little unusual from other recipes. But the jewel on the crown are the chocolate chips. Chocolate makes everything better. The blogger has a secret trick to making the perfect zucchini bread. Zucchini contains a lot of moisture, that’s for sure. She ways to at the zucchini with paper towels after it’s grated to remove some of the moisture. It’s will improve the texture and the structure a whole lot.
9. Healthy Banana Bread – I Food Real
This is an easy, simple, moist super healthy recipe. It’s made with applesauce and maple syrup instead of sugar. If you want to use the perfect banana use one that is yellow with a lot of brown spots. The brown spots mean it’s super ripe and super sweet. So yea, the uglier the better. Personally, I’ve never heard of this but she says if you want to ripen a banana to bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes sense though. When bananas get too ripe to eat at my house I just peel them and put them in a bag and put them in the freezer. Then when I want to make banana bread I have what I like to call them, free bananas. Otherwise, they would have gone in the garbage. So I consider them free.