Everyday 100% Whole Wheat Bread

The Grain Free Family TableCarrie Vitt is the author of the successful cooking blog Deliciously Organic, and has authored two cookbooks: Deliciously Organic and The Grain-Free Family Table. Carrie also runs a successful meal-planning business and an online 10-video course called Real Food Boot Camp that teaches how to reduce inflammation and find better health with real food. After struggling with health issues for years, she turned to an unprocessed, grain-free diet and has been able to overcome Hashimoto’s disease, chronic migraines, IBS, and eczema. You can also find Carrie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Everyday 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Honey


Andrew’s Note for Carrie’s Recipe (originally published October 2010, updated March 2016):

This Everyday 100% Whole Wheat Bread calls for coconut oil, which conventional wisdom says is high in saturated fat and therefore should be avoided. When I expressed that concern, she pointed out that there is increasing evidence that coconut oil has many redeeming health properties: It has high antimicrobial properties, is quickly used for energy, and contributes to the health of the immune system. She suggested reviewing the information and links at www.coconutoil.com.

Fast forward a couple of years, and Andy Bellatti and I gave unrefined Coconut Oil a high ranking on our Cooking Oil Comparison Chart. It’s especially good for high-heat cooking, since it has a much higher smoke point than most other cooking oils.

If you don’t want to use coconut oil, this recipe can also be made with butter (choose organic from grass-fed cows).  Or, you can omit the fat altogether and this 100% whole wheat bread will still turn out great. It’s very simple to put together and you can have fresh bread on the table in just two hours (most of that time is inactive, letting the dough rise).

For a vegan option (without honey), try this 100% Whole Wheat Bread recipe instead.  (And in case you’re wondering, Carrie shared this recipe before she went grain-free — for those of you who still enjoy grains, this recipe is well worth a try!)

Everyday 100% Whole Wheat Bread

Everyday 100% Whole Wheat Bread
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Serves/Yield: 2 Loaves
 
If you've been intimidated by homemade bread then this is the recipe for you. It's very simple to put together and you can have fresh bread on the table in just two hours. Makes 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil or organic butter (optional)
  • 2½ cups warm water (not above 120°F)
  • 7 cups whole wheat flour, divided
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1½ tablespoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil or butter (if using) over low heat in a small saucepan. In a large bowl stir melted fat, warm water, 3 cups flour, honey and yeast. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and set in a warm, draft-free area for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and adjust rack to middle position. Uncover the bowl with the flour mixture in it and add remaining 4 cups flour and sea salt. Stir until just combined and then pour mixture onto a floured, flat surface.
  3. Knead the dough for one minute (if the dough is a bit sticky, add a tablespoon or two of flour). Cut the dough in half. Roll first half to a 12x9-inch (approximate) rectangle and then it roll up to form a loaf. Place the loaf seam side down on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with second half of dough.
  4. After both pieces of loaves are formed, place a clean dish towel over the loaves and let them rise again in a warm, draft-free area for about 30 minutes or until they double in size.
  5. After dough has risen, remove towel and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Another way to tell if the bread is ready is to thump the bread with your finger. If it makes a hollow sound, the bread is ready. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Photos by Kelly Jaggers for Eating Rules.

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nance
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nance
5 years 9 months ago

Finally! A whole wheat recipe made with coconut oil. I have read that coconut oil is great for baking because it doesn’t break down or go rancid like canola oil does. It contains lauric acid which is found in few sources but is abundant in mothers milk.

Andrew
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5 years 9 months ago

Glad you like it, Nance!

I originally asked Carrie if we could substitute walnut oil for the coconut oil — but neither of us have had a chance to try it yet. (Walnut oil has a much lower smoke point, so there’s a chance it’ll end up tasting burned). Also, the temperatures of baking may degrade the Omega 3s in the walnut oil, thus defeating one of the benefits of using that particular oil. I may give it a shot next week, anyway. Or perhaps I’ll make my own butter and then use that in the recipe instead! 😉

Nimisha Ambati
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5 years 9 months ago

Sounds easy enough for me to try it out, maybe an experiment for the holidays! There is a huge difference in homemade/local artisan bread and supermarket bread. Also, supermarket bread can be more expensive! Real Bread vs Processed Bread, and a recipe!: http://wp.me/pTulU-F1

Andrew
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5 years 9 months ago

Hi Nimisha – thanks for the link. The comparison of the ingredients in the two types of bread really illustrates the point nicely. And those tartine pics look great! 🙂

Stacey Lilly
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Stacey Lilly
5 years 6 months ago

My husband has totally changed his way of eating health reasons and saying that, I finally received the gift of a lifetime…a Kitchenaid heavy duty stand mixer…the first recepee we have accomplished is this recipee…and it is great!!!!Our dog sits by the oven while it bakes , she can’t wait for the first bite…lol

Andrew
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5 years 6 months ago

Congratulations! The stand mixer is definitely a huge turning point in any cook’s life. 🙂 Love that your dog watches it bake… awesome!

Stacey Lilly
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Stacey Lilly
4 years 10 months ago

My family(including the dog) is so hooked on the 100 percent whole wheat bread with coconut oil and honey, that it is scary…I will check out the 100 percent whole wheat pizza crust next…ooooooopssssss gotta finish the bread to make the pooch happy!!!!!!!!

Debbie Loveless
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Debbie Loveless
4 years 10 months ago

Has anyone tried a gluten-free version of this recipe? I typically use milled flax seed as a binder. Didn’t know if there were any other modifications needed.

laura orlowski
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laura orlowski
4 years 9 months ago

Can I buy the whole wheat flour at the grocery store? Is Pillsbury Wheat OK? Does it have to be “bread” flour. AS for the yeast… will the packets of yeast work just as well? Quick yeast? First time trying the unprocessed challenge. So far Day 1 is going well. 🙂

Stacey Lilly
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Stacey Lilly
4 years 2 months ago

HI, and you can buy 100 % whole wheat at the store. I also use the packets…takes 2 for the bread dough

laura orlowski
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laura orlowski
4 years 9 months ago

And will the bread taste coco-nutty at all? I do not like coconut.

Stacey Lilly
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Stacey Lilly
4 years 2 months ago

I found out that some coconut oil has no taste or flavor. MY favorite store (Trader Joes) is carrying it now and their brand is the opposite. Will not use it in my baking because I don’t care for coconut.

Caitlin
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Caitlin
1 year 4 months ago

i used LouAnn coconut oil and it doesn’t have a taste. My husband doesn’t like the taste of coconut either and he said that if he didn’t know I put it in the bread he would have never even thought it was in there.

Hope this helped

Debbie Loveless
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Debbie Loveless
4 years 9 months ago

No, it shouldn’t make it taste like coconut. I’ve used it in brownies and they were incredibly moist. I’ve also used it on the stove top for frying things–no coconut taste there either.

laura orlowski
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laura orlowski
4 years 9 months ago

Thanks Debbie! Meijer sells Red Mill so I will buy that flour. 🙂

Sherry K
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Sherry K
4 years 9 months ago

I am also wondering which type of yeast to use? I look forward to making this tonight!

laura orlowski
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laura orlowski
4 years 9 months ago

I made this bread and although my husband said it was good, I felt it was lacking “something.” I thought it was bland. It needed some oomph! Suggestions?

Not that it would change the taste, but can this be made in a loaf pan instead of on a cookie sheet?

Stacey Lilly
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Stacey Lilly
4 years 2 months ago

You can add your favorite seeds. I use flax for a change. We find the bread is great with butter and jelly , what more could you want : )
….at least Rosie ( dog) thinks so !!!!

Drea
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4 years 9 months ago

Hey would this work for freshly white hard wheat? im new to fresh ground grains and looking for recipes that will work with it. Thanks so muh, email me if you can 🙂

Swati
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Swati
4 years 8 months ago

I made it today and I simply love it!

Rachel
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Rachel
4 years 8 months ago

Made this today and it’s so delicious! Really chewy. I may bake it a little longer next time though because it came out a little underdone after 25.

Nd
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Nd
4 years 7 months ago

I have been looking for a good 100% whole wheat bread recipe but everyone I make ends up too dense, just like a brick. I was told that gluten had to be added to 100% whole wheat bread to avoid this. I wonder how this recipe stands up because it does not have gluten. Am I going to end up with another brick?

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