Everyday 100% Whole Wheat Bread

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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Everyday 100% Whole Wheat Bread

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.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, sandwich bread, sliced bread, whole grain, whole wheat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 24 Slices
Calories 160 kcal
Author Carrie Vitt

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil or organic butter optional
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water not above 120°F (49°C)
  • 7 cups whole wheat flour divided
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 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 (350g) 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 (450g) 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 (30x22-cm) (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.

About the Author

The Grain Free Family Table

Carrie Vitt is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, the author of the successful cooking blog Deliciously Organic, and has authored two cookbooks: Deliciously Organic and The Grain-Free Family Table. 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 FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.  

 

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Nemesismajor
Nemesismajor
November 10, 2012 4:38 pm

been making this every week for the past few months. It really is good. She has been on this vegan kick but this was healthy enough to get her to eat it. I could replace the honey with agave nectar but na.

Gaby@GabHousewifeChronicles
October 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Hi! Thanks for sharing.. I just made this bread and it tastes amazing. It didn’t rise much tough. I mean, it rose when left to rise, but when baked it went down again. =( I don’t know what happened. The only thing I could think of is to mill the wheat more. Could you show me a picture of the bread? Mine are at http://gabhousewife.blogspot.mx/2012/10/100-homemade-whole-wheat-bread.html

sarah
sarah
September 27, 2012 8:34 am

I made this bread last night and it was delicious! I halved the recipe and baked in a bread loaf glass pan. My husband who doesn’t usually eat as healthfully as I do (I’m working on him!) even loved the bread. I’ll be making this bread for the next month and beyond the challenge.

Jacqui Gonzales
September 12, 2012 2:04 pm

I made this today using White Whole Wheat Flour (made from spring white wheat instead of red wheat) and put it in loaf pans. It tastes amazing! I’m hoping it holds up well for the next few days for sandwiches.

Stacey Lilly
Stacey Lilly
May 9, 2012 6:54 pm

You really have to be careful with the kneading…it can make it tough , I can tell when I am going to have a great loaf….it feels soft like a new born babies behind….

Nd
Nd
December 22, 2011 8:52 am

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?

Rachel
Rachel
November 12, 2011 7:10 pm

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.

Swati
Swati
November 10, 2011 8:56 pm

I made it today and I simply love it!

Drea
October 22, 2011 5:36 pm

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 🙂

laura orlowski
laura orlowski
October 12, 2011 7:06 am

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
Stacey Lilly
May 9, 2012 6:52 pm
Reply to  laura orlowski

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 !!!!