Dutch Oven Whole Wheat Bread


Here is delicious whole wheat bread with reduced sodium, baked in a Dutch oven.

close up view of a loaf of Dutch Oven Whole Wheat Bread on a cooling rack
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 ½ cups warm water

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Pour water into a microwave-safe measuring cup and heat in the microwave oven for about 1 minute. Check temperature using a food thermometer to be sure water is no hotter than 100 degrees F (38 degrees C). Add yeast and agave; let sit until foamy, about 15 minutes.

  2. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture; stir to combine and knead a few times. Cover bowl and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, overnight to 18 hours.

  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead 5 to 10 times using floured hands. Shape dough into a ball and let rise while oven is preheating.

  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) and place a Dutch oven inside to warm for 30 minutes.

  5. Use floured hands to carefully drop dough into the hot Dutch oven. Use potholders to place the lid on the Dutch oven.

  6. Bake in the hot oven for 30 minutes. Uncover Dutch oven and bake until bread is deep golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes more. Remove and let cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

125 Calories
1g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 125
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 154mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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