Easy 100% Whole Wheat Bread


This is a foolproof, beginner 100% whole wheat bread, easy to make with a stand mixer like a Kitchenaid®.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 ¾ cups warm water

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • ¾ teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 3 ½ cups whole wheat flour, or more as needed, divided

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Mix the warm water, honey, and yeast in a stand-mixer bowl until mixture becomes foamy, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add half the whole wheat flour, olive oil, and salt to the mixture. Mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until incorporated. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Mix with a dough hook attachment on low speed, slowly adding the remaining whole wheat flour, increasing the speed to high. Mix on high until the batter is combined and not sticking to the sides of the bowl, about 7 minutes. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rest for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Flour a surface to work the dough.

  5. Place the dough onto the floured work surface and shape into a loaf. Use more flour if necessary. Place into the prepared loaf pan.

  6. Let shaped dough sit in a warm place until it has risen over the top of the pan, about 1 hour.

  7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until top of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 to 20 minutes before removing from the pan and transferring to a wire rack. Let cool an additional hour before slicing; otherwise it will feel doughy.

Cook's Notes:

You can use agave nectar or maple syrup instead of honey to make this vegan.

Use a good-quality olive oil, and be generous with your pour.

Don't let the dough sit in a place that is too hot to proof, as this will kill the yeast.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

140 Calories
2g Fat
28g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 140
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 150mg 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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