Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

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Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe is easy to make, turns out well each time, and is nice, soft and fluffy.

There’s nothing quite like homemade bread. Try your hand at these breads too: Homemade Italian Bread, Mom’s 4 Loaf Wheat Bread Recipe and Whole Wheat Spinach Bread.

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Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

I published a really exciting post that includes a new 2 week meal plan for eating clean plus some of my thoughts on healthy eating with a family and a budget on Friday. It’s taken me around 2 months to get the post ready and polished and I’ve been excited to share it with you all. Well I’m super pleased to say that it is being received with open arms. You all are pinning and sharing that thing like crazy and I just have to say THANK YOU! It is so rewarding to feel like something I love and was so excited to blog about it something you all are wanting to share and leave feedback on. Weeks like this are what keep me blogging. You all make it so very rewarding.

This is a recipe that goes with my eating clean menu and one that I love. I like to make a few loaves of bread and a big batch of easy honey granola the day I start eating super clean again (you know we all fall off the wagon and then have to jump back on now and again). This helps me to have some options for quick breakfast and easy snack and that just seems to help get me off on the right foot. I love this bread with a little butter and honey or I’ll toast a thinner slice and put natural peanut butter on it. My kids love it too!

When it comes to whole wheat flour not all bags are the same. There are different kinds of wheat and those different types are what majorly influence the type of wheat flour it is and how the end product turns out. I grind my own wheat at home from hard white wheat berries on a very fine setting and bread made from it comes out amazing and soft.

What whole wheat flour is the best for bread making?

If you can’t grind your own I’d get King Arthur’s 100% White Whole Wheat flour. This flour is made from the same type of wheat berry that I grind. Most other commercial whole wheat flour is made from hard red wheat which still works but will lend to a slightly more dense bread that tastes more “wheaty”. If you are after a soft and fluffy 100% whole wheat bread then searching out those hard white wheat flour is worth the time.

Can I substitue molasses for anything?

No molasses? Just replace it with more honey.

Does instant yeast need to be activated?

Nope! Instant yeast can be added directly in, whereas active dry yeast needs to be dissolved in warm water first.

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100% Whole Wheat Bread

Enjoy the wholesome goodness of our 100% Whole Wheat Bread recipe, baked to perfection for a hearty, nutritious loaf that's as delicious as it is healthy!
Prep: 50 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 20 (Makes 2 loaves)


  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat gluten
  • 1/4 cup dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups additional whole wheat flour
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  • Mix wet ingredients together in the bowl of your stand mixer (or by hand if you are really in the mood to stir!). Add dry ingredients and stir well to combine (just the first 5 cups of flour at this point). Mix in enough additional flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Knead 5-6 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half, shape into loaves and place in 2 greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled in size. I made this in the summer and it doubled in size in about 45 minutes. Plan on a little longer in the winter when the house is colder.
  • Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely before cutting. Store bread in an air-tight container.


This recipe is nice because you don’t have to let it rise in the bowl the first time. The original recipe didn’t have you do it, I tried it as written and loved it. I sure didn’t mind cutting out that step and the bread was great!
No molasses? Just replace it with more honey.


Serving: 1 of 20 slices, Calories: 198kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 363mg, Potassium: 191mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 42IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2mg
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Go ahead and make this Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe. You don’t need to be a bread pro to make this because it’s easy and turns out great every time!

*I got this recipe from another blog. I found it via pinterest, made it, and somehow didn’t get the URL saved. I was sure I pinned it to one of my boards but I can’t find it anywhere. If it looks familiar let me know and I’ll for sure cite the source. In the mean time I’ll keep looking!


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  1. Jennifer E. says:

    I am looking for a 100% whole wheat bread recipe without the molasses and or honey. Or will it taste very bland. The GI diet book I have says no honey or molasses. Any suggestions?

  2. Caitlin says:

    I made this bread today and it tastes divine!! Thank you!!

  3. SimplyThe Wildside says:

    i would love to find a healthier bread and this does look good. however i am a little concerned about the wheat and gluten. can you educate me a little on this bread being a healthy choice. i’m still undecided on the wheat and gluten issues. i know whole wheat is obviously the better choice from white bread…but is there an even better option?

    1. Melissa says:

      You should check out the book “Nourishing Traditions” from the library. It talks a ton about soaking and/or sprouting your grains before eating them or turning them into bread which breaks down the things that makes them hard to digest. It’s a TON of work and I just can’t keep it up with my current phase of life (so I stick with the homemade whole wheat because that’s the best that I can do right now), but I do think that it is a healthier way of eating grains and bread. I’m out to avoid added chemicals and ingredients so I’m happy with my homemade stuff but if you really want to get into gut healthy then that book is super interesting and something you might want to look into.

  4. Ruth-Joy says:

    WhAt if you don’t use eggs? How do you think it will turn out?

  5. d says:

    Baked it today and it came out beautiful, finally I have a bread recipe, aah!! But I do feel it was dense(very slightly) in places, I guess I kneaded less. Also I used rapid rise yeast, is it same as instant? IAlso is there a way to skip the egg in this recipe?

  6. d says:

    This looks like something I would love to try as this does not need butter, but I am confused about the quantity of wheat flour. Am I supposed to use all of it..7 cups? when do I add the additional 2 cups?

  7. NerdFaerie says:

    Holy cow – 1/2 cup of wheat gluten? That seems like a lot, but if it works… (usually, they say to add 1T per cup of flour, which would amount to just over 1/4 C). I’ll have to try making whole wheat bread with more gluten. Maybe it’ll turn out fluffier.

  8. Kim says:

    I’ve been trying my hand at making bread and so far I haven’t found one we like. This one looks yummy so I want to try it next. Would you mind sharing the size of your bread pans please? Most of the breads I’ve made have been in the bread machine so I wasn’t sure what size pan to get. Thank you!!

    1. Melissa says:

      I have 2 that are 9 inches by 5 inches and just one that is 4.5 by 8. I generally like that small one better because it makes the loaves rise higher, but either works fine. Good luck, you will love making bread. It’s a pretty tasty hobby 🙂

  9. Wesley1327@att.net says:

    You say mix then knead do you use the paddle then the dough hook for kneading or just the paddle. Looks yummy can’t wait to try it

    1. Melissa says:

      I just use the dough hook and turn the machine on faster when I want to mix it together. Good luck friend!

  10. Tobi says:

    I have been searching for an easy ww bread recipe that is soft! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.