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Whole Wheat Spinach Bread | Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

Whole Wheat Spinach Bread

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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large loaves 1x


Rustic whole wheat spinach bread made with fresh or frozen spinach. An easy bread recipe for a healthy and colorful bread you’ll love to eat!


  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Thaw and squeeze out as much moisture from the spinach as you can.
  2. Put the spinach, water, yeast, sugar, salt, olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, and whole wheat flour in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix well for 5 minutes (feel free to use a hand mixer if you have one).
  3. Scrape down the sides a few times, as needed. Add the all-purpose flour a half cup at a time until the dough starts to pull from the sides.
  4. Continue to mix the dough for another 5 to 8 minutes. After the dough has been mixed, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it by hand until the dough is no longer sticky to the touch, adding more flour as needed. The dough should be smooth and elastic.
  5. Form the dough into a smooth ball and place on a lightly floured board and cover it with a clean tea towel.
  6. Allow the dough to double in size, about 45 minutes.
  7. After the dough has doubled, divide it into two equal parts. Shape into two round or two long french bread-style loaves.
  8. Place the loaves on a large baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
  9. Cover with a towel and allow the loaves to rise until almost doubled, about one hour.
  10. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  11. When the loaves are ready, using a very sharp knife cut 1/2 inch deep slashes along the top every few inches.
  12. Place the bread in the oven and cook for 40-50 minutes until the bread is deep brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
  13. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing.


  • You can wilt 10 ounces of fresh spinach if you don’t have frozen; it’ll work just fine, too. Just be sure to remove as much moisture as you can before adding it to the bread and give it a rough chop before cooking it so that the pieces are smaller than a whole leaf.
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Category: bread
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American