Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe that is egg free and dairy free

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

This is an EASY recipe for 100% whole wheat bread your family will fall in love with. Directions for making whole wheat bread in bread machine and in oven. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Whole Wheat Bread
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 (2 pound loaf)
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 4 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp gluten optional
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs yeast


Bread Machine Version

  • Start with water in the machine. Measure the oil first and then the honey (this makes the honey slip out of the measuring cup) and add to water. Add salt and gluten, then flour.
  • Make a small well in flour and put yeast into that well. 
  • Set to manufacturer's instructions for wheat bread and let it go.

Oven Version

  • Mix together water and yeast and let sit for 5 minutes, or until mixture gets creamy and a bit bubly. 
  • In a seperate large bowl, mix together salt, gluten and flour. 
  • Add in oil and honey to water mixture.
  • Make a well in flour mixture and pour in the water mixture. Knead until smooth (about 5 minutes). 
  • Let rise until doubled. 
  • Shape as desired a 9x5 pan (2 pound loaf pan) and let rise until doubled again.
  • Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
  • You can also make 2 (1 pound) loaves. Divide your bread dough evenly and place into a 7x4 pan (1 pound loaf pan) which may be harder to find. Allow to double in size and then bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. 


  • 3 cups whole wheat berries grinds up to 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • This recipe uses dry active yeast, not quick yeast
  • Wheat Gluten will help your bread rise and stay fluffy. 
  • Be sure your water is not too hot (over 115 degrees), as that can kill the yeast.
  • Be sure your yeast is not expired--been there done that myself, and it DOES result in a dense bread.
  • Be sure your flour is fresh (not 6 years old!)
  • Measure flour by placing spoonfuls of flour into measuring cup verses filling from bag or container, this will drastically change the amount of flour--and you don't want too much flour!
  • Be sure you don't put your salt directly where your yeast is, as that can kill the yeast as well.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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