Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe Anyone Can Make

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This is an easy whole wheat bread recipe anyone can make. It’s very soft and moist and if you didn’t see the light tan color you would almost think it was white bread. Just so you know I am a “dumper”……I start with the following ingredients and “dump” each one slowly into my Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine. My mother used to make bread by hand, but my hands are pretty arthritic so I use the Bosch. Can’t you just smell the whole wheat bread coming out of the oven?

This really is a no-fail whole wheat bread recipe. I have taught classes to so many people and after they feel the whole wheat bread dough they realize they can make whole wheat bread or any bread.  There is something therapeutic about dumping everything in the bowl or bread mixer and then working with the dough. It’s very relaxing for me and the money I save is unreal.

I think you could almost pay for an electric wheat grinder and a Bosch bread mixer within a year by making your own bread. Of course, this would depend on how many loaves of bread you eat per week, month or year. I am just saying it’s the best investment you can make for your families health and grocery budget. The skill of making your own bread is worth every penny.

Cost To Make My Whole Wheat Bread:

I believe bread making whether you make it gluten-free, white or whole wheat bread will save you money. I have the seen the loaves of bread that cost $2-$6.00 a loaf. Oh my gosh! I figured out I make my loaves for just under a $1.00 a loaf. I make mine in one pound stainless steel loaf pans because I like smaller sandwiches.

Not too small, just not the large sandwich loaf size. My daughter’s make the most beautiful loaves of bread, I taught them to make bread but their loaves turn out prettier than mine. My daughter makes about 20 loaves at Christmas and gives them to neighbors for gifts. She works full time, I don’t know how she does it! Gotta love it!

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I buy the hard white wheat on sale and the raw honey by the case from Cox’s: Cox’s Honey.  The other ingredients you use very little and very inexpensive. I remember watching my mother grind her own whole wheat berries, back then it was hard red wheat. I only buy hard white wheat, it has a mild flavor and easier on the tummy.

The red hard wheat makes a heavier, stronger flavored bread. I call them bricks…..I grew up on it but I prefer my whole wheat bread recipe.

It is all about having fresh ingredients to start with before mixing up the dough…..yes you can make this bread.

If it is possible for you to learn how to make bread with your choice of flour you can survive a disaster if you have the skills to make bread. Add some peanut butter, jam, canned fruit and vegetables and you can survive for weeks if you had to without going to the grocery store. Please remember you need water….water…and more water. Please be prepared for the unexpected. My tip of the day: you can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 hours without shelter in extreme heat or cold and 3 weeks without food.

 Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 loaves
  • 6 Cups Warm Water
  • 2/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Dough Enhancer
  • 2 Tablespoons Wheat Gluten
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry Instant Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Saf Instant Yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 14-15 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  1. Instructions
  2. Start adding the ingredients in the order shown above with one exception into your mixing bowl…start with 7 cups of flour and slowly add more flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. I use a Bosch Mixer. I grew up making bread without a mixer..it can be done by hand. I grew up letting my bread rise twice so I still do that. Old habits are hard to break! I mix it for 10 minutes in my Bosch. Cover with greased plastic wrap until it doubles in size. Punch down and form dough into eight one-pound loaves or less if your bread pans are larger. I let the dough rise one more time with greased plastic wrap. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. If your pans are larger you will bake your bread longer.  You will love making whole wheat bread, I promise!!

Please, note always use fresh ingredients. Have fun making bread, you will love it! And you will save money big time! Are you ready to make whole wheat bread now?

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This is my favorite wheat: Lehi Roller Mill Whole Wheat. I watch for the hard white wheat (six-gallon buckets) at Costco which usually sell for about $18.00 give or take a bucket. I replace all the lids with reusable RED Gamma Lids. Once I buy the lids I keep the six-gallon buckets and refill them with fresh hard white wheat when needed. These are Gamma Lids: Gamma Seal Lid – Red – For 3.5 to 7 Gallon Buckets or Pails Gamma2

Shelf Life of Whole Wheat Berries and White Flour: “We recommend rotating flour every 12 months. If you want long-term storage, purchase wheat. Wheat, when cleaned and stored properly, will keep indefinitely. The best way to store flour is in an airtight container in a cool, dry place; preferably below 70 degrees. When stored this way the average storage life is 1 year for white flour and 6-9 months for whole wheat flour.” Quoted per Lehi Mills Website.

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18 thoughts on “Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe Anyone Can Make

    • May 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I hope you try this recipe…It’s so easy. Thanks for stopping by.

  • March 25, 2015 at 7:25 am

    What is a Dough Enhancer?
    Where do we find Wheat Gluten?

    • March 25, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Hi Jacqueline, I buy only one brand because its safer (better quality) to use. You can make the bread without them but the bread isn’t as fluffy and soft. You can find them at most Bosch Bread Mixer stores usually or some grocery stores. I prefer L’Equip brand. Most grocery stores out west sell it in the flour aisles. Let me know if you have trouble finding it. Linda

      • March 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

        Thanks for getting back to me. I will try our stores and also look online.

        • March 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm

          If you can’t find any let me know I can ship some to you in a flat rate box. Let me know if you have a problem getting them. Linda

  • January 17, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I started making bread a couple of years ago. I use Montana’s non-GMO Prairie Gold & Bonze Chief… 50/50. i grind with L’equip grinder… A friend got me into this fun ‘chore’… I buy in 50# bags and seal in 5 gal. buckets with the Gamma Lids

    • January 17, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Hi Daryl, wow, I love hearing this about grinding wheat and making bread! This is sometimes a lost art that we need to hand down to our kids and grandkids! I applaud you and I’m going to check into that wheat! Thanks for the tip! Linda

  • July 25, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Linda, once again you’ve made a helpful video that knocks it out of the park! Thank you for making these helpful videos.
    While I absolutely LOVE fresh baked bread, I try and refrain from eating too much since, left to my own devices, I’d make a meal out of fresh bread, a bit of butter and honey and, perhaps, some fresh made soup. 🙂
    I already have a weight issue so making bread in the quantities you did here along with Kendra isn’t really a “smart” idea for me, if you know what I mean. LOL
    Anyway, it wouldn’t be cost effective for me to buy a big machine like the Bosch (although I’d LOVE to own one-so much easier and faster!!) and while I, too, have arthritis issues in shoulders, arms and hands, using a manual grinder, although slower, would provide some value in keeping the old bones and joints in motion.
    So to that end, have you any experience in using a manual grinder that can crush whole grains sufficient to make bread or would I need a mortar and pestle to further pulverize the grains to powder?
    If you know of and can recommend a manual grinder, I’d be much obliged for your insight and suggestions.
    I’m trying to remain as self-sufficient as I possibly can while not breaking the bank and keeping an eye on smaller quantity cooking as it is only myself during the week and my Fiancée either comes here or I go to her place for the weekends.
    But being able to create a fresh loaf of bread to accompany a meal would be WONDERFUL.
    I should mention that regardless if my Fiancée, who is also named Linda BTW, comes to my home or I go to hers, I ALWAYS do the cooking, with an eye for plenty of leftovers to enjoy during the coming week. This keeps making lots of smaller meals less time-consuming so much more convenient.
    I try and send the Lion’s share home with my Sweetie since she has MS (with numbing hands and diminished upper body strength) and cooking is a REAL chore for her.
    So my cooking works out for both of us. It saves her time and money and she gets some good grub during the coming week (like the roast I made last night with all the fixings- Yum!) and I get to cook, especially for HER!!
    The upside for MY efforts is having the Love of My Life to hold hands with and snuggle with, both VERY important attributes to have at our ages and stage of life. 🙂
    I’m sorry for being so long winded, especially since all I wanted to know is about a quality manual grinder and about manually mixing smaller portions of ingredients by hand. Hahaha!! 🙂
    If I went with a manual mixer, I doubt it would be too much effort to rig up a drill or other motor to make things go quicker (within reason) and not have the expenditure of a Big Beauty like that Bosch there.
    Thanks again for all you do for us, your loyal subscription followers!
    Have a GREAT Day!

    • July 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Howard, oh my gosh it’s so good to hear from you. I realize wheat grinders and bread makers are expensive. I can’t really recommend a hand grinder because they will give you and I tennis elbow cranking them. I do have a hand crank one made by The Grain Maker but I paid more for that one than my electric ones! Here’s the deal, store hard white wheat if you can where you live and you can barter with people to trade grinding for wheat if it comes to that. I’m prepared to do that where I live. Although I will be picky because I only buy the best wheat and I can’t risk damage to my wheat grinders. I have a solar generator that I can use my electric wheat grinders and my Bosch with. I hope you have good neighbors that will share and trade with you. It’s wonderful to hear about your Linda!!! I have a daughter with MS. I love hearing your story about the love of your life! May God bless you both, Linda

  • December 27, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    I want you to know that yours is one of the first emails I read; I have learned so much; even when you do a “rerun”, I still get something new. I make my bread very similar to yours, but I do not add dough enhancer, and because of issued I’ve had, I do not use vital wheat gluten every time. My bread still turns out great-my husband says it’s better than store bought. My question to you is whether or not the dough can be frozen for a while. I make 5 loaves at a time (that’s all my oven will hold), but the baked loaves take up a lot of freezer space. If I were to make up the dough and freeze it, what should I do so that it will rise properly when thawed and then baked?

    • December 28, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      Hi, Sandra, thank you so much for your kind words. I have tried freezing my bread dough and it did not rise properly. I think the commercial companies like Rhoades Bread must add something to their dough to make it rise when thawed. I make 8 one-pound loaves at a time and freeze them in bags after baking them. We thaw them on the counter in the morning and by lunch, they are ready to eat. I must say, I did freeze a small bag and made pizza with it once. It worked fine. The cinnamon rolls didn’t rise the way I like them after freezing the dough. I wonder if you could bake the bread that fits and punch the dough in the remaining loaves and let them rise again. As long as they don’t taste like yeast. I’m fuzzy about that. Isn’t it so fun to make bread! I love your husband’s comment that it’s better than store bought. I love it! Linda

  • February 21, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Howdy! Is it ok to half the recipe? Some recipe’s will not work as well if you do….
    Thanks! Dave H

    • February 21, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Dave, oh my gosh, this reminds me of when I was asked to write my book “Prepare Your Family For Survival”. The publisher said, no, no, no, no one makes 8 leaves at a time. LOL! Here is the recipe cut down and yes it works. https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/make-whole-wheat-bread/. Look for the printable 2 loaf recipe. Have fun, It’s so good! Linda

      • February 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm

        Thanks! I just made your French bread recipe and baked it in the Dutch oven ( in the oven).., it is awesome!!

        • February 22, 2021 at 7:07 am

          Hi Dave, YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!!!!! Thank you so much!! You know I LOVE hearing this!!! Linda

  • July 15, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Linda, at this point, I do not have any of the SAS instant yeast; I have the Fleishmann’s regular yeast in packets. When those are used up I’ll buy the instant, but in the meanwhile, do you know how the recipe would need to be modified to use the other type of yeast? Is there an equivalency rule of thumb? You have given us so many great bread recipes but I’ve never made them for this reason. Suggestion? Thanks for all you provide us with. You’re by go to! And I have your book!

    • July 15, 2021 at 8:49 am

      Hi Gwen, I have only used SAF Instant yeast. Years and years ago, I used Fleishman’s yeast but then I learned about SAF Instant yeast. Does it say instant on it? I would try making my 4 dinner rolls with the yeast you have. I wish I could say how to substitute but I don’t know how each yeast brand is processed. Try this recipe to see if your yeast will work: https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/easy-to-make-dinner-rolls-for-two/
      Let me know, Linda


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