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The Only Healthy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe You'll Ever Need

A crisp, golden brown crust and the most amazing flavour-packed light and chewy centre. This easy healthy whole wheat bread recipe is a million times better than anything you'll get from the store or even a bakery!
4.82 from 22 votes
Prep Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Rising time 2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 80 kcal


  • 2 cups warm water 110F-120F / 43C-49C
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + extra for greasing
  • 1 medium egg at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • butter for greasing


  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, stir together the water and brown sugar. Whisk in the yeast and cover the bowl with a cloth so the contents are in the dark. Leave to bloom for 15 minutes.
  • When the yeast has bloomed, stir in the salt, olive oil, egg and lemon juice until everything is blended together.
  • Stir in the whole wheat flour then cover the bowl with a cloth again and leave to soak for 30 minutes.
  • When the whole wheat flour has absorbed a lot of the liquid, stir the all-purpose flour into the bowl. Knead with the dough hook attachment for 7 minutes, until you've got a strong dough. You might have to add more warm water or all-purpose flour to get the right texture.
  • Rub a little oil on the inside of a large bowl and drop the dough into it. Tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise somewhere warm for 45-55 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  • Punch the dough down and leave it to rise, covered, for another 45-55 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F/175C and generously grease 2- 4" x 8"/10cm x 20cm loaf pans with butter. Punch the dough down again and evenly divide into 2. It's a good idea to use a set of scales for accuracy.
  • Form each piece of dough into a loaf-shape (here's a short video tutorial that shows you how) and place them inside the loaf pans.
  • Lightly cover the loaves with a cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes, or until the tops of the loaves are poking 1 inch / 2.5cm above the sides of the tin.
  • Bake the risen loaves in the preheated oven for around 40 minutes, until the tops are a dark golden brown and you hear a hollow noise when you tap the bottoms of the loaves.
  • Remove the loaves from the baking pans and leave to cool to room temperature on a wire rack before slicing.


This bread will keep at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you place it inside a Ziploc bag, it will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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