100% Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

This 100% whole wheat bread machine recipe is delicious & packed with wheat fiber. It is a great bread esp. if you trying to add more fiber to your diet. Moreover, since it is made with a bread machine, it is easy to make. You just add the ingredients and let the bread machine do the hard work of mixing and kneading. This homemade bread is best for families who enjoy the more “natural” taste & texture of whole wheat bread.

100% Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

100% Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

This bread should take you only 5-10 minutes to prepare & clean up as the bread machine is doing most of the work. For more great recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section. You will also find a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of the page. If you like this recipe, we hope you will leave a comment below and give us a 5 star rating. Thanks!

Key Ingredient – 100% Whole Wheat Flour

Whole Wheat Flour

Ingredients – 100% Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe – 1.5 lb Loaf

  • 1 1/4 Cups – Milk (lukewarm) – 285 milliliters
  • 4 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened) – 57 grams
  • 3 Cups – Whole Wheat Flour – 345 grams
  • 1/3 Cup – Light Brown Sugar (packed) – 72 grams – See tips below if you want to use less sugar.
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Salt – 7.5 milliliters
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Bread Machine Yeast – 7.5 milliliters

Servings – 12 slices

  • Equipment required for this recipe –  Measuring cup & spoons, flexible spatula, oven mitts, cooling rack… and of course, a bread machine! Visit our “equipment store” if you are missing anything.

100% Whole Wheat Bread Ingredients in a Bread Pan (Yeast in the Center)

Whole Wheat Ingredients in Bread Pan

Instructions – 100% Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

  • Bread Machine Settings – Basic, 1.5 lb, Light Color
  • Unplug your bread machine. Remove the bread pan from the bread machine (so when you add the ingredients to the bread pan, they can not accidentally spill into the machine).
  • Pour the milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients. Place the bread machine yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid or salt (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together).
  • Place the bread pan (with ingredients) back into the unplugged bread machine.
  • Plug in the bread machine. Enter the correct settings (Basic, 1.5 lb, Light Color) and press the “Start” button.
  • After the bread machine has finished, unplug the bread machine and remove the bread pan. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine bread pan because it will be very hot!
  • Remove the bread from the bread loaf pan and place the bread on a wire cooling rack. Let the bread cool down on the cooling rack for at least 30-60 minutes.
  • After removing the bread from the bread loaf pan, don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle will be very hot coming out of the bread machine. Or wait until the bread is completely cooled and then remove the mixing paddle.

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Tips – 100% Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

  • The tips below are designed to help bread machine “novices” and those who haven’t touched their bread machine in years. Please follow the recipe instructions carefully and read all of the tips below in order to maximize the success of your baking.
  • This is a recipe for 100% whole wheat bread. It does NOT produce a fluffy white bread. 100% whole wheat bread is a coarser, darker & more natural bread.
  • If you are looking for a softer whole wheat bread, you should try our Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread (because it uses a 50/50 blend of whole wheat flour and bread flour).
  • Make sure to use the “Basic” setting on your bread machine for this recipe (and not the whole wheat setting). The basic setting is shorter and results in a softer & more tender whole wheat bread. In contrast, the whole wheat setting lasts longer and results (in my opinion) in a harder (semi-burnt) crust. FYI – For my Sunbeam bread machine, the whole wheat setting lasts for roughly 3:34 hours (at the 1.5 lb level) versus the basic setting that lasts for roughly 2:53 hours (at the 1.5 lb level).
  • Use FRESH whole wheat flour or the bread taste could be “funky” (have a strange/bad flavor). Whole wheat flour spoils much quicker than white flour. Since whole wheat flour is less processed than white bread flour or all-purpose flour, this means whole wheat flour has more of its natural bran and germ. Wheat bran & germ are rich in natural oils. Unfortunately, the presence of these oils also means that whole wheat flour is faster to spoil than all-purpose flour or bread flour.
  • Whole wheat flour generally only lasts for 2-3 months at room temperature in the pantry. In contrast, white flour can last for 6-12 months at room temperature.
  • FYI – Some bakers like to store their whole wheat flour in an airtight container in the freezer for longer-term storage. Other bakers like to buy only small batches of whole wheat flour so they don’t have extra whole wheat flour sitting around for months. This forces them to buy fresh whole wheat flour versus using leftover flour that has potentially spoiled in their pantry.
  • Many bakers like to make an indent in the top of the flour in order to hold the bread machine yeast in place (looks sort of like a small flour volcano with a yeast crater). See bread pan photo above. This is done to prevent the yeast from falling into the liquid ingredients (and activating prematurely) or coming into contact with the salt until the bread machine is turned on.
  • Some bakers like to add a teaspoon of vital bread gluten to 100% whole wheat recipes in order to get extra rise. However, I skip this potential ingredient because it is not readily available in most people’s pantries.
  • Optional – Add 1 tablespoon of multigrain cereal, sesame seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, etc. to the rest of the dry ingredients if you want more of a multigrain taste and texture to your bread.

 

  • If you want a dairy-free version of this bread machine 100% whole wheat bread, you can replace the milk with water and replace the butter with 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil (i.e. olive oil or canola oil).
  • Optional – Right after you have removed the bread from bread pan (while the bread is still hot), you can “paint” melted butter (with a pastry brush) on top of the bread for a shinier and buttery crust.
  • Some people like to use honey in their whole wheat breads. I prefer to use light brown sugar because it is easier to measure… and less sticky!
  • This 100% whole wheat bread machine recipe uses 1/3 cup of light brown sugar in order to “mellow” the whole wheat taste. The rich & earthy taste of brown sugar combines well with the natural wheat flavor. My kids love the resulting “milder” whole wheat flavor.
  • However, if you prefer to make a bread that uses less sugar & has more whole wheat flavor, you should use only 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar.
  • Don’t use cold milk. The main problem with using regular milk is that people tend to use cold refrigerated milk and this can slow the yeast growth. Try to use lukewarm milk (or instant powdered milk mixed into lukewarm water). If the milk is just coming out of the refrigerator and thus is too cold, I like to put the milk in my microwave for 20-30 seconds in order to warm it up. However, you should also be aware that the milk/water should not be too hot because very hot milk/water can kill the yeast.
  • Some bakers like to use a soft flexible spatula to loosen any dough that might be sticking to the sides of the bread pan. Read your bread machine manual to see how & when this is done with your specific machine. Always wear oven mitts when dealing with a bread machine.
  • Whole wheat flour contains insoluble fiber. In contrast, oats provide more soluble fiber. According to Wikipedia, “Dietary fiber has two main components: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, which are components of plant foods, such as legumes, whole grains and cereals, vegetables, fruits, and nuts or seeds. A diet high in regular fiber consumption is generally associated with supporting health and lowering the risk of several diseases.” For more on the potential benefits of whole wheat, you should read this American Heart Association article.
  • If you have a problem with a bread machine recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly (i.e. using the correct bread machine settings), you are using the correct amount of an ingredient (i.e. don’t eyeball the measurements versus using a measurement cup or accidentally add a teaspoon when a tablespoon is called for), you are using the correct ingredients (i.e. bread machine yeast versus regular yeast or bread flour versus all purpose flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • Be sure to use the correct amount of liquid called for in a recipe. For example, too much liquid can cause a bread top to collapse, balloon, etc.
  • If you don’t put in the exact measurements (esp. for the flour & liquids) or your kitchen is too hot/cold/humid, the mixture might be too dry or too wet when the bread machine is kneading the dough. If the mixture is too dry, you can try adding a couple of tablespoons of water (or milk) and see if that corrects the issue. If the mixture is too wet, you can try adding a couple tablespoons of flour. FYI – The mix shouldn’t look like a desert or soup after roughly five minutes of kneading. It should look like a nice ball of dough.

 

  • This recipe uses bread machine yeast (instant yeast). It does NOT use “active dry” yeast. Bread machine yeast and instant yeast are not the same as active dry yeast. Bread machine yeast and instant yeast are added directly to the recipe’s ingredients. In contrast, active dry yeast must be activated in water/milk before being added to a recipe’s ingredients.
  • If you haven’t used your bread machine or bread maker in a long time, please buy some new bread machine yeast before making your bread. Old yeast can die or lose its potency and this will lead to bread that does not rise properly. Bread machine yeast is not likely to be viable if it has been sitting in your pantry for years.
  • Bread machine yeast loses its potency over time. Generally, bread machine yeast lasts for only 3-4 months after you have opened the bottle. However, if the yeast is exposed to air & moisture (i.e. the bottle not sealed tight) or exposed to higher temperatures, the yeast will expire even more quickly.
  • Once you have opened the bottle that contains the bread machine yeast, the yeast will last longer if you store the bottle in the refrigerator or freezer. Just make sure the bottle is sealed tight (as yeast will deteriorate quickly if exposed to air, moisture and/or heat).
  • Bread machine yeast in a bottle that has never been opened should last until the bottle’s “Best If Used By” date… but only if the bottle has been stored properly (i.e. in a refrigerator, freezer or in a dark, dry & cool spot in the pantry) and the bottle remains unopened.
  • My recipes are based on US ingredient measurements (i.e. US cups & tablespoons). However, as a courtesy to our European visitors, I have also included some very ROUGH European equivalents (i.e. grams & milliliters). Since I rarely use European measurements when baking, please let me know in the comment section below if any of the European ingredient measurements need to be changed (i.e. for XYZ ingredient, milliliters are more commonly used versus the grams information listed in the recipe).
  • You can visit our instructional videos section if you want to watch videos that provide information on common bread machine and bread making problems & solutions.
  • Always wear oven mitts/gloves when dealing with a bread machine. The bread pan and the rest of the bread machine can get very hot during the baking process. This means that the bread pan and bread machine is likely to be very hot when you attempt to remove a baked good from the bread machine and/or bread pan.
  • Visit Bread Dad’s main Homemade Bread Recipes or Bread Machine Recipes sections for many more easy bread recipes.

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100% Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

This 100% whole wheat bread machine recipe is delicious & packed with wheat fiber. It is a great bread esp. if you trying to add more fiber to your diet. Visit Bread Dad (BreadDad.com) for more easy bread machine recipes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 40 mins
Total Time3 hrs 50 mins
Course: Sandwich, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 100% whole wheat bread, 100% whole wheat bread machine recipe, bread machine 100% whole wheat bread, bread machine whole wheat bread, bread machine whole wheat bread recipe, whole wheat bread
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cups Milk (lukewarm)
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Bread Machine Yeast

Instructions

  • Bread Machine Settings - Basic, 1.5 lb, Light Color
  • Unplug your bread machine. Remove the bread pan from the bread machine (so when you add the ingredients to the bread pan, they can not accidentally spill into the machine).
  • Pour the milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients. Place the bread machine yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid or salt (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together).
  • Place the bread pan (with ingredients) back into the unplugged bread machine.
  • Plug in the bread machine. Enter the correct settings (Basic, 1.5 lb, Light Color) and press the “Start” button.
  • After the bread machine has finished, unplug the bread machine and remove the bread pan. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine bread pan because it will be very hot!
  • Remove the bread from the bread loaf pan and place the bread on a wire cooling rack. Let the bread cool down on the cooling rack for at least 30-60 minutes.
  • After removing the bread from the bread loaf pan, don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle will be very hot coming out of the bread machine. Or wait until the bread is completely cooled and then remove the mixing paddle.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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