Bread Machine – Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

This easy bread machine whole wheat bread recipe is a delicious way to add more fiber and nutrients into your family’s diet. Whole wheat flour is less processed than most white flours and thus loses less of its natural goodness during the milling process. Therefore, whole wheat bread has more natural fiber & nutrients than most white breads.

Homemade whole wheat bread is perfect for breakfast toast and lunch sandwiches. For example, you can make a huge variety of delicious sandwiches with whole wheat bread such as grilled cheese whole wheat sandwiches, ham and cheese whole wheat sandwiches, BLT whole wheat sandwiches, turkey club whole wheat sandwiches, chicken salad whole wheat sandwiches, etc.

This whole wheat bread machine recipe is for health conscious adults… not for sugar craving kids!!! If you are looking for a fluffy white bread recipe, this is bread is not for you. Instead, you should try our buttery Bread Machine White Bread recipe. However, if you are looking to a hearty brown bread with lots of natural fiber then this bread is perfect for you. For more on the benefits of whole wheat, you should read this American Heart Association article. Also see our flour picture below because it visually illustrates how whole wheat flour is less processed than regular white flour.

Since this whole wheat bread recipe is done in a bread machine, it is simple & easy to make. It should take you only 5 minutes or so to prepare and then you let the bread machine do the rest of the work. For more great recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section. Bread Dad also has a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of this page. If you like this recipe, we hope you will leave a comment below and give us a 5 star rating. Thanks!

Key Ingredient – Whole Wheat Flour

A Closer Look at Whole Wheat Flour (Not Your Usual White Flour)

Whole Wheat Flour - Bread Machine

Finished Product – Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

Sliced Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

Ingredients – Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe – 2 lb loaf

  • 1 1/2 Cups – Milk (lukewarm)
  • 4 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (sliced & softened)
  • 2 Cups – Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 Cups – Bread Flour
  • 5 Tablespoons – Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Bread Machine Yeast

Ingredients – Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe – 1.5 lb loaf

  • 1 1/8 Cups – Milk (lukewarm) – 1 1/8 cups of milk is equivalent to 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 4 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (sliced & softened)
  • 1 1/2 Cups – Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups – Bread Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons – Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon – Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon – Bread Machine Yeast

Servings – 12 slices

  • Equipment required for this recipe –  Measuring cup & spoons, flexible spatula, oven mitts, cooling rack… and of course, a bread machine!

Instructions – Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

  • For a 2 lb loaf, please use the 2 lb ingredient list and set the bread machine settings to 2 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread options. For a 1.5 lb loaf, please use the 1.5 lb ingredient list and set the bread machine settings to 1.5 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread options. FYI – Make sure not to confuse the 1.5 lb & 2 lb ingredient amounts and machine settings!
  • 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).
  • Plug in bread machine. Enter the correct settings (for either 1.5 lb or 2 lb loaf version) 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 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.
  • In our Sunbeam bread machine, the baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread at the light color & basic bread settings (and about 2:53 hours for the 1.5 lb version). However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the length of the baking time after you have entered the settings into the machine. This will allow you to know when to be in the kitchen in order to remove the bread.
  • Before using your bread machine, you should read the bread machine manufacturer’s  instructions in order to use the bread machine effectively and safely.

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Tips – Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

  • The tips below are designed to help bread machine “novices” and those who haven’t touched their bread machine in years.
  • Most kids don’t like the taste of whole wheat bread. However, you can “trick” them by hiding it in something like a nice grilled cheese sandwich!!!
  • Optional – Sprinkle some multigrain or old fashioned oat flakes on top of the dough after the final kneading (and before the baking cycle commences) if you want to make your finished bread to look even more “natural”. However, don’t put your hands inside your bread machine & always wear oven mitts.
  • Make sure not to confuse the 1.5 lb & 2 lb ingredient amounts and machine settings! Cough, cough… said with an embarrassed grin… I have made that mistake before!
  • Use FRESH whole wheat flour or your bread will taste a little strange (or even bad). Whole wheat flour has been refined less than all-purpose flour or bread 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 mean that whole wheat flour is faster to spoil than all-purpose flour or bread flour.
  • Whole wheat flour can spoil quickly (turn “rancid”) when left in your pantry at room temperature. Whole wheat flour does not last as long as all-purpose flour or bread flour at room temperature. For longer-term storage, whole wheat flour should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator.
  • Our recipe uses 50% whole wheat flour and 50% bread flour. This helps to the bread to rise and creates an “airier” & softer bread while still providing lots of whole wheat fiber.
  • For this recipe, you need to use the “basic” bread setting on your bread machine. Do not use the “whole wheat” setting. The “whole wheat” setting on a bread machine is designed for 100% whole wheat breads. These types of breads need more time in a bread machine because whole wheat flour rises more slowly than bread flour & all-purpose flour. For example, on my Sunbeam bread machine, the “basic” setting runs for 3 hours and the “whole wheat” setting runs for 3:40 hours. Therefore, our 50/50 mix recipe would not work properly on the “whole wheat” setting.
  • If you have a smaller bread machine, you should try the recipe for 1.5 lb version first. A 2 lb bread loaf can be too big for a small bread machine. If you are uncertain about your bread machine “loaf capacity”, please start with the 1.5 lb version.
  • When adding the yeast, it should be placed in a position that is separate from the salt (i.e. placed on opposite sides of the bread pan). Close contact with salt can kill or slow the growth of the yeast. I like to make a small “divot” on top of the flour in order to hold the yeast (separate from the salt & liquid) before the bread machine starts mixing the ingredients. Looks sort of like a flour volcano with a yeast crater in the middle.

 

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Once you have mastered basic bread machine bread recipes (like this bread), you might like to try some more advanced bread machine bread recipes (i.e. French bread or Italian bread). In these recipes, the bread machine will still do the hard work of kneading the dough but you will have to shape the bread by hand.
  • 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 aware that some bread recipes may differ slightly between different types of bread machines. Therefore, please read your bread machine manufacturer’s  instructions for basic bread recipes (i.e. white bread or whole wheat bread) as these are more likely to work on your individual bread machine.
  • If you haven’t used your bread machine 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you need anything to make a bread machine recipe, you should check out Bread Dad’s sections on Cookbooks, Baking Tools, Bread Mixes and Recipe Ingredients.

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Reference Sources

Whole Wheat Bread Questions

What type of fiber is in whole wheat bread?

Whole wheat bread usually has a decent amount of insoluble fiber. In contrast, breads such as oatmeal bread have more soluble fiber. According to Wikipedia, insoluble fiber “Speeds the passage of foods through the digestive system” and “Adds bulk to the stool, which alleviates constipation”.

How long does whole wheat flour last in the pantry?

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. Whole wheat flour has more natural oils because it is less processed than “white” flours (i.e. all-purpose flour or bread flour). Unfortunately, these natural oils spoil quickly. Therefore, whole wheat wheat flour spoils more rapidly than all-purpose flour or bread flour. If you want to extend the life of whole wheat flour, it should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Bread Machine - Whole Wheat Bread

This easy bread machine whole wheat bread recipe is a delicious way to add more fiber and nutrients into your family's diet.  Whole wheat flour is less processed than most white flours and thus loses less of its natural goodness. This whole wheat bread recipe allows you to create 1.5 lb and 2 lb versions. For more great bread recipes, please visit Bread Dad (BreadDad.com).
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread machine wheat bread, bread machine whole wheat bread, bread machine whole wheat bread recipe, bread machine whole wheat recipe, bread maker whole wheat bread, whole wheat bread machine, whole wheat bread machine recipe, whole wheat bread maker
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread - 2 lb Version

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

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread - 1.5 lb Version

  • 1 1/8 Cups Milk (lukewarm)
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (sliced & softened)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Bread Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Bread Machine Yeast

Instructions

  • For a 2 lb loaf, please use the 2 lb ingredient list and set the bread machine settings to 2 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread options. For a 1.5 lb loaf, please use the 1.5 lb ingredient list and set the bread machine settings to 1.5 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread options. FYI – Make sure not to confuse the 1.5 lb & 2 lb ingredient amounts and machine settings!
  • 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).
  • Plug in bread machine. Enter the correct settings (for either 1.5 lb or 2 lb loaf version) 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 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.
  • In our Sunbeam bread machine, the baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread at the light color & basic bread settings (and about 2:53 hours for the 1.5 lb version). However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the length of the baking time after you have entered the settings into the machine. This will allow you to know when to be in the kitchen in order to remove the bread.
  • Before using your bread machine, you should read the bread machine manufacturer’s  instructions in order to use the bread machine effectively and safely.

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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