Homemade 100% Whole Wheat Bread (Vegan + Perfect for Sandwiches)

September 26, 2018

Bread

By: Chris Petrellese 

A simple and delicious recipe for the perfect homemade 100% whole wheat bread loaf. It's great for sandwiches, toast, and beyond! #homemade #wholewheat #bread #loaf #sandwich #backtoschool #kids #savemoney #budget #easy #wholegrain

A simple and delicious recipe for the perfect homemade 100% whole wheat bread loaf. It’s great for sandwiches, toast, and beyond!

A simple and delicious recipe for the perfect homemade 100% whole wheat bread loaf. It's great for sandwiches, toast, and beyond! #homemade #wholewheat #bread #loaf #sandwich #backtoschool #kids #savemoney #budget #easy #wholegrain

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What’s better than the smell of freshly baked bread? Making your own 100% whole wheat bread loaf at home with ease ????. It’s seriously the most rewarding (and delicious) thing to make your own fresh bread. If you haven’t already, please try it out, it’s a lot easier than you may think. If you have, then you’re already a pro, and we’ve got a delicious new recipe for ya!

Why is 100% whole wheat bread better? It’s more nutrient and fiber-rich as opposed to bread made with white flour. It won’t spike your blood sugar and cause for a mid-day crash after smashing an epic sandwich. Trust me, I’ve been there, it’s not fun! ????

A simple and delicious recipe for the perfect homemade 100% whole wheat bread loaf. It's great for sandwiches, toast, and beyond! #homemade #wholewheat #bread #loaf #sandwich #backtoschool #kids #savemoney #budget #easy #wholegrain

For this 100% whole wheat bread, we used our favorite whole wheat flour from Bob’s Red Mill. Their flour and other products have been a pantry staple of ours for years, and we’ve always got at least a few Bob’s Red Mill flour bags ready to go in case the urge to bake something tasty strikes.

A simple and delicious recipe for the perfect homemade 100% whole wheat bread loaf. It's great for sandwiches, toast, and beyond! #homemade #wholewheat #bread #loaf #sandwich #backtoschool #kids #savemoney #budget #easy #wholegrain

Now that you’ve got a fresh, homemade loaf of bread,  it’s time to decide what do to with it. First and foremost, the sandwich options are endless. We’ve got a few recipes that would be the perfect complement to this bread:

If you want to think beyond the sandwich, we’ve got some other recipes that you might fancy:

A simple and delicious recipe for the perfect homemade 100% whole wheat bread loaf. It's great for sandwiches, toast, and beyond! #homemade #wholewheat #bread #loaf #sandwich #backtoschool #kids #savemoney #budget #easy #wholegrain

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A simple and delicious recipe for the perfect homemade 100% whole wheat bread loaf. It's great for sandwiches, toast, and beyond! #homemade #wholewheat #bread #loaf #sandwich #backtoschool #kids #savemoney #budget #easy #wholegrain

Homemade 100% Whole Wheat Bread (Vegan + Perfect for Sandwiches)


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 slices (1 loaf)

Description

A simple and delicious recipe for the perfect homemade 100% whole wheat bread loaf. It’s great for sandwiches, toast, and beyond!


Ingredients

Sponge

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

Remaining ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional but recommended for a higher rise)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Topping (optional)

  • 23 tablespoons rolled oats (or sunflower seeds, flax seeds or a mix of the three)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the sponge until a smooth batter is formed. Set it aside to activate for 15 minutes. You will know when it is finished when it bubbles and almost doubles in size.
  2. Once it has activated, add in the water and olive oil and mix through. Add in the remaining whole wheat flour, vital wheat gluten, and salt, and mix with a standing mixer or a wooden spoon until a smooth dough is formed. Add more water (1 tablespoon at a time) if it is too dry or add more flour (1 tablespoon at a time) if it is too sticky. Once you have reached a smooth dough, knead it for 10 minutes with a dough hook or by hand on a clean work surface.
  3. Grease a bread pan. Roll the dough into a long log and place it into the bread pan. Spread it around as best you can to be sure it is mostly even on both sides (it does not necessarily have to touch the sides of the pan).
  4. If you are topping the bread: Spray a light layer of water on top of the dough. Sprinkle on 2-3 tablespoons of rolled oats, pressing them in lightly with your hand to allow them to stick. Spray on  another thin layer of water on top of the oats to ensure that they stick.
  5. Place the bread pan in a warm area and allow the bread to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. We turn our oven light on (while the oven is off) and place the bread on the top rack to rise. We just make sure to remove it before we start preheating the oven.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Once heated, place the bread into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Remove the bread from the oven and cool completely before slicing. It is important to allow the bread to cool as it still continues it’s baking process as it cools down on the counter. Slicing it too early will disrupt that process and may result in a doughy, gummy, and sticky texture.
  8. Slice as thin or as thick as you would like it and serve as desired. We love ours toasted with a smear of vegan butter or as sandwich bread.

Notes

  • We have used both a 6 x 11.75″ pan and a 5 x 9″ pan and both worked well. The smaller pan will yield a taller bread.
  • If you are not going to eat the loaf right away, we recommend slicing it and freezing it in a freezer safe bag, making sure to press out all of the air before sealing. When you are ready to eat it, don’t let it defrost. Instead, add the frozen slices into a toaster and toast as desired OR pop them into an oven preheated to 325°F for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Whole-Grain

Keywords: Bread, Whole Grain, Whole Wheat, Vegan, Sandwiches

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  1. This recipe is fantastic! I used King Arthur 100% whole grain flour. With this flour I recommend using 1/2 cup less than the recipe calls for. I’ll try Bob’s next time.

  2. Heather says:

    What size bread pan is supposed to be used here?

  3. Kay says:

    I didn’t see the code. I like adding seeds in the dough itself, really good. Do you have to use Bob’s Red Mill, bc being on a budget I use cheaper flour. Love you guys!
    Thanks

    • Use “SSV20” for 20% off <3 you can use a cheaper flour if it is better for your budget but we do want to add that higher quality flour will yield higher quality bread! 🙂

  4. EC says:

    Flavor is good but I recommend using 1/2 – 3/4 cup less flour than is called for. If you use the full amount, the bread comes out very close textured and dense.

  5. Gaby Ruiz says:

    Hello!
    Thank you for this recipe!! I have been looking for a 100% whole wheat bread recipe for a while and I didn’t like the outcome of any… until this one.
    Super easy, moist, great flavor.
    Loved it!

  6. Abby says:

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. It came out just like in the pictures. I used Organic whole wheat flour from Whole Foods Market. I baked in a pan that has 1.5 lb capacity that measures 9″L x 5.25″W x 2.63 “H inside the pan.

  7. Cindy Sockol says:

    Thank you for this super yummy whole wheat bread recipe!! I’ve been looking for a long time for ALL wheat bread and this one works! It’s delicious, rises really well, has great texture, and is easy! The only thing that I would add is that it must be made for a stand up mixer to get all the flour in. I’ve tried your recipe several times and have yet to get all the flour in! There’s always about 3/4 c left. Nevertheless, even without this, it’s great! (you look so cute perched on your countertop! and I like the photo of you and your honey!)

  8. David says:

    Is the olive oil with high cooking temperature not a problem?

  9. Wyatt says:

    This is great! Thanks!

  10. Mỹ Trần says:

    Hi Jasmine, I saw that in the Youtube video, you put in 2 1/2 cups of flour, but in the written recipe, it calls for 3 1/2 cups of water. I made the bread using the same amount written here, and had to add a lot more water to it. Could it be a mistake in the written recipe? Thank you!

  11. Alan MacPhee says:

    I love this recipe – thank you, thank you.

  12. Mary says:

    How much fiber is in this bread? Excited to try it out!

  13. Emma says:

    Bread tasted great and nice and moist. I daresay, better than what I bought at the supermarket last week. Definitely going to do it again. Added flax and chia seeds. Didn’t need to add the gluten…haha didn’t have anyway.

  14. Ruma says:

    Hi,
    I am going to try this recipe as a friend recommended it. I want to add mix seeds in dough itself. At which stage should I add them? Do I neec to soak them before adding? Please help!

    • Chris Petrellese says:

      That’s a great idea! I would add them in during the dough mixing process before the rise. From the research I’ve done, you can soak the seeds overnight or in boiling water for 30 mins to an hour. Hope this helps!

  15. Ruma says:

    Thanks for quick response Chris! Highly appreciate it.
    One more Q – I have Instant Yeast. Can I replace 1 tablespoon active dry yeast with exact 1 tablespoon Instant yeast?
    In that case, I can directly add it to flour and gluten, right?

  16. Ellyce says:

    thank you so much for this recipe and video – I have been too scared to try making my own bread, but this loaf turned out perfectly! I didn’t have wheat gluten so I went without and it still came out really tall and full.

  17. Alma I Reed-Herrera says:

    Yes yes love this bread ????

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