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Organic Honey Whole Grain Bread Recipe

Honey Whole Grain Bread makes a deliciously soft and tender loaf with a sweet nutty flavor. This organic bread recipe is easy to make and one you’ll feel good about feeding to your family.

This post was updated from 2017 to improve our reader’s experience. No changes were made to the recipe.

Top down view of a perfectly browned loaf of whole grain bread sprinkled with seeds and grains sitting at an angle over a cooling rack over a blue striped napkin on a wooden backdrop.

Whether you just want to eat a little better or want delicious soft and tender bread, you’re going to love this Honey Whole Grain Bread Recipe!

Baking a delicious loaf of Whole Grain Bread is just as easy as baking a loaf of any other type of yeast bread. The difference is what you are looking for.

We find that a loaf of Honey Whole Wheat bread is over the top in flavor and texture.

This organic bread recipe will have you baking bread that your family will love and that you’ll feel good about serving.

I first made this recipe as a part of a bread baking group. The theme was “Healthy Bread” from our host, Pavani, the creator behind Cook’s Hideout.

Top down view of a perfectly browned loaf of whole grain bread sprinkled with seeds and grains. The bread sits on a cooling rack over a blue striped napkin on a wooden backdrop. A small jar of the whole grain seed mix is topped over on it\'s side spilling onto the wooden backdrop.

If you put two loaves of bread in front of us, We’re going for the one loaded with as many mixins as possible.

By mixins, we mean nuts, spices, fruits, seeds, the list goes on.

Some people think that bread that’s good for you tastes like cardboard. Not this one, it’s a slightly sweet nutty loaf that uses only whole grains and no dairy or refined sugar.

Definitions

Bread and what they call it can be darned right confusing. Just because they call it “whole grain”, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s 100% whole grain. What?

What is whole grain? Whole grain bread is made up of grains that are fully intact meaning that they haven’t undergone processes that remove their bran and germ, not to mention nutritional benefits.

Wheat flour isn’t always whole grain. You need to look for the word “whole”.

Is whole grain bread healthy? In addition to tasting good, there are benefits to eating whole grains. Whole grains provide more vitamins, minerals, and fiber than refined.

Spoiler alert, overeating anything isn’t good for you and can add pounds, too.

Organically Grown is another confusing term. The USDA states organic bread must have ingredients that are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), or ionizing radiation.

Geez, I’ll have a side of sewage sludge with my bread, please. Thank goodness it’s easier to get organic ingredients!

Side angle of a loaf of whole-grain bread with 3 slices cut from the front showing the soft crumb of this perfectly browned bread. The loaf sits on a cooling rack over a striped napkin and next to an antique butter knife.

Honey Whole Grain Bread Ingredients

  • Spelt Flour – Explained below, spelt flour can be substituted with whole wheat flour.
  • Whole Wheat Flour – We used organic WHOLE wheat flour.
  • Honey – We prefer locally grown honey. Use what you have available or prefer.
  • Instant Yeast – Also referred to as rapid rise or quick rise.
  • Vegetable oil – Any neutral oil will work such as canola, grapeseed, or olive oil.
  • Salt – We prefer using fine sea salt when making bread because we like the way it dissolves.
    • We add it to the liquid ingredients instead of the dry ingredients. The larger grain sea salts tended to sink to the bottom of our dry ingredients instead of blending with them.
  • Whole Grain Blend. This is our own blend. You can use your own mix of grains or even leave them out altogether.
  • Hemp Hearts – We took the opportunity to add hemp hearts that have great nutritional value. This is optional.
  • Water – In this recipe any water that you would drink will work.

What is Spelt

Spelt is an ancient whole grain in the wheat family but is not wheat!

It lacks the gluten that wheat has so it’s said to be tolerated by gluten-sensitive people. It’s not recommended for people with celiac disease.

Spelt has a nutty flavor that we love. However, because spelt lacks the structure of other flours it’s best to mix spelt flour with another flour, such as wheat or all-purpose flour at a 50/50 ratio.

We found out the hard way when we initially made our Spelt Sandwich Bread.

Other spelt recipes you may enjoy

It’s best to store Organic Honey Whole Grain Bread at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.

Bread may be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Whole Grain Wheat recipes

Like we said, you can replace the spelt flour in this Honey Whole Grain Bread recipe for a delicious whole grain wheat flour. Here are some of our favorite wheat flour bread recipes!

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Two photo collage for Pinterest. The top photo is a loaf of bread with the front three pieces sliced and laying in the front of the loaf. The bottom photo is a 3/4 view of a loaf of whole grain bread.

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Organic Honey Whole Grain Bread Recipe

This Organic Honey Whole Grain Bread Recipe makes a delicious hearty loaf that is soft and tender with a sweet nutty flavor. It's an easy bread to make and a little healthier for you and your family.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Rise Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 40 mins
Servings 12
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 tsps instant yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbs canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup Organic Whole Grain Bread Blend
  • 2 tbs hemp hearts optional

Instructions

  • In a small bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine honey, vegetable oil, yeast and warm water. Let sit while you combine dry ingredients.
  • In a large bowl combine whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup spelt flour, salt, organic whole grain bread blend and hemp hearts. Whisk to combine.
  • If using an electric stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix wet ingredients together. On low, gradually add dry ingredients. Add additional spelt flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. The dough will be wet but not overly sticky. Continue to mix for 4 minutes.
  • Oil a large bowl and pat the dough into a ball. Put into the bowl turning once to oil both sides. Cover with plastic wrap and place the bowl in a warm area. Also to rise until doubled, approximately 1-1/2 hours.
  • Shape into a sandwich loaf and put the dough into a 9×5 oiled loaf pan. Spray or brush the top lightly with oil. Cover the dough until it just peaks the pan, approximately 1 hour.
  • Carefully remove the plastic wrap and bake in a 350°F oven for 35-45 minutes or until dough measures 185°F to 190°F with an instant-read thermometer.
  • Remove bread from the pan immediately and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before cutting.

Nutrition

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Jessica K

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

I'm pretty new to baking bread but wanted to give it a try. This bread came out so good it's given me the confidence to try other recipes on your site. Thank you for all the tips!

Ellen

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

We love whole grain bread recipes and I'm always looking for new ones to try. Pinning for sure!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Thank you, Ellen!

Beth Sachs

Thursday 4th of February 2021

The texture of this bread looks amazing. I would love a slice of this right now with salted butter!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Thank you, Beth! We love this bread.

Ashley Marie Lecker

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

I would love to slice this and enjoy a ham and swiss sandwich on this bread! I love the color and it looks delicious!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 4th of February 2021

I agree! Thank you, Ashley!

Anne Lawton

Sunday 31st of January 2021

This bread sounds delicious, I have been making bread a lot lately this recipe is on my list to try soon.

Julie Menghini

Monday 1st of February 2021

Thank you, Anne! I hope you love it as much as we do.