Honey Whole Wheat Bread

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This honey whole wheat bread is a healthy recipe for a bakery-quality loaf that will save you money.

honey whole wheat bread in a basket

It’s so easy and economical to make your own bread. The flavor and texture of bread fresh out of the oven is hard to beat.

We enjoy the honey whole wheat bread from Great Harvest, but it costs $5 a loaf. This homemade version costs $1.75 to make. The savings can really add up over time.

This is such an easy recipe to make. It takes a bit of time for the dough to rise, but it’s worth the wait.

Try this gluten free oat bread for another delicious homemade loaf.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

This honey whole wheat bread is delicious and easy to make.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Rise Time:3 hours
Total Time:3 hours 55 minutes


  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water give or take


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan with olive oil.
  • Measure 1/4 cup of lukewarm water and mix it together with the yeast and honey. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine the flour, salt, and olive oil. Slowly add the yeast/water mixture, and then slowly add about a cup of lukewarm water. Stop when the dough begins to come together into a ball.
  • Put the ball of dough in a non-reactive bowl and let it rise for 60 to 90 minutes (use the longer time if the air temperature is cool).
  • Form the ball into a rectangle and transfer it into the loaf pan. Allow it to rise close to the top of the pan (about another 60 to 90 minutes).
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 178kcal
Cost: $1.75 per loaf

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Honey Whole Wheat Bread Price Breakdown

This loaf of bread weighs 2.2 pounds, the same as the Great Harvest loaf. Here is what I paid for each of the ingredients:
2 tsp. yeast:  $.37
4 cups white whole wheat flour:  $.75
½ tsp. salt:  $.01
¼ cup honey:  $.50
2 tbs. olive oil:  $.12
Total cost:  $1.75

It takes about 10 minutes to mix the ingredients for this recipe, and the rest of the work is just watching the clock and doing things at the necessary times. Going through 2 loaves of bread a week, a homemade batch costs $3.50 compared to $10 for a similar amount of bread from Great Harvest.


    1. Yes, Smoki, you can mix the ingredients in a big bowl with a wooden spoon. Once the ingredients come together, knead the dough for a couple minutes. It’s more of a workout this way than with a stand mixer, but you can definitely do it. 🙂

    1. You can, Erin, but it may come out a bit more dense. It will still be good right out of the oven and it tastes great toasted. You may want to look into ordering white whole wheat flour online to give it a try. Whole wheat pastry flour is another good option.

  1. Thank you so much for the recipe! I just baked my first loaf of homemade bread and it was great. I had to stop my kids from ‘sampling’. They already want to make peanut butter sandwiches for lunch boxes tomorrow. I don’t think we will be purchasing store bought bread again.

  2. Mine turned out super hard and chewy. Clearly I did something wrong. I let it rise 90 minutes both times too.

    1. Candice, I’m guessing your yeast was bad or else your house was too cold for a proper rise. Did the dough seem to rise at all?

  3. I love this recipe. I have a really hard time getting Lisa’s version to turn out in my bread maker. I love making it by hand so I can see exactly how much water to put in. The first batch was wonderful and I just set my second one on the counter to rise. Thanks for publishing this modification!

    1. I’m so glad it turned out for you, Amber. Making bread can be stressful if you don’t have a recipe that works well.

  4. After you let it rise the first time, then you “form the ball into a rectangle” and let it rise again… I’m assuming you punch it down at this point? Is that right?

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