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Easy Whole Wheat Bread (No Kneading)

This homemade Whole Wheat Bread is super simple to make with only 5 ingredients, and it doesn’t require any kneading. It’s perfect for making sandwiches and toast!

slice of whole wheat bread topped with jelly

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m definitely not a baker. Though I do have a number of baked good recipes on this site for vegan muffins, bagels, and cinnamon rolls, baking has never been my expertise.

But, that’s what is so great about this particular recipe for no-knead bread! It’s so easy that anyone can make it. I’d dare to say that it’s a nearly fool-proof bread recipe that even kids can help with.

homemade loaf of bread in basket

Is 100% whole wheat bread healthy?

In one word–YES! This whole wheat bread recipe is created from 100% whole wheat flour and includes only wholesome ingredients that are very low in fat. It’s also full of health-promoting fiber that helps keep you full and aids in digestion.

In addition to fiber, whole wheat bread also contains protein. Sure, there are carbs, but they are the much healthier complex carbohydrates that are packed with nutrients and fiber and promote long-term health.

How to make vegan whole wheat bread

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

I love that this vegan bread is so easy to make and doesn’t take a lot of time, unlike so many other recipes. Most other bread recipes have to be kneaded and allowed to rise twice, but this one takes less than half the time.

maple syrup, water, and yeast in mixing bowl with a whisk

To begin, add the maple syrup and warm water to a medium-sized mixing bowl and whisk together. See my notes for sweetener variations below.

Sprinkle in the yeast and give a quick stir. Set the bowl to the side for approximately 5-10 minutes to allow the yeast to activate.

dry ingredients for whole wheat bread recipe, flour, yeast

In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour and salt. I like to sift the flour to make sure it is light and fluffy, but it isn’t required.

Once the yeast has had time to activate, pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with the flour and salt and stir. It will be clumpy at first but continue to stir and give the wet ingredients time to coat the dry ingredients well.

Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking and pour the batter into the pan. The dough will be pretty sticky, so just use a spoon to plop it from the mixing bowl into the pan. If you like, sprinkle a little seasoning like Everything But the Bagel on top.

loaf pan lined with parchment paper and filled with bread batter

Cover and leave the bread to rise for about 25-30 minutes until it has nearly doubled in size. Because the dough will come up over the top a little, I don’t recommend covering with anything like clingwrap that is level on the top. I think inverting another baking pan on top is a perfect solution. See my photo to illustrate what I mean. It really helps to lock in the moisture too.

2 glass loaf baking dishes stacked on top of each other while bread rises

It’s worth mentioning that room temperatures will play a role in how quickly the dough rises. If it’s cool, it will take longer. The warmer it is, the faster it will rise.

While the dough is rising, go ahead and preheat your oven to 350°F (200°C).

After the bread has doubled its size, place it in the oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes. When it’s finished cooking, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool before slicing.

overhead shot of fresh baked wheat bread on cutting board

How to serve

Besides serving it warm right out of the oven with salad or lasagna, other great options include slicing it to make sandwiches or toast.

Slathering a little fruit preserves or homemade vegan butter are great options too. I even make croutons for salad by cutting a slice into chunks and seasoning them with a little garlic and onion powder.

Storing whole wheat bread

To store homemade whole wheat bread, you’ll want to keep it in an airtight container for storage bag in the refrigerator. Make sure to allow it to cool completely before wrapping it up and storing it. It freezes well too!

slices of homemade whole wheat bread on cutting board

Tips and suggestions

  • Sweetener- Other sweeteners can be used in place of maple syrup. The amount of sweetener can be reduced to as low as 1 tablespoon, but I prefer it sweeter.
  • Yeast- Instant yeast, bread machine yeast, and rapid rise instant yeast can all be used interchangeably according to Fleischmann’s Yeast FAQ.
  • Rising time- If your house is cool, it will likely take a little longer for the bread to rise. On cool sunny days, I’ve been known to set well-covered dough in a sunny window seal or even out on my porch in the sunshine for just a little bit to speed up the process. Just don’t forget about it!
  • Gluten- This recipe is not gluten-free, but ElaVegan has a GF Vegan Bread option that you might try.

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slice of whole wheat bread topped with jelly

100% Whole Wheat Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This homemade Whole Wheat Bread is super simple to make with only 5 ingredients, and it doesn’t require any kneading. It’s perfect for making sandwiches and toast!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. To begin, add the maple syrup and warm water to a medium-sized mixing bowl and whisk together. See my notes for sweetener variations below.
  2. Sprinkle in the yeast and give a quick stir. Set the bowl to the side for approximately 5-10 minutes to allow the yeast to activate.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour and salt. I like to sift the flour to ensure it is light and fluffy, but it isn’t required.
  4. Once the yeast has had time to activate, pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with the flour and salt and stir. It will be clumpy at first but continue to stir and give the wet ingredients time to coat the dry ingredients well.
  5. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking and pour the batter into the pan. The dough will be pretty sticky, so just use a spoon to plop it from the mixing bowl into the pan. If you like, sprinkle a little seasoning like Everything But the Bagel on the top.
  6. Cover and leave the bread to rise for about 25-30 minutes until it has nearly doubled in size. Because the dough will come up over the top a little, I don’t recommend covering with anything like clingwrap that is level on the top. I think inverting another baking pan on top is a perfect solution. See my photo above to illustrate what I mean. It really helps to lock in the moisture too.
  7. While the dough is rising, go ahead and preheat your oven to 350°F (200°C).
  8. After the bread has doubled its size, place it in the oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes. When it’s finished cooking, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool before slicing.

Notes

Tips & Suggestions:

  • Sweetener- Other sweeteners can be used in place of maple syrup. The amount of sweetener can be reduced to as low as 1 tablespoon, but I prefer it sweeter.
  • Yeast- Instant yeast, bread machine yeast, and rapid rise instant yeast can all be used interchangeably according to Fleischmann’s Yeast FAQ.
  • Rising time- If your house is cool, it will likely take a little longer for the bread to rise. On cool sunny days, I’ve been known to set well-covered dough in a sunny window seal or even out on my porch in the sunshine for just a little bit to speed up the process. Just don’t forget about it!
  • Storage- You’ll want to keep it in an airtight container for storage bag in the refrigerator. Make sure to allow it to cool completely before wrapping it up and storing it. It freezes well too!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

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Leatha

Friday 8th of July 2022

WOW! I can’t believe how easy this was!! And tasty!! Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to make garlic toast with it for dinner

Terri Edwards

Saturday 9th of July 2022

Hi Leatha- I love how easy this recipe is too. So glad you like it, and making garlic toast with it sounds fabulous!

Nancy

Friday 1st of July 2022

Looks amazing! Could you use any other kind of flour?

Terri Edwards

Saturday 2nd of July 2022

Hi Nancy- I think oat flour or spelt would be great flour substitutes in this.

TofuAnnie

Friday 24th of June 2022

Hi, is it possible to leave the mixed dough in the refrigerator over-night, covered and then bake in the morning after allowing for rising?

Terri Edwards

Friday 24th of June 2022

Hi TofuAnnie (great name!)- Since the dough has to rise to a certain point and then be baked, making the dough ahead of time wouldn't work for this recipe. However, if you go ahead and bake it, the finished bread stores well in the refrigerator and can even be frozen.

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