Check out my index of whole wheat flour recipes below. Whole wheat flour is so much healthier for you than regular all-purpose flour. To begin with, it isn’t processed as much so less of the nutrients are taken out of it.
If you want to be a really healthy eater you will grind your own whole wheat flour. You can buy whole wheat in the bulk section of stores like Winco. My mother and grandmother ground their whole wheat into flour all the time. It’s actually really easy with the right equipment. All you need is a wheat grinder .
Mom would just grind some each time she made something like a batch of bread. If you grind it just before you bake with it there are so many more nutrients still in the flour. You can freeze flour though and it will help it retain a lot of the vitamins. It is difficult to grind the exact amount you need for a certain recipe. That’s when freezing the flour is a really good idea.
Whole wheat flour is really good in a lot of different recipes. Some of my Whole Wheat Flour recipes include pancakes, waffles, pizza dough and bread including banana bread and zucchini bread. Whole wheat has a little different texture, it’s a little more course. I think that’s what most people don’t like about it. It takes a little getting used to but it’s not very hard.
My mom grew up eating homemade 100% whole wheat bread all the time. Sometimes my grandma would make a batch of half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. That was a good compromise because the texture was finer and it tasted more like “normal” bread.
You’ll definitely want to check out my Whole Wheat Flour recipes below. I have quite a few but I hope to have more in the future. Check back every few months to see if I’ve added any.
9 of the Best Whole Wheat Pancakes
I have 9 of the best whole wheat pancakes recipes I could find right here. When I first started searching for whole wheat pancakes recipes I thought they would all be the same. I was pleasantly surprised. These are all a little bit different.
Some are just plain but some have fruit in them like blueberries and bananas. Some have nuts and some have coconut. Others have cottage cheese or ricotta cheese and some even have peanut butter in them. The one thing they all have in common though, is they are all made with whole wheat flour.
A couple of these are made with whole wheat white flour. It is just as clean as whole wheat flour, it just has a nicer texture. It isn’t as grainy and dense. I really like it and encourage you to try it.
You can buy some here Whole Wheat White Flour or you can try looking where you usually buy your whole wheat flour. It’s wonderful. I also like them mixed together, half whole wheat and half white whole wheat. Do you like Whole Wheat Pancakes? I sure do, you ought to give them a try if you haven’t already.
1. 5 minute Wheat Pancakes – Tastes Better From Scratch
Milk – Eggs – Honey
These pancakes are really called blender pancakes. It’s quite obvious, they are made in the blender. They couldn’t be easier. For how easy and simple they are seriously delicious. They’re light and fluffy, flavorful and tender. You can top them with any fruit you would like. Use your favorite and what you have on hand.
2. Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Gimme Some Oven
Egg – Almond Milk – Peanut Butter – Honey – Vanilla – Chocolate Chips
It’s kind of hard to go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter in pancakes. Come to think of it, I don’t think I know anyone that doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter together. I don’t know very many people that don’t like pancakes either. I do know two and that’s my Mom and Dad.
Now isn’t that the weirdest thing. I, on the other hand, adore pancakes. Maybe that’s because I didn’t have them very much growing up. It’s time to get the mixing bowl out and get the skillet warmed up and get making these pancakes. Make sure you buy natural peanut butter . It’s Clean and the regular kind isn’t.
3. Whole-Wheat Lemon Chia Ricotta Pancakes – Brewing Happiness
Chia Seeds – Lemon – Milk – Lemon Juice – Vanilla – Egg – Coconut Oil – Ricotta Cheese
I never heard of ricotta cheese until my Nana taught me how to make lasagne with it. Now it’s one of the few kinds of cheese I can eat because it doesn’t contain casein. Which I am allergic to incidentally. So I got really excited when I saw that these are made with ricotta cheese. The cheese is both inside the pancake mixture and laid on top. Yum Yum in my tum tum!
4. Fluffy Wheat Pancakes with Cinnamon Apple Compote – Joyful Healthy Eats
Pecans – Egg – Milk – Honey – Butter – Apples – Nutmeg
If whole wheat white flour is a new thing to you, it’s time to embrace it. I absolutely love it. It is not processed like all-purpose flour. It is just like whole wheat flour but it’s white. The texture isn’t as grainy and it’s more like regular flour but a whole lot cleaner and healthier.
My mom used to buy the white wheat and grind in her wheat grinder . It tastes so good and just think of all the nutrients that were in that fresh ground wheat. The apples on top of this are just wonderful. It brings the pancakes to a whole new level.
5. Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes for Kids – Super Healthy Kids
Cottage Cheese – Egg – Butter
My neighbor was just over at my house last night telling me about how she makes cottage cheese pancakes. Her mother who is in a nursing home just loves them. So, she made them and took them over to her mother. Cottage cheese pancakes are a long time standing tradition in her family. They make them for special occasions. The cottage cheese adds a lot of protein besides making them nice and moist. Kids, in particular, love them so give them a try. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
6. Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes – Sally’s Baking Addiction
Cinnamon – Greek Yogurt – Milk – Maple Syrup – Eggs – Vanilla – Coconut Oil – Blueberries
Blueberry pancakes are a classic. I can’t forget those. There’s a reason so many people love them. These, in particular, are light and fluffy and filling. You can’t just swap out whole wheat flour in from am all-purpose flour recipe. It will turn out dense, tough and heavy. You need to follow a recipe that’s been tried and tested. You will be so much more pleased with the outcome. Although the blueberries can help you overlook quite a bit.
7. Whole Wheat Coconut Pancakes – Nuts and Walnuts
Desiccated Coconut or Coconut Flakes – Coconut Milk – Agave Syrup – Cinnamon – Coconut Oil
I love shredded coconut and since it’s both inside and on top of these pancakes they have to be good. You can serve them with maple syrup on top for a perfectly good clean eating breakfast. You might enjoy some fried eggs with them too. Fruit on top is good too. Like bananas or strawberries or blueberries. If you have some clean eating jam that would be good too, of course. Some coconut cream would be the absolute best in my opinion. It would go so well with the coconut flakes. A dollop will do ya.
8. Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes – Mom to Mom Nutrition
Oats – Egg – Banana – Vanilla
When you want a breakfast that’s made from scratch but you don’t have much time to do it, these are your solution. You can make these ahead of time, or make an extra-large batch when you do have time. Then you can freeze them up and take them out and reheat them up when you need a quick meal. To freeze them just let them cool. Then place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper between each pancake and freeze them in a ziplock bag.
They’ll keep about 3 months in the freezer. Then when you’re ready to eat one, just take it out of the freezer, place it on a plate and reheat it in the microwave uncovered on high for about a minute. I think I would rather put mine on reheat for a little longer. I know how hard a pancake can get if it’s heated in the microwave too long. Experiment and see what works best for you. You can also put them in the toaster for a few minutes.
9. Healthy Gingerbread Pancakes – Kristine’s Kitchen
Eggs – Applesauce – Molasses – Milk – Butter – Gingerbread Spice Mix
Gingerbread and pumpkin are perfect for the cooler fall weather. But tell me why we have that mindset. Why can’t I eat pumpkin or gingerbread any other time of the year? I know fresh pumpkin is more accessible at that time of year. But you can buy a can of pumpkin puree any time you want.
A can of pumpkin puree is perfectly clean as long as it doesn’t have anything added like sugar. The molasses in these add even more gingerbready flavor. If you want you can make your own gingerbread spice mix with the recipe included. It’s just a few spices mixed together. Easy Peasy. I just realized there isn’t even any pumpkin in these. There is applesauce instead. Now, what do you think about that?
9 of the Best Whole Wheat Bread Recipes
I have 9 of the best whole wheat bread recipes that even a beginner can make. I’m serious, making whole wheat bread isn’t difficult. It isn’t even time-consuming unless you count the time you’re doing other things and waiting for it to rise and bake. You don’t need to sit around and watch it rise. You’ll get pretty bored pretty fast. You could do some chores and even run some errands while it’s rising.
Some of these whole wheat bread recipes don’t even need to rise. Even better! The first few recipes on this list are for regular bread you could use to make sandwiches or toast or whatever you do with bread.
The last few are more for healthy desserts, snacks or maybe even breakfast. They really are healthy enough for breakfast because they are all made with whole wheat flour. Some have very little oil and no refined sugar.
I wanted to use some of these dessert bread recipes because the sandwich bread recipes are all very similar. I didn’t think you needed 9 recipes that are all pretty much the same. Don’t get me wrong. They aren’t all exactly the same, I made sure of that. There are differences, but they are also very similar.
I included some recipes with Whole Wheat White Flour because I want you to know how wonderful it is. My mother has baked with it for years. It is hard wheat like whole wheat but when ground it has a nicer finer texture and flavor which is more like all-purpose flour. But it isn’t processed like all-purpose flour.
If you want to bake with flour that is super healthy I suggest you buy the whole wheat and the whole white wheat and grind them into flour yourself. You will need to buy a wheat grinder . I suggest this because a lot of the nutrients in flour disappear after they are ground into flour and it sits around. The longer it sits the fewer nutrients it has. My mom used to grind her wheat and if she didn’t use it immediately she would store it in the freezer because that is supposed to help it retain the nutrients.
If you want really healthy bread, grind the wheat just before you make the bread. My mom has this wheat grinder – it costs a little more than others but you get what you pay for. If you haven’t made a lot of bread, make several batches and make sure it’s something you want to continue doing. Then if you love making and want to continue, then I suggest buying a wheat grinder.
1. Whole Wheat Crock Pot Bread – My Natural Family
Whole Wheat Flour – Vital Wheat Gluten – Honey – Dried Cranberries – Walnuts
If you don’t want to cook bread in the over or you don’t have a bread machine this is a new way to cook bread. Yes, that’s right in your crockpot. This is a super-easy way to make bread, it doesn’t have much rise time. You need to let the yeast activate for 15 minutes in the beginning. The loaf of bread will take the shape of your crockpot. It takes about half an hour to rise on the low setting. Then you switch the heat to high to cook it. I added cranberries and walnuts to give some holiday flavor but that is totally optional. You can think of some things of your own to add if you wanted to.
2. Easy, Soft 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread – An Oregon Cottage
Whole Wheat Flour – Water – Yeast – Honey – Oil
This is a basic recipe that is perfect to use for sandwich bread. It is a lot easier to make homemade bread than you think it is. Actually, it’s one of the first things my mother learned how to make when she was a young girl. You can save a lot of money making your own bread rather than buying it. It’s so much healthier too. You know exactly what it’s made of. It takes less time to make a batch of bread than it does to run to the store and buy a loaf of bread. I’m talking about the time you spend to actually make the bread. That’s doesn’t include rising time and baking time which doesn’t take up any of YOUR time. A loaf of this bread cost about $.65 that’s cheap. Give it a try.
3. The Best Whole Wheat & Honey Bread – The DIY Mommy
Yeast – Water – Honey – Whole Wheat Flour – Oats – Flaxseed
You should get into the habit of make a batch of this batch every Saturday or Sunday. Then you can eat it for sandwiches and morning toast for the whole next week. It will keep a long time in the freezer but it will keep a week in the refrigerator too. Make sure you refrigerate it because it doesn’t have any preservatives, which are not healthy, so it won’t keep long sitting on the kitchen counter without molding. I like to slice mine with an electric knife, that works better than any other knife especially if it isn’t completely cold. Then I freeze it and I can break off a couple of slices at a time when I want to eat it and put the rest back in the freezer. Make sure you use old fashioned oats, not quick oats because quick oats are not clean eating.
4. 30 Minute Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread – Wholefully
Water – Yeast – Honey – Olive Oil – Whole Wheat White Flour – Parmesan Cheese
I wanted to include this recipe because my mom used to make what she called Italian bread and I loved it. It was just a regular loaf of bread with Italian seasoning, garlic and parmesan cheese added, like this bread. This is a really easy recipe. You don’t even have to worry about trying to make it look pretty and nice and smooth. I’m sure this is very similar but even easier to make. It can be ready to eat start to finish in half an hour. You just put the dough on a baking sheet, let it rise a few minutes, punch holes in it and bake it. She also has ideas for ways to make it rise quickly.
5. Whole Wheat Beer Bread – 40 Aprons
Whole Wheat White Flour – Whole Wheat Pastry Flour – Honey – Beer – Butter – Oats
I never heard of beer bread before. I just learned that the beer takes the place of yeast and makes the bread rise. Beer is made with yeast so that makes sense to me. They say that most of the alcohol bakes off but some of the beer flavor stays in the bread. This is really really easy to make. You don’t have to wait for it to rise. You just mix it up, put it in the bread pan and bake it. It can be made in less than an hour and the baking time takes up 40 minutes of that time. Would you make this for your family?
6. Easy Honey Whole Wheat Oat Bread – Lovely Little Kitchen
Yeast – Water – Honey – Egg – Oats – Whole Wheat White Flour
This is a really good recipe to make if you haven’t made bread before. Of course, it’s a good one if you have a lot of experience too. The Whole Wheat White Flour is a little easier to work with than regular whole wheat flour. The texture is a little closer to regular white flour. You get all the health benefits of whole wheat flour but the bread will be fluffier and softer. I talk about Whole Wheat White Flour at the top of this post if you don’t know much about it. Another option would be to use half and half whole wheat flour and Whole Wheat White Flour. You don’t need to change anything in the recipe just the flour.
7. Healthy Gingerbread Loaf – I Food Real
Whole Wheat Flour – Ginger – Cinnamon – Nutmeg – Eggs – Applesauce – Molasses – Maple Syrup – Avocado Oil – Vanilla
I can’t think of anything better than the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven. Now you can make it and eat it too because this is a very healthy recipe. It’s made with applesauce in place in most of the oil and has no refined sugar. The added spices that aren’t usually in gingerbread make it extra special. Instead of spending the time and effort to make a glaze you just use a pastry brush and put some maple syrup on top after it’s baked. Yum Yum
8. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread – Amy’s Healthy Baking
Whole Wheat Flour – Cinnamon – Nutmeg – Coconut Oil – Egg – Vanilla – Greek Yogurt – Maple Syrup – Milk – Chocolate Chips – Zucchini
This is a little different than any ordinary zucchini bread. To begin with, it’s clean. The greek yogurt adds moisture without extra oil with a fraction of the calories. It only uses 1 tablespoon of oil! The nutmeg and cinnamon is something that’s a little unusual from other recipes. But the jewel on the crown are the chocolate chips. Chocolate makes everything better. The blogger has a secret trick to making the perfect zucchini bread. Zucchini contains a lot of moisture, that’s for sure. She ways to at the zucchini with paper towels after it’s grated to remove some of the moisture. It’s will improve the texture and the structure a whole lot.
9. Healthy Banana Bread – I Food Real
Bananas – Eggs – Applesauce – Maple Syrup – Coconut Oil – Vanilla – Whole Wheat Flour
This is an easy, simple, moist super healthy recipe. It’s made with applesauce and maple syrup instead of sugar. If you want to use the perfect banana use one that is yellow with a lot of brown spots. The brown spots mean it’s super ripe and super sweet. So yea, the uglier the better. Personally, I’ve never heard of this but she says if you want to ripen a banana to bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.
Makes sense though. When bananas get too ripe to eat at my house I just peel them and put them in a bag and put them in the freezer. Then when I want to make banana bread I have what I like to call them, free bananas. Otherwise, they would have gone in the garbage. So I consider them free.
9 of the Best Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipes
Here are 9 of the best whole wheat banana bread recipes. I love banana bread because I like that it’s moist and sweet but not too sweet. I like that I can actually taste the bananas but that the banana flavor isn’t too strong. I like mine with walnuts since I like the little pieces of crunchiness and I like the flavor of walnuts too. That’s what I remember about my Mom’s banana bread.
Did your mom or grandma make banana bread? What do you remember about it? Does it bring back pleasant memories for you as it does for me? Banana bread is really easy to make, it only takes a few minutes to whip up a couple of loaves.
It’s a lot faster and easier to make than cookies, pie or cake. So when you get a craving for some good clean healthy banana bread made with whole wheat flour you know where to come to find the best recipes there are around.
1. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – Feel Good Foodie
If you always have brown bananas sitting on your kitchen counter making banana bread is the smart thing to with them. If you have little kids around that eat your bananas before they get brown, that’s okay. Look in the grocery store, sometimes they sell the brown bananas for a big discount.
They know that some of us people love banana bread so they sell them just for us. I think this bread is especially delicious when it’s warm. I usually have to wait 5-10 minutes after it’s baked for it to cool enough that I can cut it without burning my fingers. It’s worth the wait though.
2. Whole Wheat Strawberry Blueberry Banana Bread – Amy’s Healthy Baking
Whole Wheat Flour – Butter – Egg Whites – Vanilla – Bananas – Greek Yogurt – Honey – Milk – Strawberries – Blueberries
This recipe was developed when the blogger wanted a special treat for the 4th of July. Hence the red, white and blue colors. The greek yogurt adds some extra moisture but without the calories that oil adds. Plus it adds a little extra protein. The blogger suggests using fresh blueberries and strawberries because frozen blueberries bleed. When blueberries bleed they will turn the batter kind of gray in color.
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen gray bread but it isn’t very appetizing. It tastes just fine and normal but looks weird. I’ve heard that if you use frozen blueberries and coat them with flour before you put them in the batter it will help them not bleed too. I haven’t tried it but it worth a try.
3. My Favorite Healthy Banana Bread – Ambitious Kitchen
I’ve noticed that some banana bread recipes have eggs in them and some don’t. Not sure why that is, but these do have eggs in them. Many people ask if whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour are the same thing. So I’ll explain. They are both made with ground whole wheat, the pastry flour is just ground finer than regular whole wheat flour.
I’m not sure if they just use a different grinding stone that grinds it finer or if they grind it more times. I know that almond flour is ground more times than almond meal, which is kind of the same situation. They both still have the same nutritional value. Feel free to add in options like walnuts, chocolate chips , coconut flakes or fresh fruit.
4. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – Six Sister’s Stuff
In the pursuit of living healthier this Six Sister decided to eat healthier by substituting more healthy ingredients for less healthy ingredients. So this is made with whole wheat flour rather than all-purpose flour. She uses honey instead of sugar and she uses coconut oil in place of canola oil, for example.
The chocolate chips are optional because they aren’t that healthy. If I were adding chocolate chips I think I would just add a few, like a quarter cup. These look like they have a lot of chocolate chips in them.
5. Simple Healthy Banana Bread With Yogurt – Sweet as Honey
Banana – Milk – Greek Yogurt – Honey – Coconut Oil – Vanilla – Whole Wheat Flour – Cinnamon – Walnuts
This is super easy because it’s made in the food processor. If you don’t have one you can always mix it in a bowl with a hand mixer. You’ll just have to mix it a little longer. Actually, probably a lot longer. However, you mix this up it should only take about 15 minutes or less to put the ingredients together and mix it.
What do you think of the big long banana slice laid on top of the batter before it is baked? I don’t like it, I can’t get past the thought that is won’t be baked through and it will be soggy and slimy. I can’t stand soggy and slimy. I could be wrong though. I haven’t tried doing that yet, have you? How do you like it?
6. Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Bread – Amy’s Healthy Baking
Whole Wheat Flour – Real Salt – Butter – Eggs – Vanilla – Banana – Greek Yogurt – Honey – Blueberries
This is made with fresh blueberries added. You could add another kind of fruit in place of the blueberries if you would like. I know that Amy has another recipe that’s exactly the same but she added cranberries instead of blueberries. Maybe peaches or apples would work. Maybe not.
This has very little oil in it because most of the oil is replaced with a more healthy choice of greek yogurt. In fact, a lot of these recipes have greek yogurt instead of oil or part of the oil. The yogurt certainly would cut down on the fat content and make it healthier.
7. Healthy Banana Bread – I Food Real
Bananas – Eggs – Applesauce – Maple Syrup – Coconut Oil – Vanilla – Whole Wheat Flour
This has applesauce added and only 1/3 cup of maple syrup and only 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. The applesauce makes that small amount of oil possible. The perfect banana bread should have a crack in the top with a glossy sticky top and still be moist inside.
Use the ripest bananas you can find. The riper the bananas the sweeter they are. Those sweet bananas make the whole bread taste sweeter without adding any sugar. Bananas are like a natural sugar anyway. Did you know that bananas have more natural sugar than a lot of other fruits except for dates and maybe a couple of others I’m not aware of right now?
8. Banana Bread – The Clean Eating Couple
Bananas – Honey – Applesauce – Egg Whites – Coconut Oil – Whole Wheat Flour – Cinnamon – Nutmeg – Ginger – Cloves – Walnuts – Chocolate Chips
This has some extra spices added to make it taste a little like a spice cake. Notice the nutmeg, cloves, and ginger in addition to the usually added cinnamon. The walnuts and chocolate chips are optional of course but I can’t imagine it without the walnuts. I think the walnuts make it.
I love the little crunch and flavor they add but I know some people don’t have the same tastes I do. I could live without chocolate chips . That’s why this world is so interesting. We are all a little bit different. Wouldn’t life be boring if we were all the same?
9. Healthy Moist Banana Bread – Gimme Delicious
Did you know that if your bananas aren’t ripe enough you can put them in the over on 300 degrees until they are dark brown which usually takes about 20 minutes? You’ll have perfectly ripe bananas if you do. If you make this with white whole wheat flour instead of regular whole wheat flour no one will believe it is even healthy.
The texture of whole wheat white flour is much finer and lighter. It’s not as light as all-purpose flour but it is lighter than regular whole wheat flour. It doesn’t have that grainy texture either. Once you bake with it, you won’t go back to whole wheat. The good news is that white whole wheat has all the same nutrients and whole wheat.