Clean Eating Housewarming Bread (Sandwich Bread)

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This clean eating housewarming bread makes the perfect sandwich bread!

If you’ve ever watched “It’s A Wonderful Life”, you may remember a part of the movie where George and Mary welcome the Martinis to their new house. Mary says to Mrs. Martini,

“Bread, that this house may never know hunger. Salt, that life may always have flavor.”

Then George says to Mr. Martini,

“And wine… that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”

I love this part of the movie because I’m a sucker for these types of traditions. They have so much meaning and good will behind them and sadly, they are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Clean Eating Housewarming Bread (Sandwich Bread)


Many of these types of traditions are already extinct. I think this is a sad thing because these types of traditions add a certain “flavor” to everyday life that is lacking in our ever busy, technologically “improved” lifestyle these days.

I don’t talk a lot about my home life on this blog for multiple reasons. But I’m so excited right now that I just had to share with you, not only a recipe for hearty and delicious Clean Eating Housewarming Bread, but also my reason for baking it in the first place.


About 2 years ago, my husband lost his job. We lost our home to foreclosure like so many in this country, and had to move in with my in-laws. Bless their hearts, they are very generous people. I’m sure having 3 of us plus a cat move in was not part of their retirement plan!

I can also tell you that when you go through job loss and the loss of your home, you find out VERY quickly who your friends are and who they are not. You find out who will stand by you when it counts, and who won’t. You find out what people really think of you. It’s a life altering experience and a blow to your ego. It’s scary, it’s depressing, and it can feel close to impossible to get back on your feet. But when there is a child involved, you have to put on a happy face and do your best to just get through “today“. It’s not easy. It’s been a tough struggle these last 2 years with many more downs than ups. And sadly, many truths come out in a marriage as well. My marriage did not survive all of this for multiple reasons. But there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel!


With the growing success of this blog I was finally able to get enough money together to rent a small apartment. It’s tiny, but to me, it’s 500 square feet of pure, independent bliss. I finally feel like I can hold my head up again. There’s a lot to be said for being able to say that you can put a roof over your child’s head all by yourself. The feeling is like no other.

So from now on, this is the kitchen where I will be preparing all the recipes I share with you here.

Clean Eating Sandwich Bread

Not bad, eh? It’s a cute little place and I’ll have it set up and feeling like home in no time.

Mini Chef is very excited about the move and his new school, and I’m really thrilled to have a new start in life. What a feeling! A place to call home!

So with that in mind, I made this sandwich bread to celebrate my new home, and also with the hope of encouraging just a little bit of an old tradition before it disappears into the computer age.

I would like to also say thank you to Angelica Z. for sharing this recipe with me. It’s wonderful! I had to change the recipe slightly based on what I had, but it’s a really great recipe.


This wonderful bread knife is the knife that I have and use almost daily, especially for sandwich bread. It’s a knife that you’ll have for a lifetime. Find one of these fabulous knives on amazon here! (affiliate link)

Clean Eating Sandwich Bread


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Clean Eating Housewarming Bread (Sandwich Bread)

Clean Eating Housewarming Bread

This wonderful bread is fantastic for sandwiches. It makes a lovely gift for anything from a housewarming gift to a holiday gift. Any way you slice it, it's good bread!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Rise Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 2198kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 3 cups warm water (hot, but cool enough to stick your finger in it without burning yourself)
  • 1 tbsp. instant yeast (active dry yeast)
  • 1 tbsp. Sucanat (affiliate link) (or honey)
  • ¾ cup vital wheat gluten (found at most health food stores)
  • ¼ cup 10-grain cereal (uncooked - I used multi-grain cereal from Trader Joe's)
  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • 5 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup olive oil (or any light flavored oil)
  • 2 tsp. salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a large stand-mixer bowl with a dough hook and mix on low for approx 3 minutes until combined. turn up to med-low and kneed for 7 minutes (Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Then add the wet ingredients and knead by hand for at least 5 minutes).
  • Place dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allow to rise until doubled, approx 1 hour.
  • Gently press down on dough to release any air bubbles and divide into two equal pieces. shape and put each into a 9x5 loaf pan. allow to double again, about 1-1 1/2 hr.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 F.
  • When dough is ready, place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. you will know when bread is ready when it sounds hollow when you tap on the bottom, OR if you have a kitchen thermometer, plunge it into the center of one of the loaves, if the temperature registers between 190 - 210F, its done.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Also note that the data here is for an ENTIRE loaf. Divide this data by the number of slices you cut to get a per-slice count.


Serving: 1entire loaf | Calories: 2198kcal | Carbohydrates: 313g | Protein: 95g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 1964mg | Potassium: 849mg | Fiber: 42g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 350mg | Iron: 14.6mg
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  1. graciouspantry says:

    Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread!

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  3. Tiffany
    I have been following your blog for about a month now, and every recipe I have tried has been wonderful. This bread is so delicious. I didn’t have any ten grain cereal, so I just left it out and man was it tasty!
    Thank you for sharing your story and for all the wonderful work you put into this site. Eating clean is now becoming my way of life and sites like yours make doing so much more enjoyable and fun!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Thanks so much Sarah! I’m so happy you enjoyed the bread! 🙂

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  5. graciouspantry says:

    I don’t have a stand mixer either. I mix all my bread recipes by hand. I don’t have a bread machine, so I can’t comment on that, Sorry!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Have you tried buying them via You may find them cheaper there. Whole grain flours can be a little more expensive, but I’ve never seen that big of a difference where I live. So it could just be location.

  7. I finally made his, i didnt hv honey so used agave, didnt hv oat flour so used brown rice flour, couldnt find the 10 grain cereal so used a 4 grain one. This is the perfect bread!!! Actually made three loafs for me, i hv been looking for the perfect bread recep and i am sold!!! Will never buy store bought again! Thanks tiffany!!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Some health food stores carry it. I got mine at whole foods. You can also order it on It helps your dough be spongier and more elastic. At least that’s my understanding…

  9. Do you need to grease the pans before putting the dough in (and if so, what do you recommend using)? This recipe looks delicious! I’ve appreciated your website so much as our family has stepped into clean eating. Thanks for all that you do!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I have an oil sprayer (about $10 at Bed Bath & Beyond). I just fill mine with olive oil and spray. Works great!

  10. Hi! I made this last weekend and LOVED it! It has been great for sandwiches for the family. We are new to clean eating and your website has be SO helpful! I made this a couple other of your recipes and blogged about it, if you want to check it out. 🙂 Thank you for everything!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  11. Is it possible to make this without a bread hook?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Yup! You can knead by hand as well.

  12. What kind of cereal are we talking? Like cheerios?

    Thanks so much!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – No, like mixed oats and grains. I get mine at Trader Joe’s. It comes in a tub like regular oatmeal. It just has other grains mixed in.

  13. Ok! Thank you so much!!

  14. Omg…. Yummy!

    I just pulled it out and made a PB&J (not completely clean), and I am tempted to make a second sandwich.

    thanks for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amber – My pleasure!! 😀

  15. Joy Malave says:

    This comment is not so much about the bread. I haven’t tried to make it yet but plan on it today! But just wanted to thank you for being so candid with your personal life. It’s ups & downs. My family has had the same experience with foreclosure & job loss. I know how hard it is to stay positive & focused on the good things and it seems like you are doing great. I enjoy all your recipes and thank you for your hard work!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Joy – Thank you so much! It’s hard, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I truly believe that.

  16. Janean Hastings says:

    Are there any clean breads out there that you can buy that is similar to the sandwich bread recipe you have? I am going to try the recipe but am thinking for the weeks that I have limited time? My girls are so picky about their breads and like the softer breads. Thanks much.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janean – If you don’t mind soy, Trader Joe’s has a California Protein bread that is pretty good. But if you are avoiding soy, then Ezekiel bread and Berlin Natural Bakery bread (the sourdough) are the only clean breads I know of that you can purchase.

  17. Hi I am wanting to make this bread today but I do not have any gluten. What would happen if I leave it out.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindi – The bread will taste the same but it won’t be as soft/spongy.

  18. Any substitutes for 10 grain cereal? I can’t seem to find it…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laura – You could just use traditional oats.

  19. Keith Forehand says:

    5 stars
    I really enjoyed making the house warming bread, I can see from your comments that I am really late to this party. I see that most of your comments were from long ago but the bread was still fun to bake. With everything that is still going on with COVID-19, it has been hard to get the bread that my family likes, when we get any bread right now it is stale or very close. It was nice to have fresh bread ,I really liked this recipe and the family loved the bread. Thanks for a healthy, fun recipe.

    1. Keith – Thank you so much! Yes, this recipe has been up for a while. But a good recipe never goes out of date. 🙂 So happy you all enjoyed it! Nothing beats a fresh loaf of bread out of the oven!

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