Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Recipe

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This whole wheat sandwich bread makes the perfect housewarming bread! Nothing beats good homemade bread, made with love and care. And this whole wheat bread recipe is exactly that. Warm comfort straight from the oven.

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.

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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. But maybe by sharing this recipe, I can revive just a little bit of tradition.

Is Whole Wheat Bread The Same As Whole Grain Bread?

Whole wheat bread is whole grain bread, but whole grain bread isn’t necessarily whole wheat bread. Whole grain bread can be made from any whole grain including wheat, rice rye, or oats.

Is A Sandwich With Whole Wheat Bread Healthy?

That depends. It’s better than a sandwich on white bread, to be sure. But “healthy” is a subjective term and will also depend on what you put in between those slices of bread.

Why Whole Wheat Is Better Than White

Any time you strip away the nutritious part of a grain, it converts to sugar much faster in your body than a whole grain does. So your insulin takes a bigger, harder hit. Whole grains digest much slower, making things easier and healthier for your body.

About The Ingredients

Warm water – hot, but cool enough to stick your finger in it without burning yourself.

Instant yeast – active dry yeast.

Sucanat – or honey.

Vital wheat gluten – found at most health food stores.

10-grain cereal – uncooked – I used multi-grain cereal from Trader Joe’s.

Oat flour – You can buy this or grind your own from whole oats in a blender.

White whole wheat flour – This is pretty widely available.

Olive oil – or any light flavored oil.

Salt – use whatever type you normally cook or bake with. I used pink Himalayan salt.

How To Make Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Butter two standard loaf pans.

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 medium-low and continue kneading 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 the dough to release any air bubbles and divide into two equal pieces. Shape and put each into a 9×5 prepared pan. Allow it to double again, about 1 to 1½ hours. If you like, you can brush the top of your loaves with some melted butter, but this is not a necessary step. It just gives the crust a nice texture. You can also sprinkle the top of the loaf with seeds such as sesame, sunflower, or pumpkin seeds.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 F.

When the dough is ready, place it in the 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, it’s done.

Cool on a wire rack to room temperature and slice with a serrated knife.

How To Store Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Place the loaf in a food-safe plastic bag and store it in the fridge for up to approximately 5 days.

How To Freeze Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

If you can’t use up a whole loaf in 5 days, freeze some of it! The trick is to wrap it twice. First, wrap it in plastic wrap as tightly as you can. Make sure you wrap the entire thing. Then place the wrapped loaf into a zipper-top, freezer-safe, plastic bag. Get as much air out of it as you can and close it up.

Special Thanks

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.

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Clean Eating Housewarming Bread (Sandwich Bread)

Whole Wheat Sandwich 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: Base Recipes
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

Ingredients

  • 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 (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)
  • cups oat flour
  • cups white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup olive oil (or any light flavored oil)
  • 2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  • Butter two standard loaf pans.
  • 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 knead 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 the dough to release any air bubbles and divide into two equal pieces. Shape and put each into a 9×5 loaf pan. Allow it to double again, for about 1 to 1½ hours. If you like, you can brush the top of your loaves with some melted butter, but this is not a necessary step. It just gives the crust a nice texture. You can also sprinkle the top of the loaf with seeds such as sesame, sunflower, or pumpkin seeds.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • When the dough is ready, place it in the 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, it's done.
  • Cool on a wire rack to room temperature and slice with a serrated knife.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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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138 Comments

  1. Cheryl Aker says:

    Fresh sourdough is one of my favorites!!

  2. Jesslafon says:

    my favorite type of bread is ciabatta! yum!

  3. My own homemade whole wheat-flax-oat bread is my favorite. It is our “everyday” bread and I haven’t bought a loaf of bread at the store in months. 🙂
    Erin Lohrum
    elohrum619@gmail.com

  4. Jacey Terpstra says:

    Pumpkin bread- which is really more like cake but oh well 🙂

  5. The3christophers says:

    Cinnamon Raisin is my all time favorite with homemade whole wheat not far behind! I love your website and have made tons of your recipes and love so much!! 🙂

    sarahs.wicklesscandles@yahoo.com

  6. Familyofseven says:

    Oh wow, just one, huh? I would have to say Banana Nut Bread…the recipe my mom has always used and now I use. I have tried others but always come back to hers. 🙂
    Autumn Rolfe
    familyofseven@embarqmail.com

  7. I can’t wait to try this bread! I love any kind of bread but I have to say fresh hot french bread is so good. Wish it was healthy! I am new to your website and absolutely love it. I am so happy for you and your family and your new home. I would bake you some bread if you were my new neighbor : ) Blessings XOXO Margo Grogan m.grogs@gmail.com

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awww, thank you!

  8. Rachel J. says:

    Congratulations on your new home and your fresh start! Best wishes and positive vibes being sent your way for this new adventure in life.

    As for my favorite type of bread … I love all types of bread! LOL Unfortunately, that is not so healthy, so I have cut back. My new favorite is naan … just tried it for the time recently, and I fell in love with it!!! I can’t wait to try your bread and naan recipes … never made my own before. 🙂

    Thank you SO much for all of the time and energy that you put into The Gracious Pantry. My husband and I have been trying different recipes from The Gracious Pantry … and we haven’t found one yet that we didn’t like! They have all been delicious! You have done a fabulous job, and we are extremely grateful! I have shared your site many times with our friends!

    Best of luck!

    Thank you,
    Rachel Joyner
    racheljoyner@hotmail.com

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awww, thanks so much!

  9. Thanks for sharing your milestone victory, and the joy you have found! My favorite bread is sourdough…& I recently read that it’s the best (compared to other bread types) for keeping blood sugar levels even!

    Shari Wiegel
    shari@shariwiegel.com

  10. Brenda Cox says:

    Banana Bread…my simple homemade one =) Congratulations on your new home! So excited for your new journey! I love this site and your willingness to be open and real!

    Brenda Cox
    thecoxfamily@windstream.net

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Awww, thank you so much Cheryl!

  12. graciouspantry says:

    It’s not orange. Maybe that’s just your computer screen?

  13. graciouspantry says:

    Thanks Jodi! Not sure yet, will choose a winner over the weekend.

  14. I’ve just stumbled upon your wonderful blog! You and your family are truly an inspiration! Keep your chin up! God bless you all…

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Thanks so much!

  15. I love that you are able to share your story of not only heartache, but of success…My children and I have gone through so much in the last three years and feel blessed to have had the ability to survive it…We lost our house and our vehicle through the carelessness of a cheating spouse..We went from living a comprtable lifestyle to having to depend on one income and living with a friend and her family for almost two yrs…Through it all, we have stayed strong and survived day by day. Now it is time to begin making healthy choices and getting our life back to what it was before I married thier stepfather. Although we had to start over financialy, I am proud to say that we are now standing strong on our own two feet…Good luck in your journey and may u God bless u and your family 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Monica – My heart goes out to you. I know exactly how hard that is and I’m so happy you are back on your feet. It certainly makes you stronger for the experience! And what a good friend you have. You are blessed! I wish you all the best in the coming years.

  16. graciouspantry says:

    Thanks so much!

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    Thanks so much!

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