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Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax

This recipe for Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax makes my favorite bread machine bread. And if you like the idea of making healthy bread at home in the bread machine, you have to try this recipe!

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Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax finished bread, sliced

I spent weeks on a quest to create 100% whole wheat bread using my Oster Bread Machine (affiliate link), and this Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax was the winner! Previously I’d made South Beach friendly bread in the bread machine using a mix, but this time I wanted to make bread from scratch using all whole wheat flour, very minimal sugar, and a fair amount of fiber.

The bread you see above is the winning recipe, after seven earlier versions and a lot of helpful suggestions from bloggers, relatives, and a parent from school! This was a tasty healthy bread recipe, but if you want low-carb bread check out Low-Carb Gluten-Free Almond Flour Savory Bread.

Bread Machine Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. My bread started with White Whole Wheat Flour (affiliate link), which is a whole grain flour made from a white variety of wheat. This flour can be substituted for white flour in many recipes.
  2. You can use whole oatmeal, but I like the flavor of oats but not the look of oatmeal flakes in the bread, so I grind oatmeal in the food processor. (I keep this in the freezer and often use it in recipes instead of bread crumbs.)
  3. Follow directions for your bread machine, but in my machine you add the liquid ingredients first. I combined the lukewarm water, agave nectar, olive oil, and a tiny bit of brown sugar before I put it in the machine. (I used the measuring spoon to stir, eliminating the need to dirty another spoon.)
  4. I mixed white whole wheat flour, ground oatmeal, wheat bran, flaxseed meal (affiliate link), vital wheat gluten (affiliate link), dough enhancer (affiliate link), and salt in advance, so it was ready to pour in as soon as I added the liquid.
  5. When you make bread in a machine, you need to watch during the first mixing and make sure the bread forms a ball like this.
  6. Depending on the humidity where you live, you may need to add more water or flour (one tablespoon at a time) during this initial mixing.
  7. I thought this bread was completely a winner! Serve the tasty bread hot, of course!

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Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Banana Bread ~ Aggie’s Kitchen
Low-Sugar Whole Wheat Pumpkin Banana Bread ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Honey Whole Wheat Rolls ~ That Skinny Chick Can Bake
100% White Whole Wheat Bread with Olive Oil ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax finished bread, sliced

Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax

Yield 12 slices
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes

This Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax makes delicious homemade bread, perfect for a cold day!


Dry Ingredients - Mix in a bowl:

  • 2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup ground rolled oats (oatmeal ground in a food processor, or use 1 cup whole oatmeal)
  • 1/3 cup wheat bran
  • 2 T flaxseed meal
  • 2 T vital wheat gluten
  • 1 T dough enhancer
  • 1 tsp. salt

Wet Ingredients and sweeteners – Mix in measuring cup:

  • 1 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T agave nectar
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. yeast (I used Red Star Active Dry Yeast, not a special yeast for bread machines.)


  1. Follow directions for your bread machine.
  2. In my Oster Bread Machine (affiliate link) I put the liquid in first, followed by the dry ingredients I mixed in the bowl.
  3. Then I make a small well in the flour and put the yeast (affiliate link) in that. I used the whole wheat setting on the machine.
  4. Watch bread while it goes through the first mixing cycle, and if it doesn’t form a ball you may need to add either more flour or water, 1 tablespoon at a time. The dough should make a firm ball and be only slightly sticky.
  5. If you’re going to be taking photos of the bread for your food blog, you may want to take the dough out of the machine right before the final rise and gently fold sides under to make a loaf with a smooth top. When I didn’t do that, I still had a tasty bread but the top wasn’t as well-shaped.
  6. My bread machine takes 3 hours 40 minutes for the whole wheat cycle. Bread is delicious hot or cold, and also makes great toast.


I used the following dry ingredients for this recipe: White Whole Wheat Flourrolled oatswheat branflaxseed mealvital wheat glutendough enhancer (affiliate links).

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax is a great choice for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet. This bread is too high in carbs for traditional low-carb diets.

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    91 Comments on “Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax”

  1. 10/15/20 This is in the bread machine. Used Anthony’s Premium Dry Malt Powder Diastatic. I’m not sure if this is the same thing as bread enhancer but saw in recipes for Sour Dough Bread and used instead of Bread Enhancer. Also used honey instead of Agave Nectar. Otherwise followed as written. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  2. This seriously sounds like my dream loaf of bread! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  3. Hi Kalyn – Thanks so much! I have been having whole grain breads for quite sometime now – buy it from the local bakery. But really really have been wanting to make my own whole grain bread – thanks for the wonderful inspiration…

  4. Thanks very much, it should be very delicious, I like whole wheat, too, just cann't to do it for my family.

  5. Hope you like it!

  6. My dough is in the bread maker. I discovered that I didn't have any wheat bran, but since I was grinding my own wheat, I am hoping there will be enough bran still in there to make up for it. My family loves our usual wheat bread recipe, but I'm always happy to try out a new one! Thanks.

  7. I think dough enhancer makes a big difference with bread that uses while wheat flour; I would try it with that. (Just google, can order it online I'm sure.)

  8. Kalyn, thanks for the recipe! I know I must have done something wrong because when my machine was at the "rise" stage, the dough was mostly clumped over on one side and seemed too wet. I added some more flour and it turned out all right but I think not as good as it was supposed to. I am using a Zojirushi and I put it on the whole wheat cycle and I did not add dough enhancer.

    Should I get some of that? Anything standing out to you as problematic? Thanks again!