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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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.
How to Make Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I thought this bread was completely a winner! Serve the tasty bread hot, of course!
More Bread Recipes with White Whole Wheat Flour:
- White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread
- 100% White Whole Wheat Bread with Olive Oil
- Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins
- Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Brownies
- Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax
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.)
- Follow directions for your bread machine.
- In my Oster Bread Machine (affiliate link) I put the liquid in first, followed by the dry ingredients I mixed in the bowl.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Flour, rolled oats, wheat bran, flaxseed meal, vital wheat gluten, dough enhancer (affiliate links).
Recipe created by Kalyn.
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.
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”
What a great looking loaf of bread! I can almost taste it from here.. sigh.
I gave up my bread machine years ago, but luckily there's always a few for sale at my local thrift store for under $5. Think it's time to invest in 1 again.
(Thrift stores are also great for new looking crock pots, also under $5.)
Not that I'm cheap or anything. Oh, who am I kidding.
Thanks for the recipe, as well as the great ideas for the flour & ground oatmeal. Great idea! ;o}
Wow! I think I’ll use this recipe on my parents’ bread machine :).
This turned out fantastic! I am going to be trying a 100% ww bread tonight sans wheat gluten addition, wish me luck!
Fantastic! I saw your tweet earlier today and wanted to make sure to visit and get that recipe. Thanks for doing all the dirty work for us 🙂
Yum – looks wonderful! I find straight whole wheat can upset my stomach, but with oats and bran, I don’t think it would be a problem. I also don’t have a bread machine, but I think it would be doable without one. Thanks so much!
Kalyn, it looks like your efforts were well rewarded.
I don’t use a bread machine but I’ve taken into account your experiences and results.
You deserve another slice of bread!
Such a healthy bread, and I love the convenience of making it in a bread machine.
I, more literally, made 100% wholewheat bread yesterday. I ground my own wheat flour and added just water yeast and salt. Nothing else. And I kneaded it by hand. However, my recipe probably isn’t worth sharing 😉
I am so glad you perfected the recipe! the bread looks great!! I love all the fiber!
Dianne, isn’t the white whole wheat flour great!
Trish, don’t know if you will see t his, but would love to see your recipe if you don’t mind sharing it.
Julie, you’re welcome. That’s kind of how I felt too. And so many whole wheat breads have high fructose corn syrup, which I don’t want to eat!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have felt like my bread machine has been collecting dust over the past year since we began eating the South Beach way. I am so excited to try this!
This looks great! I have a recipe I came up with and like quite well but always looking for another option and this looks great! thank you for posting and sharing it.
Kayln, that looks great! I love white whole wheat flour and the addition of the oats looks great! I’ll have to try this!
Jenna, will check out that yeast. I work very close to there.
Katie, I haven’t tried the white whole wheat flour without using dough enhancer, so I’m not entirely sure what it does. I used it on the recommendation of my sister Sandee who says it helps whole wheat flour to rise. You can click the link and see what the ingredients are in the dough enhancer if you want to know.
That sounds great! I’ll definitely have to give this a try. I usually use the King Arthur recipe for 100% whole wheat bread (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/RecipeDisplay?RID=R548), but use 2 tablespoons of agave instead of the honey. I like the addition of oats in your recipe, though.
I’ve never used dough enhancer – does that make a big difference?
Congratulations on succeeding at this bread – I will have to try it out! It looks gorgeous and probably tastes even better.
My best bread-making tip is to use SAF yeast. It rises well, stores forever, & doesn't give the fermented taste the next day. When I am visiting Utah, I buy it at the natural food store on 5th west in Bountiful.
Sue Bette and Meeta, thanks. I was happy (finally!) with how it turned out.
jfksmom, I don’t know anything about making bread without a machine, but the times for my machine on the whole wheat cycle are:
knead: 10 min
1st rise: 25 min
second knead: 25 min
second rise: 30 min
punch down: 30 seconds
final rise: 70 min
bake: 55 min
Don’t know what the baking temperature is, sorry.
Love to hear how it works if you try making it without a machine!
This bread looks fabulous! I don’t have a bread machine – any idea how long it would need to rise/cook if I used the conventional baking method?
looks absolutely great. i too have been looking into making my own whole grain bread. thanks for the inspiration!
Congratulations! I don’t think it gets better than a successful bread recipe! I love the adjustments you’ve made with the oats and agave.