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 from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Banana Bread ~ Aggie’s Kitchen
100% White Whole Wheat Bread with Olive Oil ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Honey Whole Wheat Rolls ~ That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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”
Victoria, great to hear that it worked without the dough enhancer because I bet you’re not the only one who can’t find it. I’m going to order some online, because I’m almost out myself. Over the weekend I worked on a variation of the recipe with cracked wheat, will post that soon. Good luck on the diet. It really does work if you stick with it!
I made your bread yesterday w/out the dough enhancer (couldn't find any in Fitchburg, MA) It came out great! I've just finished 3 weeks on South Beach & visit your site daily, thanks so much!
Great detail, how could someone go wrong ;o) Ok maybe I could mess it up somehow :o) haha
Srivalli and Sunita, thanks. Hope you will try it.
Elizabeth, thanks for the link for more information about dough enhancers. I get mine from Kitchen Kneads, a great baking store in Salt Lake. Mmmm, goat cheese and basil, what a great idea.
The bread looks wonderful, Kalyn!
I bet it would be wonderful toasted and spread with goat’s cheese and a maybe bit of basil.
P.S. I had to google “dough enhancer” to find out what it is and what it’s for. While I was looking, I found recipes for it at recipezaar.com and ellenskitchen.com. The article dough enhancers and how to use them at breadmachinedigest.com is also really informative.
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…
that looks absolutely stunning one…great recipe kalyn..
Love that I might be inspiring some people to make bread. (Tanna, pretty funny huh?) Brooke is my neighbor who tried out some of the “reject” batches of bread! TW and Christine, I did love the bread, and considering I am so NOT a baker, I was proud that I persevered and got a good recipe.
Yowser, Kalyn! What a healthy looking bread. I’m really impressed with your high-fiber, whole wheat recipe.
Yum! This is the bread machine recipe I’ve been waiting for. I love whole wheat in the bread machine, but the addition of oats, bran and flax seed is really wonderful!
Congratulations on finally coming up with a success! Although I didn’t mind taking your “reject” at all – you can unload “rejects” at my house anytime.
That makes my day knowing you can enjoy bread again!!
Kalyn, this is right up my bread street!! I’m making pancakes tonight, but I will definately have a go at this tomorrow, need to check out similar bread mix in the supermarket.
Thank you :0)
Youve inspired me to dig out my machine! Thanks for sharing! This sounds great!
I’m certainly not well-educated enough about making bread to answer questions, but to a couple of commenters who have mentioned the vital wheat gluten, I was told that adding more gluten is pretty important when using all whole wheat flour. If anyone tries the recipe without it, please chime in and tell us how it works.
The bread looks fantastic and makes me almost jealous! I bake my own bread since quite some time and follow the recipe in the booklet I got … the only problem is that the breat, yummy as it is, usually looks on the top like the crater of a dead vulcano – sunken in! I am not quite sure what the reason is as I don’t open the machine during the process.
I will definitely try YOUR recipe … I always LOVE to try out something new!
I love hearty homemade bread with different grains! This looks delicious!!
Do you feel the wheat gluten is essential?
Here is the permalink for the bread recipe Trish is referring to:
whole wheat bread in a bread machine
Her recipe has less fiber than mine but it’s still a very South Beach Diet friendly bread.
I just posted the recipe on my blog.
I hope you enjoy it.
I do not ahve all the ingedients yet, but as soon as I do I will be trying your as well.
Thank you again!
Hooray! Success! I’m a big fan of white whole wheat flour, and though I don’t have a bread machine, I’m definitely going to try adapting this bread.