oil free whole wheat bread
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4.88 from 55 votes

Easy Whole Wheat Bread

Easy whole wheat bread recipe that is oil and sugar free. It only takes 2 hours to make from start to finish, 4 ingredients, and can be enjoyed as toast, dipped in soup, used for sandwiches, crostinis, and more.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: Healthy
Keyword: bread, oil-free, side-dish, sugar-free
Servings: 3 people
Author: Spartan Life


  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • teaspoons active dry yeast or 1 packet
  • teaspoons salt optional, see note*
  • 2 cups warm water


  • 1 TBS whole rolled oats
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • Herbs of your choosing


  • In a large bowl mix together the flour, yeast and salt. Then pour in the warm water and knead with your hands until a dough forms (the dough will be sticky, which is ok)
  • Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rest in a draft free spot for 1 hour
  • After 1 hour preheat your oven to 400 F and line a round baking dish* with parchment paper
  • Rub some flour between your hands and transfer your dough to the round baking dish. Shake the dish so the dough settles into the space of the dish evenly, or pat it gently with your hands to fill it
  • Let the dough rest for another 30 minutes
  • Score the dough with a knife (criss-cross shape in center) and sprinkle it with your toppings (rolled oats, salt, etc.)
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the crust is a deep golden brown


* The salt in this recipe is optional. It can be omitted completely or reduced depending on your preference. Other herbs are a great addition as well! Lately my favorite variation of this recipe is to use only 1/2 tsp of salt and also add in dried parsley, oregano, and onion powder to the mix.
* Readers have commented that baking this recipe in a traditional loaf pan also works great as opposed to a round-shaped dish.