Bread Machine Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed
This is one of my favorite bread machine breads, perfect for a cold February day! Bread like this with 100% whole wheat and minimal sugar is approved for phase two of the South Beach Diet!
I spent weeks on a quest to create South Beach Diet
friendly bread using my Oster Bread Machine
, and this 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed 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 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flax Seed was revisited and added to Recipe Favorites February 2011.)
My bread recipe started with white whole wheat flour
, which is a whole grain flour
made from a white variety of wheat
. This flour can be substituted for white flour in many recipes. (Read more about White Whole Wheat flour on the King Arthur Flour
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 use the measuring spoon to stir, eliminating the need to dirty another spoon.)
I mixed white whole wheat flour, ground oatmeal, wheat bran, flaxseed meal, vital wheat gluten, dough enhancer, 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.
Bread Machine Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flaxseed Meal
(Makes one loaf, about 1.5 pounds, recipe created by Kalyn.)
Dry ingredients – Mix in 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
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 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.
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South Beach Diet Suggestions:
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I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn’t have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count
, which will calculate it for you. Or if you’re a member of Yummly
, you can use the Yum button on my site to save the recipe and see the nutritional information there.
More Bread Recipes with White Whole Wheat Flour:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread from Kalyn’s Kitchen
100% Whole Wheat and Bran Bread from Kalyn’s Kitchen
No Knead 100% Whole Wheat Bread from Su Good Sweets
Whole Grain Sesame Flaxseed Bread from Apple Pie Patis and Pate
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)