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Healthy Wholemeal Bread

Healthy Wholemeal Bread recipe is vegan, simple and just perfect for beginner bakers. Learn how to bake no-fail healthy whole grain bread using just a few ingredients you can easily tweak!
Course bread
Cuisine European
Keyword whole grain bread, whole wheat bread, wholemeal bread
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 271kcal
Author Elena Szeliga


  • 150 grams or 5 oz wheat berries or whole grain mix
  • 500 ml or 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or another liquid sweetener
  • 42 grams or 1.5 oz fresh yeast
  • 600 grams or 1.3 lbs whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • olive oil to grease the pan


  • To start with, soak your grains overnight. It can be pure wheat berries or a combo of wheat berries with any (or all) of the following grains: rye, spelt, millet, oat berries, barley and quinoa. After soaking, boil them for 30 minutes or until they are done, drain well and let cool. If you don't have time for soaking whole grains, just boil them a little longer, until they are tender.
  • Combine slightly warm almond milk with apple cider vinegar, maple syrup (or another liquid sweetener of your choice) and fresh yeast. Leave for 10 minutes to activate the yeast.
  • Add flour mixed with sea salt and knead well until fully combined. Add more flour if the dough sticks too much to your hands. Cover with cloth and let rest for about 1 hour or until doubles in size (see notes).
  • Once your dough has doubled in size, add the cooked grains (make sure there is no extra liquid in them) and transfer into a 12 inch rectangular loaf pan greased with olive oil. Cover and let rest for 30 more minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 220 °C or 430 °F. Bake the wholemeal bread for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 190 °C or 370 °F and bake for about 40 more minutes. Check the readiness by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the loaf. The bread is ready when it comes out dry. Enjoy!


To shorten the waiting time, put the dough in the oven under the lowest temperature (not higher than 50 °C or 120 °F). For me this trick works wonders and usually helps me reduce the waiting time in half.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 765mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2.8mg