Low Calorie Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

This Low Calorie Whole Wheat Bread can be made with a standing mixer, or not. And it can be made in a loaf pan, or on a cookie sheet!. And at just 86 calories per slice, this easy (4 ingredient) whole wheat bread recipe is healthy.

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter plus more for greasing
  • 1 packet of Rapid Rise yeast
  • 2 cups warm water

Low Calorie Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Healthy Whole Wheat Bread Meal Prep and Storage

Meal Prep: You can make the healthy recipe ahead of time and bake completely then cover and store for later. You can also store unbaked just cover well, and store for later.
Storage: Will hold for 6 days in the fridge baked, or 2 days unbaked. Or one month in the freezer (baked or unbaked).
Reheating: You can reheat (or if stored unbaked follow directions below to bake) in an oven at 200-250 degrees until warmed through.

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Low Calorie Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Low Calorie Whole Wheat Bread

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This easy homemade whole wheat bread recipe need just 4 ingredients and you can make it with or without a standing mixer. And with or without a loaf pan!
At just 86 calories per slice (1 loaf yields 20 slices) this healthy bread recipe will quickly be one of your favorite baking recipes.
Special Tip: If you don't have a standing mixer, don't worry! We've supplied directions on how to kneed the dough by hand.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course ingredient
Cuisine American
Servings 20 slices
Calories 86 kcal



  • In a standing mixer* combine flour, salt and yeast.
  • Add 1/2 of the water and mix with a spatula and then gradually add in the remaining water. You want it slightly sticky but not so much that you can’t work with it.
  • In small pieces, add in the butter.
  • Add the dough hook on your mixer and start kneading with the help of the dough hook (kneeding directions below for those without a standing mixer). You may need to add a little more flour if it sticks to the side of the bowl.
  • After about 5 minutes of needing, when it falls off the hook in one big lump, it’s done.
  • Move to a plate, wash the mixer bowl and dry. Lightly grease with butter, then add the dough back to the bowl.
  • Cover with cling wrap then a kitchen towel, place in the warmest place in your house to rise for 1-3 hours. (It’s ready when it doubles in size.)
  • Punch the dough down so it deflates, knead it for 30-60 seconds, and then shape on a cookie tray or add to a loaf pan. Re-cover with the cling wrap and the kitchen towel and let rise for another hour until it doubles in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Remove the towel and the cling wrap from the bread loaf, and bake in oven for 30-35 minutes. (The bread is done when you knock on the bottom if it and it sounds hollow.)
  • Allow to cool before slicing, we recommend a serrated bread knife for pretty slices.
  • *If you don’t have a standing mixer just use a large bowl to mix all the ingredients, once you add the butter and have mixed it in remove the dough to a large floured surface and kneed it for about 10 minutes. To knead you want to push it forward with your fist, pull over and do again.

Get Fancy With Your Bread:

  • Add 1 tablespoon oats to the top for crunch (see photo).
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon honey over the top for honey wheat bread.
  • Swap the whole wheat flour for gluten free flour.
  • Use the ends (if you don't snack on them like we do) to make croutons or homemade breadcrumbs.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 16.8gProtein: 2.4gFat: 0.8gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 354mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 0.1gCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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About the Author

Hi, my name is Audrey Johns and I am a 4 time best selling cookbook author! All 4 of my low calorie cookbooks are published by HarperCollins (the oldest publishing house in the US!) and have been featured on prominent TV shows like The Today Show, Rachael Ray and The Doctors. I am a low calorie and healthy recipe authority and my delicious recipes are tried and loved by thousands of readers. 

After a one year 150 pound weight loss (and I’ve kept it off for 13 years!) I started sharing all of my low calorie recipes with the world. They are always all-natural and geared around weight loss and weight management. I have even made some of these recipes with my Biggest Loser pal Bob Harper! Check out my weight loss story, my best selling cookbooks, and my numerous TV appearances by clicking here.

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9 thoughts on “Low Calorie Whole Wheat Bread”

  1. You’re not cheating, but I am jealous of you 😉
    It’s all about knowing what is in your food! If you can’t pronounce an ingredient in a food product why on earth would you put it in your body?
    Happy Cooking!

  2. I love making my own bread. I have a breadmaker so I suppose I do cheat a little but it’s so much better than buying it, and of course then you know exactly what it has in it.

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