No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread

Sometimes you want that special touch of homemade bread without all the hassle. That’s why this No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight night dinner. If you’ve never baked a yeast bread before or you’re just looking for a super simple loaf recipe, this will be your favorite! Any night of the week when you want homemade bread with a crispy crust and tender insides, this recipe will do the trick.

A slice of Vegan Whole Wheat Harvest Bread with a pat of melted butter sits next to the rest of the loaf and a bowl of flour.

If you’re into homemade vegan bread recipes, here’s my recipe for Vegan Naan Recipe. It’s been a big hit! And how about our Vegan Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread? So delicious!

Homemade bread was one of the first recipes I ever made. I can remember my mom showing me her tricks to making homemade dinner rolls. I like to imagine mothers around the world sharing knowledge about cooking with their children. And I think about how the kitchen is the soul of every home, where we all connect for food and companionship.

At least that’s the way it should be. I know not every family has that rosy scenario. Even my home life wasn’t always very rosy, especially when I was a kid and my mom was on her own with four kids and not a lot of food in the pantry. But you know what? Thanks to the compassion of neighbors and family, we got through all of that.

And one of the reasons was my mom could make a few ingredients stretch a long way. She learned to be creative with her ingredients. That’s just another reason this artisan bread is my favorite. It takes simple ingredients that you may have around the house right now and turns them into something special. Just like my mom!

A round loaf of whole wheat bread sits next to a bowl of whole wheat flour on a kitchen towel.

How to Make No Knead Whole Wheat Bread

I could have called this a one-bowl bread because I do it all in one bowl. That means less clean up too.

I bake this whole wheat no-knead bread on a pizza stone, to create a nice crispy crust. It’s a dense loaf because I use whole wheat flour, but it has a wonderful flavor. You can almost taste the history in a loaf like this. I like making this whole wheat harvest bread when we’re serving soup, like this Vegan Minestrone Soup.

You may feel like homemade bread takes too much time, but this whole wheat harvest bread is a simple, rustic loaf. You do need to allow some time for the dough to rise, but it doesn’t need to be watched. No hovering in the kitchen is required!

Expert Tips

Serving some whole wheat artisan bread with dinner is so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before. And I love that this recipe uses simple ingredients. Here are some of my favorite tips, tricks, and recipe adaptations, to make this the best ever:

  • For variety, you can add some chopped nuts to the dough, like pecans
  • Try adding some different flours, like buckwheat, for a different flavor
  • You can also add some dried fruit, like raisins, to make it into a breakfast bread
  • Immediately after pulling it from the oven, top it with some olive oil or vegan butter, and then add some dried rosemary for even more amazing flavor
  • Speaking of herbs, I could see adding some dried basil to the dough as well
  • Why not serve it with a bowl of olive oil combined with rosemary, basil, and salt? Perfect for dipping!

Go ahead and roll with these ideas, or try out your own. Either way, this Whole Wheat Harvest Bread is ripe and ready for your next dinner. I could imagine serving it with this Vegan Chicken and Rice Casserole.

More Whole Wheat Flour Recipes

Are you looking for ways to improve your diet? I love using whole wheat to transform indulgent recipes into something healthy and delicious! Here are some of my favorites:

A slice of Vegan Whole Wheat Harvest Bread with a pat of melted butter sits next to the rest of the loaf.
A loaf of No Knead Whole Wheat Bread has a slice removed and has butter melting over it.

Vegan Whole Wheat Harvest Bread

A crispy crusty, lightly-sweet harvest loaf of whole wheat bread. You'll make this easy loaf again and again because it adds a special touch to a Tuesday night dinner.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 141kcal


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet instant yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 1 ½ cups water lukewarm


  • Mix together in a large bowl the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and yeast. Stir to combine. 
  • Add the lukewarm water. Stir to incorporate. The dough will sticky so it helps to use your hands.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Set aside for at least 8 hours (overnight works, but so does setting it aside for the day to bake at night).
  • After the step above is done, place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and mold it into a round loaf. Place on your baking dish (I used a pizza stone). Cover. Set aside for an hour or two to let the dough rise.
  • About 15 minutes before you're ready to bake, heat your oven to 400°F/200°C. 
  • Place the bread in the oven and bake for 50 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

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Serve with olive oil or vegan butter.
Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1.6mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Whatever vegan bread you’re biting into, enjoy!

5 Responses to No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAllen Reply

    5 stars
    I made this, it’s the easiest bread I’ve ever made.
    For me it taste better after it had cooled for several hours, even the second day.
    I like that it’s no sugar.
    This is my new go to recipe for whole wheat bread.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Allen. I’m so glad you liked this bread recipe!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDiane Reply

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try with soup!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAlison Andrews Reply

    5 stars
    I love making homemade bread when it’s super easy like this! Great recipe. I love your blog – it’s right up my street. Thanks for the mention!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Alison. Right back atcha! ❤️

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