Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

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Today, I’m guest posting over at Bob’s Red Mill with these tasty Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls.  Well, I just had to share them here too because they are just too good not to share.  Please head over there to check out there other great recipes.

Homemade bread has been a part of my family’s holiday meals for the last 15-20 years.  It started off with my father-in-law’s basic white bread in the bread machine.  It was so good, but as I’ve learned more about cooking and the benefits of whole grains, I added this easy and feather light whole wheat dinner roll to our family’s meals.  Everyone loves it around here, so now I make them all year long!

I’m sure you are thinking that these rolls will be really heavy and dense; however, they are just the opposite!  Using whole grain flours correctly (and using a premium product) are a must.  Cheap “whole wheat flour” is not true whole grain flour.  Please don’t buy the cheap stuff at the grocery store.  Splurge for a good brand or grind your own.  I love grinding my own…I actually prefer it, but when I can’t, I honestly buy Bob’s Red Mill (or one other brand…email me and I will tell you if you are dying to know).

Have you ever baked from scratch?  Do you use whole grains?  How does it turn out…I’d love to hear from you.

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
  • 3 ½ cups whole wheat flour (plus 2 cups more)
  • ¼ cup unbleached white flour (plus 1-2 cups more)
  • ¼ powdered milk
  • 2 ½ tbls active dry yeast
  • 2 c warm water
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbl sea salt
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  1. In a Bosch* mixer combine flours, powdered milk, and yeast. Turn on mixer for about 30 seconds to combine ingredients.
  2. Add water, oil, and honey to dry ingredients and mix for 1 minute. Let mixture sit for 10-15 minutes in the bowl to sponge.
  3. Add in the eggs and salt and mix until well combined. Dough will be very loose, so more flour needs to be added. Add in whole wheat flour by the ¼ cup full (up to 2 cups). Dough should begin to pull away from sides of bowl, but not pick up from the bottom. At this point, if more flour is needed, add only unbleached white flour. (Usually after the sponge, it takes about 3 cups of additional flour). Continue to mix for 5 minutes or until gluten fully develops. (*If not using a Bosch, then the dough will need to rest until doubled in size.)
  4. Lightly flour the counter and using oiled hands, dump the dough onto the counter. Gently knead the dough for about 1 minute. Cut dough into quarters. Each quarter will make approximately 10 dinner rolls.
  5. Line an 11x15 sheet pan with parchment paper. Form dough into golf ball sized rolls and place on the sheet pan. One sheet will hold 20 rolls. Allow the rolls to rise until they at least doubled in size or they touch each other and fill the pan. About 30 minutes.
  6. Heat oven to 350F and bake for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool and brush top of rolls with melted butter.

Disclaimer: Bob’s Red Mill sent me a box of goodies to use in my recipe development.  All opinions are my own.


  1. I have some whole wheat flour that I’ve been wanting to use, and these look like just the thing to make!

  2. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    These would be perfect for Thanksgiving!

  3. I love rolls and my family always request them, especially on Sundays. I will definitely have to try this recipe!

  4. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Sounds amazing. I would love to play up the recipe and fill it with cheese or maybe make cinnamon rolls with this!

    • Cinnamon roll recipe is coming later this month! :) I make a huge batch and only use half for rolls…the other half turns into cinnamon rolls.

  5. I love hot roll s and have tried whole wheat, but they always turn out heavy and terrble tasting. Hate to waste ingredients, so I go back to white rolls. Well, I am definitely trying these. I have a passion for bread, as does my whole family. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  6. Jessie C. says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I need dinner rolls for all holiday parties, this is a great recipe to make.

  7. I make whole wheat bread but have never tried dinner rolls. This recipe sounds yummy and also fairly easy so I am going to give it a try!

  8. Would definitely like to try this recipe! Love fresh baked bread :)

  9. Elis Brockway says:

    Thanks you the recipe. When I have wheat flour , I’ll try this recipe.

  10. These rolls look awesome. I think I will try these for dinner tomorrow! I stumbled this recipe (familyfocusblog) and I think I will go pin it too (ScarletP)!

  11. Thank you for posting this. I was looking for a recipe for rolls for Thanksgiving, and these sound really good.

  12. Looks delish! I’ve tried making whole wheat waffles, but just tasted too heavy. Should try this recipe as rolls might not be so heavy :)

  13. This looks like it’d be wonderful to soak up some soup or gravy.Yumm

  14. debbie jackson says:

    love to make rolls for my family debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  15. I have really been trying to use as much whole grain as possible for my family. I love the look of these rolls and need to try them. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Those belong at any dinner table!

  17. You made the recipe sound like a “do-able” thing and tasty, too.

  18. Jennifer H. says:

    always looking for yummy wheat roll recipes. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  19. I love whole wheat rolls. I am going to try this recipe!!

  20. Christine says:

    like to try this recipe

  21. Gina Ochsen says:

    These rolls look light and beautiful! My husband will appreciate that they are whole wheat. Pinned for future baking project :)

  22. Making homemade bread is such a nice endeavor!

  23. Penny Snyder says:

    Really want to try these & adding sea salt sounds awesome!! grammypenny@frontier.com

  24. I love to make homemade rolls for my family. We love any and all types. Definately going to give these a try!

  25. My family love hot buttery rolls for any meal! :)

  26. Can I use olive oil instead of canola oil?

  27. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I would love to have these homemade rolls for my holiday meal–they look delicious!

  28. I like homemade baked goods and I like that glazed look from the butter

  29. I need to try this. We only use whole wheat flour and it’s challenging to get bread to turn out nicely, at least for me! :)

  30. This recipe sounds SUPER rich, definitely for holidays only!

  31. Those look mouthwatering!

  32. tracy simms says:

    this seems simple to make. I never made bread before because I am just too busy with family and life..I may try this receipe for thanksgiving..thanks!

  33. Whole wheat dinner rolls are my favorite thing! And I love that you put honey in it! Sounds delish!

  34. I would love to make the Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls for Thanksgiving!

  35. I have long loved Bob’s Red Mill for their Gluten Free stuff since I have relatives with celiac – but I didn’t know they made gluten-full stuff, too! :)

  36. I’ve never made my own rolls before. Is it really worth the extra work?

  37. I left a comment on the recipe at Bob’s Red Mill. I love rolls that use honey as an ingredient. I think I’ll make these for Thanksgiving. Thanks!

  38. susan smoaks says:

    i am ready to try this recipe this upcoming Thanksgiving!

  39. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would love to try this recipe for the holiday meals. I have always thought that it would be just too hard to make my own but after reading your recipe I think that I could actually make them! I never thought about adding honey to rolls but I can see where the sweetness would really enhance the flavor.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com


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