Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls…they are so light and fluffy and simple enough for any supper, but fancy enough for a holiday meal too!

I shared these rolls over on the Bob’s Red Mill website.  But, I just had to share them here too because they are just too good not to share.

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.

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Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls...they are so light and fluffy and simple enough for any supper, but fancy enough for a holiday meal too!
  • 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.


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  1. Those look delicious!! I love Bob’s Red Mill products – I have many different bags of their products in my pantry. Thanks for the recipe and tips!

  2. These look so amazing but my daughter is a white bread person :-( Wonder if these would change her mind? I may have to try!

  3. The rolls look great! I don’t have much success with bread making. I’d like to try this recipe. I love that you only have 3 photos. Food blogs always have way too many photos in their posts. I usually leave before I get to the recipe. 2 or 3 is just right.

  4. Everybody loves rolls fresh from the oven! And I would love to serve these over some store-bought varieties that contain high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, etc! They look delicious.

  5. I already enjoy the Bob’s Red mill line of products…these rolls look and sound so mouthwatering, can’t waith to try.

  6. I love Bob’s Red Mill products! I am fortunate to be within driving distance of the store/restaurant. Surprisingly, I have not checked out their website. Thanks for sharing this whole wheat roll recipe. It sounds delicious!

  7. We make a lot of our own bread products, but I have generally only used grocery-store whole wheat flour. I have used Bob’s Red Mill spelt flour for waffles. They are dense, but we feel so much better than when I make white or whole wheat flour waffles.

  8. These whole wheat rolls look delicious. I have never tried to make rolls before but would love to try your recipe.

  9. The hubs, and I are trying to eat healthier, I was looking for a roll recipe, and here it was! Thanks so very much =)

  10. 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

  11. 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! :)

  12. 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!

  13. 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! :)

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

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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)!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.


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