As a lover of cooking and preparing homemade meals, I try to buy less pre-packaged and store bought foods and do my best to swap those products for healthier homemade versions. One food I consistently make at home rather than buy is bread. As a family of 4, we go through a lot of bread and the good stuff (whole wheat, no preservatives, no dyes or chemicals) can get expensive! A few years back I treated myself to a bread maker and haven't looked back since!
Finding a whole wheat bread recipe has been a challenge though. Many recipes say whole wheat but use a portion of white flour..which makes it not 100% whole wheat. Or many recipes use a lot of components that I don't have on hand or don't want to buy just for the bread recipe. So, through trial and error, I came up with this 100% whole grain bread recipe that contains just a few ingredients that are readily available in stores (and you probably already have them in your cupboards!).
Ingredients: (makes 1 - 1.5 lb loaf of bread)
3/4 cup lukewarm water
3/4 cup lukewarm almond milk
1/4 cup raw honey (or agave to make it completely vegan)
1 packet (7g) Active Dry Yeast
3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbl Olive Oil
1/4 cup unsweetened all natural applesauce
1/2 Tbl sea salt
Warm almond milk and water to lukewarm and pour into bread machine pan. Stir in honey until it is dissolved into the liquid. Next sprinkle the yeast evenly over the liquid. Let it rest un-disturbed for 5 minutes. Next add the rest of the ingredients in order listed. (oats, flour, oil, applesauce, salt). Follow according to the bread machine's directions for a 1.5 lb whole wheat loaf. This recipe is for a bread maker because that is what I use to save time, but you are welcome to adapt it to traditional bread making. The ingredient list should stay the same, just use your man-power to knead and form into a loaf pan then oven bake :)
Using this recipe has been one way I know I will never have to run to the store for more bread. It saves me time in the bread machine--all I do is assemble and press start then voila! in 3 hours I have fresh baked, whole wheat, chemical free bread. Not to mention it is cheap to make and tastes amazing. It doesn't get any better! Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do!
With Health and Happiness!