This easy-to-make, no-knead, no yeast whole wheat honey bread recipe is ready in less than one hour! This quick bread requires a few wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour, honey, buttermilk, and baking soda.
This healthy homemade bread is great as a base for whipped ricotta toast or for spreading with hazelnut butter. It’s also a great accompaniment to this escarole and bean soup or the best Italian lentil soup recipe!
Let me repeat: no yeast, no knead, quick whole wheat bread!
A bread recipe without yeast is the simplest definition of quick bread. Baking soda or baking powder (or a combination of both) is used as the leavening agent to get a quick rise.
If you are looking for more yeast-free recipes, this non-traditional Irish soda bread also requires no kneading and is leavened with baking powder and baking soda. This Piadina recipe uses only baking powder, and this quick flatbread requires only flour, water, salt and oil.
So many wonderful possibilities!
In a way, it’s the fast-food version of bread!
You won’t believe how easy it is to make this homemade wheat bread.
More reasons to love this easy recipe
- Besides being easy and quick to make, this bread can be enjoyed in various ways, from sliced toast to sandwiches. It’s also a great accompaniment to soups and salads.
- Combining honey and whole wheat flour creates a slightly sweet and nutty flavor that anyone who tries it loves.
As a dietitian, I love that this recipe uses wholesome ingredients that are both healthier and more affordable than most store-bought bread.
- Whole wheat flour. A great way to get that fiber we all need!
- Baking soda. This will provide the bread to rise.
- Salt. Not much, just a few pinches.
- Buttermilk. A wonderful addition to a quick bread.
- Honey. A natural ingredient.
- Olive oil. Adds a fruity element.
As far as accessories are concerned, you don’t need much. You need two bowls, a whisk, a wooden spoon and a 9 x 5 rectangle baking pan. That’s it!
The first thing we will do is either grease and flour or spray non-stick spray in a 9 x 5 (2L) loaf pan.
Set the pan aside while we measure and combine the ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour (3 cups), baking soda (2 teaspoons), and salt (¼ teaspoon). Take a few minutes to properly whisk these ingredients together to ensure an even distribution of the baking soda. Set it aside.
In another large mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk (2 cups), olive oil (2 tablespoons), and honey (¼ cup).
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and, with a wooden spoon, stir to combine. You will notice that the mixture comes together very quickly.
Do not over-mix.
Immediately transfer the batter to the 9 x 5 loaf pan. If desired, sprinkle the top of the loaf with about one tablespoon of sunflower seeds.
Place the pan in a preheated oven at 300℉ (150ºC) for about 55 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow it to cool down on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan.
Cool completely before slicing.
- Preheat your oven to the right temperature.
- Prepare your pan before you begin this recipe, as the baking soda will start reacting as soon as it comes into contact with the liquid ingredients.
- Properly whisking together your dry ingredients ensures even distribution of the baking soda, ensuring a uniform rise in your bread.
- Do not over-stir; combine wet and dry and stir until moistened…resist the urge to keep stirring.
- The minute you combine your wet and dry ingredients, immediately place the mixture in your pan and bake. The “lifting” component of the soda (carbon dioxide) starts reacting as soon as it’s in contact with the wet ingredients.
To replace 1 cup of buttermilk, measure and pour 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar in a 1 cup measurer. Pour enough milk to reach the 1-cup mark. Stir and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
Baking soda is a key ingredient in many baking recipes, and it’s essential to store it properly to stay fresh and effective. Store baking soda in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six months. This will help keep it fresh and prevent it from absorbing moisture.
Baking with honey recipes
If you enjoy baking with honey, you will love this flavorful, moist and perfectly sweetened honey spice cake. Cookie recipes with honey are also quick, easy and delicious to make. Two of my favorite recipes are these honey cookies and, of course, honey almond biscotti.
These delicious honey-spiced biscotti cookies are perfect for the holidays or any special occasion!
If you’re looking for unique Italian cookies utilizing honey, try my family’s recipe for mostaccioli and caragnoli, Italian Christmas fritters.
This non-yeast bread recipe is from my collection of recipe booklets from Robin Hood.
Does anyone remember those?
I’ve had this recipe for years but never got around to it until recently.
To be honest, I had some whole wheat flour that was expiring, and I finally remembered I had tagged this recipe. It was so good that I made it three times this week. I had to buy whole wheat flour!
As usual, I’ve made a couple of changes: I decreased the amount of salt and used olive oil in the recipe.
If you are expecting light, airy bread, this is not the recipe for you.
This quick whole wheat honey bread provides a crumb that is dense and soft, and, you know what, it works!
I am enjoying mine, toasted and smothered with almond butter – yum!
It only takes 5 minutes of prep time and less than one hour in the oven!
This recipe is for you if you have ever wondered how to make bread without yeast!
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★★★★★ If you have made this whole grain bread recipe, I would love to hear about it in the comments below and be sure to rate the recipe!
Whole Wheat Honey Bread: Yeast Free!
- 3 cups whole wheat flour 468 grams
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups buttermilk or sour milk, room temperature
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds Optional, to sprinkle over the top.
- Preheat oven to 300℉ (150ºC).
- Spray 9″ x 5″ (2 L) loaf pan with non-stick spray.
- In a very large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk buttermilk, honey and oil together.
- Combine this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix only until combined with a wooden spoon.
- Place batter in a pan.
- If using, sprinkle top with sunflower seeds.
- Bake for approximately 55 minutes or until done.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing bread from pan. Cool completely before slicing.
- Preheat your oven to the right temperature.
- Prepare your pan before you begin this recipe as the baking soda will start reacting as soon as it comes into contact with the liquid ingredients.
- Properly whisking together your dry ingredients ensures even distribution of the baking soda or baking powder, which will, in turn, ensure a uniform rising in your bread.
- Do not over stir; combine wet and dry and stir until moistened…resist the urge to keep stirring.
- The minute you combine your wet and dry ingredients, immediately place the mixture in your pan and in the oven. The “lifting” component of the soda (which is really the carbon dioxide) starts reacting as soon as it’s in contact with the wet ingredients.
This post was originally published on June 4, 2015, republished on February 22, 2019, March 25, 2020 and more recently on February 16, 2023 with updated content. Thanks for watching and sharing.
Hi,my name is Anne.i live in Ghana in west Africa.I just baked your bread recipe and it came out soft and fluffy!! I love it.thank you.
My pleasure Anne! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it!
John in Maine
Before I make a mess, can you use a Pullman Loaf Pan for this? It has a slide on top and I know some recipes over-rise and cause a mess. Just wondering.
Thanks for your interest John. This bread does have a nice rise. I have never baked with a Pullman Loaf Pan… can you bake it without the sliding top?
made this tonight and…YUM! I’m fairly new to making bread so this was a great experience😁
How wonderful Kim! Thanks for sharing!
Will the recipe turn out if you put in 2 smaller bread pans to shorten baking time?
Thank you for your responce.
Thanks for your interest Nancy. Although I have never tried it, it should be fine. It is a low oven temperature, so I suspect it will take at least 40-45 minutes to bake. Great question, thank-you.
Very good bread. Thank you for sharing
My pleasure Debra! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!
Found the recipe at the beginning of the pandemic and we’ve been making it periodically since then. Easy and quick recipe that my family likes!
Thanks so much Pat! Happy to hear you are enjoying this recipe.
very good thanks for sharing just what i was looking for i like to try new things
ive adjusted to 2 cup whole wheat , i/2 all purpose , 1/4 cup bran, 1/4 cup germ
i am going to try white wheat next
My pleasure John! Thanks so much for sharing! So much fun to experiment!
Watson Anne L.
I make this with whey drained from my Greek yogurt making instead of buttermilk. It’s great!
Thanks so much for sharing Watson! This is such a wonderful idea!