Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

November 16, 2017

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Honey Whole Wheat Rolls are the perfect addition to just about any meal you’re making this season! We all love carbs and these are definitely a healthier alternative to those white rolls – these are made with 100% whole wheat flour.

Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

Perfect Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls Recipe

There’s zero white flour in this recipe yet they are still soft and fluffy and just what a roll should be! And when you spread on a little butter or homemade freezer jam (this is the only jam recipe I use) no one will be able to resist!

They would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal. Everyone will be amazed that they are 100% whole wheat but they are aren’t dense little hockey pucks – rather they’re a fluffy super delicious roll!

Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

I absolutely love both of my white flour roll recipes (these “amazing dinner rolls” and these one hour rolls) but I realize I need to add these wheat ones into that rotation for a healthier option I feel better about feeding my kids.

I highly recommend using the white whole wheat flour – it’s still a whole grain flour. It just works better for baking than the traditional wheat flour. You’ll get a lighter texture with the white whole wheat flour.

Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

And don’t omit the wheat gluten – that’s the other key to getting a fluffy wheat roll. It’s a aids in the rising and improves the elasticity. I found some at my local Kroger grocery store – Bob’s Red Mill brand. You can also purchase it online.

Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

If possible serve these warm, it makes them that much better! There’s nothing quite like a homemade roll warm from the oven with homemade freezer jam or creamy, melty butter! Oh so yum!

How to Make Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

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Honey Whole Wheat Rolls
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Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

Soft and fluffy rolls made from 100% whole wheat flour. Delicious with homemade jam and a generous slathering of butter. Best served warm from the oven.
Servings: 15
Prep20 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Ready in: 3 hours 35 minutes


  • 1/2 cup warm water, 110 - 115 degrees
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75g) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for brushing tops
  • 1/3 cup (96g) honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (175ml) milk, warmed to 110 - 115 degrees
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp (19g) vital wheat gluten
  • 4 cups (570g) white whole wheat flour*, then more as needed


  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer whisk together water yeast and sugar then let rest 5 minutes to proof.
  • Meanwhile, place eggs in a bowl, cover with warm water and let rest 5 minutes (this is just to bring them to room temperature so the rolls rise better.
  • Add butter, honey, eggs, salt and milk to the yeast mixture and blend. Then add in lemon juice, vital wheat gluten and 2 cups of the wheat flour and blend. 
  • Switch to a dough hook, then add remaining 2 cups wheat flour and knead mixture on low (2nd speed) for 4 minutes, while adding in a little more flour as needed (dough should stick to bottom of bowl but not sides near the end of mixing, also it should not stick to your fingertip). 
  • Cover bowl and let rest 1 hour. 
  • Punch dough dough and divide into 15 equal portions (I like to use my scale to make them even, you can also roll into a rectangle then cut into 15 equal portions). 
  • Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and place rolls in baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap (while leaving room for the rolls to expand under the plastic wrap). 
  • Let rest until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees during last 20 minutes of rolls rising.
  • Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown on top and cooked through, about 12 - 15 minutes (they should register 190 degrees in center). 
  • Brush tops with butter (about 1 Tbsp, I just run the stick of butter over the tops). Serve warm or let cool on a wire rack then store in an airtight container.
  • *If you don't want the full flavor of the whole wheat rolls you can substitute 2 cups all-purpose flour in place of 2 cups of the wheat flour. If doing so omit vital wheat gluten.
    *Also if you can't find white whole wheat flour regular whole wheat flour may be substituted they just may not be quite as fluffy.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Honey Whole Wheat Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 249mg11%
Potassium 82mg2%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.