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Oil-Free 100% Whole Wheat Vegan Bread Machine Recipe

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I love homemade bread, but since going whole-foods plant-based I’ve had to alter my original recipe a little so it doesn’t use oil. This oil-free 100% whole wheat vegan bread machine recipe is a whole foods, plant-based way to make fresh bread right at home.

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What Makes This Vegan Bread Machine Recipe Great

I love this whole wheat bread machine recipe because like all bread maker recipes, it’s almost totally hands off! This vegan bread is packed with fiber and nutrition! Being oil-free means it is a much healthier alternative to store-bought bread. This bread machine recipe is:

  • 100% whole wheat
  • All vegan: dairy-free, egg-free, and uses no honey
  • Oil-free
  • Easy to make
  • Stores well
  • Tastes delicious
  • Super soft
  • inexpensive
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Isn’t Bread Already Vegan?

Not always. Especially with whole wheat bread, you will find ingredients like honey, milk, and eggs mixed in. My bread uses all vegan ingredients that are not only easy to find but really inexpensive as well.

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Homemade Bread?

The ingredient list for this vegan bread machine recipe is quite small actually. For this whole wheat bread you will need:

  • water
  • plant milk (I used unsweetened soy)
  • salt
  • fancy molasses (don’t use black-strap, the taste is too strong)
  • whole wheat flour (no need to use bread flour, the regular whole wheat works well)
  • bread machine yeast (Do not use traditional yeast. It won’t work in the bread maker)
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What Type of Flour to use in the Bread Maker

For this recipe, I am using plain whole wheat flour. You don’t need to use a whole wheat flour specifically designed for bread.

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What’s the Difference Between Bread Machine Yeast, Instant Yeast and Traditional Yeast?

Essentially bread machine yeast and instant yeast are the same things. The main difference between these two products is how they are packaged. Instant yeast is usually found in pre-portioned packages, used for recipes like pizza dough, but you can use them in the bread maker as well-as long as you use the correct amount.

Traditional yeast is larger granules compared to instant and bread machine yeast. This is why when you are making bread in a bread maker or bread machine you need to use bread machine yeast. Traditional yeast will not dissolve properly in the recipe and your bread will not turn out properly.

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Fancy Molasses VS Black Strap Molasses

For this recipe, we will be using fancy molasses. Blackstrap molasses is basically fancy molasses cooked down and reduced further. This means it has a much more robust flavor and less sugar than fancy molasses. Be sure to use the fancy molasses for this bread machine recipe.

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More Vegan Bread Machine Recipes

Try these vegan recipes out next!

  1. Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  2. Easy Basic Vegan Bread Machine Recipe
  3. Vegan Pumpkin Bread
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How to Make 100% Whole Wheat Oil-Free Vegan Bread in a Bread Maker

Every bread maker is different in that the order you add your ingredients is determined by the manufacturer. For me, I use the Sunbeam Bread Maker. I love this little guy! It gives me a few options for the size of the loaf I want to make, and how dark the crust will be when the bread is finished.

This recipe is for a 2-pound loaf. I always select a “medium” crust.

To make this recipe, simply add your ingredients into the bread pan in the order recommended by your bread maker. Then select the whole wheat cycle and close the lid! That’s it!

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4.17 from 6 votes

100% Whole Wheat Oil-Free Vegan Bread Maker Recipe

This 100% whole wheat oil-free vegan bread machine recipe is a whole foods, plant-based way to make fresh bread right at home.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Whole Wheat Bread maker recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 120 kcal
Author Megan Kerry


  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup plant milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp fancy molasses
  • 3 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp bread machine or instant yeast


  1. Add all of your ingredients into the bread pan in the order recommended by the machine's manufacturer. (Find this in the manual).

  2. Select 2-pound loaf

  3. Select the whole-wheat cycle

  4. Press start

Recipe Notes

I calculated the calories based on 16 slices of bread. It’s about 120 calories for 1 slice of bread, but it is an estimate, as always.


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How to Slice Bread from a Bread Maker

My best tip on slicing bread from a bread maker is to actually run your machine at night before bed.

When the bread is able to cool inside the bread pan, all of the moisture that would have otherwise been lost is now preserved. The structure of the bread is also more stable when you do this.

Slicing bread that has had the right amount of time to properly cool is a million times easier then slicing a hot from the oven loaf.

Here’s how I slice my bread so I can get the most regular-sized slices from that awkward tall loaf that’s created in the bread machine.

  1. Once the bread is cooled, remove it from the pan and place it on a cutting board.
  2. Remove the paddle if it is still inside the loaf. I like to use a chopstick and I insert it into the hole inside the paddle to take it out without causing too much damage to the bread.
  3. Slice the bread once lengthwise, down the middle.
  4. Place each loaf on the cutting board, cut side down so you now have two long loaves.
  5. You can now slice your bread into individual slices.
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Keep in mind, making perfect slices comes with practice:) If you find your bread is squishing too much, try and let the knife do the cutting instead of pressing super hard into the loaf.

Another tip I have is to cut wider slices to maintain the structure and strength of the bread.

Here are a few tools to help you out:

  • This is a really cool bamboo guide to help you get even slices. You can adjust it to make thinner or thicker slices. I like that it’s made of bamboo too!
  • I used to use an electric knife to cut my bread when I was just learning. It made it really easy to slice without squishing my loaf. This one is affordable, and the reviews are great!
  • Once you are a little more confident, then this bread knife is great because you don’t need to go through the hassle of unboxing and plugging in your electric knife.

Watch this video over on my YouTube channel. I show you how to properly slice your bread there. The bread recipe is a different version of this one. It’s still vegan (of course!) but it does contain oil.

 I hope you guys fall in love with this easy vegan bread machine recipe. Whole wheat bread is such a warm and comforting addition to your family meals.

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Megan Kerry

Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!

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  1. 4 stars
    I always add a tablespoon of VWG and it has the best texture and stopped sinking. Really good bread.

  2. 5 stars
    OMG!!! This bread is so good! I added Wheat Gluten and it turned out light and fluffy and tastes amazing. Thank you for posting your recipe!

  3. 1 star
    Every time I make this bread it sinks in the middle. What is going wrong? I follow the recipe exactly.

    1. I believe what’s happening is the bread is rising too much and then collapsing. Reduce the yeast by 1/4 tsp and see if that helps.

      1. 5 stars
        I’ve found this bread turns out much better on the quick setting, one cup of the water needs to be boiling hot and is perfect in 1hr 20mins. This eliminated the sinking and gives a firmer texture. I also substituted 3/4 cup of the flour with 3/4 cup ground flax meal to add good omega 3’s. Also added 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds and use dark maple syrop in place of molasses.

    1. I haven’t tried using stevia. I have a feeling it may through off the recipe as the sugar in the molasses feeds the yeast and gives it a good rise. If you were to try it with stevia then I would recommend using a tad more yeast. Start with adding an extra 1/4 tsp and experiment from there. Good luck and enjoy 🙂

    1. Hey Karl, I would increase the yeast slightly if you are decreasing the salt. A little vital wheat gluten might add some nice texture too! Let us know how it goes!

  4. Hey Megan,
    I’ve tried this recipe twice in my bread maker and it overflowed in my machine. It took 40 minutes to clean out my machine. I followed the directions exactly but the bread seems to rise way too much. What could be my problem. I’m using bread machine yeast and Bob Mill’s organic whole wheat flour. Help!!

    1. Oh no Pamela! What a mess…I’ve had that happen before too testing recipes out. The thing with baking is that it doesn’t always work perfectly because it depends so much on the environment you’re doing it in (altitude, temperature, humidity etc.) I would start by reducing the yeast by half. See how that helps and please let me know!!

      1. 5 stars
        I use your measurements for a 2 pound loaf and it does overflow in my new breadmaker, it didn’t in my last one. Btw, I love it and have shared it to many people. I’d like to create a one and a 1/2 pound loaf. Can you give measurements for ingredients. I tried to do it, but it seems I am using too much liquid… this is what I have finally come up with. Please advise, thanks 😊

        **1 1/2 POUND BREAD 🍞**

        1 cup & 2 tbsp filtered water

        1/4 cup, 3 1/2 tbsp & 1 1/2 tsp plant milk

        1 tsp & 1/8 tsp salt

        2 tbsp & 3/4 tsp molasses

        2 1/2 cups 1/8 cup + 3 tbsp whole wheat flour

        2 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)

        2 2/8 tsp Rosemary w/
        2 2/8 tsp onion powder

        1 tsp & 1/8 tsp bread machine or instant yeast

        1. Hi Jenna, I haven’t tried it as a 1 1/2 pound loaf recipe. Did these ingredients work for you? It sounds delicious with the rosemary and onion powder!

    1. Hi Cyndi, I didn’t realize molasses wasn’t vegan. Is that due to bone char being used to filter the white sugar before being processed into molasses? If you’d rather use a different sweetener then I’d go with maple syrup.

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for providing a very simple, healthy bread recipe! This was my first bread machine recipe, after buying a bread machine for $4 at my local thrift store. I’ve made this recipe bread three times now. I omitted the salt after my first try and saw no difference in taste, however, my third loaf was a larger size and became sunken on the top, suggesting the ratio of water was a little high, so I need to increase the flour or salt. The recipe, as is, however, came out great. It’s been an easy recipe to get started and fun to play around with. The molasses flavor has a mild yet distinct flavor in the bread that is nice for a change, but it’s something I’m getting tired of now. As an alternative, I’ll be making a date syrup using a recipe I found on the Vitamix website. For those wanting to scale this recipe up or down, I used the following calculator online that was super helpful and basically made the conversion in one step: https://mykitchencalculator.com/recipeconverter.html Thanks again for creating and sharing this recipe! Really helpful.

    1. Amazing tips! Thanks so much! I can suggest reducing the yeast by 1/2 a teaspoon when omitting the salt so the bread doesn’t rise too much then collapse. Great deal at the thrift store!! I love thrifting too:)

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