no knead whole wheat bread

No-knead Whole Wheat Bread (only 4 ingredients)

This No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread is one of the most exciting foods for me to bake regularly. My favourite thing about this bread probably is that you only have to wait 20 minutes for your bread to rise, which is conveniently the average time for your oven to preheat. And as this bread is a no-knead recipe, you don’t even have to get your hands dirty to make it! Ready in just over one hour including prep time and baking time, this recipe requires only 4 basic ingredients and is great for beginners. 

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This No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread is:

  • vegan
  • oil-free
  • sugar-free
  • nut-free
  • great for sandwiches and toasts
  • quick and easy-to-make.

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no-knead whole wheat bread


Kneading means to work with the dough with your hands. No-knead bread, therefore, simply means you will not need your hands for the bread dough to come together. No-knead bread is generally characterised by a rather wet sticky dough, as otherwise, you would need to massage the dough with your hands (or a machine) for a drier bread dough to come together.


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No-knead bread is better for its ease and efficiency, but I wouldn’t claim it is better or worse in terms of taste. This depends on other factors such as the quality and nature of the ingredients, the baking time, etc.

Concerning the health benefits of No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread, whole wheat flour is much higher in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients (magnesium, zinc…) compared to white flour.

I personally don’t mind at all kneading my bread (massaging bread dough can be fun!), which is why I also have for you an Easy French Baguettes (no machine) recipe. It has been very popular among people looking for a very easy baguettes recipe. This recipe requires kneading but is great for beginners!

no-knead whole wheat bread


Please note this is just an overview of the recipe. Scroll down to the end of the page to see the full printable recipe.

The first step will be to mix the 3 following ingredients in a mixing bowl:

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Salt (I use pink Himalayan salt)
  • Active dry yeast.

flour yeast and pink salt in white bowl

Then, we add warm water and use the back of a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients, until the dough comes together in a ball and comes away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.

Finally, we transfer the dough in a loaf pan, cover with a tea towel, let rise for 20 minutes, and bake for 40 minutes!


I would not recommend freezing your bread dough, especially not for this recipe as you can easily make it fresh in less than 10 minutes of preparation time.

So even if you are in a hurry on a busy day, you could still make yourself and your family a freshly baked loaf of No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread!


As for any kind of bread, I find it best to simply wrap your bread with a clean tea towel. Store it at room temperature for up to 4 days (but keep in mind it will be much better fresh!). 

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A common assumption is that whole wheat bread tends to cause bloating, gas problems, or indigestion. This is because of the high volume of fiber in whole grains, which can be an indigestible carbohydrate for some people, especially if you suddenly increase the amount of fiber you consume. 

Whole Wheat Flour also tends to be denser than other kinds of bread, but you can simply slice your bread thinner if you are afraid it would be too dense for you! Otherwise, you could always try my Easy French Baguettes (no machine) recipe!

And of course, if you are gluten intolerant or sensitive, whole wheat flour (and any kind of traditional flours) is something you want to avoid.

Looking for gluten-free vegan recipes?

PRO TIP: The quality of the flour you use matters a lot, so try to get a good quality organic whole wheat flour if that’s possible for you!

I sincerely hope you will enjoy this recipe, 


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No-knead Whole Wheat Bread (only 4 ingredients)

Ready in just over one hour, this No-knead Whole Wheat Bread recipe requires only 4 basic ingredients and is great for beginners.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: European, French
Keyword: 4 ingredients, no knead bread, whole wheat bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Rising time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Marlène Mamia


  • Rectangle loaf pan
  • wooden spoon
  • Mixing bowl


  • 500 g whole wheat flour
  • 10 g active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt - I use pink Himalayan salt
  • 450 ml warm water - NOT HOT - just above room temperature


  • Watch the one-minute recipe video (scroll down a bit) to see all instruction steps.
  • Mix the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, salt and active dry yeast) in a mixing bowl with the back of a wooden spoon.
    flour yeast and pink salt in white bowl
  • Add the warm water and use the back of the wooden spoon to mix the ingredients, until the dough comes together in a ball and comes away cleanly from the sides of the bowl. If the dough seems too dry and doesn't come together, add a little bit more warm water. If it seems too wet, add a bit more flour.
    bread dough in white bowl
  • Slightly grease or put baking paper on a rectangle baking tin.
  • Then, transfer the dough in a the loaf pan and wrap it with a clean tea towel. Let rise for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 200.C (392.F)
  • Unwrap the loaf pan, and bake for 40 minutes until brown on the top.
    wholewheat bread in rectangle loaf tin with baking paper
  • Let cool for minimum 15 minutes before cutting, and enjoy!!
    no knead wholewheat bread with avocado toast-2



PRO TIP: The quality of the flour you use matters a lot, so try to get a good quality organic whole wheat flour if that's possible for you!
For a white bread recipe: Easy French Baguettes (no machine).
Tried this recipe?Mention @thedorkyfrench or tag #thedorkyfrench on instagram!


Serving: 1slice


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  1. Can I store your bread slices in silicone bags and put it on my desk for a week? Will mold grow in the bag?

    I want to eat 5 slices of bread a day. I will have 4 silicone bags per day I think

    • Hi Elaine, one week is a long time for bread to sit at room temperature, it probably won’t have mold yet but it would definitely be dry. You can store it in those silicone bags at room temperature for 3 days, or freeze it sliced in airtight containers for up to 3 months. Could be a good option to freeze the individual slices and unfreeze each the day before you need it. I hope that helps and I apologise for not answering this earlier.

  2. 5 stars
    Your recipe makes very tasty bread. I have already baked this a few times. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  3. Thank you for the recipe. I have not yet made this, but am wondering if the recipe would also work for a focaccia?

    • Hi Phillip, the honest answer is that I do not know for sure as I have not tried making this recipe for a focaccia. If you do try it, I would love to know if it worked and if you enjoyed this version!

  4. Discovered your recipe yesterday and baked this today while Bread-Eater Hubby was on Zoom call! He couldn’t believe it didn’t come out of a mix. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Our favorite from now on.

    • Thank you for your kind words. I am happy to read that you and your husband enjoyed the bread! Feel free to leave a star rating on the recipe page, I would highly appreciate it 🙂

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