The Best and Easiest 100% Whole Wheat Rolls

Today we wanted to share recipe for the best and easiest 100% whole wheat rolls.

We were so surprised by how easy these rolls come together. You basically just blend your ingredients, let your dough rise, punch it down, let it rise again, divide dough and place in 9 x 13 pan and bake them.  Even though it sounds like many steps, it takes little to no time or energy to make these rolls. 

If you’re new to making bread or intimidated by making your own bread starting with a batch of homemade rolls is an easy way to start.  It just as easy as making a loaf of homemade bread and allows for flexibility in the size you make each roll. 

The other great thing about this roll recipe are the ingredients.  The ingredients list is simple and consists of pantry staples.  Not only do these rolls come together in no time but you know every ingredient in them. 

These rolls not only make great dinner rolls but can also be used for sandwich rolls or sliders.  Better yet, these rolls are a much healthier version than anything you can buy from the store. With just a few hours of time you can throw together a pan of delicious homemade rolls that are less expensive and much healthier than anything you can purchase.  

Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls

The best and easiest homemade whole wheat rolls!

Author Sunup to Sundown


  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup lukewarm buttermilk or milk
  • 4 1/2 – 5 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Dissolve the yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water.  Set aside. 

  2. Cream the butter and honey in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  Add the eggs and mix, scraping the sides.  Add the warmed milk along with the yeast mixture. 

  3. Add 4 1/2 cups of flour and salt, mixing until combined.  Change to the dough hook and knead for 2-3 minutes, just until no longer tacky, adding a tablespoon or two of flour, if needed. 

  4. Let dough sit in bowl, covered, to rise for one hour.  Then turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead a couple of times.  Then let rest for 3 minutes. 

  5. Divide into 20 – 24 equal pieces, shaping each into a ball and placing in a buttered 13×9-inch taking dish.  The pieces of dough will touch. 

  6. Let rise, covered for 1 hour. 

  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Brush tops with butter once removed from oven. 

We really encourage you to try making these rolls for yourself or your family. We just made them for our Easter dinner and they were a hit as always. Not to mention that they were so easy to throw together and it was a given that we would just go ahead and prepare these rules and said of buying anything from a store.

We’d love to hear what you think about this recipe.  Let us know in the comments below. Thank you for visiting Sunup to Sundown! We’ll be back soon with another recipe or update regarding our garden or our journey to become more self-reliant.

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8 thoughts on “The Best and Easiest 100% Whole Wheat Rolls

  • Didn’t have any milk on hand so substituted it with almond milk. Turned out great! Thank you for the recipe!

    • Hi Diane,

      That is so great to hear. We will definitely be trying them with almond milk soon. Its so good to hear that they turned out good. Thanks for sharing!

      Ashley Bilyeu

    • Hi Emily, we haven’t done that yet but that would probably be fine. We have other recipes for rolls that we do that too. Typically we just don’t let them do there last rise until we take them out of the freezer to bake. Thanks for your comment.

    • Hello,

      Yes, 2 tablespoons of yeast is correct for the 100% whole wheat roll recipe. I know it seems like a lot but it is what works for this recipe so I wouldn’t change it. Please give it a try and let us know what you think.

      Thank you,
      Ashley Bilyeu

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