9 Healthy Bread Recipes for the Bread Machine

9 Healthy Bread Recipes for the Bread Machine

Whether you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet or just looking for some new recipes to try out, these nine healthy bread recipes are perfect for the bread machine! They’re all easy to follow and use ingredients that are good for you, so you can enjoy fresh-baked bread without worrying about what’s in it.

So give one of these recipes a try today and see how delicious healthy bread can be!

I always thought bread recipes for bread machines were extremely unnecessary until a friend of mine convinced me to get one.

The main reason why I bought a bread machine is that as a mum, I need to know what is in the food my kids eat. Also, it saves me money and I can make just enough bread I need instead of buying a pack and not being able to finish the whole thing! What a waste.

So, I surfed the internet for healthy bread recipes I can use for the bread machine and these are the ones I’ve tried. These are super delicious – let us know how it went for you!

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1. Four-Ingredient White Bread


  • 350ml water
  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon yeast


  • Put all ingredients into your bread maker in the order from your instruction book. Mine is always liquid first then dry ingredients keeping salt and yeast to separate parts of pan. Switch on – my settings are basic, large and med crust.

2. Quick Pumpkin Bread


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional


Spray bread machine pan with nonstick cooking spray or baking spray.
In a bowl, mix vegetable oil, eggs, pumpkin puree, and sugar together until well blended.
Stir in the baking powder, soda, salt, spices, and flour just until mixed.
Pour the batter into the prepared bread machine pan and set on the cake or quick bread cycle.
Add chopped nuts at the beep, if using.
Carefully loosen the loaf from the pan and paddles and turn out onto a rack to cool.

2. Sourdough Rye Bread


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
  • 3/4 cup rye flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten


  • Put all ingredients in the bread machine in the order specified by your machine’s manufacturer.
  • Set on the dough setting. Let it do it’s thing, checking after 10 minutes or so to see if you need to adjust the liquid or flour.
  • Let rise, take out and form as desired.
  • Let rise again, and heat your oven to 350.
  • Slash and bake for 15 minutes, turn and bake another 15 minutes. Test for doneness. I use an instant-read thermometer and shoot for 195-200 degrees.
  • Let cool completely, slice and enjoy!

4. Honey Oat Bread


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups white bread flour
  • 1/2 cups rolled oats uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast


  • Combine ingredients in breadmaker per your manufacturer’s instructions.
  • You can replace 2 cups white bread flour with 2 cups whole wheat flour but include 1 tbsp vital wheat gluten (the original recipe suggested this).
  • Makes a moist, sweet loaf.

NOTE: cook time is for the basic/white cycle (medium crust; 1½ lb loaf) using a BreadmanPlus bread machine; your machine may differ.

5. Seeded Twirly Buns


  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 3¼ cups bread flour (if you must substitute all-purpose flour, you will need a little more)
  • 3 teaspoons instant or bread machine yeast

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg + 1 teaspoon water


  • Place ingredients in order listed into your bread machine (or follow the order specified in the manual for your machine). Always check to be sure the blade is in place before you start. Set on the DOUGH cycle.
  • When cycle is complete and dough has risen almost to top of the pan, remove dough to floured board or silicone sheet. Divide dough into two parts then each of those halves into 4 pieces making a total of 8. Loosely form each piece into a fat, rope shape. Then, STEP AWAY! Let the dough relax for about 10 minutes and life will be easier. Well… maybe not, but your dough will be much more agreeable about shaping.
  • Using your hands, roll and pull each rope into an elongated piece of dough approximately 12 inches long. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Then starting at one end, roll up like a snail. Place about 2 inches apart in a large pan or on a greased cookie sheet. Even better if covered with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. Tuck the end of the coil underneath the roll as you place it in the pan. With the palm of your hand, flatten coil slightly. Cover with towel.
  • Let rise in warm place till double. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Flatten rolls with palm of hand again down to about 1 inch thickness. Don’t worry, they will pop up in the oven. Brush each roll with egg wash. If desired, sprinkle buns with sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until golden. Cool on wire rack. When cool, split with a serrated knife to make sandwich buns.

6. Easy Tomato and Basil Bread


  • 2 cups tomato-basil flavored spaghetti sauce
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 cups bread flour*
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) Red Star Active Dry Yeast


  • Place spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese, 3 cups bread flour and yeast in bread pan. Select White or Basic cycle and start machine. Keeping the lid of the machine open, gradually add enough of the additional bread flour until mixture forms a smooth, soft ball. Close lid. When baking is complete, remove bread from machine as soon as possible. Cool on rack. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.
  • You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use ½ tsp Instant yeast (or ¾ tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe.

7. Grandma’s Christmas Bread


  • 1-1/4 cups warm milk (70° to 80°)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel


  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In bread machine pan, place the first seven ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • Just before the final kneading (your bread machine may audibly signal this), add the raisins, currants and lemon peel. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cooled bread. Yield: 1 loaf (about 2 pounds).

8. Apple Butter Bread


  • 1 cup water at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of yeast


1. ADD the following ingredients, in the order above, to your bread machine
2. SET breadmaker to 1.5 lb regular white bread loaf setting

9. Soft Garlic Sticks


  •  3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons lukewarm water


  •  2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  • Reverse order of ingredients so water is first. Flour will be next to last with yeast being the final ingredient added.
  • No need to reduce this recipemy machine will handle 3 cups of flour just fine. Yours probably will too.
  • Add up the liquid in the original recipe and you get 1-1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons. That’s likely too much for a bread machine. I cut the milk in half and subtracted 2 tablespoons water leaving me with 1-1/8 cup liquid-theoretically perfect according to principle #2. (Oil and butter are not included in liquid measurement)

If you have bread recipes you can recommend, let us know in the comments!

Do you have a bread machine at home? Which one of these bread recipes have you tried?9 Healthy Bread Recipes for the Bread Machine | Stay at Home Mum

If you’re in the market for a new bread machine, or maybe just looking for some fun and healthy recipes to try out, look no further! This list of nine recipes has something for everyone. From sweet to savory, there’s sure to be a recipe that catches your eye. So, get your ingredients ready and let your bread machine do all the work!

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