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Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

This Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls recipe is the perfect side dish to any dinner! No matter what main course you’re serving, they will be a great pair for your meal. Besides how tasty these rolls are, the best thing about them is how simple they are to make! The proofing takes up a little time, but you can do lots of things while the dough is just sitting there. In no time at all, you’ll have delicious dinner rolls that you don’t have to buy at the store, and cheaper too! After making these, I guarantee store-bought bread rolls will never taste the same!

Activated yeast
Activated Yeast

Bread Sweeteners

Honey is my sweetener of choice when it comes to dinner rolls. Especially in this recipe, because the honey matching well with whole wheat! In my experience, adding honey keeps my bread moist and fresh for longer than plain sugar. I’ve discovered the amount and kind of sugar used in your dough plays a role in how your bread can turn out. If you use too much sugar, it can dramatically change your bread results! This article from RedStar Yeast gives some good examples of the different sweeteners used in baking and how they can react in yeasted bread.

For the Love of Bread

Oh, how I love bread. Can you believe something as simple as flour, yeast, water, and sugar can turn into something stunning, such as this bread? I don’t know how people survive on low-carb or keto diets because carbs are the best. I am not one of them, nor will I ever be unless forced. Bread and carbs are delicious, are healthy, and give people energy and happiness! Don’t miss out on this Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls recipe because it’s worth the carbs!

Bread is the paper of the food industry. You write your sandwich on it. – Dwight Shrute

Dinner Roll Ingredients

The ingredients for these rolls are so simple! That’s why I love making rolls at home. You can control all of the ingredients in them, and they taste so much better!

Yeast Recommendations

Yeast can be a struggle to work with, making bread a challenge to bake. So, that is why I wanted to recommend both of my favorite brands to make it easier for anyone starting out. My top brand choice is Red Star Yeast. I mostly use their active dry yeast as it always shows me great results and will last up to a year in the freezer! My other favorite brand is Saf Instant Yeast. They have many fantastic products, but I usually go to the classic red bag. Their yeast also lasts a long time, making it easy to order in bulk. Because I do a lot of baking, I buy my yeast in bulk on Amazon. It makes it so much cheaper than buying it in the stores!

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If you enjoy the flavor of honey in your bread, this Honey Cinnamon Swirl Bread is the bread for you! Check it out after you make these delicious rolls.

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

These Honey Whole Wheat Rolls are healthy and delicious! They make the perfect side dish for any dinner!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Proofing Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 11 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 118 kcal


  • Stand Mixer with dough attachment
  • Measuring Cups
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • 9×13 Baking dish


  • 1 1/4 Cup Warm water
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups Unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole wheat flour


  • Activate the yeast by combining the warm water, honey, and yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer. Cover with a clean kitchen towel for 5 minutes. It should be bubbling at this point.
  • Add the salt, olive oil, and flours to the bowl and mix lightly with a spatula.
  • Attach the dough hook and knead the dough for 6 minutes. It should be soft but not sticky at this point.
  • Grease a large kitchen bowl with baking spray or olive oil. Transfer the dough to the bowl and then cover with plastic wrap. Proof it for an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  • Grease a 9×13 baking pan with baking spray. Push down the proofed dough and start forming into balls. Pinch the dough balls at the bottom and then place in the tray, 3 in a row except for one row will only be 2.
  • Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the rolls proof for 30 minutes, or until doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake the rolls in preheated oven for 16-18 minutes. They should be golden brown on the top and sound hollow when tapped.
  • Glaze with melted butter (optional)
    Let the rolls cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then serve or cool on a large plate.


  • The rolls can be frozen for up to 3 months: Place in two zip-top bags. Take them out of the freezer and defrost on the counter when you’re ready to use them.
  • The rolls can be kept on the counter in a zip-top bag for 3-5 days. 
  • If you’re kneading the dough by hand, it will take about 10 minutes.
Keyword Dinner Rolls, Healthy, Honey, Whole Wheat

17 thoughts on “Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls”

  1. 5 stars
    These look delicious! I love that the ingredients are simple, and it does not seem like your recipe would take much time or effort at all. I appreciate that being a full-time student and worker! Thank you for sharing!

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