Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

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Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls that are so easy to make, so soft, and fluffy. These dinner rolls are perfect for sandwiches, the holidays or any time of the year. Make sure you eat some warm with some good butter! Yum!

Baked honey whole wheat dinner rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Homemade bread is one of the wonders of life and these Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls are no exception! They are so flavorful, soft and I love that these rolls are made with no added sugar!

Since we’ve been staying home more I have been making a lot of homemade bread. One of my favorite versions is this one with whole wheat flour and honey!

You can use these rolls to make some Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger or serve them with some Lentil Stew and Beef Stew Without Wine.

Why This Recipe Works

  • The rolls are versatile. We have enjoyed these rolls in various forms from making burgers with them to using them for breakfast sandwiches.
  • They are not too dense. With a combination of whole wheat flour and bread flour, you get rolls that incorporate whole wheat flour but they’re not too heavy.
  • They are great for meal prep. Make these rolls ahead and save them to enjoy all through the week.
Whole wheat rolls on a white serving platter.

Hope you enjoy them too! They are so good!

What Makes Great Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls?

I have found that using only whole wheat flour to make dinner rolls results in rolls that are super dense. So to make great whole wheat dinner rolls, use a blend of whole wheat flour and all-purpose or bread flour.

That way, the rolls are not dense at all. They are super soft and they still have a bit of texture and the nutrients from the whole wheat flour.

Hand pressing on a soft dinner roll.
Wheat rolls on a platter with one roll opened to show soft texture.

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls Ingredients

  • Whole wheat flour: Provides fiber and nutrients.
  • Bread flour or all-purpose flour: Use bread flour if you can but all-purpose flour works as well.
  • Neutral Oil: For softer rolls.
  • Honey: For sweetness
  • Evaporated milk: For flavor and richness. Whole milk would work as well.
  • Eggs: For richness.
  • Active Dry Yeast: To help the rolls rise. You could use fast rising yeast as well in a pinch.
  • Salt: For flavor. Don’t skip the salt and it brings out the flavors well.
  • Lukewarm water: To activate the yeast.

See the recipe card below with a detailed list of ingredients and instructions.

Raw unbaked dinner rolls on a baking sheet.

How To Make Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

  • Pour lukewarm water into a large bowl. Add in milk and yeast and let it it rest for 5 minutes.
  • To the yeast mixture add in eggs, honey, oil and salt. Mix to combine.
  • Add in whole wheat flour and all purpose flour. Mix to form a dough.
  • Knead the dough until smooth.
  • Shape the dough into 18 equal portions. Roll the portions into balls and place on a baking sheet.
  • Let the rolls rise until doubled in size.
  • Bake until golden brown.
Wheat Rolls in a basket.


Serve these wheat rolls with the following dishes.

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Baked honey whole wheat dinner rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

5 from 1 vote
Soft, slightly sweet Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls made with no added sugar! These whole wheat rolls make the perfect to any dinner. They are great for sandwiches too or for simply slathering butter on them and enjoying.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 18 servings


  • 12 oz evaporated milk 1 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 cup water, lukewarm
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups bread flour


  • Warm milk to be lukewarm. The milk should be only slightly warm to the touch, about 110 degrees Fahrenheit (around 43 degrees Celsius).
  • Pour the milk into a large mixing bowl. Add in the lukewarm water. Add the active dry yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes for the yeast to activate.
  • Add in the eggs, oil, honey and salt. Whisk everything with a whisk to combine.
  • Add in the whole wheat flour and all purpose flour. Use your fingers to mix to form a dough. Transfer the dough to clean surface sprinkled with flour and knead until smooth for about 5 minutes, sprinkle more flour as needed. Don't sprinkle on too much flour. It is okay if the dough is slightly sticky.
  • Divide the dough into 18 equal parts. Shape each part into a ball and place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Keep the rolls in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour until doubled in size. (To make the rolls rise I usually turn my oven on for 1 minute then turn if OFF and place the rolls in the warm oven. It works every time!)
  • After the rolls have risen, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake rolls in preheated oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown on top.
  • Brush the baked rolls with melted butter if desired.


1. To make honey easily slide out of the measuring cup, first measure the oil first then use the same measuring cup to measure the honey. That way the honey slides out of the cup easily and a good chunk doesn’t stick to the measuring cup.
2. Nutritional info is per bread roll.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Calories: 184
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  1. Hello Precious ,
    Trust you’re good and family too.Just want to appreciate you for the simple recipes you post.
    I tried my hands on pain au lait and my hubby got hooked
    I have made my own honey wheat recipe however I will try yours and give a review
    Thank you for all you do

    1. Hi Kemi, so glad the recipes have been useful! Please let me know how the Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls go.