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Whole wheat flour

What is whole wheat flour? About the cooking ingredient whole wheat flour. Including 1408 recipes, nutrition data, and where to find it.

About

Whole wheat flour  is a powdery substance derived by grinding or mashing the wheat's whole grain.

It is used in baking but typically added to other "white" flours to provide nutrients (especially fiber and protein), texture, and body to the finished product.

Whole wheat flour is more nutritious than refined white flour, although in a process called food fortification, some micronutrients are added back to the white flour (required by law in some jurisdictions). Fortified white wheat flour does not, however, contain the macronutrients of the wheat's bran and germ (especially fiber and protein). Whole wheat is a good source ofcalcium, iron, fiber, and other minerals like selenium.

Shelf life

Whole wheat flour has a shorter shelf life than white flour. The higher oil content contained in the bran of the wheat, as the higher oil content leads to rancidity with longer term storage. It is also more expensive, due to its relative unpopularity and the inclusion of the wheat bran and wheat germ, which producers of white flour can sell separately.

To avoid rancidity store your whole grain flour tightly sealed in the freezer.

Typically, whole wheat flour is not the main ingredient of baked goods, as it adds a certain "heaviness" which prevents baked goods from rising as well as white flours.

This adds to the cost per volume of the baked item as it requires more flour to obtain the same volume, due to the fewer and smaller air pockets trapped in the raised goods. Thus, many baked goods advertised as whole wheat are not entirely whole wheat; they may contain some refined white wheat, as long as the majority of the wheat used is whole wheat.

Nevertheless, it is possible to make a high-rising, light loaf of 100% whole wheat bread, so long as one increases the water content of the dough (the bran and germ in whole wheat absorb more water than plain white flour), kneads the dough for a longer period of time to develop the gluten adequately, and allows for a longer rise before shaping the dough.

Some bakers let the dough rise twice before shaping. The addition of fats, such as butter or oil, and milk products (fresh milk, powdered milk, buttermilk, yogurt, etc.) can also greatly assist the rising process.

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Bob's Red Mill, Organic, Whole Wheat Flour, 48 oz (1.35 kg)

Bob's Red Mill, Organic, Whole Wheat Flour, 48 oz (1.35 kg)

by Bob's Red Mill

Bob's Red Mill finely ground, 100% Organic Whole Wheat Flour is freshly milled on cool and slow turning, century-old stone-buhr millstones from U Bob's Red Mill

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Great River Organic Milling, Organic Whole Wheat Bread Flour, 25-Pound Package

Great River Organic Milling, Organic Whole Wheat Bread Flour, 25-Pound Package

by Great River Organic Milling

One, 25-pound bag Certified organic; non-GMO grains Milled from hard red spring wheat grown in the northern plains Finely ground flour Works well in bread machines that have a whole grain cycle

Retail: $39.32 Your price: $38.43

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100% Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour, 5lbs

100% Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour, 5lbs

by Bob's Red Mill

100% Stone Ground All Natural No Preservatives Superb for Bread Baking by Hand or Machine

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King Arthur Flour Flour Premium 100% Whole Wheat 5 Lb 2 Packs

King Arthur Flour Flour Premium 100% Whole Wheat 5 Lb 2 Packs

by King Arthur

100% of the wheat germ and bran. Naturally pure and wholesome. 100% whole grain. Premium. All natural.

$24.49

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Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Flour, 24-Ounce (Pack of 4)

Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Flour, 24-Ounce (Pack of 4)

by Bob's Red Mill

Pack of four, 24-ounce (total of 96-ounce) 100% stone ground Trans fat free Cholesterol free Kosher certified

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Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour, 5-Pound (Pack of 4)

Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour, 5-Pound (Pack of 4)

by Bob's Red Mill

Pack of four, 5-ounce (total of 20-lbs) All natural Kosher certified Trans fat free Cholesterol free

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Great River Organic Milling 100% Organic Bread Flour Whole Wheat, 5 Pound Bags (Pack of 4)

Great River Organic Milling 100% Organic Bread Flour Whole Wheat, 5 Pound Bags (Pack of 4)

by Great River Organic Milling

Pack of four, 5-pound bags (total of 20 pounds) Certified organic; non-GMO grains Milled from hard red spring wheat grown in the northern plains Finely ground flour Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging Works well in bread machines that have a whole grain cycle

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General Mills Gold Medal Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour, 50 Pound

General Mills Gold Medal Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour, 50 Pound

by General Mills Gold Medal

50 pounds paper bag

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (120g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 406Calories from Fat 20
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.4g 2%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 87.1g 29%
Dietary Fiber 15g 59%
Sugars 0.5
Protein 16.4g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4% Iron 26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Whole wheat flour is usually found in the baking supplies section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Whole wheat flour is a member of the Cereal Grains and Pasta USDA nutritional food group.

How much does whole wheat flour weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 120

In Chinese:全麦面粉
British (UK) term: Whole wheat flour
en français:farine de blé entier
en español:harina de trigo integral

Recipes using whole wheat flour

There are 1408 recipes that contain this ingredient.

100% Whole Wheat Banana Bread
100% Whole Wheat Bread
100% Whole Wheat Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls
100% Whole Wheat Pita Bread
100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
100% Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread
12 Grain Crepes
12-Grain Crepes with Warm Applesauce
Almond and Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Almond Thumbprint Cookies (Low Fat, Low Calorie)
Almond-Peach Crumble
Aloo Mathar Paratha  (Sides)

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References

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