15 Ways To Use Up That Bag of Whole Wheat Flour In Your Pantry|Recipes Spots

  • on October 6, 2023
15 Ways To Use Up That Bag of Whole Wheat Flour In Your Pantry

A tall stack of sweet zucchini pancakes on a plate with butter and syrup on top
Simply Recipes / Shilpa Iyer

In many people’s pantries, there are a few kinds of flour. All-purpose flour seems to take precedence over the others in everyday cooking and baking. Some of the other flours end up neglected until one day, the realization happens that whole wheat flour, corn flour, cake flour, gluten-free flour, or some specialty flour is past its prime.

We’re here to help you with at least one of the flours lingering in the cabinet—whole wheat flour. The 15 recipes below are designed specifically to use whole wheat flour, or they work well when you substitute some or all of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat with excellent results. You’ll find breads, tarts, muffins, cookies, and more that get both a flavor and nutritional boost from robust whole wheat flour.

Peruse these recipes, pick your favorite, grab your bag of opened whole wheat flour and get baking.

No-Knead Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

No Knead Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
Sally Vargas

Whole wheat flour adds a little nuttiness and a bit of extra nutrition to pizza dough. This easy recipe keeps for 3 days in the refrigerator so you can make it ahead and have it ready when it’s time to make homemade pizza.

Uses 1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcake

Two plates with healthier strawberry shortcake set on a table with white linens. Shortcake is piled with sliced strawberries and whipped yogurt topping. A wire basket of strawberries is to the left of the plates.
Alison Bickel

All the deliciousness of strawberry shortcake with a few healthier ingredient tweaks. There’s a bit less butter and more whole-grain flour than many recipes. And the whipped topping is half Greek yogurt instead of all heavy cream. The result is all satisfying.

Uses 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

Tomato Galette With Parmesan Whole Wheat Crust

tomato galette on whole wheat crust on a pizza stone
Sally Vargas

A galette is a rustic tart, giving you the freedom to pay attention to the ingredients—in this case, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan cheese—rather than getting the crust to look perfect. The dough comes together quickly in a food processor, and after a 30-minute chill time in the fridge, it’s ready to use.

Uses 1 cup whole wheat flour

Banana Bread

Easy banana bread cut into thick slices.
Kelly Hamilton

Everyone loves this banana bread, and you can easily swap out some or all of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour and still have a moist, flavorful quick bread that makes good use of the overripe bananas in your freezer.

Uses 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Oatmeal Bread

Front view of a loaf of a partially sliced loaf of oat bread
Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

Old-fashioned oats, whole wheat flour, white bread flour, and honey are the basis of this moist, hearty bread. This is a yeast bread, not a quick bread, so be sure to factor in the time it takes for the dough to rise when you decide to make it.

Uses 1 cup whole wheat flour

Easy Vegetable Tart with Carrots, Fennel and Chèvre

Savory Vegetable Tart with carrots and chevre cheese.
Sally Vargas

Call it a tart. Call it a galette. Call it delicious. Carrots, fennel, onion, and goat cheese fill this whole wheat crust and create a savory fall meal.

Uses 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

Zucchini Walnut Pancakes

Stack of pancakes with butter and maple syrup.
Simply Recipes / Shilpa Uskokovic

If you love zucchini bread, you’ll love these pancakes. Using whole wheat flour adds some healthy grains and the nuts add a bit of protein. Cinnamon and lemon give them a burst of flavor. Yum!

Uses 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Orange-Spiced Whole Wheat Muffins

Whole Wheat Muffins with Nuts
Alison Conklin

These muffins pair perfectly with cold mornings and hot tea. The recipe calls for whole wheat pastry flour and white flour, but you can substitute the whole wheat pastry flour for whole wheat, adding extra nutrition and nuttiness to them. They get a ton of flavor from orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

Uses 1 cup whole wheat flour

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

A loaf of Moist Pumpkin Bread cooling on a rack with a second loaf in the pan behind it.
Sara Bir

You can sub half of the all-purpose for whole wheat in this quick bread that’s a copycat of Starbuck’s version. It’s delicious without any add-ins, but feel free to throw in some nuts, vegan chocolate chips, raisins, or dried cranberries.

Uses 1 1/2 plus 1/8 cups whole wheat flour

Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins on a Parchment Lined Baking Pan
Simply Recipes / Sheryl Julian

Love carrot cake? These muffins are carrot cake-like and perfect for breakfast. They’re full of shredded carrots, apples, raisins, and whole wheat flour, plus the warming spices cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Uses 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Homemade flour tortillas on a plate in-between a teal linen. A small bowl of pickled jalepanos, a box shredder, shredded sheese and a halved avocado are around the plate.
Sally Vargas

Tortillas are easier to make than you think, and you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen: all-purpose flour, butter, salt, and water. You can substitute half or all of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. You’ll have fresh tortillas in an hour, perfect for all your taco needs.

Uses 1 to 2 cups whole wheat flour

Kicha (Eritrean Flatbreads)

Kicha from ‘In Bibi’s Kitchen’ Cookbook set on top of a linen on a wooden board.
Alison Bickel

Whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and salt are all you need to make this Northeast African flatbread, plus a little oil for frying it up in a non-stick skillet. Dip it in stew, eat it warm with butter, or pile stewed greens on top of this versatile bread.

Uses 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Easy Zucchini Bread

Slices of easy zucchini bread on a platter
Elise Bauer

If you have both zucchini and whole wheat flour to use up, this super easy-to-make bread is for you. You can swap out half of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat in this recipe to add some nuttiness and extra nutrition to this bread that’s like a spice cake with all the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in it.

Uses 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread on cutting board with knife next to it
Cindy Rahe

Peanut butter. Chocolate chips. Bananas. What a fantastic combination for a delicious quick bread. Swap out some or all of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour and add a little nutty flavor to the mix.

Uses 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Oatmeal Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies Recipe
Marta Rivera

Packed with rolled oats, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, almond butter, and chocolate chips, these nutritious cookies are the grab-and-go breakfast you’ll be happy you planned ahead.

Uses 1 cup whole wheat flour

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