Organic Bread, for Less than $2 a Loaf!

Ever experienced organic sticker shock? Even for simple, everyday items such as bread, buying organic can be tough on your tight budget. I believe everyone has the right to eat clean, healthy foods ““ which is why I’ve been experimenting in my kitchen to come up with the perfect, organic bread recipe for less than $2 a loaf! (Bonus – it’s easy too!)

Make your own organic bread and save money! Click here to shop for organic wheat flour. Homemade Organic Wheat Bread

Makes 1 loaf (in bread machine)

Ingredients  

3 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 Tbsp. canola oil
1/3 cup honey
1-1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water (bath temperature)

Directions

Follow bread machine manufacturer’s instructions to add ingredients and bake. In my machine, I use the “whole wheat” setting, 1.5 lbs., light color.

Cost breakdown*:

Flour — $3.69 for 4 lbs. = $0.73 / loaf
Salt —  approx. $0.03 / loaf
Canola oil — approx. $0.37 / loaf
Honey — approx $0.42 / loaf
Yeast — approx. $0.21 / loaf

Total = $1.76

*Based on regularly priced organic food items at Vitacost.com on April 2, 2013.

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Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!

Dana Zucker

Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!

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Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!

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11 comments on «Organic Bread, for Less than $2 a Loaf!»

  1. Karen Mack says:

    If you’re going to all the trouble of making wholesome organic bread for your family, you will want to use another oil in place of canola oil (unless it’s organic canola) as canola oil is one of the main GMO crops in the U.S.

    1. Dana says:

      Karen, thank you so much for your comment. You are right, there are a ton of oils out there. In our home I try to use a lot of real foods and keep it organic. I use Spectrum Organic Canola Oil, which is Non-GMO Project Verified in addition to being organic. I have used other oils as well in this recipe. When my vegan hubby is not around to eat it, if I make bacon I use the drippings. I have also used organic coconut oil. What organic oil would you use?

  2. georgia says:

    Canola is mostly genetically engineered, so not designating it as organic means this bread ain’t either. Whole wheat flour is mostly commercial – not organic. Honey loses its beneficial properties if heated above 120 degrees.

    Please, just change the recipe name to “wheat bread”. And hire another writer.

  3. Terri dyckoff says:

    What can I use instead of honey I am gluten lactose and fructose intolerant

  4. Dana says:

    Georgia, thank you for your thoughts. Please see the information in my comment above about canola. All the ingredients I use are single item organics, thus the bread is 100% organic. Many breads you buy at the market may say organic, but unless it reads 100% organic it may be 95% organic. I agree about the honey and use it for taste in this recipe. You are also right that there are a lot of commercial flours out there. I use organic whole wheat that I order from Vitacost, mainly Bob’s Whole Wheat Organic. There are other options out there, too. Do you have a recipe you use? I love learning new ways to make my food healthier!

  5. Dana says:

    Terri, In reality you don’t need it, but I use for taste. I have used maple syrup, but my guess is you cannot use that either. What natural sweeteners can you use?

  6. Carolann says:

    What about using Agave for a sweetener?

  7. Paula says:

    Terri, Maybe you can use brown rice syrup as a sweetener. I use the one made by Lundberg Farms. Even in my homemade granola.

  8. Elana says:

    Georgia’s reply is a little angry sounding…I assumed if I’m buying whole wheat flour, I’d be responsible for buying ORGANIC flour…

    Personally, I eat sprouted bread, so I sprout organic wheat berries and then make my own flour (using my Vitamix blender dry container). I don’t have a bread machine, but it’s a nice reminder to see this recipe..my mom used to bake our bread so I think after my baby is born (any day now), I might go back to baking too!! Thanks for posting!!

    1. Dana says:

      Elana,
      I am thinking of a Vitamix as my next kitchen friend. Seems like there is so much it can do. My husband hinted at getting a mill, but I think a Vitamix has more uses. I am totally going to try sprouted bread at home. I just started sprouting. Thank you for the inspiration. Best wishes to you with the new little one and happy baking!

  9. Martha Parrett says:

    I asked for a gluten free bread recipe, all I found was one using whole wheat flour.
    How can that be gluten free?

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