These healthier bread rolls are so soft and moist. They are just 3 ingredients and don’t require any yeast, white flour, eggs, butter or oil. You can have fresh bread ready in about 30 minutes.
If you’re looking for a healthier bread to make, this recipe is for you. These bread rolls are super easy to make and made with more nutritious ingredients than traditional bread rolls.
- Whole Wheat Flour
- Baking Powder
- Greek Yogurt
Whole Wheat Flour: Bread is often made with white flour. Instead of white flour, these bread rolls are made with whole wheat flour, which contains more nutrients than white flour. I made these with whole wheat pastry flour. Whole wheat pastry flour has less protein and produces softer and more tender baked goods. My family doesn’t usually like when I bake with whole wheat flour because of its texture, but whole wheat pastry flour makes the baked goods much softer. If you only have regular whole wheat flour, you can use that as well, your rolls just won’t be quite as soft. Looking for a substitute for wheat flour? I have a healthy bread that uses oat flour instead.
Baking powder: Instead of yeast, this quick bread uses baking powder to help the bread rise.
Greek Yogurt: This recipe uses nonfat plain greek yogurt. Greek yogurt provides moisture and makes these rolls very soft without needing any butter or oil. Other greek yogurts may work (like low fat or whole milk), but the amount you need to add may be different and the texture of the bread rolls may not be the same. If you want to make these with regular yogurt, I have a recipe for bread made with regular yogurt.
How to Make Healthy Bread Rolls
The flour and baking powder are whisked together until evenly combined. The Greek yogurt is then added into the flour until a sticky dough forms. The dough is then divided into balls and then they are baked until golden.
Healthy Bread Roll Variations
These bread rolls taste like soft, slightly tangy bread. They are a little plain on their own. If you are eating them with a spread, then they should be just fine. But if you want to eat them plain, you can add some things to make them more flavorful on their own.
- Sprinkle the surface with coarse salt before baking. While the bread rolls already contain sodium, this will add a little extra salt flavor to the bread.
- Use a flavored nonfat Greek yogurt. Adding yogurt that has sugar added will cause the rolls to spread out more, but flavored yogurt will also add more flavor and some sweetness to the bread rolls.
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3 Ingredient Healthy Bread Rolls
- 2 cups (239 g) whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tbsp (14.5 g) aluminum free baking powder
- 1 3/4 cups (390 g) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Add flour and baking powder to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until evenly combined.
- Add in 1 1/2 cups of yogurt. Do not add the full amount. Save the remaining 1/4 cup, which you may not need to use. Stir the yogurt into the flour. I found it easier to start with a spatula and then used my hand to knead the flour into the dough. You can also use a mixer with dough hook attachment if you don't want to use your hand. At first your mixture may appear too dry, but you should be able incorporate more flour the more you knead. If your dough can no longer absorb any more flour and you still have some flour left in your bowl, add in more of the remaining yogurt, only 1 tbsp at a time, until all the flour is worked into the dough. You want to stop adding in yogurt when the flour is all incorporated. You do not want the dough to be too wet because it will change the texture of the bread (see notes).
- Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll one piece between your palms to form a smooth ball. Place onto prepared baking mat. Repeat with remaining dough pieces, spacing bread rolls 2 inches apart. I recommend washing your hands in between each ball to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands.
- Bake bread for about 20-25 minutes or until bread rolls look cooked and tops are lightly golden brown.
- I have only tested this with nonfat plain Greek yogurt. I have not tested with whole milk or low fat greek yogurt.
- Whole wheat pastry flour can be substituted with regular whole wheat flour though your rolls may not be quite as soft. See post for more details.
- You need to be careful with how much yogurt you add to these rolls. Adding too much yogurt will yield a more sticky and wet dough but the breads will come out with a texture more like a soft biscuit rather than a soft bread roll. You want your dough to be on the drier side and you should stop kneading and stop adding more yogurt as soon as the flour is all incorporated.
- Different yogurt brands will have different consistency of Greek yogurt. Try to choose a very thick Greek yogurt. I like using Kirkland brand, Fage or 365 Whole Foods Brand.
- Because the amount of moisture varies depending on brand, the exact amount of yogurt you need to add can vary. Sometimes I only need 1 1/2 cups, sometimes I need 1-4 tbsp more.
- These breads are soft and a little tangy. They do taste a little plain on their own but I think it's fine if you plan on eating them with spread or something else. If you want to add more flavor, I share some ideas for variations in the post.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.