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Horizontal image of a slice of pecan and blueberry bread spread with butter on a cooling rack.

White Whole Wheat Pecan Bread with Dried Blueberries

  • Author: Kelli McGrane
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes to 4 hours, 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices) 1x


Looking for a healthy, homemade bread recipe? This whole wheat pecan bread with dried blueberries is perfect on its own or as a sandwich.


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus more for greasing 
  • 1 cup lukewarm water*
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces, toasted
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 3 cups (340 grams) white whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • Unsalted butter (optional)


  1. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all ingredients except the butter and stir until a soft dough forms.
  3. Using a stand mixer, beat the dough until it no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl and becomes more firm.
  4. Switch mixer attachment to a bread hook and knead dough for 7-10 minutes, until smooth and slightly sticky.
  5. Transfer dough to the greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap that’s been lightly greased, and allow dough to rise for 1-2 hours. It should be puffy and nearly doubled in size.
  6. Lightly grease an 8 ½-by-4 ½-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  7. Gently deflate the dough and transfer to a lightly greased surface. Shape dough into an 8-inch log and transfer it to the prepared loaf pan.
  8. Tent the pan with greased plastic wrap and let rise again for 1-2 hours, or until it’s risen 1-2 inches above the side of the pan.
  9. Once bread is almost done rising, preheat oven to 350°F.
  10. Place bread in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake another 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned and the bottom of the bread sounds hollow when tapped. If you have a thermometer, the inside of the bread should reach 190°F. 
  11. Remove from oven and carefully remove from the pan and transfer to a cooling rack. For extra flavor, gently rub a stick of butter over the top before it cools.


*may need an extra 2 tablespoons in the winter or in drier climates

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Baked Goods

Keywords: bread, whole wheat, white whole wheat flour, dried blueberry, pecan