Substituting Whole Wheat for White Flour in Recipes

mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl

If you have a recipe that calls for white flour and you want to convert it to whole wheat flour you’ll need to adjust your liquid for best results. Whole wheat is more absorptive than white flour so your recipe might be too dry unless you add a little more liquid.

Whenever I’m changing the flour in a recipe I usually don’t substitute 100% the first time. I start with a 50% substitution and make necessary adjustments until the recipe is 100% whole wheat flour and tastes great!

 

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Comments

  1. Gabrielle says:

    Thank you! No wonder my attempts at dinner rolls were a little too dry! I’ve tried subbing out about a third of the flour, so it’s edible, but still a bit too dry. I’ll try adding more liquid next time!

  2. I had no idea there was an absorption difference! I prefer the taste but was clueless. My attempt at empanadas= too dry.

  3. Wendy says:

    I always substitute 100%, you may need to tweak it just a bit. If your family doesn’t like the hard red wheat, you can use the hard white or a mixture of other grains, depending on what you are making.

  4. Michelle says:

    Thank you! Such a no brainer but still didn’t think of it until I read this post. Excited to bake now!

  5. Vieve says:

    OR use WHITE WHOLE WHEAT flour. Yes, there is such a thing. It is a whole grain, and comes from the white wheatberry instead of the red. It is lighter and really fabulous. Has all the goodness of regular wholewheat. I found it at my store with the other flours. Ask.

  6. Jenni says:

    Great tip! I usually only sub 50% when I do substitutions, but I hadn’t thought about adding extra liquid to make it work better. I will try that next time. Thanks! :)

  7. susan says:

    I was just wondering about this about a week ago! Thanks for this and everything else you do!

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