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Bread Machine Wheat Bread with Molasses and Agave – Vegan

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Making bread in a bread maker is so easy to do! This bread machine wheat bread is vegan. It’s made with molasses and agave and is nicely textured, not too heavy, and has a hearty rich flavor!

You are going to love this bread machine wheat bread! It’s ridiculously easy and so tasty. I enjoy this vegan wheat bread with a slab of (vegan) butter or jam. You can also slice it and use as thick and hearty sandwich bread.

Reasons you will love this homemade wheat bread

  • hearty rich flavor
  • texture that’s not too heavy – but definitely substantial
  • so easy in the bread machine – set it and forget it
  • the ingredients make it vegan
  • big hit with the fam!

About a year ago I decided to revive my bread making skills – like everybody else who was staying at home at the time. I’m honestly no baker though!

I dug around in my garage and discovered an old bread machine from (seriously!) the 90’s and thought I’d give it a whirl. Uh…the 90’s called for their failed technology …

There might have been a reason this old bread machine was hiding in the depths of my dusty garage! So I bought a new one…. my wonderful all new and shiny (and functioning) Cuisinart Bread Maker! And suddenly I was an expert vegan homemade bread baker!

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Ingredients needed to make bread machine wheat bread – and make it vegan

  • water
  • plant milk – I used oat
  • vegan butter – I used country crock sticks
  • molasses
  • agave
  • whole wheat flour
  • white bread flour
  • salt
  • fast acting yeast

How to make light and tasty wheat bread in a bread machine

Make sure you read and understand the directions of your bread maker. This recipe was developed using my new Cuisinart Bread Maker and I LOVE it!

Step 1: The liquid ingredients

You will start by pouring in the liquid ingredients to the bottom of your bread machine. I find it best for the yeast when the liquid ingredients are just above room temperature.

Think of the yeast as Goldilocks. She wouldn’t want the liquid to be too hot or too cold!

To get the perfect liquid temperature, I first measure out the water into a microwavable container and then slice the butter into the water.

butter sliced in cup of water

I then microwave for a minute just to melt the butter. At this point the liquid is TOO HOT!

Next I measure out the cold milk (I used oat milk) into the same container. This will start to cool down the liquid slightly.

Then go ahead and pour it into the inner container of the bread maker. Measure out the agave and molasses and pour in as well.

pouring molasses in bread machine

The next step will be measuring and adding the flour, salt, and yeast. By the time you do that, the liquid will have cooled down enough but still be above room temperature and will be JUST RIGHT!

Step 2: Meaure out the wheat and white flours

Okay… here again you could just put the measuring cup into the bag of flour and scoop out the portion you need. I strongly caution you against that!

Your flour will be too compacted into the measuring cup and you will be adding too much flour! Try the spoon method – or as my grandmother called it- lightening the flour.

If you lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup until it’s just full, and then level the top with the flat part of a knife, you will be using a little less flour than if you crammed it in the measuring cup; but the finished baked bread will be a little less heavy too.

I actually did an experiment measuring my flour both ways and found that by cramming the measuring cup into the bag and packing in the flour, I used a total of 3/8 cup EXTRA total flour! That’s huge! I now understand why professional bakers and those in other countries weigh their flour – and I might start doing this!

At any rate, if you do the spoon method and NOT pack it in, you will have just the correct amount of flour for this homemade bread recipe.

Add the flours, salt and yeast to the top of the liquid. You are good to go now!

the flour and yeast in bread machine

Step 3: Bake the bread – the Settings

And this is where is gets tricky… because your bread machine might have different settings than mine. This is what I do using my Cuisinart bread maker. I’d love to hear how it works on yours!

I set my bread machine for:

  • white bread – it’s setting number one
  • medium crust, and
  • medium- sized load

It will take about 3 and a half hours once you press the start button. But once you say “go” – it’s just set it and forget it! Soon your house will smell amazing and you’ll be eating thick slices of crusty, warm, hearty wheat bread!

baked wheat bread with slices of buttered bread in foreground

Some FAQs

Do I need to use vegan butter?

If you are not vegan you can use your butter of choice. This recipe was developed using vegan butter which is always salted – so use salted butter.

Can I sub in oil for the vegan butter?

I’ve made this recipe with coconut oil and it was fine. Add in a little more salt – about 1/4 teaspoon extra.

Can I substitute the molasses?

Molasses has a unique flavor. If you really want to make a sub for it then sub in about 3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar and 1 tablespoon extra water.

Can I substitute the agave?

Use a liquid sweetener of choice. I do not eat honey but if you do then you can substitute that or maple syrup.

It says wheat bread but you use white flour!

That’s right – it says “wheat” bread – not 100% whole wheat bread. I choose to have a lighter loaf and so I use a combination of flours for this recipe. I am working on a whole wheat loaf so stay tuned.

Can I use regular yeast instead of fast acting?

This recipe was developed using fast acting yeast and you will have better results.

Can I use regular all-purpose flour instead of bread flour?

This recipe was developed using bread flour. Use bread flour to achieve better results. You can read about it here in this article from Bon Appetit.

Serving suggestions

Spread a little (vegan) butter and spread a little love!

Top with jam or jelly! I also love a healthy dollop of my Peach Butter with Pineapple and Amaretto on top!

Yes, we eat this for breakfast! And it would make a great after school snack.

Slice and use for sandwich bread.

It’s so big and hearty that one slice, cut in half, easily makes a filling satisfying sandwich.

How long will this homemade wheat bread keep?

I have no idea how long this homemade wheat bread will keep as we never keep it around longer than a day in my house…sorry (not sorry).

The printable recipe card for homemade wheat bread using a bread machine

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baked wheat bread with slices of buttered bread in foreground

Bead Machine Wheat Bread with Molasses and Agave – vegan

Making bread in a bread maker is so easy to do! This bread machine wheat bread made with molasses and agave is nicely textured, not too heavy, and has a hearty rich flavor!
from 11 reader reviews
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Course: school lunch box, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread machine bread, vegan bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey


  • bread machine


  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons vegan butter
  • cup plant milk I used oat milk
  • 3 Tablespoons agave
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups white bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ ounce fast acting yeast see notes


  • Melt the butter in the microwave for about 1 minute along with the water.
  • Add the cold plant-milk into the same container. This should cool it down enough so that it will be the right temperature for the yeast.
  • Add the water/butter/milk mixture to the bread machine inner container.
  • Add the molasses and agave.
  • Measure out and add the flours on top along with the salt. Sprinkle the yeast on top.
  • On my bread machine I set the settings to the white cycle, medium crust, and medium loaf. Please read and understand the directions for your bread machine.
  • Press start and let the magic happen! In about 3½ hours you will have hot delcious bread. Enjoy!


The cook time includes the entire time in the bread machine – including mixing, kneading, rising, and baking. 
Use the liquid sweetener of choice. This recipe was developed using agave. I don’t use honey but imagine it would work as well.
You may sub in melted coconut oil for the (vegan) butter. You will need to add a little more salt though – about 1/4 teaspoon extra.
For best results, when you measure your flour, lightly spoon it into the measuring cup and then level the top with a flat knife.  
For best results, use fast acting yeast. 3/4 ounce is the size of a small package. This is the equivalent of 2 1/4 teaspoons.
This recipe was developed using a Cuisinart Bread Maker. I just bought it a while ago and love it! Make sure you read and understand the directions for the bread machine you use.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg

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4 thoughts on “Bread Machine Wheat Bread with Molasses and Agave – Vegan”

  1. 5 stars
    This was my first time making bread in a bread maker and I could not believe how easy it was! Delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    Nothing better than homemade bread and how wonderful the house smells when it bakes. You’re recipe sounds scrumptious!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve been wanting to try a new recipe that uses a bread machine and this bread recipe can’t get any better. So good and perfect for breakfast!


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