Slow-Cooker Honey Whole-Wheat Rolls


The slow cooker yields super-tender, pillowy whole-wheat rolls. If you prefer them crustier, arrange the finished rolls on a baking sheet, brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with flaky sea salt, if desired. Broil, watching carefully, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

Slow-Cooker Honey Whole-Wheat Rolls
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed

  • 4 tablespoons honey, divided

  • 1 ¼ ounce envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

  • 5 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine milk, 1 tablespoon honey and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl, if mixing by hand). Set aside for 5 minutes.

  2. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons honey, oil, egg, whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour and salt to the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed with the dough hook or with a wooden spoon until a smooth, elastic ball forms and pulls away from the sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface; divide into 12 pieces, about 2 1/2 ounces each. Roll each piece into a smooth ball.

  3. Line a 6-quart or larger slow cooker with a large piece of parchment paper (it's OK to pleat it slightly to get it over the bottom and partway up the sides); coat the paper with cooking spray. Add the rolls in a single layer. Cover and cook on High until the rolls are starting to brown around the edges and spring back lightly when touched, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Transfer the rolls to a wire rack and let cool slightly before serving warm.


6-qt. or larger slow cooker, parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

226 Calories
8g Fat
34g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 226
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Vitamin A 58IU 1%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Potassium 154mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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