Healthy Yeast Bread Recipes

Find healthy, delicious yeast bread recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Two-Ingredient-Dough Margherita Pizza

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You won't believe how quick and easy it is to make this healthy pizza. Thanks to a two-ingredient dough that combines self-rising flour and Greek yogurt, there is no need for a rise time. Just roll, top and bake, and you'll have a delicious dinner on the table in under half an hour.

Two-Ingredient Dough

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Containing just two ingredients--self-rising flour and Greek yogurt--this healthy dough is a snap to make! It is exceptionally versatile; you can use it to make pizza and even bagels (see associated recipes). To make this dough whole-wheat or gluten-free, make your own self-rising flour by adding baking powder and salt to your favorite whole-wheat or gluten-free flour (see Tip).

Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

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To improve the nutritional profile of pizza, use half whole-wheat and half all-purpose flour, which yields a light crust with a distinctive nutty taste. Quick-rising yeast shortens rising time to just 10 minutes, making homemade pizza a possibility for busy weeknights. Use a food processor, stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or your hands to mix the dough. Add enough liquid to the dry ingredients to make a soft dough. If kneading by hand, toss, rather than push, the dough onto the counter for about 10 minutes; this allows the gluten to develop without incorporating too much flour.

Whole-Wheat Sourdough Bread

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Re-create fresh artisan sourdough bread to rival your local bakery--at home! This simple blend of whole-wheat flour, sourdough starter, sea salt and water produces bread with a tart, melt-in-your-mouth taste perfect for sopping up sauces, eating as toast or making into a sandwich.

Cinnamon-Sugar Pull-Apart Rolls

Get a delicious breakfast treat in the oven in just 15 minutes with this easy pull-apart roll recipe. 
By Adam Dolge

Two-Ingredient-Dough Bagels

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Traditional bagels are made with a yeast dough and boiled before they are baked. This much faster version uses a two-ingredient dough made from self-rising flour and Greek yogurt, which eliminates the need for a rise time. Sprinkle the bagels with your favorite toppings--like everything bagel seasoning--before baking.

Homemade Breadsticks with Chard

Flecks of chard bring an earthy sweetness and festive look to these twisted breadsticks. Spinach would also work.

Fried Apple Pie Rolls

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In this healthy take on apple pie, wonton wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream.

EatingWell Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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Lighten up pizza night with this low-carb alternative to traditional pizza dough. Riced cauliflower combines with egg and cheese to make a gluten-free pizza crust that's crisp on the outside but soft on the inside. Simply top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for a healthier pizza you'll love.

Seeded Multigrain Boule

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Not only is this seeded loaf high in fiber, but the blend of seeds and grains lends it a wonderfully nutty flavor, aroma and texture. A heavy container with a tight-fitting lid works best, as the steam trapped inside the pot helps crisp the crust of the boule. Keep in mind that in a very wide-bottomed pot the loaf will spread out and be fairly flat; in a taller, narrower one it will be thicker and have more height (but may take slightly longer to bake).

Seven-Grain Bread

This bread loaf is full of robust wheat flavor with a touch of honey for sweetness and plenty of good-for-you grains.

Bagel Gone Bananas

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Talk about a grab-and-go breakfast: this bagel topped with nut butter and banana slices is ready in just 5 minutes and easy to eat on the run.

Inspiration and Ideas

22 No-Knead Bread Recipes That Practically Make Themselves

Making bread is easier than you thought with these delicious no-knead bread recipes. These recipes leave the bulk of the work to the mixers so you can relax and watch the dough come together. Learn how to make no-knead bread recipes like Seeded Multigrain Boule and No-Knead Focaccia with Peaches & Prosciutto, which are tasty and a great project to get you in the kitchen.

Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread Rolls

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This easy whole-wheat Irish soda bread roll recipe gets its rise from baking soda instead of yeast, so you can enjoy warm bread with just a few minutes of prep and 25 minutes in the oven.