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Whole Wheat Potato Bread

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Whole Wheat Potato Bread is a fabulous way to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! This bread is so good, you’ll definitely want to make two loaves!whole wheat potato bread

Whole Wheat Potato Bread

In a massive food fail, I once let almost 20 pounds of organic potatoes freeze on my enclosed front porch. Yeah, pretty dumb, huh?? I beat myself up pretty good over that!

Immediately, I turned to google to figure out what the heck to do with all of my rock hard potatoes and was dismayed to find that almost every source said they had to be trashed. I’m not going to lie to you: they were quite nasty: soft and squishy and very “juicy.”

But, I wasn’t giving up that easily!! Potato bread was on my mind, but I’d never made it and needed to find a recipe. Since I bake almost exclusively with freshly ground flour, I wanted to find a recipe that incorporated fresh flour.

Through Pinterest, I ended up at the blog Common Sense Homesteading and found a recipe that looked promising. I decided to make 3 small loaves to see if it would work and I was delighted that it did! In fact, this bread is beyond good – it might just be my new favorite bread!! I only hope I don’t always have to start with frozen potatoes to get this result! 

I adapted the recipe to fit my needs and made THIRTEEN loaves. It’s that good, people. Here’s my adaption:

Yield: 2 loaves

Whole Wheat Potato Bread

Whole Wheat Potato Bread

This delicious whole wheat potato bread is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. It's so good, I definitely recommend making two loaves.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2cups warm water {potato water is perfect, if you have any!}
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 5 cups whole wheat flour {I use freshly ground hard white wheat}
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 3 TBS yeast {I use SAF yeast}
  • Additional flour as needed (maybe 1/2 - 1 cup)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare 2 loaf pans.
  3. Put mashed potatoes, water, butter, and honey in a large stand mixer with a dough hook {I use a Bosch}.
  4. Add 5 cups flour, salt, and yeast.
  5. Mix everything together and quickly add enough flour to clean the sides of the bowl. If the dough looks too dry, add additional liquid instead.
  6. Knead on Bosch Speed 1 for 5 minutes.
  7. Punch dough, form 2 loaves, and place into prepared loaf pans.
  8. Let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Let cool. Cut, slather with butter and Enjoy!

Did you make this recipe?

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Turkey Pot Pie

Homemade Pierogi 

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Immune Boosting Chicken Stew (works great with turkey too!)


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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


    • blankMichelle says

      Michelle, I love freshly ground whole wheat flour, but I don’t much like the commercial WW flour. I’d probably use unbleached white flour if I didn’t have access to freshly ground WW flour! Hope you like it!!

  1. blankDenise @ My House, My Rules says

    I’ve never made potato bread before but I am going to try this recipe out – maybe even this weekend. By the way, I found you through Food Waste Friday, and I will be back!

  2. blankRobin says

    Absolutely GORGEOUS photo – I can almost taste that toasted bread with melty butter! Pinning this, and will definitely try the recipe.

  3. blankHolly says

    I love baking bread, just printed this recipe so I can give it a try. Thanks for sharing!


    PS, discovered your site while visiting Simple Lives Thursday Blog Hop.

  4. blankMarie Czarnecki says


  5. blankSharon says

    Just curious…did you cook your frozen potatoes and mash them as though you were going to serve them before you used them in the bread?
    The picture is gorgeous and inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      Hi Sharon,
      Yes, I did. I didn’t like the way the mashed potatoes tasted {the first time} because the potatoes had previously been frozen, but when I make this recipe now, I use leftover mashed potatoes. So, they are prepared ahead of time just like you would make mashed potatoes to serve at dinner. 🙂 Thank you for the compliment! Enjoy!! Michelle

  6. blankJulie says

    Think this will work for mashed potatoes that turned into “glue”? (I learned the hard way you can’t put ’em in the blender to “mash” ’em! Oops!) I came here from your comment on Michelle’s blog, and I’m delighted to see you used fresh ground whole wheat flour too (altho I use hard red)). Will have to thaw out some of my “glue” potatoes this week & try this!
    Thnx for sharing!

      • blankJulie says

        Oops! I see I completely forgot about this recipe and never tried it (think we used those potatoes in soup or something – they were salvagable!). But this year we have lots of potatoes from our CSA and esp with this balmy January weather (supposed to be 60 on Friday! in CO!) I need to be using them up a bit faster. So hopefully I will finally get around to making this bread! 🙂

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