Thursday, September 9

What's the Difference Between Regular Whole Wheat Flour and White Whole Wheat Flour?

white whole wheat flour

Has this happened to you? You're in the baking aisle of the supermarket looking for whole wheat flour. You locate it and grab one. As you're putting it in your carriage, you notice a another bag of flour marked "white whole wheat flour." You pause and think, "What’s the Difference Between Regular Whole Wheat Flour and White Whole Wheat Flour?"

Since you can't go grocery shopping with Dorie Greenspan, here's what you need to know about the differences between regular whole wheat flour and white whole wheat flour:

Regular whole wheat flour is milled from hard red spring wheat which results in a flavorful, tan colored, high-fiber flour. It creates heavy, denser, nuttier flavored baked goods.

White whole wheat flour is milled from white whole wheat, not red, which makes it lighter in color and less bitter in flavor. Yet it’s got the same nutritional value of regular whole wheat flour, which is great! It creates lighter, sweeter baked goods.

Are regular whole wheat flour and white whole wheat flour interchangeable in recipes? Yes.

Are white whole wheat flour and all-purpose bleached white flour interchangeable in recipes? No. Because of the difference in gluten, the texture will be affected. Start by replacing 1/3-1/2 of the all-purpose flour with the white whole wheat flour, then work your way up from there to make sure you like the texture, color, and flavor.

White whole wheat flour is ideal for people who want the sweeter flavor of all-purpose bleached white flour with the nutritional punch of regular whole wheat flour. Use it in muffins, breads, scones, waffles, pizza and more. You'll be glad you did.

More on white whole wheat flour from:
Dani Spies
The Kitchn
Bon Appetit
Kalyn's Kitchen
The Perfect Pantry

Here are whole wheat flour recipes you might enjoy:
Whole Wheat Pie Dough recipe from Andrea's Recipes
White Whole Wheat Biscuits recipe from Baking Bites
Whole Wheat Vanilla Pancakes recipe from Cooking With Amy
Whole Wheat Orange Spice Muffin recipe from Pinch My Salt
Healthy Cherry, Banana, and Oatmeal Breakfast Bread recipe from Food Blogga
Savory Butternut Squash Muffins with Apples, Caramelized Onions, and Cheddar Cheese recipe from Food Blogga


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

This is awesome! I bake a lot with whole wheat flour (actually, I often use whole wheat pastry flour) but I had no idea what the difference was here. Very helpful - thank you!

Anonymous said...

Great great info. I've actally always wondered how they make it white. Good to know they have the same nutritional value.


We Are Not Martha said...

Um, I TOTALLY Googled this yesterday!!! I'm actually making a dough right this second that called for "white whole wheat flour," but all I had was regular whole wheat flour. So I'm using it and hoping for the best :) Thanks for the info!


Joanne said...

I love this post! I always use white whole wheat flour when I'm baking for my parents (so they don't know it's whole wheat) but I always use regular whole wheat when I'm cooking for myself!

AllThingsYummy said...

Thanks for the info. Now, hopefully, I'll be less confused in the baking aisle. There are just way too many choices.

Jayne @ WiseEats said...

Great post! Really informative. Thanks so much for answering my wheat questions.

Sherrie said...

Thanks so much for this post. I just bought some white whole wheat flour from TJ's and I had no idea what the difference was.

Jeanette said...

Love your post. I agree it can be confusing in the supermarket when looking at ingredient labels. I love using white whole wheat flour as a substitute for white wheat flour. The kids can't tell the difference and I know it's better for them.

Anonymous said...

Great information. Thanks.


Kelly @ Love Well said...

Thank you! I Googled the difference before, so I knew about the different colors of wheat used. But when I didn't learn was that the nutritional content is the same.

Helpful information.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This is definitely good to know Susan:D

FOODalogue said...

That was informative. Thanks.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for this very informative post, Susan. Much appreciated.

Rene said...

What is the difference between whole wheat white flour and whole wheat pastry flour? I have been using whole wheat pastry flour in place of all purpose (white) flour in pancakes, muffins, etc...

Satya said...

Hi Susan,
I chanced your blog accidentally while searching on google...I am so glad to find you...this article on white whole wheat flour is so interesting.... I was always wondering what is the difference... I love to blog too n have been try a lot of new recipes both eastern n western...if u get time do visit my blog...


Serena said...

So informative!I actually had no idea and great to know about the nutritional values.

Seriously Soupy

Holly Keegan said...

Thanks for explaining the difference! I bought whole wheat flour the other day and it wasn't until after I'd used it that I realized I purchased white whole wheat flour. I felt guilty thinking it had less nutritional value. Guilt be gone!

Linda said...

Thank you for this information. It will be very helpful. It seems I learn something new on you site each time I log on. Thanks.