Recipe: Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread (for Bread Machine)

I recently bought a bread machine and have been experimenting with different recipes. I am still playing around to find the perfect whole-wheat sandwich loaf, but in the meantime I hit the jackpot with this cinnamon raisin loaf. The first time I made this bread the entire loaf (pictured) was gone in just under 24 hours. And no, we did not have any house guests…it was just my family of four chowing down like it was our jobs. At one point I had to cut the children off mainly because I wanted my loaf to last us longer than a day!

I finally made more though and have been using it to make sandwiches – with organic cream cheese in the middle – for my daughters’ snacks at school. They even love this bread enough for it to serve as a “dessert” after dinner. If you don’t have a bread machine I think it’s worth the investment since it’s nearly impossible to find decent whole-wheat bread at a typical grocery store. I bought a Panasonic machine that was recommended by several friends, but I’ve also heard from readers who found a machine they love from their local Goodwill store. The only complaint I have about my machine is that I wish I didn’t have to wait an hour or two for it to beep before adding the raisins (since you don’t put them in with the rest of the ingredients). Other than that though I’ve been very happy with it! If you have a machine that you love please tell us about it in the comments below.

4.7 from 22 reviews
Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread (for Bread Machine)
Adapted from Money Saving Mom
  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water (I heat it in glass measuring cup in microwave for 1 minute)
  • ½ cup oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Follow your bread machine’s directions for making a whole-wheat raisin loaf.
    I like to take my bread out 10 minutes before the standard end time for a lighter crust.
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  1. Claudia |

    I just bought a bread machine and tried this recipe. It was my first time using a bread machine. Mine asks if I’m making a 1lb, 1.5lb or 2lb loaf. Does it matter which one I choose? If so, which one would be best and would I use the same for the other bread machine recipes? I also just bought the book so would it also be the same for the recipes in there? Thanks in advance!

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi Claudia. Be sure to follow your machines instructions since they are all a little different. I would choose the 1.5 pound setting for this one but the honey whole wheat makes a bigger 2lb loaf.

  2. |

    Milk instead of water?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Yes, I believe but we’ve not tried. You could also use a nut milk.

  3. Jasper |

    I am thinking of investing in a bread machine, as bread is one thing that I am still purchasing from the store. I would like to make my own bread, so it is more real minus all the additives. I wanted to know how the Panasonic bread machine has been holding up for you? How many times do you use it in a week and would you advice purchasing it?

    • Jasper |

      I am especially concerned as I have been reading reviews of different machines and lot of machines have complaints about teflon coating on the bread pan getting scraped and mixed with the dough during the kneading process. I would really appreciate your input.

      • Jasper |

        One other question I have is- which is better to invest in, a stand mixer or a bread maker?

        • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

          Hi there. Lisa doesn’t use the bread machine all that often these days. You can find ceramic coated machines now but I do not know much about the life or safety of the coating. While a bread machine is be handy, I personally, would find a stand mixer more versatile if I needed to choose. :)

  4. Vettie |

    I do not have a bread machine. Do you have instructions for baking this bread in the oven?

  5. Lauren Armstrong |

    Hi there,
    I just made this bread and it turned out great!! It tastes awesome! Great bread.

  6. Jennifer |

    I loved this but my son said it was gross. Makes great toast.

  7. Joni Barrilleaux |

    My bread maker is a 19 year old West Bend, still going strong! The Raisin Bread recipe that came with this machine is a very good one that I have been wanting to convert to whole wheat. Yours seems like a close match. You mentioned the time waiting to add the raisins, so I wanted to share a tip. Raisins (and chopped pecans, which I add to my raisin bread) can be added at the beginning if you are careful to place them around the edges and not near the yeast or liquids. This allows you to make raisin bread overnight for a delicious breakfast treat!

  8. Joni Barrilleaux |

    Having now made this bread, I wanted to return and rate. Wonderful recipe! We are not involved in the challenge but are trying to reduce our intake of processed foods. My old reliable breadmaker turned out this loaf beautifully, and I made only minor changes to the recipe. I used unsalted butter as the oil, and added 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 cup chopped pecans after putting in the dry ingredients. My husband has a definite sweet tooth, so I plan to add a little brown sugar next time, and I will use the total one cup quantity of added fruit from the original recipe, probably subbing 1/2 cup dried cranberries for the raisins and adding 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Ashley |

    I use the recipe from Lisa’s book for this bread! It is delish and requires no bread maker.
    Has anyone tried replacing ww flour with almond flour ? Also, could you please recommend a food processor and an ice cream maker? Thank you so much!

  10. Lindsey |

    Can you use maple syrup instead of honey?!! Thank you!

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