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Apr 29, 2019

Whole Wheat Dinner Roll Muffins

These whole wheat muffins are a wonderful substitute for dinner rolls for when you don't have time to bake yeasted rolls. 

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These whole wheat dinner roll muffins are also tasty for breakfast with fruit or lunch with a salad.

These muffins are simple to make. The recipe calls for 100 percent whole grains, mostly whole wheat flour with a little bit of corn meal.

Whole Wheat Dinner Roll Muffins in a basket

These whole wheat muffins are moist and fluffy and mildly flavored. They are also light in sugar and fat compared to most muffins. They get their tenderness from buttermilk and yogurt.

How Do You Make Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Muffins?

These muffins are made with the "muffin method." In one bowl, you combine all of the dry ingredients, and in another bowl, you combine all of the wet ingredients. 

Next, you add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold them together. 

In the case of these muffins, there is one additional step, which helps makes these muffins light and fluffy. You separate out the egg whites from the yolks and beat them until you have soft peaks. Next, you gently fold the egg whites into the batter. 

I love the flavor of whole wheat. Because the bran and wheat germ are present in the flour, it is nutritious, flavorful, and it brings more fiber to baked goods. However, whole wheat flour is heavier than all purpose flour.

This method adds more air into the batter to counter the heavier whole wheat, giving the muffins a lovely rise. If you want even lighter muffins, you can use whole wheat pastry flour, which is more finely ground. 

If you are not serving the entire batch at once, you can individually wrap any leftovers and freeze them. Thaw them at room temperature and reheat in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds before serving. 

Whole Wheat Dinner Roll Muffins with sesame seeds #wholewheat #muffins

I love experimenting with whole wheat in baked goods. Some of my favorites include these homemade Graham crackers, this whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread, whole wheat sunflower seed muffins, and these cream cheese filled whole wheat pumpkin muffins.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Muffin Monday Bakers' creations:

Whole Wheat Dinner Roll Muffins Recipe

Yield: 9 muffins


  • 1 1/4 cups (6 1/2 ounces/200 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain full fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds


How to cook Whole Wheat Dinner Roll Muffins Recipe

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F and spray 9 cavities of a 12-cup muffin tin with spray oil. Fill the remaining cavities a third way up with water. 
  2. In a medium or large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, oils, buttermilk, sour cream (or yogurt), and vanilla. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients until just blended. 
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer on medium speed until they form soft peaks. 
  5. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a rubber spatula. 
  6. Evenly distribute the batter among the 9 muffin cavities. The batter should just reach the top of each cavity. Sprinkle each with sesame seeds. 
  7. Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  8. Cool the muffins in the pan on a wire rack for five minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and serve warm with butter. 
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Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma Muffins

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  1. What a great idea, Karen! Muffins are so much faster than yeast bread but you have proven that they make delicious dinner rolls. As always, your muffins look fabulous.

  2. absolutely wonderful!!!! they look perfect! You ARE the Muffin Queen!
    (and now I shall have that Abba song as ear worm for a while... sigh)


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