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Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread is so easy to make and tastes wonderful! This homemade bread is seasoned with tons of herbs for tons of flavor, and is a perfect side for any meal.

Love making homemade focaccia? Try this recipe for Slow Roasted Tomato and Olive Focaccia too!

I Love Homemade Fococcia Bread

I love a good focaccia bread. And I especially love that bread when it has been made for me by someone else.

You want to know what I don’t love?

(I’m not going to mention any names)

When I get to a dinner party and discover that everything on that table was prepared by the hands of your local grocer; petite quiches, jalapeno poppers (at a dinner party?) and other finger foods from Sam’s… a cake from Sam’s bakery… and, the one thing that infuriates me the most… sliced bread… also bought at Sam’s.

Are you kidding me?

You just invited me to a dinner party that was catered by your local Sam’s. Why on Earth didn’t you just tell us to meet you at the cafe over at Sam’s instead?

Come on, at least make the bread!


Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread Recipe

This Recipe For Focaccia Is So Easy To Make

Oh gosh. Am I being a brat? Is that too harsh?!

But, I believe that nothing tastes as good as homemade bread. Nothing. The smell of the bread while baking … mmmmm…. so good!!

Please allow me to show you how easy it is to make a really good bread that you can wow your guests with. It tastes oh-so-yummy-good, it takes one hour flat to make it, and your guests will love this Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread just because it sounds foreign. 😉

Use leftovers (if any left!) in these Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches with Herbed Goat Cheese.


Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread

Katerina | Diethood
Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread is so easy to make and tastes wonderful! This homemade bread is seasoned with tons of herbs and is a perfect side for any meal.
Servings : 4 Servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour (I use King Arthur)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 package (.25 oz.) instant dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of hot water
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary


  • Preheat oven to 475.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, yeast, and garlic salt; stir well to combine.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of warm water, mix, then pour in another 1/4 cup; continue to mix. Pour the rest of the water if needed, until all of the flour is absorbed.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1 minute.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. I always put it on top of my warm stove and the rise is done within 20 minutes.
  • Take the dough and knead it again, briefly, on a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll the dough into a rectangular shape, about 1/4 inch thick, and place it on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Dimple the bread with your index finger.
  • Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano and rosemary.
  • Bake the bread for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on desired crispness.
  • With a sharp knife, slice the focaccia into wedges and serve it with garlic sauce, cheese sauce or any dipping sauce of your choice. You can also cut it into squares and make little bite-sized sandwiches.


Calories: 448 kcal | Carbohydrates: 75 g | Protein: 36 g | Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 619 mg | Potassium: 752 mg | Fiber: 23 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 54 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Net Carbs: 52 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy focaccia bread recipe, focaccia bread recipe, homemade focaccia, how to make focaccia, recipes for focaccia, recipes for focaccia bread
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65 comments on “Whole Wheat Focaccia Bread”

  1. I just made the focaccia bread and I must say it is super easy to make and taste amazing. Thanks for a wonderful easy bread recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Vicki!! I am so happy you enjoyed it! I make it quite often and it all goes in one sitting. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank YOU!

  2. I am going to be trying my hand at making Focaccia bread for the first time. And came across your recipe. It seems simple enough. I was wondering does the shape of the dough have to be in a rectangle shape only? Could I shape it into a Loaf? Or does it not make a difference how I shape the dough?

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      Katerina Petrovska

      HI! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for the question!
      Focaccia is a flat bread so that is why the directions state “rectangle form”. I have never tried to make this particular recipe into a loaf, therefore I am not sure if it will even turn out. If you need excellent loaf bread recipes, I would suggest any of these recipes from Roxana:

      Let me know if you need anything else!

  3. Kate, this is currently baking in my oven and my house smells divine! Till now, Ive failed @ all my bread baking attempts, Im really hoping this one comes through!

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    Kim - Liv Life

    Was just searching Foodgawker for Focaccia, and look what caught my eye?? This one is going on our Father’s Day table today… and not one thing on the table is from Costco!!
    I attended a Food Blogger meeting yesterday in San Diego at Meandering Eats where Marie asked us all to bring “brunch” food. Can you just imagine the spread 15 food bloggers put on?? What a treat!!

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    Britne @ Shabbott's Habits

    Wow! I never realized that focaccia was so easy. I’ll def be giving this a try!

  6. Well. Kate this bread is gorgeous, and as newbie yeast baker, ( I did make a King Cake this year), you had me when you said that you could make it in an hour!
    I’m having dinner guests tomorrow, so I’m trying this bread. If you hear me crying, ” Help”, please answer.

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      Kate @

      Becky, you just call and I’ll be there. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have my Blackberry on me almost all of the time, so I will get your cry for help right away! I hope you give this deliciousness a go. Have a great weekend!

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    Kate @

    Awww I’m sorry that it didn’t turn out!! Lets see… it sounds like an issue with the yeast… did you use instant yeast or active?
    Depending on the humidity of the air where you live you may need more or less liquid. But also it may take a few minutes for the flour to fully absorb the liquid, so don’t rush to add liquid or flour to it…give it a bit of time.

    1. You are soo nice to answer a fledgling cook and baker! thank you. I used Hodgson Mill Active Drive Yeast 5/16 oz (8.75g). The liquid was in no way going to absorb all of the flour— it only made a little dent, but I could try to give it more time. I also wonder if I let it sit too long in its oiled-ball shape on the stove? 20 minutes. B/c it bloated up and wouldn’t flatten down. I cooked it for 10 minutes and it had blown up to a blow fish size so I took it out but it was not cooked. Then I put it back in and cooked it another 10 minutes, then another five minutes. The consistency was rubber. Thanks for trying to help me figure out where I went wrong — since everyone else has had great success with this recipe I want to give it another try. oh, also I used only wheat flour, no AP.

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        Kate @

        HI Amy! Did you proof the yeast? The recipe that I gave above is with instant yeast (0.25 oz) – meaning, you don’t have to proof it… just mix it in with the dry ingredients. Try using instant yeast, instead. And it’s okay that you used AP flour only – as long as it was 2 cups of flour. Get back to me and let me know how it went. Take care!

  8. Tell me where I went wrong — I used the 1/2 cup of water (divided) but it did not nearly absorb even half of the flour/yeast, so I added a little bit more water (1/4 cup more). I let it rise for 20 minutes, then I tried to roll it out but it expanded like Dr. Doughboy I could not get it flat — when I cooked it it puffed up like a blow fish. Then the entire thing tasted totally rubbery — unedible I had to throw it away. Any advice would be great. thanks.

  9. I totally agree – everything store bought is so generic and doesn’t have any personality at all. This however, is bursting with personality! I love to make focaccia : )

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    Kate, I know what you mean! I think I err on the opposite side and try to do too much at dinner parties, LOL! Your focaccia looks simply gorgeous!

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    This is amazing! Have you ever been to Chicago Pizza Oven Grinder on Clark? They have a flatbread just like this (you can get it whole wheat, but I’m sure yours is healthier!) that I LOVE. I’m dying to try this now. Great recipe!

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    Maggie @ Vittles and Bits

    That is so true – if you’re going to invite people over to eat, at least make ONE thing for your guests! And this bread looks delish!

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    Happy When Not Hungry

    I love makin focaccia bread! I’ve never tried whole wheat though. Will def have to try. So much healthier!

  14. This looks so good! And I agree, I’d be pretty bothered if I went to a party that was catered by the local store… homemade is always better!

  15. The bread is just glowing – I especially love the little sandwich – mmmm. I have friends that don’t cook – I love them for their own quirks and talents.

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Yes, it’s sad that the scene you described is considered a dinner party by some… I once went to a cookie exchange and all the cookies, except mine and the hostess’s, were store bought. LAME! So she and I swapped cookies ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, you’ve inspired me to make this gorgeous focaccia for dinner soon – not even going to wait for a party!

  17. Hi…this bread looks so yummy…I would love to make it, but I only have regular whole wheat flour vice white whole wheat. Will it be okay to use the regular whole wheat? Thanks so much for posting this healthier focaccia recipe…

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      Kate @

      Hi Michele!

      The difference in the two lies in color and taste; white whole wheat flour is lighter-colored and the taste is milder. Whole wheat has a stronger flavor and it can dominate all the other flavors in the bread. But, if you prefer, you can absolutely use the whole wheat as opposed to the white whole wheat. Hope I was able to help! If you make it, please let me know how it turns out… take care!!

  18. Catered by Sam’s Club….awesome term. The focaccia bread looks fantastic, and that little sandwich at the end? Wonderful…the Boy really wants to know what is in that sammie! Well done!

  19. Couldn’t stop laughing Kate! Well said and with such humour ๐Ÿ˜‰
    That focaccia is amazing. I’d love that on a buffet table no prob…

  20. I love a good bread too! Especially from the farmer’s market or fresh from the oven. Yours looks amazing and I love that it’s baked within the hour. I’m going to have to try this!

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    Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    You can’s imagine how less people are making their bread themselves over here nowadays, Kate… That’s a shame indeed!! But you Focaccia looks so delicious – what a great recipe :)) and I seem to have all the ingredients ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Amen sister! You know how much I love freshly baked bread. We just had friends over for dinner on Friday night, and we made some wonderful herbed bread. It reminds me of this! Thank you for sharing your creativity with me! I hope you have a blessed Sunday. You make me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Baking Serendipity

    This cracks me up, but I totally agree! Your focaccia bread looks fantastic and dinner-party worthy for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Your bread looks sooo soft and i can’t wait till you share your recipe for those bite size sandwiches. they look delightful!

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    A little bit of everything

    Oh Kate, even for some foodies catering sounds the best option sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking and baking especially, but few months ago I had to throw a (business) party for my husband and his co-workers and felt so overwhelmed by it that i ordered all the appetizers.
    your focaccia looks delicious. thanks for sharing

  26. I thought I was the only one with that pet peeve! Glad I’m not alone in this!

    That focaccia definitely looks amazing!

  27. This bread looks easy and delish! My kinda recipe! I tend to go all out when folks come over … but I’m a foodie … with a flexible schedule! I realize that not everyone has the luxury… so I eat the Sam’s Club food, and then have homemade stuff at home! ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. ‘Tis a sad, sad business, but not everybody likes to cook! It’s hard to imagine for us, isn’t it? But your bread looks fantastic, you can invite me over for some any day.

  29. hi Kate,
    I love it catered by Sam’s Club! You are absolutely right, but for non-foodies, that’s the answer. That your for focaccia bread looks absolutely delicious.
    and we can rest assured you can’t buy anything like that at Sam’s Club.
    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe with us, and as usual. Your images are beautiful.
    Have a great weekend

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    Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    I love bread too! I can imagine this with some great extra virgin olive oil and a glass of perfect cabernet. This is a must make!!!Have a great weekend.

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    Lora @cakeduchess

    I agree with you!lol. I had to giggle out loud. Or sometimes it happens we get invited to a dinner and the portions are so small and there are no seconds. ;)GORGEOUS focaccia! I also like to make my own focaccia…so much you can do with it:)

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    Wow what beautiful focaccia! It looks so flavorful with all of the herbs. One of my favorite things to make is bread, I’ll have to try out your recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sandra@ Sandra's Easy Cooking

    This sounds so delicious Kate! Never tried it this way, and I loveeee your photos! Fantastic post!

  34. I’m a novice at baking breads – I’ve only done simple breads, no-yeast bread, baguettes and biscuits. I’ve been meaning to give focaccia a try and your blog post may have inspired me to try it this week!

  35. Great looking focaccia Kate! I agree with you 100%, nothing worse than a fully grocery store catered spread…and the stuff is so full of chemicals with no flavor! I would rather have a few homemade items with cheeses, olives, nutts, etc… intstead of a buffet table of junk. Thanks for sharing this great recipe, I may give a try today…have some roasted peppers and cheese I need to use up and this looks like it would make a nice sandwich.

  36. I love a great bread, especially a focaccia. This looks great and I can’t wait to give it a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Emily @ Life On Food

    I love Focaccia bread. Its great to know you can use whole wheat flour to make it a bit more nutrious. I am going to try this recipe out this weekend. My old recipe took much longer than an hour. I will be dreaming of good sandwich bread for this week’s lunches.

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    That look soooooo good and pretty easy to make. I might have to give it a try (and yes – I hate parties where all the food is mini appies from M&Ms or the grocery store deli or whatever!)

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    Oooh a healthier focaccia?! I’m in! I’m still intimidated my yeast a little but this seems like a quick one to try out.

  40. ROFL you are so right, I don’t love it either ๐Ÿ˜‰ last year we went to a Sam’s B-day party LOL I was just waiting for someone to asks for my membership card ๐Ÿ˜›

    I love love love that bread, it looks so perfect, yummy and I can smell it trough the screen ๐Ÿ™‚ love it! And the sandwiches look so yummy! Is that roasted or pickled pepper inside?!

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    The Farmers Wife

    Your Focaccia looks amazing! I love that you used whole wheat flour, and those little sandwich’s you made from them look SO good!

  42. I think it is the foodie in us, but I really agree with you. It is so easy to make fun party dishes, there is no need to buy everything already made. Your focaccia looks amazing! I actually think I may make it this weekend, we were just talking about making a homemade bread:)
    Take care,

  43. I love focaccia bread and your whole wheat version sounds so healthy. I will definitely have to try this.

  44. I hate when people serve only grocery food at dinner parties too. But I do admit that I don’t make my bread when I have someone over. But I do make everything else ;). I’m only 19, I’ll get to bread soon :).
    This focaccia looks delicious. Must be great dipped in olive oil!

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