Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins

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For delicious burgers and sandwiches, it’s crucial to find the perfect ratio of fillings to bread. These homemade whole wheat buns are tender and tasty without being too heavy. Ideal bookends for savory veggie burgers, no-tuna salad sandwiches, or any of our other vegan sandwich recipes, you’ll want to keep a fresh batch of these on hand for easy weekday lunches. For easy freezing, cut several pieces of parchment or waxed paper the size of a slice of bread. Place a piece of paper between each slice and freeze in an airtight container.

By Darshana Thacker Wendel,


  • ¾ cup unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk
  • 1¼ cups white whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1½ teaspoons date paste or pure maple syrup
  • 1¼ teaspoon active dry yeast (½ of a 0.25-oz. package)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt (optional)
  • ½ cup oat bran


  • Heat milk until hot but not boiling (120°F to 130°F). Pour hot milk into a food processor fitted with a dough blade or a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add ¼ cup of the flour, the date paste, and yeast; stir to combine. Cover and set aside in a warm place at least 10 minutes or until frothy.
  • In a medium bowl combine the remaining 1 cup flour, the baking soda, lemon juice, and salt (if using). With the food processor or mixer running on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to milk mixture. Once the mixtures are combined, gradually add the oat bran.
  • If using a food processor, process dough on low speed 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic; if using a stand mixer, mix on low speed 5 to 7 minutes.
  • If using a food processor, dust the bottom of a large bowl with flour and transfer dough to bowl. If using a stand mixer, leave the dough in the mixer bowl. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place about 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; dust lightly with flour. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead a few times. Divide dough into two equal portions.
  • Roll one dough portion into a ball and use a rolling pin to roll dough out to a nearly ⅛-inch-thick sheet. Use a 4-inch round cutter or rimmed lid to cut out eight disks. Transfer disks to the prepared baking sheets. Add any remaining dough scraps to second dough portion and repeat.
  • Poke each disk several times with a fork. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Let sandwich thins cool on a wire rack.

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Thanks for the recipe, it looks interesting! What would be the best way to mix ingredients if someone doesn't have a food processor or a stand mixer? And why is the lemon juice added to the dry ingredients bowl first? Won't the acid react with the baking soda before the flour mixture is mixed into wet ingredients bowl? Thanks again!

Lisa, Forks Over Knives Support

Hi Casey, If you don't have a food processor you can use the traditional method by kneading the dough hand, in a mixing bowl or the kitchen counter. We hope you enjoy the recipe!

Roger Codger

I am not from the left coast. Sounds uninviting. Plant based milk WTF. What is WHITE whole wheat flour? ALL my whole wheat flour is tan.. WTH uses date paste?

alex m

White whole wheat flour is a type of wheat flour. your tan is considered red wheat flour. just the way that there are different Apple varieties there are different flour varieties. also there are plenty of recipes on the internet that could cater to you instead of rudely and childishly commenting on this recipe just because you're not aware of different baking items.


Before I try this recipe, I need the nutritional information please. Thank you

Megan Edwards

Hi Annette, Thank you for your feedback. We are currently working on adding nutritional information to all our recipes and anticipate for this feature to be live on the website by the end of the summer. Please stay tuned for updates!


I am so disappointed. I followed the recipe in the Forks Over Knives magazine that was to be displayed until 12/11/2020 and lemon juice is listed in the ingredients but never listed in the mixing. So the ones I made are absolutely awful. I wasted so many ingredients. I will try this recipe from online another day.

Pamela Feldhues

The lemon juice is listed in #2 of the directions! Hope this helps!

Adorie Rhodes

looks great


Do you slice these like a pita pocket

Terry A. Solomon

Is this healthy for diabetics?


This recipe looks very good. I have celiac. Will gluten free flour work with the recipe?


Does substituting gluten free flour work with this recipe?

P N Sloane

Is this a "bun" that is cut in half or do I use two to create and top and bottom?

Steven, FOK Support

You can slice these in half, P N! Hope you enjoy :-)

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com and follow her on Instagram for more.
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