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Pumpkin Herb Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

by Heather

Healthier homemade whole wheat rolls – garlic herb pumpkin flavor! Using only whole wheat flour, yeast, pumpkin, maple syrup, herbs, and spices, these festive rolls are the perfect addition to your holiday dinner. The garlic herb flavor really comes through and makes them a special roll that will keep you wanting more!

Healthy whole wheat dinner rolls

Pumpkin herb whole wheat dinner rolls

If you’ve been on the lookout for a unique whole wheat roll recipe to serve at your next holiday gathering, this is it!

These healthier pumpkin rolls are herby, garlicky, savory, and super delicious!

Don’t let the active dry yeast scare you – they are incredibly easy rolls to make!

If this is your first time or second time making yeast dough I’ve included step-by-step photos in the recipe to show you what your dough will look like the whole way through.

garlic herb whole wheat rolls

Here’s what you need for whole wheat dinner rolls

Scroll down to view the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions.

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Step-by-step instructions for homemade rolls

  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, yeast, granulated garlic, dried herbs, sea salt, and nutmeg. In a smaller bowl combine the warm water, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Using a sturdy wooden spoon or spatula mix until everything is combined and there are no patches of flour. You can also make this in the bowl of a stand mixer and then use a bread book mix on low speed to combine.
  2. Lightly cover the large bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let it rest in a warm place for 2 hours. It will double in size during that time.
  3. To make the rolls, flour a surface with whole wheat flour and remove the dough from the bowl (with floured hands). Roll it around in the flour a couple of times and form a smooth ball. Stretch or roll the ball out into a log about 1 foot long. Take a knife and cut the dough into 10 equal pieces. Lightly form into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Mist with olive oil spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough balls rest for 60 minutes at room temperature before baking.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. After the dough has rested for 60 minutes, remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle a little dried Italian seasoning on top of each roll.
  6. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes. Allow the rolls to cool for 10-15 minutes on the baking sheet before eating.
  7. Store cooled leftover rolls in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
whole wheat dinner rolls

Tips for perfect 100% whole wheat garlic herb pumpkin rolls

  • Rise time can vary depending on the temperature in your house (a warm spot is best!). If your dough hasn’t risen in the 2 hours for the first rise, give it a little more time to ensure you get fluffy rolls in the end.
  • If you want an even fluffier roll, replace ¼ cup of whole wheat flour with vital wheat gluten OR use half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour.
  • Before baking, brush melted butter on the top of the rolls for an extra special touch.
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Can you make savory pumpkin whole wheat rolls in advance?

Absolutely!

I suggest making them only 2-3 days in advance for optimal freshness. Rewarm rolls in the oven on low heat before serving.

Can you freeze them?

Yes! Just like you could freeze whole wheat bread beautifully, you can freeze fluffy dinner rolls.

Let the rolls fully cool, then place them in a freezer bag, label and date them, and keep frozen rolls for up to 6 months.

Simply defrost them on the counter and for best results rewarm your rolls in a baking dish in the oven to serve.

savory pumpkin whole wheat rolls

Substitutions

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this whole wheat dinner roll recipe. 

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Whole wheat flour – For a lighter roll, use white whole wheat flour. You can also replace up to 1.5 cups of wheat flour with all-purpose white flour.

Dry active yeast – Instant yeast (also called rapid rise yeast) can be used as a substitute. Rise times will shorten using a quicker-to-activate yeast.

Granulated garlic – You could use fresh garlic (1-2 minced cloves) in place of the dried variety. Another substitute would be to use onion powder for a similar flavor profile.

Dried Italian seasoning – A mixture of dried basil, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and dried parsley could be used in place of the seasoning mixture. You could use 1 or a mixture of the listed herbs too, depending on what you what available.

Pumpkin puree – Canned pumpkin can be substituted with canned butternut squash or canned pureed sweet potato. You could also make your own vegetable puree to use here from fresh steamed and blended pumpkin, butternut squash, or sweet potato. If you don’t have any pureed vegetables on hand, you can substitute in warm milk in its place.

Maple syrup – Honey makes a good alternative to the maple syrup used in this recipe.

Olive oil – Melted butter is a good alternative to oil. Avocado oil, melted coconut oil, and melted ghee will work too!

whole wheat dinner roll recipe

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Pumpkin Herb Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Healthier homemade whole wheat rolls – garlic herb pumpkin flavor! Using only whole wheat flour, yeast, pumpkin, maple syrup, herbs, and spices, these festive rolls are the perfect addition to your holiday dinner. The garlic herb flavor really comes through and makes them a special roll that will keep you wanting more!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rest Time:3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin, Rolls, whole grain, whole wheat flour
Servings: 10
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Heather

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, yeast, granulated garlic, dried herbs, sea salt, and nutmeg. In a smaller bowl combine the warm water, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Using a sturdy wooden spoon or spatula mix until everything is combined and there are no patches of flour. You can also make this in the bowl of a stand mixer and then use a bread book mix on low speed to combine.
    how to make whole wheat garlic herb pumpkin rolls
  • Lightly cover the large bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let it rest in a warm place for 2 hours. It will double in size during that time.
    how to make whole wheat garlic herb pumpkin rolls
  • To make the rolls, flour a surface with whole wheat flour and remove the dough from the bowl (with floured hands). Roll it around in the flour a couple of times and form a smooth ball. Stretch or roll the ball out into a log about 1 foot long. Take a knife and cut the dough into 10 equal pieces. Lightly form into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    how to make whole wheat garlic herb pumpkin rolls
  • Mist with olive oil spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough balls rest for 60 minutes at room temperature before baking. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. After the dough has rested for 60 minutes, remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle a little dried Italian seasoning on top of each roll.
    how to make whole wheat garlic herb pumpkin rolls
  • Bake the rolls for 20 minutes. Allow the rolls to cool for 10-15 minutes on the baking sheet before eating.
    how to make whole wheat garlic herb pumpkin rolls
  • Store cooled leftover rolls in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2548IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
whole wheat garlic herb pumpkin rolls

If you try this fluffy whole wheat dinner rolls recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

*Originally published in November 2011. Updated December 2022.*

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23 comments

Lauren November 15, 2011 - 8:43 am

These look fantastic! Perfect for Thanksgiving.

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Erica November 15, 2011 - 8:55 am

Those rolls look seriously amazing! I’ve been waiting for this recipe since I saw them on instagram!

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Get Healthy with Heather November 15, 2011 - 9:20 am

They taste amazing! I even had one with breakfast this morning… Sad they’re almost all gone 🙁

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Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 15, 2011 - 10:58 am

I am so excited for thanksgiving! These rolls look amazing!

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Get Healthy with Heather November 15, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Me too! Can’t wait for it!!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 15, 2011 - 11:42 am

Love it! They look great 😀

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Lindsay @ runningthwindycity November 15, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Those rolls look so good! I will definitely be making them for Thanksgiving!

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Get Healthy with Heather November 15, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Hope you love them Lindsay!

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janetha November 15, 2011 - 1:52 pm

oh what a fantastic recipe!!!

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Isabelle November 15, 2011 - 2:58 pm

These are so much better then regular bread rolls!

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Get Healthy with Heather November 15, 2011 - 3:40 pm

MUCH better for sure

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Andrea@WellnessNotes November 15, 2011 - 3:21 pm

The rolls sound wonderful!

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Elisabeth November 15, 2011 - 4:15 pm

I’m on roll duty too! I now have 3 recipes to try before Next thursday!

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Get Healthy with Heather November 15, 2011 - 6:55 pm

What are your other 2 recipes? I’m always on the look out for new rolls to try out… Especially if they’re whole wheat!

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Elisabeth November 17, 2011 - 8:53 am

I tried some 30 minute dinner rolls, but wasn’t overly impressed. I had a 60 minute recipe that I liked but thought it would be great to cut back on the time. It still took over 45 minutes and used 2T of yeast for 12 rolls!!! and my husband said they were too doughy in the middle. I’ll go back to my 60 minute ones and try whole wheat flour next time. The other recipe I want to try was from Sweetpeas Kitchen: Pumpkin Spice Rolls (or bread) I have heard it is REALLY good! I’m making yours tonight to go with potato soup. Getting to see friends we haven’t seen in over 2 1/2 years!!! I can’t wait!!!!

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Nicole, RD November 15, 2011 - 6:17 pm

These are really similar to the pumpkin pizza dough! In which case, YUM! I think rosemary would be perfect…but I never turn down garlic. Ever!! 🙂

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Baking Serendipity November 16, 2011 - 7:21 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever paired pumpkin with garlic before, but I absolutely love these!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies November 17, 2011 - 6:35 am

This looks delicious Heather! I think this is going on my Thanksgiving menu. I may even try that cranberry recipe – it would be a great substitute for the canned variety we invariably eat. 🙂

And I LOVED your scarf for the workout, it made me laugh!

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Get Healthy with Heather November 17, 2011 - 6:57 am

The rolls AND cranberry sauce are the bomb! And scarfs are totally the new workout fashion… I started it 😉

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Heather @ Better With Veggies November 17, 2011 - 6:59 am

I’ll remember that when we start seeing scarfs all over they gym! 😉

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Amanda November 17, 2011 - 8:54 am

Every year for Thanksgiving, I made the stuffing! I always make Sausage Cornbread Stuffing. This year, I’m also trying out a Coconut Walnut Cake.

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