Whole Wheat Pumpkin Dinner Rolls Recipe

Stacey Mebs | Bake.Eat.Repeat.

These whole wheat pumpkin dinner rolls are soft and fluffy and so easy to make. Plus, they are amazing piled with turkey or ham for lunch!

Do you like making homemade bread and dinner rolls?

I really do, but I'll admit that I definitely go through phases where I make all of our bread, and then other times where I won't make it at all. My kids actually get all complain-y when that happens.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Dinner Rolls Photo

Questions of "when are you going to make bread again, mom?" start to be heard every time I pick up more bread at the store. Spoiled kids.

They're right though - homemade bread and rolls are so much better then the store-bought kind. And they're not that hard to make - pretty easy, actually.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Dinner Rolls Picture

It's just a matter of taking the time to do it.

There's not all that much hands-on time involved, but you do need to do a little planning when you make bread so you're home and able to do the next step when the rising times are finished.

My problem is that I often think of making bread or dinner rolls at times when I need to be out of the house at the same time I would need to be shaping the dough - so then I don't make it at all.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Dinner Rolls Image

Clearly I need to be better at the planning stage of things around here.

At any rate - when I do make bread at home, we are all very happy about it.

These whole wheat pumpkin dinner rolls are one of my favourites. They're super soft dinner rolls, even with half whole wheat flour in them. The pumpkin keeps them soft and they don't seem as dense as a lot of other whole wheat dinner rolls are.

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Soft and fluffy and easy to make, they are the perfect accompaniment to your holiday dinner table.

Or anytime really - if you're like me, and happily use pumpkin all year round! 

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Dinner Rolls Recipe

    24 Servings


  • 1 1/2 cups Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 teaspoons Instant Yeast
  • 3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Warm Water, about 110°F
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 3 cups Whole Wheat Flour, 15oz, 425g
  • 3-4 cups All-Purpose Flour, 15-20oz, 425-567g


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, with a dough hook, or in a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients, but only add 3 cups of the all-purpose flour to start.
  2. Once the dough comes together, check if it is clearing the sides of the bowl, if not add more flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until it clears the sides of the bowl.
  3. Knead for 5-6 minutes with the machine, 8-10 minutes by hand, until the dough is smooth.
  4. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and move the dough into it, rolling it around to coat it with the oil. It will be very soft and tacky, but shouldn’t be overly sticky.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until doubled.
  6. Transfer to a countertop sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Using a sharp knife, or a dough scraper, cut the dough into 24 equal pieces, about 2.5-2.8oz each.
  8. Shape each piece into a ball, rolling it on the oiled countertop underneath your hand until it forms a uniform round ball.
  9. Place the shaped rolls on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  10. Cover them with a tea towel and allow them to rise for about 45 minutes until they’re almost doubled in size.
  11. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden.
  12. Move to a wire rack immediately to cool. Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.


  • If you prefer to use active dry yeast, replace the instant yeast with 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast and mix it with the warm water, buttermilk and maple syrup first, allowing it to get foamy before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • The amount of flour is 6-7 cups because with yeast breads, it can vary depending on humidity. I find it changes with the same recipe depending on the day. Start with 6 cups and if the dough is not clearing the sides of the bowl, add 1/4 cup at a time until it clears the sides of the bowl, then continue with the kneading. You don’t want to over flour the dough, or the rolls won’t be as soft and fluffy.
  • The prep time doesn’t include rise times.


Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is.
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Author: Stacey Mebs
Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is.
Recipe Yields: 24 rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 roll
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 18
Calories 142

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 206mg
Total Carbohydrate 26g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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Stacey loves to Bake. Eat. Repeat. so much that it inspired the name of her blog. With three young kids at home, she's become an expert at packing lunches. Say hello to our Lunchbox fanatic!

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