Homemade Whole Wheat Garlic Knots

Make those pizza shop favorites, Garlic Knots, at home with healthy ingredients like whole wheat. They will be lower calorie and fat and are divine, fresh straight from the oven.

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These are so good and I love that they are like the pizza parlour but low calorie

I have seen a definite theme this year on Food Done Light, Garlic. My husband and daughter happily munch on raw garlic while making garlic bread. If you are making a repugnant face, I am with you. Yuck! I love garlic but not raw like that. Then they want a kiss. No way! This year I’ve made Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Potatoes, Grilled Garlic Butter Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Cauliflower with Garlic and now Whole Wheat Garlic Knots. I’ve had this recipe on my “must make” list for a couple of years now and have finally gotten around to it. I made a few changes to make them healthier.

Normally at a pizza parlour, the Garlic Knots are dripping with butter and oil. You can see it pool at the bottom of the dish. Yes, we smash the knots into the garlic butter to get as much of the garlic flavor as we can. Since I knew I would cut the butter and potentially cut the garlic flavor, I added garlic to the dough itself. Brilliant, if I do say so myself.  Plus look at all that delicious garlic sitting on top of these knots. You know it is going to be good.

The knots themselves are easy to make. Just think about tying your shoelace. That is all you do with the dough. Cross over the ends of the dough then push one end under and through the hole in the center. They look quite nifty.  Serve them up with some marinara sauce or make them with soup. They are so good dipped in the broth of a chicken noodle soup. Give them a whirl and let me know what you think.

Love that these use whole wheat. My family loved them.

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Homemade Whole Wheat Garlic Knots

Prep Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Calories 147 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 1 ½ cups lukewarm water (100 to 110•)
  • 2 ½ tsp . instant yeast
  • 1 tsp . sugar
  • 2 tsp . kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp . olive oil , divided
  • 2 ¼ cups (270 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (240 g) whole-wheat flour
  • 6 garlic cloves , minced, divided


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together water, yeast, sugar, salt, 1 tbsp. oil, half of the garlic, all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour.
  2. Using dough hook, knead for 5 minutes.
  3. Cover and let rise for 1 ½ hours.
  4. Flour a work surface
  5. Divide into 16 equal balls.
  6. Roll one ball into a log and knot. (Just as you would a shoelace)
  7. Repeat with remaining balls.
  8. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 350•.
  10. Place into two pie plates.
  11. Mix together remaining garlic and oil.
  12. Spoon over rolls.
  13. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 4 Weight Watcher Smart Points

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Whole Wheat Garlic Knots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,


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Huge garlic flavor in these delicious homemade garlic knots. Plus the recipe uses whole wheat and is lower calorie than from the pizza parlour

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  1. These look great! Can I make them in advance and store them in the freezer? Seems like something good to have on hand over the holidays. (And yay you for working the word "nifty" into your post. It made me smile.)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Jill, I did not freeze them but I would anticipate that they would freeze well. I read a lot of historical novels and the lingo is starting to penetrate my vocabulary!! Happy to put a smile on your face.
  2. Yummmmmm! We do pizza night every Friday and I often make breadsticks, but I think I'm going to have to mix it up with some garlic knots!

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