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Holy Nativity Communion Bread Recipe

This Maundy Thursday and Easter we will be celebrating holy communion in our homes. Please see Pastor Ashley’s video about this here:

Here is a recipe for communion bread that we serve at Holy Nativity. It is typically made by our members.

Thank you to Greg Eklund for this recipe!

Holy Communion Bread Recipe

When I have all the ingredients ready on the table I pause and say a prayer, blessing the ingredients and the people who will eat the bread in community during worship.

This recipe makes two loaves of the bread we serve at church. (one for Maundy Thursday and one for Easter)


3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup regular flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil plus extra for brushing loaves

1/4 cup oats or quick oats

3 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons molasses

1/4 cup very hot water


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Sift together the flours, baking powder and salt. (I usually sing “as the grains of wheat” from the Liturgy at this point, but that’s just me…)

Add oil and stir with large spoon, using the back of the spoon to moosh the oil into the flour against the bowl, until the flour starts caking together.

Stir the oats into the flour mixture.

Add the honey and molasses to the very hot water, stir well and add to the flour mixture. Mix with spoon then use your clean floured hands to finish mixing everything together. If dough is too sticky add additional flour a spoonful at a time. No need to over mix.

Divide the dough into two equal balls and flatten into discs about 4-5″ in diameter.

Place on a pan lined with parchment paper and scribe a cross into the top with a sharp knife, being careful to not cut all the way through.

Bake at 350° for 8 minutes on center rack, take out and brush with oil, then return to oven. Bake for an additional 6-8 minutes until the tops are nice and brown.

Oven temperatures vary, so keep an eye on the loaves near the end of the second bake.

This recipe was adapted and tested from my recipe for the communion bread we serve during worship at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church.