This is an antithetical way to make whole grain bread in a machine but I came up this recipe after experimentation, and the making of many doorstops ;)
To start off put 1C of HOT water into bread pan with 1 3/4C whole wheat flour. Run the machine in the dough cycle long enough to thoroughly mix and shut off. I remove the pan and cover it with plastic wrap but YMMV.
Let it cool down to room temperature, you are softening the flour during this step. The machine essentially does the same thing in whole wheat cycle but I chose to separate the WW flour from the other ingredients first.
When the WW cools add the following:
1/4C dry milk
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1/4C liquid honey
1 3/4C bread flour
4 Tsp wheat gluten
1 1/4 Tsp salt
1 1/2 Tsp bread machine yeast
Set the machine for basic bread cycle and let er rip. Watch your dough ball for the first 15 minutes or so, you might need to add a Tbs of water or two for moistening.
This has become my "go to" recipe for sandwich bread, it comes out pretty moist and holds together well.