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Sunflower Oatmeal Loaves

With oats, wheat germ and sunflower kernels. a small slice of this dense bread goes a long way. The glossy top of this lovely loaf is sprinkled with sesame seeds.—Courtney Taglauer, Fairfield, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 loaves (8 slices each)


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cold water
  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds


  • Place oats in a small bowl; add boiling water, honey and butter. Let stand until mixture cools to 120°-130°, stirring occasionally.
  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, yeast and salt. Beat in oat mixture until blended. Stir in sunflower kernels and enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into four portions; shape into 8-in. x 2-in. loaves. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Beat egg yolk and cold water; brush over loaves. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. With a sharp knife, cut slits in tops of loaves.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 110 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
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