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Sunflower Seed & Honey Wheat Bread

I've tried other bread recipes, but this one is a staple in our home. I won $50 in a bake-off with a loaf that I had stored in the freezer. —Mickey Turner, Grants Pass, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    3 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 3-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup bread flour
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the bread flour, oil, honey, salt and 4 cups whole wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in sunflower kernels and enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 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; divide into 3 portions. Shape into loaves; place in 3 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° until golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Brush with melted butter. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled loaves in foil, and place in resealable plastic freezer bags. To use, thaw at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 125 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Connie
    Feb 10, 2021

    I really don't wan to make 3 loaves for just the 2 of us. Do you have the recipe cut down to one loaf?

  • Ruth
    Mar 22, 2020

    Just made this as directed. OMG so good and three beautiful loaves of bread. I'm not a regular bread maker and this turned out fantastic. Fortunately my brother-in-law, who had stayed with us over the holidays, liked to make bread so I had the ingredients on hand. Made this while we are self quarantining and ran out of bread as have the stores. Will keep this recipe in my stock pile.

  • shannondobos
    Mar 12, 2019

    This turned out fantastic! I like that it makes 3 loaves, as it really makes it worth the effort. I make a lot of bread, and find it hard to find really good wheat ones that everybody likes. The texture was perfect.

  • Gail
    Mar 16, 2018

    I've made this recipe several times & it always turns out perfectly. I roll out 1/3, brush with butter then roll up & slice like cinnamon rolls. It makes the most fantastic dinner rolls.

  • kolate
    Feb 11, 2017

    Made this for the first time today, but it won't be the last. Love it!

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  • jamerbuddy
    Jan 6, 2015

    New staple in our home. Everyone loved it. Thank you!!

  • danali2001
    Oct 23, 2013

    Followed recipe exactly. The whole family loved it! My daughter said, "It is awesomely good!" One of the better wheat bread recipes that I've tried.

  • tommypoo
    Sep 16, 2013

    I'm making this for the second time. Glad I found it again; it's a keeper!