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Sunflower Seed & Honey Wheat Bread Recipe
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Sunflower Seed & Honey Wheat Bread Recipe

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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. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 125 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 212 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. 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.
  2. Turn onto a 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.
  3. Punch dough down; divide into three portions. Shape into loaves; place in three greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. 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. Yield: 3 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Sunflower Seed & Honey Wheat Bread in Taste of Home February/March 2010, p85

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Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

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

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

"still rising, but it smells great"

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