Sunflower Seed & Honey Wheat Bread

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.


3 loaves (12 pieces each)

Updated: May. 04, 2023
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
Sunflower Seed & Honey Wheat Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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, 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 3 portions. Shape into loaves; place in 3 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350° until golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Brush with melted butter. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Can you freeze Sunflower Seed & Honey Wheat Bread?

Securely wrap cooled loaves in foil and then freeze. To use, thaw loaves at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 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.