100% Whole Wheat Nut & Seed Bread

After months of making a special trip to a bakery to buy whole wheat bread (I don’t like the store-bought kind…once you’ve tried real, fresh bakery bread you will never go back!), I decided to experiment with some of my own whole wheat bread recipes. I found a recipe I finally really really like by King Arthur Flour: 100% whole wheat sunflower seed, walnut and oat bread. It is sooo good! I love spreading peanut butter and honey or any kind of preserves on it for breakfast or as a snack. You have to try this recipe and let me know what you think.

The original recipe calls for 5 tablespoons of honey OR molasses OR maple syrup, but I thought that would be way too sweet (I was right) so I came up with a combination of 2 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon of molasses-perfection!

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100% Whole Wheat Nut & Seed Bread
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Serves: 4
  • 1⅓ cups lukewarm water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 4 cups King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat flour
  • ¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds, chopped
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2½ teaspoons dry Rapid Rise yeast
  • 1 egg white
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Rolled oats
  1. Add yeast, water, salt, olive oil, honey and molasses to standalone mixer with bread hook attachment (or large mixing bowl), and let stand for 10 minutes (yeast should be poofy after 10 minutes).
  2. Chop walnuts and sunflower seeds to a grainy texture in a food processor, and add to yeast mixture.
  3. Add oats and 1 cup of flour and mix dough on low speed until blended (or with a fork).
  4. Add remaining flour and then orange juice and knead in mixer for 10 minutes, or until dough cleans the sides.
  5. Let the dough rest, covered, for 20 minutes, then knead till fairly smooth (either in a standalone mixer or by hand).
  6. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp towel.
  7. Allow the dough to rise for about 2 hours, or until it's puffy and nearly doubled.
  8. Gently deflate the dough, shape it into a log, and place it in a lightly greased 9" x 5" bread pan. Cover the pan and allow it to rise for about 45 minutes. You may want to use TWO bread loaf pans, because it gets very large!
  9. Brush with egg white and sprinkle sunflower seeds and rolled oats on top, as desired.
  10. Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 40 to 45 minutes, tenting it lightly with aluminum foil for the final 20 minutes of baking.
Makes 1 large loaf, or 2 medium sized loaves


  1. Ally says:

    Please come make this in my kitchen!!! I want it fresh out of the oven, slather some buttahhhh on it, and maybe some homemade blackberry jam!!! Love love!!! xoxoxo Ally

    • Christine says:

      I did less honey and no molasses. Added agave. I had no milk so I used water. I added the oats to the yeast, honey and water. I added finely chopped sunflower seeds walnuts, almonds. I added some ground flaxseed. It doubled in size on the 2 hr rise. I’m at the 45 minute rise in 2 large loaf pans. I will add some chia, sunflower and oats to the top! I’m sure they will taste wonderful !!

  2. Kathy @ Homemade Magazine says:

    This is a great recipe, and I love your adjustments from the original-tastes even better!

  3. jan jones says:

    can you tell me what the dimensions of your bread pan are? I am using 9″ pans, and I feel as if my bread is dwarfed by them in some recipes. I will be making this today,two loaves actually. My husband said he did not care for the seeds or nuts, but that is what I miss most about the specialty breads from the grocery store. I love the crunchy bits, but hate the white, bleached flour!

  4. jan jones says:

    I guess I was not paying attention before, when I asked what size pan you used. I just reread the recipe and saw the size. I am halfway through the recipe, and it is going very well. I am waiting for the 2hour rise.

  5. Char says:

    Hi. I have to agree with Vicki. I just made the bread and it would not even knead. I reread the recipe and I think what happened is in the steps by step directions, no where did you say to add the olive oil. That’s what I went by was the step by step. I went back and added the oil, but can tell it’s not going to turn out, still won’t hold together

  6. Jessica says:

    Could you please add the olive oil to the written, step-by-step directions? I’d like to make this recipe! Tx

    • Kristianne says:

      Hi Jessica! Sorry about that – you add the olive oil with the first ingredients (yeast, water, …) I updated…let me know how it turns out!

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