If you're looking for homemade bread with a lot of body, and a touch of sweetness, then this Oatmeal Honey Bread with Sunflower Seeds is just the ticket!
Making homemade bread may be easier than you think. So you'd better get ready for more than a few compliments!
With nothing more than a few bowls, some simple ingredients, and some hand stirring and kneading, this delicious oatmeal honey bread can be on your dinner table tonight.
**Please Note - The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Oatmeal Honey Bread with Sunflower Seeds is available at the end of this post.Jump to Recipe
The ingredient list;
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- Quick Cooking Oats
- Active Dry Yeast
- All-Purpose Flour
- Sunflower Seeds (shelled)
Kitchen tools and equipment needed;
- Cooking Spray
- Plastic Wrap
- 2 Loaf Pans
- 2 Large Bowls
- 1 Small Bowl
- Pastry Brush
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula
Why this recipe works:
What I love about this bread (besides the taste) is the texture. It's firm enough to be sliced thin for sandwiches, and it's hearty flavor lends itself to be dipped and dunked in soups and sauces.
It will hold its own when it comes to standing up against big, bold flavors. It's by far one of our family's favorite bread, and I know it will become one of yours too.
How long will this oatmeal honey bread recipe take from start to finish?
With two rise times (each approximately 60 minutes), and approximately 30 minutes of bake time, and approximately 20 minutes of prep, this recipe will take roughly 2½ - 3 hours time.
Add to that an additional 30 minutes of cooling time and you're looking at 3½ hours from start to dinner.
What if I'm not a fan of sunflower seeds?
No problem. Leave them out!
Can this bread be frozen after baking?
Yes!! Since this recipe makes two loaves, why not eat one now and freeze one for later?
OR, give away a loaf or two as gifts. The recipients will love you for it!
To freeze; wrap the bread several times in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2 months.
For additional homemade savory bread recipes, please click on the following titles for;
*English Muffin Bread (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen
*Japanese Milk Bread from Caroline's Cooking
*Onion Rye Bread with Dill (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen
*Homemade Pretzel Bread from Joy Food Sunshine
*Italian Herb Quick Bread (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen
*Quick and Easy Cheese Bread from Retro Housewife Goes Green
*Oatmeal Honey Bread with Sunflower Seeds (pictured below) You are here!
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Below is the printable recipe card and instructions for making for today’s Oatmeal Honey Bread with Sunflower Seeds.
If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post.
Printable Recipe Card
Oatmeal Honey Bread with Sunflower Seeds
- 1 cup oats I used quick cooking
- ½ cup raw honey but regular honey can be used
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 package (2¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
- ½ cup warm water 110-115 degrees F
- ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
- 5½ - 6 cups all purpose flour divided (plus additional for dusting)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds shelled
- additional honey for brushing on the tops of loaves
- additional oats for sprinkling on the tops of loaves
- cooking spray
- plastic wrap
- 2 loaf pans 9" x 5"
- 2 large bowls
- 1 small bowl
- wooden spoon or spatula
- Place the oats and ½ cup honey in a large bowl.
- Stir in the boiling water until the honey dissolves.
- Add the butter and salt into the honey/oat mixture and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile dissolve the yeast in a small bowl. Add the granulated sugar. Allow the yeast to sit and get foamy (approximately 5 minutes).
- Stir the yeast mixture into the oat mixture.
- Add 2 cups of all-purpose flour to the oat mixture and stir well to combine.
- Stir in an additional 2-3 cups of flour until the mixture becomes thick and sticky.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
- Sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top of the dough along with an approximate ½ cup of flour. Knead the dough by hand until it becomes soft and no longer sticky, adding additional flour as needed.
- Place the dough into a large bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft free place for approximately 1 hour (or until doubled in size).
- Prepare the loaf pans by spraying with cooking spray. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough equally in half.
- Press each half evenly into the prepared loaf pans.
- Allow the loaves to rise again for approximately 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
- Bake the loaves in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden in color and sounds hollow when tapped.
- Place the loaves on a cooling rack and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Turn the dough out from the pans and brush the tops of each loaf liberally with honey, and a light sprinkling of oats.
- Cool completely before slicing.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's honey oat bread recipe as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!
Baking homemade bread is one of the most satisfying things I get to make in my Kudos Kitchen.
It's like a giant hug when the smell of homemade bread wafts through the house as it bakes. Which makes the saying "All you knead is love" not only true...but essential!
Terrie L Harper says
This bread recipe sounds so good, I am looking forward to making it for my family.
Love the honey and the texture that the oatmeal adds! Smells wonderful fresh out of the oven! Thanks!
My pleasure. Glad you like it!
This bread was incredible!
Great to hear. Thanks, Dara!
Your instructions were easy to follow and my family absolutely loved this bread!
Wonderful. Thanks for letting me know, Beth!
This bread turned out perfect! 1st time making this after finding on the internet.
I used a local wild flower honey. I would have taken a picture but it's gone.
The local wildflower honey sounds perfect! I'm thrilled you enjoyed this recipe. It's one of my favorites too. Thanks for letting me know, Susan!!
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
I can totally smell this bread baking just by reading the post and recipe. It's beautiful! Love the video too!
Thanks Angie! Glad you like the video too. I've been enjoying making them almost as much as I enjoy baking bread 🙂
Kim Beaulieu says
Oh my gosh, honey bread is just the best. This looks so good. I could eat the whole loaf all by my lonesome. I can almost smell it. Yum!
I need to email you next week. I want to get a couple of aprons done for each blog. I'll email you once life mellows out next week. xx
I'd be happy to paint aprons for you, Kim. Email me whenever you're ready.
Isabelle @ Crumb says
You must have been reading my mind somehow, because I've been craving a hearty oatmeal and honey bread for the last few weeks... and here's a gorgeous loaf, taunting me and making me wish I could just skip work tomorrow so that I could bake instead! 🙂
I suggest you skip work and make this bread. Not really. Make it on the weekend 🙂
Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
Mmmm, this definitely looks perfect for toast - I want to slather it in peanut butter! (And then I want to make a sandwich for lunch. And dinner.) 😉
This bread toasted with peanut butter would be a complete winner. Either that or sunflower butter. Mmmmm.
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life says
That bread would disappear in no time flat here! I'm not much of a baker, but I'd like to try it...I love breads with honey!
I was smart and put the second loaf in the freezer right away to save for another day. Otherwise we would have blown right through it 🙂 I do hope you'll try it, Michelle. I know you'll have complete success with it!
Nicole Hood says
This bread looks great. Homemade bread is the best! I also am lovin' your painted aprons. Just followed you on Etsy!
Wow! Thanks for the lovely words, and for following me on Etsy, Nicole!
Maryanne @ the little epicurean says
Nothing beats homemade bread! Also, I love your apron! It's so cute 🙂
Homemade bread is the best. I agree. Also, thanks for the kind words about my painted apron. I appreciate it.
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
This turned out so perfect and I love the touch of sweetness! My kinda bread 🙂
Thanks Ashley. We love a bread with a touch of sweetness too. This one has just the right amount.
Heather | Heather Likes Food says
This bread look like it's perfect texture and flavor! Thanks!
Thank you, Heather. Glad you like it.
The Food Hunter says
This sounds amazing...I love the sunflower seeds in there. Adding to my must try list
I hope you make it. I know you'll love this bread as much as we do.
I love this bread - looks perfect! And I also love your new blog look!
Thanks so much, Stephanie!
Matthew From Nomageddon says
I love the honey glaze on this bread! It looks incredible!
The honey on top is a nice touch and helps the oatmeal topping stick. It's the honey in the bread that really adds a nice sweetness. Not too much...just right.
Katerina @ Diethood says
I could never say NO to a piece of this beautiful bread! In fact, I'd like to take down that entire loaf! Sounds SO good!!
Me too, Katerina. While taking the photos, I think I ate two entire pieces...with butter.
Ginny McMeans says
This is exactly what I like. Just a beautiful bread and I will be making this!
Thanks, Ginny. So glad you like this bread. I put the second loaf in the freezer and will be making gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches from it this week.
Erin @ Texanerin Baking says
Great video! I wouldn't have had the patience for that. I so hope this video craze goes away. Haha. I don't want to have to learn something else. 😉 I just want to bake! Like this bread. It looks and sounds so delicious!
LOL! I totally get it, Erin. For me, the slideshow video process is easy because I always take the step-by-step photos anyway so putting together a video is really easy. The actual "movie" ones are what I want to try next, but I know they will be so much more time consuming, and I really don't know if I have it in me. I also feel the way you do about rich pins, snapchat etc. Who's got time for all those extras?