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Oatmeal Honey Bread with Sunflower Seeds

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!

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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. 

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The ingredient list;

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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.

Overhead photo of a loaf of oatmeal honey bread with a few slices on a cutting board.

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.

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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. 

Honey Oatmeal Yeast Bread

Oatmeal Honey Bread with Sunflower Seeds

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
A hearty and easy to make homemade yeast bread with a light touch of sweetness.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
rest time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course bread, Yeast Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 32 slices
Calories 220 kcal


  • 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.


The amount of kneading flour required after turning the dough out will depend a lot on the amount of humidity in the air on any given day. Making sure to knead in enough flour so the dough is soft, smooth, and no longer sticky is what you’re looking for as far as texture.
The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 153mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 24IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 2mg
Keyword honey oat bread, oatmeal bread, oatmeal honey bread, sunflower bread
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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s honey oat bread recipe as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Oatmeal Yeast Bread with Honey and Sunflower Seeds

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!

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Recipe Rating

Terrie L Harper

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

This bread recipe sounds so good, I am looking forward to making it for my family.


Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

You're going to love it, Terrie! Enjoy!! Renee


Thursday 29th of August 2019

Love the honey and the texture that the oatmeal adds! Smells wonderful fresh out of the oven! Thanks!


Friday 30th of August 2019

My pleasure. Glad you like it!


Thursday 29th of August 2019

This bread was incredible!


Friday 30th of August 2019

Great to hear. Thanks, Dara!


Thursday 29th of August 2019

Your instructions were easy to follow and my family absolutely loved this bread!


Friday 30th of August 2019

Wonderful. Thanks for letting me know, Beth!


Thursday 6th of September 2018

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.


Thursday 6th of September 2018

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!!