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Learn how to make sunflower seed bread from scratch with this easy recipe. It’s perfect for breakfast, a mid-morning, or afternoon snack.

sliced Sunflower Seed Bread on a cutting board
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If you love sunflower seeds, then this recipe is perfect for you. Sunflower seed bread is soft, aromatic, and healthy! It’s a simple recipe, similar to this pumpkin seed bread recipe, that is suitable for baking beginners.

The moist spelt dough is enriched with raw sunflower seeds and baked in a loaf pan. This makes the bread very aromatic, moist, airy, flavorful, and slightly moist inside, with a crispy crust!

Sunflower Seed Bread on a cutting board

It is perfect for breakfast, snacks, sandwiches, salads, and soups. Also, you can conveniently freeze it in slices and defrost them individually in a toaster to always have fresh, homemade bread on hand.

The main ingredients are spelt flour and sunflower seeds. Thus, this bread is a bit more nutritious than ordinary white bread. Sunflower seeds are very healthy and provide a good portion of proteins, fiber, minerals, healthy fats (omega-6 and omega-3), vitamins B and E.

In addition, sunflower seeds give this bread a nutty flavor and crunchy bite.

Baking this sunflower seed bread recipe is easy, yet it takes some time. Good news: Most of the time is taken by the dough rising, the active time in the kitchen is manageable. So, let’s get started and bake this delicious bread together! 😉

🛒 Ingredients

See recipe card for quantities.

slices of homemade Sunflower Seed Bread spread with cream cheese
  • Spelt Flour → Works too with all-purpose flour or whole grain flour.
  • Sunflower Seeds → Give the bread valuable nutrients and a nutty flavor.
  • Instant Yeast → To make the dough rise nicely! Also works with active dry yeast if you activate it: Mix lukewarm water, sugar, and active dry yeast in a bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes until foaming.
  • Water → For best results, use slightly warm but not hot water.
  • Salt → An aromatic bread needs a good pinch of salt.
  • Sugar → Helps the dough to rise. You can also use maple syrup, honey, or it can be omitted if you are on a sugar-free diet.

Fresh Yeast: If you prefer to bake the bread with fresh yeast, use half a cube (21g fresh yeast). Activate it briefly with the sugar in lukewarm water before mixing it with the flour.

👩‍🍳 Visual Step-by-Step Instructions

This visual step-by-step instruction will help you along the way – definitely recommended if you’re a baking beginner! 😉

  • Mix the flour, instant yeast, salt and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Pour in the warm water and knead for 5-10 minutes on medium speed until you have a smooth yet wet dough. Set aside a handful of sunflower seeds for later, and fold the remaining sunflower seeds into the dough.
  • Cover with a damp tea towel (or plastic wrap), and let it rise at room temperature for one hour. 
Sunflower Seed Bread Recipe Step 1-4
  • Grease a 12 inch loaf pan with a little olive oil or butter.
  • Knead the soft dough again briefly, and transfer into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining sunflower seeds.
  • Cover with a damp tea towel, and let it rise for another 30-60 minutes at room temperature, until the dough has gained plenty of volume.
Sunflower Seed Bread Recipe Step 5-6
  • Preheat the oven to 430°F (220°C).
  • Bake the bread for 45 minutes and reduce oven temperature to 390°F (200°C) after 15 minutes.
  • Remove the bread from the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan, and let it cool completely on a rack before slicing
slices of homemade Sunflower Seed Bread spread with cream cheese

🫙 Storage & Freezing Instructions

Wrap the bread in a clean tea towel and store it at room temperature for 2-3 days. If the bread starts to turn hard, toast single slices before serving.

You can easily freeze this bread. The best way is to freeze it in slices in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Individual slices can be defrosted briefly in the toaster or at room temperature and makes for fresh homemade bread whenever you are longing for it.

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📖 Recipe

sliced Sunflower Seed Bread on a cutting board

Sunflower Seed Bread

Learn how to make sunflower seed bread from scratch with this easy recipe. It’s perfect for breakfast, a mid-morning, or afternoon snack.
Author : Aline Cueni
5 from 3 votes

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Prep Time :20 minutes
Cook Time :45 minutes
Dough Rising Time :2 hours
Total Time :3 hours 5 minutes
Servings : 1 Bread
Calories : 250kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 4 ¼ cup (500 g) spelt flour or 4 ½ cups whole wheat flour, or 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 ⅔ cup (400 g) water
  • 1 cup (125 g) sunflower seeds

Instructions
 

  • Mix the flour, instant yeast, salt and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Pour in the lukewarm water and knead for 5-10 minutes on medium speed until you have a smooth yet wet dough. Set aside a handful of sunflower seeds for later, and fold the remaining sunflower seeds into the dough.
  • Cover with a damp tea towel (or plastic wrap), and let it rise at room temperature for one hour. 
  • Grease a 12 inch loaf pan with a little oil or butter.
  • Knead the dough again briefly, and transfer into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining sunflower seeds.
  • Cover with a damp tea towel, and let it rise for another 30-60 minutes at room temperature, until the dough has gained plenty of volume.
  • Preheat the oven to 430°F (220°C).
  • Bake the bread for 45 minutes and reduce oven temperature to 390°F (200°C) after 15 minutes.
  • Remove the bread from the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan, and let it cool completely on a rack before slicing

Notes

Keeps fresh for 2-3 days if packed in a tea towel.
Or freeze the bread right after baking for up to 3 months. → You can slice the bread before freezing and thaw single slices in the toaster.
Active Dry Yeast: If you only have active dry yeast at hand, dissolve it together with the sugar in the lukewarm water before adding it to the flour.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 2mg

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