Kathy's Very Healthy Bread

Kathie Carr


I got this recipe from a friend I worked with back in 1975 (Kathy Reiman). It makes 3 dense loaves of wheat bread and has sunflower seeds, wheat germ and brewer's yeast.

I love it and have made it so many times over the years. It is a traditional yeast bread that requires kneading and rising so it is not quick to make. If you want a light bread this it not for you, but if you are looking for a filling, healthy bread this is one of the really good ones.

Prep time includes rising time. Bread freezes well if well wrapped.


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3 loaves
2 Hr
45 Min


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2 Tbsp
dry yeast
1 Tbsp
3 c
warm water, divided (see yeast package for exact temperature)
1/4 c
safflower oil
1 large
egg, lightly beaten
1/4 c
1 1/2 tsp
sea salt
8-9 c
stoneground whole wheat flour, divided (you may not need all this flour)
1/2 c
powdered milk
1/2 c
low fat soy flour
1/4 c
brewer's yeast
1/4 c
wheat germ
1 c
sunflower seed kernals

How to Make Kathy's Very Healthy Bread


  • 1Mix yeast, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1/2 cup warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes. Add oil, egg, 1/4 cup honey, salt, and remaining water. Add 4 cups whole wheat flower and mix with mixer for 8-10 minutes.

    With mixer on low stir in remaining ingredients except remaining flour and sunflower kernals.

    Stir in as much of remaining flour as needed by hand to make a dough that is not sticky but also not dry.

    Knead dough for 6-8 minutes until elastic. Place in a well greased bowl and turn to coat all sides of dough. Cover with a towel and let rise until double in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • 2Sprinkle sunflower seeds on top of dough. Punch down and knead to mix in seeds well. Separate dough into 3 equal sized balls and let rest, covered for 10 minutes.

    Shape each ball into a loaf and place in well greased, standard sized bread pan. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes.
  • 3Place pans in COLD oven. Turn oven on to 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.

    Reduce heat to 375 degrees and continue to bake for 25-35 minutes until loaves sound hollow when tapped.

    Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before removing from pan and cutting.

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About Kathy's Very Healthy Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Other Tag: Healthy

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