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


  • 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


  1. Mix 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.
  2. Sprinkle 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.
  3. Place 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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