If you’re looking for a tasty seed bread that’s simple to prepare, this recipe is the one to try. This bread is fully made in the bread machine, so it’s super easy to follow. The ingredients are pretty straightforward too – whole wheat flour, seeds, and a few other basic pantry items. The end result is a delicious, hearty seed bread that’s perfect for toasting and enjoying with your favorite toppings and spreads. Give this recipe a try the next time you’re looking for a healthy and delicious bread option!
Making homemade hearty bread is really simple using a bread machine. All you have to do is add the ingredients to your machine, and let it knead, proof, and bake the perfect loaf for you!
This loaf is made with 100% whole wheat flour, and loaded with your favorite seeds. I went for pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and chia seeds. You can do any 5 or less depending on what you have available.
Do you know what else the bread machine does really well? It makes perfect homemade Pizza Dough!
Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
You only need a few pantry ingredients to make this healthy bread machine recipe. It is recommended that you add the ingredients to your bread maker in the following order (liquids first, dry ingredients, and yeast is last):
- Water: Water mixes everything else together into a cohesive dough.
- Olive Oil: Used mainly for flavor. Olive oil can be substituted with another oil if you prefer, or melted unsalted butter.
- Sugar: The sugar helps activate the yeast, and proof the dough. It also helps create a nice crust. Sugar can be substituted with honey or maple syrup, or left altogether if making a sugar-free loaf.
- Salt: Salt is important for flavoring, you can reduce it if you’re watching your sodium intake.
- Strong Whole Wheat Bread Flour: There are several kinds of wheat flour on the market. The type you should search for will be labeled as “whole wheat bread flour.” It will have a coarser, more grainy texture than white flour.
- Instant Yeast: Instant yeast is the right choice when deciding what type of yeast to buy for your bread maker bread. You may also see “bread maker yeast”. This is also Instant yeast, just with a different label, so feel free to use either. Active Dry Yeast won’t properly bloom in the bread maker, so don’t use that here.
How To Make Seed Bread in a Bread Machine
- Add Ingredients: Toss the ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the following order: Water, Oil, Salt, Sugar, Flour, All the seeds, and lastly, Yeast.
You’re looking to add a total of 5-8 tablespoons of seeds and chopped nuts (if desired). So pick your favorites and dump them in the bread machine!
- Set Up and Turn On: Add the bread pan to the bread machine, close the lid, and plug in the machine. Choose the wholemeal or whole wheat bread setting, medium size, and start the machine with your chosen program.
- Cool: After the machine ends the baking cycle and beeps, unplug it, open the lid, and remove the pan from the machine with kitchen mitts or kitchen towels. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then shake it out of the pan and allow it to cool completely. Carefully remove the paddle from the bottom of the loaf if it got stuck there.
For your convenience, I’ve included US cup measurements, but measuring by weight is preferable. A digital scale is great for getting consistent results every time.
Make sure that your loaf has cooled compltely then store in a large plastic bag, or a breadbox and store at room temperature for 4-5 days. It also freezes very well, I recommend slicing it and freezing for up to 2 months.
The manufacturer’s instructions will tell you to add the liquids first, then the dry ingredients. The instant yeast always goes in last. This ensures that the yeast is separated from the liquids until the kneading begins, and is an important step to follow.
Choose Rapid rise yeast, Instant yeast, or Bread Machine yeast. According to Fleishmann’s Yeast’s website, the three are exactly the same, just sold under different names. Active Dry yeast is different from the others, and not recommended for bread machine recipes.
This Hamilton Beach programmable bread maker is very well rated on Amazon and available at a reasonable price. You can buy more expensive bread makers, but I would start with a basic one until you’re comfortable and know that you want to use it often.
You should always make sure that your yeast is fresh and active. It could be that your yeast is dead, or you added too much salt or sugar, or you forgot to add the yeast.
You probably added too much yeast.
If this happens for some reason, add more liquid (1 tablespoon at a time) until a ball of dough is formed.
You need to add more flour, add it gradually (1 tablespoon at a time) until a ball of dough is formed.
Enjoy making your own homemade seed bread with your bread maker! Don’t forget to pin this recipe so you don’t lose it.
- 1 ½ cups (350ml) water temperature 110°F/45°C
- 2 tablespoons (30g) olive oil or melted butter
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 4 cups (480g) strong whole wheat bread flour
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- Layer your ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the following order: Water, Oil, Salt, Sugar, Flour, All the seeds, and lastly, Yeast.
- Add the bread pan to the bread machine, and make sure that it’s secured. Close the lid, and plug in the machine. Choose the wholemeal or whole wheat bread setting, medium size, and start the machine.
- The bread machine will now take over for you, and knead, proof, and bake your bread dough!
- When the baking cycle ends, unplug the bread machine, open the lid, and remove the pan from the machine with kitchen mitts. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then shake it out of the pan and allow it to cool completely. Carefully remove the paddle from the bottom of the loaf if it got stuck there.
- Warm Water: When making bread it’s best to have all ingredients at room temperature to start. The water should be a bit above that, at 110°F/45°C, in order to activate the yeast.
- You Can Sift the Flour: Sifting flour before making bread with it helps to aerate it, and will make a fluffier, less dense bread. It’s not necessary for success but is an option.
- You’re looking to add a total of 5-8 tablespoons of seeds and chopped nuts (if desired). So pick your favorites and dump them in the bread machine!
- You will get a medium 1 and ½ lb or 750g loaf.
- Nutrition: Calculated is just a rough estimate for the smallest loaf if it’s sliced into 10 slices. Info is per slice.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
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