Establishing Habits for a Productive Life

A Hearty and Healthy Whole Grain Breakfast Bread

Start your day off right with a slice of this hearty whole grain bread. Packed with dried cranberries, golden raisins, sunflower seeds, flax seed, rolled oats, and wheat bran, this textured and nutritious bread will keep you sustained through your busy morning.


  • 2 tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 cup water (between 90° – 110°)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar.
  • 5 cups whole grain flour
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1/2  cup barley flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 3 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (shelled and unsalted)
  • 4 tsp salt

Using a thermometer, prepare a 1/2 cup of water between 90° and 110°.  Stir in active dry yeast and sugar. Let sit for about 10 mins.  If mixture doubles in size, then the yeast has been properly activated.

Sift flours together in large bowl and set aside.

In separate bowl, mix together water, honey, molasses, oil, eggs and lemon juice. Add yeast-water mixture.

Slowly mix in 5 cups of flour mixture, one cup at a time, until well-blended.

Fold in dried cranberries, raisins, wheat bran, flaxseed, rolled oats, sunflower seeds.

Let dough rise in warm environment for 20 minutes.

Add remaining flour and salt.

Knead dough using a stand mixer for 10-15 minutes, then let sit in a warm environment for 20 minutes.

For lighter textured loaf, stir lightly to deflate dough, then let rise again for another 20 minutes. Otherwise, place dough into 8 1/2 in. medium loaf pan.

Bake at 375° for 30-40 mins, then set pan to cool on cooling rack.

Serve with a dollop of peanut butter, honey, or jam, and enjoy!



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