Sunflower Seed Bread with Honey

Honey and sunflower seeds flavor this delicious loaf of Sunflower Seed Bread; it’s worth every minute you have to wait for it to rise!

Loaf and Slices of Sunflower Seed Bread with Honey

I am not the biggest break baker; it’s never been my claim to fame. I could lament the time it takes but come on, we’ll all been stuck at home for months on end, time is not the issue. However, when I have a loaf of bread as good as this Sunflower Seed Bread, I think I have discovered why I don’t do it more often.

Because the truth is, with this bread, I could eat the whole thing. The same is true with another bread I’ve been making forever, this Billowy Off-White Bread. Between the whole business of homemade and how delicious the loaves are, I lose all control. Clearly I like something with a bit of honey in it and both of these have that.

Buttered Slices of Sunflower Seed Bread with Honey on a Green Plate

The breads are still unique to each other though; the Sunflower Seed Bread adds a bit of crunch and a hint of salt with that crunch. I’ve topped the Billowy Off-White Bread with Sunflower Seeds but the flavor is not even close, it’s the seeds in the bread that make all the difference.

I’ll make the Billowy Off-White Bread for sandwich bread but this one, this I save for breakfast. While I suppose you could enjoy this bread with any meal, for me I prefer it to start my day. By itself topped with a hint of butter or going nuts with a favorite jam, I love it with a cup of coffee in the morning. Like every morning.

When Covid forced all of us home, I didn’t jump on the sourdough bread train…it’s never been my favorite. But I did jump on the ‘have to find some yeast’ one and I’ve got enough yeast now to bake bread every day for a year. I won’t but I could and if I did, this one would be at the top of my list.

Buttered Slices of Sunflower Seed Bread with Cherry Jam

While this recipe is enough for one loaf, I often double it and make two at a time. Sure I could give one away, and I have, but I’ve also wrapped it well and frozen it for another time and it comes out beautifully. I should probably cut my loaf in half and freeze one portion…or not.

I don’t know about you but when I have something homemade that I love like this Sunflower Seed Bread in my kitchen bread box, I wake up in the morning and almost jump out of bed…somehow that whole loaf is gone before I remember I was going to save half of it. 🙂

I hope you’ll try it too; it’s an easy loaf to make but with a decidedly delicious flavor…you’ll see; you may yearn for it first thing in the morning like I do…more even than coffee!!

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Loaf and Slices of Sunflower Seed Bread

Buttered Slices of Sunflower Seed Bread on Green Plate

Yield: 1 loaf

Sunflower Seed Bread with Honey

Loaf and Slices of Sunflower Seed Bread

A delicious loaf of homemade bread flavored with sunflower seeds and honey.

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Additional Time
2 hours 40 minutes
Total Time
3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbsps salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds

For Garnish

  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • Sunflower seeds for sprinkling on top

Instructions

    1. Combine honey, milk, sugar, salt, yeast, oil and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer.
      Add in flour and sunflower seeds and mix just until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
    2. Pour dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise about 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
    3. Shape risen dough into an oval (batard shape) and place in a lightly greased 8 x 4-inch loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-40 minutes.
    4. Preheat oven to 375°F.
    5. Brush the top of the loaf with melted butter and sprinkle sunflower seeds on top. Bake loaf for about 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely on cooling rack before slicing or serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 231Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 1406mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

The nutritional information is computer-generated and only an estimate. If you need to use nutrition information we suggest you confirm these totals with your own program.

 

Originally posted at Creative Culinary

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Looking for a healthier pizza option that still tastes great? Try using Whole Wheat Pizza Dough! This is a healthier version of my original pizza dough recipe but uses whole wheat flour for a protein and fiber boost. Delicious used with my BBQ Chicken Pizza, Taco Pizza or Classic Margherita.

whole wheat pizza dough ball in a glass bowl

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough | A Healthier Alternative

While I love a classic pizza dough, sometimes its nice to change it up and go for a healthy alternative. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough is just that!

The main difference between Whole Wheat Pizza Dough and Regular Pizza Dough is that the whole wheat version uses a combination of whole wheat flour and bread flour whereas the regular pizza dough simply uses bread flour. Whole wheat flour adds more dietary fiber and protein and the bread flour adds that extra gluten to create that chew that all pizza crust has.

The biggest complaint people have about a whole wheat pizza crust is the taste and texture being off (read: gross). Whole wheat pizza crusts made entirely with whole wheat flour are going to be heavier and taste a little different. It’s the exact reason why I only use 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and make up the difference with bread flour. Using two kinds of flour is the key to delicious whole wheat pizza dough.

Main Ingredients Needed

You are going to need a lot of the same ingredients you’d use with classic pizza crust for this whole wheat pizza dough. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Warm Water, Yeast + Honey – these three come together to create the perfect environment for yeast to activate.
  • Olive Oil – you could also use canola oil here. The main difference is the taste.
  • Salt – to season the dough and add some flavor.
  • Whole Wheat Flour – this flour is a whole-grain product which means it contains more dietary fiber than regular flour. This is a much healthier option that helps with digestion and gut health but, don’t worry, this dough still has a killer texture and taste.
  • Bread Flour – this flour specifically has more gluten in it, yielding a chewier crust. In a pinch, you can also use all-purpose flour, but you just need to knead the dough a little longer. King Arthur Flour is my favorite bread flour.

A Note About Whole Wheat Flour

You’ll probably notice a lot of similarities between this recipe and my original pizza dough recipe. They are essentially the same, but I use less overall flour in this recipe. Why? Because whole wheat flour soaks up more water because it’s a whole grain. It’s heavier, too, so you don’t need as much overall flour. It’s also another reason why I don’t recommend using ALL whole wheat flour for your pizza dough.

Can I Use All Whole Wheat Flour?

For best results, I recommend using a combination of bread and whole wheat flour.

While you absolutely CAN use 100% whole wheat flour for this recipe, you will use about 1/4-1/2 cup less overall flour than the recipe states, simply because it’s a heavier flour and it will soak up more of the moisture in the dough (like I mentioned above). You might want to consider also adding in an extra tablespoon of olive oil to help with the texture of your dough as well.

How to Make Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

For full details on how to make whole wheat pizza dough, see the recipe card down below 🙂

1. Proof Yeast

In a large mixing bowl, preferably that of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, stir yeast and honey into warm water. Sit until bubbles form and the mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking.

What if my yeast didn’t bloom?

If the yeast didn’t bloom (bubble or foam up) this means that your yeast is dead. This could be because it was old or because the water was too hot. To fix this, toss the yeast mixture down the drain and start again (preferably with fresh yeast and warm water).

2. Create the Dough

Pour in salt, olive oil, and all the whole wheat flour and mix. Once that flour is incorporated, start adding bread flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it, it doesn’t stick to your hands.

3. Knead

Once you reach this stage, knead on low for 6 minutes. The dough should be smooth and easy to work with. And the bowl should be mostly clean! {*This is the point when you could freeze your dough!)

4. Rise + Use as Desired

Lightly grease the bowl & the dough so it doesn’t dry out, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.

Once pizza dough has risen, you can use as desired.

whole wheat pizza dough on a bread hook

Can I Freeze Whole Wheat Pizza Dough?

Yes, you can freeze this whole wheat pizza dough recipe! Here’s how to do it:

Freezing Instructions

Simply follow the directions all the way stopping after you knead the dough. Divide into portions, place into freezer bags, seal, removing all air, and freeze for up to three months.

How to Defrost Pizza Dough

Remove from the freezer and place the frozen dough in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it defrost, then rise until it has doubled in size. This process can take anywhere between 3-6 hours, depending on how warm or cold your kitchen is. Once dough has risen, use as desired.

Can I Grill This Dough?

The beauty of this whole wheat dough is that you can use it however you use regular pizza dough. So, long story short, yes, you can grill this dough. Here’s my how-to on how to grill pizza!

pepperoni pizza made with whole wheat crust

Try These Pizzas with Whole Wheat Pizza Dough!

So if you’re looking for a new healthier pizza dough to try, try this one! I promise it won’t dissapoint 🙂

The printable recipe card is below, enjoy!

whole wheat pizza dough ball in a glass bowl

Print

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

This Whole Wheat Pizza Dough is a healthier version of my original pizza dough recipe. Use with any recipe that calls for pizza dough!
Course Breads
Cuisine Italian
Keyword whole wheat pizza dough
Prep Time 16 minutes
Rise Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 16 minutes
Servings 2 medium 12″ pizzas
Calories 788kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups bread flour give or take 1/2 cup, depending on heat and humidity

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir yeast and honey into warm water. Sit for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles form and the mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking.
    yeast proofing in a glass bowl with honey and warm water
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook, pour in salt and all of the whole wheat flour and mix.
    dry ingredients in a stand mixer bowl
  • Pour in olive oil and yeast mixture until well incorporated with the whole wheat flour.
    adding olive oil to stand mixer bowl
  • Once that flour is incorporated, start adding bread flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it, it doesn’t stick to your hands.
    adding bread flour to the stand mixer bowl
  • Once you reach this stage, knead on low for 6 minutes. The dough should be smooth and easy to work with. And the bowl should be mostly clean!*
    whole wheat pizza dough on a bread hook
  • Lightly grease the bowl & the dough so it doesn’t dry out, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
    whole wheat pizza dough ball in a glass bowl
  • Once the pizza dough has risen, you can use it as desired.**
    whole wheat pizza dough spread out on a baking sheet

Notes

*This is the point when you could freeze your dough!! Divide into portions, place into freezer bags, seal removing all air, and freeze. To use, remove from freezer and let sit out to get to room temperature and double in size; 6-8 hours. Then use as you’d like.

**Pizza dough bakes for 9-10 minutes at 500 degrees. Alternatively, you can bake at 425 degrees for a longer period of time.

Nutrition

Calories: 788kcal | Carbohydrates: 136g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1180mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 4mg

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Fennel Salad (With a Bright & Tangy Dressing)

This tangy orange and fennel salad is bright and fresh with a quick zesty orange dressing!

This combo of citrusy, savory, nutty, and crunchy ingredients is an amazing side or perfect topped with salmon or grilled shrimp.

top view of Fennel Salad in a bowl with dressing on the side

A Fresh Side

Shaved fennel is often used as a garnish, served roasted or even on pizza! The flavor of fennel is similar to anise or black licorice and it’s both fresh and crunchy.

Fennel can be eaten cooked or raw in slaws or salads like in this recipe.

ingredients to make a Fennel Salad

Ingredients

FENNEL Fresh fennel should but cut into thin slices for this recipe.

GREENS Any greens you’d like work well, I prefer a greens mix with tender leaves for this recipe.

CITRUS Sectioned orange slices add fresh zesty flavor (grapefruit is another great addition). While it takes a little bit of time, sectioning oranges makes for a great salad and it can be done days ahead of time.

DRESSING Orange juice, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, and oil are used to make this citrusy, zesty dressing!

pouring dressing over Fennel Salad

Variations

  • Switch out orange segments for canned mandarin orange segments and add the juice to the dressing or use small pieces of fresh grapefruit and the grapefruit zest in the dressing.
  • Sliced black olives make for a dramatic and colorful garnish!
  • Freshly roasted and cooled beets make a colorful addition.
  • Granny smith apples and cucumber or radishes, fennel salad takes on a whole new look!
  • Try the citrus-like salad dressing as a marinade or add some soy sauce to it and use it as an Asian-style stir fry marinade!

How to Cut Fennel for Salad

If you’ve never cut fennel before, it’s easy.

  1. Cut bulb from the green stalks (which can be eaten raw or added to stir frys or soup recipes).
  2. Cut bulb in halves so it lies flat & slice thinly vertically (a mandoline works well if you have one).

 

How to Make Fennel Salad

Fennel salad looks gourmet, but it’s actually super easy to make!

  1. Add sliced fennel to the celery & mixed greens. Toss.
  2. Prepare dressing (per recipe below) in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake.
  3. Drizzle over salad & garnish with nuts & orange segments.

Fresh & Flavorful Salads

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top view of plated Fennel Salad

Fennel Salad

Bright & colorful, this Fennel Salad is a healthy, flavorful dish that’s perfect as a light lunch or side dish!
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 279
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 large bulb fennel
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 orange divided
  • ¼ cup candied pecans , or walnuts, chopped

Dressing

  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake until combined. Set aside.
  • Cut the rind off of the orange and cut into segments. Thinly slice celery on the diagonal.
  • Cut off the top stems of the fennel (these can be reserved for stir fries) and remove any discolored outer leaves. If the bulb is really large, cut in half from root to stem.
  • Using a mandoline (or a very sharp knife) thinly slice the fennel bulb and place in a bowl, add celery and mixed greens. Drizzle with dressing and toss well.
  • Garnish the salad with walnuts and orange pieces.

Nutrition

Calories: 279 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
close up of plated Fennel Salad with writing
close up of dressing being poured over Fennel Salad with writing
pouring dressing over Fennel Salad with a title
ingredients to make Fennel Salad with finished dish and a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies