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Multigrain Bread Recipe

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Multigrain Bread Recipe is a hearty, nutty tasting bread, made with oatmeal, honey, white whole wheat flour, and plenty of seeds and nuts. We love toasting this healthy bread and topping it with peanut butter and jelly!

Bread is my jam! Try some delicious Chewy French Bread, Whole Wheat Honey Bread, or something sourdough – like my favorite Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread!

Side view of two loaves of multigrain bread with nuts on top.

Multi-Grains

My sister, Jackie, introduced me to Whole Foods’ Seeduction Bread during our visits to see her family in Colorado. Ever since, I’ve been thinking about making a copycat version, and this is my attempt.

Multigrain simply means that two or more grains are used in a loaf of bread. This one happens to include wheat flour and oatmeal. However, it also contains seeds and nuts which adds to a hearty flavor – one that I love in my morning toast!

When it comes to bread, I enjoy it in many forms. Paninis, cold sandwiches, crostini appetizers, and soup dippers. But I love it most for any kind of toast. THIS one is exceptional with butter and jam, or peanut butter and jelly. You choose!

Side view of several slices of multigrain bread.

Ingredients needed for Multigrain Seeded Bread:

  • Yeast – I use Red Star Active Dry Yeast. (This is a very large amount. I keep a bunch in the freezer, and it lasts a long time.) We have perfect bread-making weather here in Texas, and my bread always rises pretty quickly. You may need a Quick Rise Yeast, depending on where you live.
  • Sugar – Just a pinch of sugar is needed to help activate the yeast.
  • Water – You need to use warm water to activate the yeast. You should be able to keep a finger in it, without it being too hot.
  • Honey – I always use raw honey. This is what gives it a slightly sweetened flavor.
  • Oil – This recipe calls for canola oil, but I’ve used olive oil too.
  • Salt – Kosher salt or sea salt works great here.
  • Oatmeal – Old fashioned oatmeal is really the only kind I buy now. But quick oats is fine.
  • Seeds – A combo of chia seeds and poppyseeds.
  • Nuts – A combo of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chopped pistachios. You can use raw or roasted, whatever you have or prefer.
  • Flour – This recipe calls for white whole-wheat flour. You can also use a combo of regular whole wheat and all-purpose flour if you can’t find white whole wheat flour.
  • Butter – Brush the tops of the bread loaves with butter, after baking.
Labeled ingredients for the multigrain bread recipe.

How to make Multigrain Bread:

Note: You can definitely make this recipe by hand instead of using a mixer. It will take a little bit more time and some arm strength, but you can do it.

Step 1
Activate the yeast. Using a large standing mixer, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Take a spatula, and stir it around a couple of times. Then let it sit for about 15 minutes so that the yeast activates. You should see a bubbly mixture when it’s ready.

The mixer with the bubbly yeast mixture.

Step 2
Add other liquid ingredients, and salt. Add honey, oil, and salt. Stir again to mix well.

Step 3
Place dough hook on mixer, and start adding dry ingredients. Add the seeds, nuts, oatmeal, and about 3/4 of the flour. Add the dough hook and start mixer. Let it run for a couple of minutes and then use a spatula to scrape down the sides as needed.

Step 4
Continue adding flour to desired consistency. Let the mixer run, and continue to occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Gradually add more flour until you get a nice dough consistency. It should be slightly sticky, but easy to handle.

Step 5
Let the dough rise. Grease a large bowl with oil. Remove the dough from the mixer, and form it into a ball. Then place it in the bowl, and cover it with a clean dish towel. Place the bowl in a quiet corner of your kitchen and let rise until approximately doubled in size. The rise may be different each time, and will vary depending on where you live.

Step 6
Form loaves of bread. Once the bread rises, it’s time to form the dough into loaves. Prepare bread pans with baking spray. (See below for my favorite pans.) Add a little oil to a pastry mat or a large flat surface (a cutting board works too), and form sections of dough into oblong shapes for bread.

This recipe makes two large loaves or three smaller ones. See the bread pans I use below.

Step 7
Let rise again. Cover dough with a clean dish towel, and let it rise again until the dough rises about 1/2 inch over the top of the pans.

Optional Step: If you want to add some nuts to the top, brush the dough with some water and adds nuts to the top before baking.

Step 8
Bake. Bake bread in a preheated 350 degree oven, until done, approximately 30-35 minutes. The bottoms should be slightly browned, and the tops a nice golden brown. Remove bread to a wire rack.

Step 9
Add butter. Using a pastry brush, brush softened butter on top of the loaves to get a nice shine. Let cool before slicing.

Side closeup view of loaves of multigrain bread.

White whole-wheat Flour has the same nutritional value as whole wheat flour but is made from a different grain of wheat. It has a milder taste and a paler color. It also has a nuttier flavor than regular all-purpose flour, but not as nutty as 100% whole wheat. If you can’t find this type of flour in your store, you can use a combo of whole wheat (one part) and all-purpose flour (three parts).

 Some tips for making the best Multigrain Bread.

  1. When you add the warm water to the yeast, sugar, and salt – be careful to use WARM water, not hot. If the water is too hot, the yeast will disappear and you can’t make bread without yeast. Also, do not use cool water because it won’t activate the yeast.
  2. Don’t add all the flour at once because every baking day is different. Some days you will need a bit more flour and some days, you will need less.
  3. The dough shouldn’t be overly sticky when ready. It should bounce back slightly to the touch. Over time, you will learn exactly how much flour is needed to make the ultimate bread.
  4. When done, the bottom of the bread should be slightly brown and crunchy, and the top, a nice golden brown.
  5. Be sure to brush some butter on the top of the loaves of bread to get a nice shine.
  6. You can also change up the seeds and nuts, and use whatever you have on hand.

Active Dry Yeast vs Instant Yeast:

As a rule, I only use Active Dry Yeast in my bread baking. You can use Instant Yeast as well, but will need just a little bit less. Instant Yeast also requires less time to rise, but since I live in a fairly warm, humid climate (Texas), I’ve never had a problem with my bread rise.

  1. Active Dry Yeast – A type of dry yeast that’s granular, similar to cornmeal. This yeast is a living organism that’s dormant until proofed, requiring a small amount of lukewarm water and a pinch of sugar to activate. 
  2. Instant Yeast – Also known as quick-rise, rapid-rise, or even bread machine yeast. This yeast is milled into smaller particles so it doesn’t need to be dissolved into water. The dough rises faster with this yeast because enzymes and other additives are included to make this happen. You don’t ever need to do more than one rise with this yeast.

More Bread Recipes:

If you’re a bread lover like me and enjoy trying new versions, be sure to give one of these a try.

A cutting board with some sliced multigrain and the unsliced chunk.

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xoxo ~Sue

A closeup side view of two loaves of multigrain bread with seeds and nuts.

Multigrain Bread Recipe

Multigrain Bread Recipe is a hearty, nutty tasting bread, made with oatmeal, honey, white whole wheat flour, and plenty of seeds and nuts. We love toasting this healthy bread and topping it with peanut butter and jelly!
4.73 from 40 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 24 slices (or two loaves)
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Tablespoon yeast – I use Red Star
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups warm water – not hot, not cold
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup pistachios – chopped
  • 6 cups white whole wheat flour – or to desired consistency
  • few pats butter – to brush on top of bread

Instructions

  • Due to reader feedback, I've recently updated this recipe to make larger loaves and more nuts, including pistachios. I hope you enjoy!
  • Activate the yeast. Using a large standing mixer, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Take a spatula, and stir it around a couple of times. Then let it sit for about 15 minutes so that the yeast activates. You should see a bubbly mixture when it’s ready.
  • Add other liquid ingredients, and salt. Add honey, oil, and salt. Stir again to mix well.
  • Place dough hook on mixer, and start adding dry ingredients. Add the seeds, nuts, oatmeal, and about 3/4 of the flour. Add the dough hook and start mixer. Let it run for a couple of minutes and then use a spatula to scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Continue adding flour to desired consistency. Let the mixer run, and continue to occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Gradually add more flour until you get a nice dough consistency. It should be slightly sticky, but easy to handle.
  • Let the dough rise. Grease a large bowl with oil. Remove the dough from the mixer, and form it into a ball. Then place it in the bowl, and cover it with a clean dish towel. Place the bowl in a quiet corner of your kitchen and let rise until approximately doubled in size. The rise may be different each time, and will vary depending on where you live.
  • Form loaves of bread. Once the bread rises, it’s time to form the dough into loaves. Prepare bread pans with baking spray. (See below for my favorite pans.) Add a little oil to a pastry mat or a large flat surface (a cutting board works too), and form sections of dough into oblong shapes for bread.
  • Let rise again. Cover dough with a clean dish towel, and let it rise again until the dough rises about 1/2 inch over the top of the pans.
  • Optional Step: If you want to add some nuts to the top, brush the dough with some water and adds nuts to the top before baking.
  • Bake. Bake bread in a preheated 350 degree oven, until done, approximately 30-35 minutes. The bottoms should be slightly browned, and the tops a nice golden brown. Remove bread to a wire rack.
  • Add butter. Using a pastry brush, brush softened butter on top of the loaves to get a nice shine. Let cool before slicing.

Notes

  • This recipe makes two LARGE loaves or three smaller ones.
  • If you can’t find white whole-wheat flour, use a combo of whole wheat and all-purpose flour. I recommend using a cup of whole wheat and the remaining all-purpose.
  • This bread freezes well for up to three months. Use freezer bags and seal tightly.
White whole-wheat Flour has the same nutritional value as whole wheat flour but is made from a different grain of wheat. It has a milder taste and a paler color. It also has a nuttier flavor than regular all-purpose flour, but not as nutty as 100% whole wheat. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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51 Comments

  1. Cathy Hanson says:

    Oh my goodness! This bread is soooo good! I love your chewy french bread, but this may be my all time favorite! The nuts in this bread made it so flavorful! I have tried many hearty multi grain breads but this one is by far the BEST!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so happy you enjoy this bread as much as we do, Cathy!

  2. This bread is delicious! Mine turned out light, tender with just the right amount of texture with the nuts and seeds. The dough was easy to work with and shape and the baked loaves were a beautiful golden brown. My new go to recipe!

  3. The bread was easy to make, rose well, and was delicious when baked. My granddaughter, who just turned four and loves to bake with me, was fascinated by the different kinds of seeds. The loaf was a little sticky and difficult to shape nicely, but a little more flour should take care of that. I love the big seeds, and probably would add more next time. I used two cups of whole wheat flour, and 1 1/2 cups of unbleached, unbromated white flour. I can’t wait to toast some.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Meg! Sounds like a fun baking activity with your granddaughter! Enjoy!

  4. Recipe turned out well, based on the size of my loaf pan, this was a single loaf, which was what I was looking for. I swapped in some milk for the water, nice soft bread. Will be giving it a try again soon.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Sounds like a great substitution, Jacob! Enjoy!

  5. This was just what I was looking for. I used walnuts because I was out seeds. Delicious bread. Thank you

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So happy to hear this, Ellen! Thanks so much for your feedback! 🙂

      1. Char Menker says:

        Suebee, if I use instant rise yeast, what amount would I need to use? Can’t wait to make this….thanks for sharing!

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          The rule of thumb is to use 25% less instant rise yeast compared to active. Good luck Char!

  6. Easy-to-make, delicious bread!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread, Deborah!

  7. Pat Melby says:

    Hi, I love this bread, but it always falls. I have been using whole wheat flour and wonder if it would make a difference if I used white whole wheat. Could you suggest what I am doing wrong?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      What do you mean by “it falls”? Is it sinking before you bake it? Or after baking? Could you send me a picture? And yes, using white whole wheat would make it lighter, most definitely!

  8. What is old fashioned oatmeal? Is that the same as rolled oats?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yes it’s the same thing!

  9. Lorraine A Bost says:

    I made the bread. it was great. I used half whole wheat flour and half white. I noticed you said one serving was 162 calories. Is that for one or two slices of bread. Please tell me its two slices…

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Well I’m sorry, but it’s just one slice! I know what you mean though. So glad you liked the bread!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Teri!

  10. Teri Thompson says:

    My bread did not rise. My yeast was good. I don’t know if the seeds made it too heavy, it if my oven was warmer than I thought when I set it in there to raise. I will try one more time, but it’s a waste of ingredients if it’s too heavy.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m sorry you didn’t have success with this bread, Teri. I have had a lot of positive feedback on this recipe, so I’m not sure what happened. You might try to process the seeds and oatmeal. Make sure you use white whole wheat flour as well.

  11. Michele Irwin says:

    I loved this bread will now be my go-to. Made it as directed.
    Making again but want to make one large loaf. Is the cooking time the same for one loaf?
    *Can you please update the instructions after the recipe to add the salt to the water/yeast as it is missing. You do mention it in the initial comments but not in the instructions.
    Thanks for sharing this great healthy bread recipe.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Michele. I believe you may need a few more minutes of time if you choose to bake one large loaf. That will be a big one! Also, I don’t see that the salt is missing in the instructions. It’s included where you add the honey and oil. I’m really glad you are enjoying the bread!

  12. This was delicious! I have been making whole wheat bread for some time and discovered early on to add more yeast than most. This is what drew me to this recipe.

    I omitted the sunflower seeds as mine tasted off and added caraway seed and more flax seed. I added 2 T everything bagel seasoning instead of salt (as there is salt in there). I used 3 C flour and 1.25 C water. Tip: measure oil first then honey, and all the honey will slide off easily—no waste.

    I did an egg wash w milk and a few pinches of cheddar powder (the kind for popcorn!) and caraway on top. (The rest of the egg was scrambled eggs!) Baked for 35 min due to me opening the oven to turn the pan as my oven has hot spots. Then let it sit in the oven for 5-7min with oven off. You must try this! Thank you suebee!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Sounds like an interesting version of my bread, Debby! Enjoy!

  13. Hi
    I havent made this recipe yet-looking for one that mimics La Brea Honey Sunflower loaf and this recipe looks close:) On their label it says it has cracked wheat and cracked corn-Have you ever included these elements in this bread?
    Can I form this into boules and bake this on a baking sheet rather than a loaf pan? I prefer the crusty sides as well as the top of a loaf-Appreciate your reply!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I do have a cracked wheat recipe you could combine with this one, if you’d like. And yes, you could try baking boules instead of loafs. I often use cast iron skillets for this bread as well. Good luck!

  14. Andrea Walz says:

    Can I use instant yeast? if so do I have to use the warm water? If I use warm water-what is then temperature of the warm water? Can I knead this in a bread machine?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Andrea. I updated this post with some info regarding active dry yeast vs. instant yeast. You will still need water but the temperature isn’t crucial if using instant yeast. I’ve never used a bread machine, so I don’t know if this recipe would work in one. Hope that helps.

  15. Coffee by the Lake says:

    I made a lot of substitutions, but it came out perfect! I only had whole wheat flour, I used molasses instead of honey, I used 3 c flour (sifted) and 1/2 c flax meal, then at the end needed to add more flax meal cause dough was too sticky. I also chopped all the oats and seeds in the food processor well because I don’t like big chunks in my bread. Oh my goodness, got it out of the oven and put butter and molasses on top, YUM!!! Very tender, delicious, thank you!!! PS, I let it rise almost an hour in the baking pans so it wouldn’t be too flat. 3 rises, about an hour each.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      These sound like great ideas! Thanks so much for trying the bread and for your feedback. 🙂

  16. Aamina baig says:

    Hi ,
    Nice taste but not fluffy. Please guide me 😊

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      This is not a light, fluffy bread. It’s more dense and hearty. The only thing I’d say is to make sure you let it rise until doubled in size.

    2. Aamina baig says:

      Thanks for replying, do u have any nice whole meal seeds bread recipe. Please 😊

  17. In step 2 it says to add additional cold water but there is no cold water listed in the ingredients. Is this correct? Does it need more water? Thanks.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Sorry Beth. I just made a few changes to this recipe, and forgot to fix that. Just ignore it. No cold water! I’ll fix it now!

  18. Hi Sue, I made your bread recipe with some changes due to Covid 19 and my being 75 yrs old and considered most vulnerable. I ended up with a 50/50 mixture of honey and molasses. The seeds I had were brown sesame, flax, and roasted sunflower. I added 2/3 cup of chopped pistachios and and 1 cup of Nature’s Path Pumpkin and Flax Seed Granola. It turned out well and when I can get to the market I will get all the ingredients and try it again . It is a very good bread and glad I went ahead and took a chance with it. Thank you

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Tom! I’m so happy that the bread turned out so well for you. It IS a pretty flexible bread, so all of your adaptations sound pretty great. Enjoy, and stay safe! 🙂

  19. Had to change quite a lot as I don’t understand American cups measurements, haven’t got a mixer so did it by hand and used olive instead if granola oil, BUT IT TURNED OUT PERFECT!
    Many thanks

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad the bread turned out for you, Mo! Thanks for your feedback. 🙂

  20. Hi Sue,
    Tried your recipe. My family loved it. Thank you. However, my bread didn’t turn a lovely brown like yours. Where did I go wrong?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Pearl. You could try baking the bread on a higher rack. Also, make sure you brush the tops with butter after baking. That will help you get that pretty shine. I’m so glad you enjoyed this bread! 🙂

  21. Best bread! Will make again and again.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So glad you enjoyed the bread, Connie! ?

  22. I love your bread recipes! You have something special going with them!

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