Easy Healthy Sandwich Bread

The most delicious soft and fluffy healthy sandwich bread ever! This recipe is so easy to make and can be customized with the ingredients you have at home.

Easy Healthy sandwich bread

Ingredients needed

  • White flour: Use any white flour you have. Cake flour, All purpose or Bread flour will work.
  • Whole wheat flour. 
  • Quick-cooking oats. If you only have rolled oats, give it a quick pulse in the food processor to break it up a little.
  • Seeds. I used a mix but any seeds you have will do. Pumpkin, sesame, flax, chia, poppy and sunflower seeds are all delicious in this bread.
  • Salt + Sugar. 
  • Instant yeast.
  • Water 
  • Butter / oil.

Easy Healthy sandwich bread

How to make sandwich bread

  1. Make the dough: Combine yeast, warm (not hot) water and sugar in a bowl/measuring jug and mix well. Allow to stand for 5 minutes until foamy. Combine the flours (start with only 2 cups of white flour), oats, seeds and salt in a large bowl and mix. Pour in the yeast mixture and bring together into a rough dough. Mix in the room temperature butter or oil and knead. Add the remaining flour, a tablespoon at a time, and knead until the dough is smooth and soft. You might not need all the flour. It should be slightly tacky but not overly sticky.
  2. Allow to rise: Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Transfer the dough to a loaf pan and cover again. (When transferring the dough, I loosen it from the bowl, pick it up and place it in the loaf pan, smooth-side up.) Allow to rise for 30 minutes in the pan while the oven preheats.
  3. Bake the bread: Brush the top of the loaf with a beaten egg then sprinkle on some extra seeds and oats. Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing.

Easy Healthy sandwich bread with seeds.

How to make sandwich bread soft

The trick to getting a really soft sandwich bread is to add butter or oil to the dough. This will create a much softer crumb. But also to brush the loaf with a little melted butter as it comes out of the oven. This softens the crust and makes it much easier to slice into.

How to use sandwich bread

The most obvious use is for delicious sandwiches. It’s also amazing served with soup as a side dish.

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  2. Easy tomato soup with grilled cheese
  3. Curried chicken salad sandwiches
  4. Creamy chicken pot pie soup

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Healthy sandwich bread

Easy healthy sandwich bread

The most delicious soft and fluffy healthy sandwich bread ever! This recipe is so easy to make and can be customized with the ingredients you have at home.
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Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy bread, Sandwich bread, sandwich bread recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Rising time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • cups warm water
  • 10 g instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • cups white flour
  • cups wholewheat flour
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tbsp seeds of your choice (pumpkin/flax/chia/sesame/poppy/sunflower)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter / olive oil

For the topping

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp seeds
  • 1 tbsp oats
  • 2 tsp melted butter for brushing

Instructions

  • Combine yeast, warm (not hot) water and sugar in a bowl/measuring jug and mix well.
  • Allow to stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
  • Combine the flours (start with only 2 cups of white flour), oats, seeds and salt in a large bowl and mix. This can also be done in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  • Pour in the yeast mixture and bring together into a rough dough. Add the butter or oil and knead.
  • Add the remaining flour, a tablespoon at a time, and knead until the dough is smooth and soft. You might not need all the flour. It should be slightly tacky but not overly sticky.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Transfer the dough to a loaf pan and cover again. Allow to rise for 30 minutes in the pan while you preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
  • Brush the top of the loaf with a beaten egg then sprinkle on some extra seeds and oats.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Remove from the oven, brush with melted butter and allow to cool completely before slicing. 

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg

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43 Comments

  1. Is this roughly a “1 pound” recipe?
    I’m planning on making a three pound loaf at a time. Family of five, four under 9; they like bread.

  2. I’d like to do my baking for the week on one day, Any suggestions on storing the loaves until we’re ready to use them? Should I freeze the dough at a certain point, or should I freeze it after it’s baked? Thank you for the recipe!

      1. Also, i’m tryna’ figure out weather i should use the top heater (broiler), bottom heater, or both together for baking the bread.

  3. Hi Alisa,
    Just made the bread and it looks great. I had to use a 9.5 x 5.5 bread tin but the size and shape of the bread hasn’t been affected. Still rose beautifully. I can’t wait to try it as soon as it cools. Thank you for a wonderful easy recipe.

  4. This bread looks perfect for my family, but I just tried to make it and the dough is way too thick and dense. Should I add less flour? Any tips?

    1. I don’t, but you could if you are worried it will stick. If the bread is baked all the way through, it should have formed a crust that will easily release from the pan. You could also line the pan with parchment paper if you prefer.

  5. Final question: We can’t do egg (or dairy) in the home. What would you recommend for the glazing? Sounds like egg is to get the nuts to stick?
    Thank you!!!

  6. Hi there! Would you tell me what material pan you use? I see 9 x5 may I use silicone? Or must it be glass? I found a bigger metal one that looks amazing for sandwiches it I will stick with 9×5 if you recommend that. Thanks!!!

  7. Hi! I’ve tried this twice and both times the bread didn’t dome like yours. It comes with with a flat top. Any suggestions? My yeast foamed properly so I don’t think that’s the issue? Thanks!

      1. Same pan size. I realized the issue after googling other recipes. There’s a specific way to fold/shape sandwich bread before putting into loaf pan. I didn’t know as this was my first time making bread. I also used active dry yeast instead of instant/rapid which is better for one rise breads (so I read). I got it right on the third try. I would suggest adding more details/instructions in the recipe. It would be helpful for newbies.

        1. I didn’t do any specific folding or shaping, I simply pick the dough up out of the bowl and place into the loaf pan. As it does the second rise in the pan, it relaxed into the shape of the pan. I do know about the technique you’re talking about but I didn’t do that here. Perhaps I’ll just put a note about that in the post. I always use instant yeast and haven’t had any issues with it before.

  8. It’s such a tasty and healthy bread ..though i find it is too crumbly and breaks easily .. is it because i don’t have a bread mixer and mixing by hand ( it’s too sticky to knead conventionally ?
    Cheers, Victoria

    1. It could be that your flour has a higher absorbency rate, but if the dough is sticky, that shouldn’t the case. Not entirely sure why your loaf came out crumbly, to be honest.

      1. I don’t see the amended butter/olive oil amount. Would you mind editing it again? Thank you so much ?