Delicious Harvest Grain Bread Recipe

Imagine waking up to the aroma of freshly baked bread in your home. The warmth and comfort it brings is unmatched by anything else. As a baker, nothing gives me more joy than sharing this experience with others. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my delicious Harvest Grain Blend for Bread Recipe.

This recipe is the result of years of experimentation and tinkering. I’ve tried countless combinations of grains and seeds before finally landing on the perfect blend. It’s a combination of sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseed, poppy seed, barley, and a variety of other harvest grains that give this bread its unique texture and flavor.

What sets this recipe apart from others is the emphasis on whole grains. We all know that whole grains are essential for our health, and this bread is loaded with them. With 100% whole wheat flour and our signature Harvest Grain blend, your body will thank you for feeding it something wholesome.

But let’s not forget about taste! This bread is hearty and rustic, with a satisfying crunch from all those seeds. It’s perfect for avocado toast or as a sandwich bread filled with your favorite ingredients.

So if you’re ready to take your bread-making game to the next level, let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Harvest Grain Blend for Bread
Harvest Grain Blend for Bread

Folks, let me tell you why you’re going to love this Harvest Grain Blend for Bread recipe. The answer is simple – it’s because of the amazing blend of ingredients that make up this recipe.

First off, this recipe is packed with all sorts of delicious whole grains including barley and wheat flakes. And if you love seeds, then you’re in luck because we’ve got sesame seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and melon seeds all in one place!

But if you think it’s only about the grains and seeds, let me tell you – this recipe also includes oat berries and rye flakes for some extra texture and flavor. You can even customize your mix by adding your own favorite grains or nuts to the blend to make it truly unique to your taste buds.

The Harvest Grain Blend is great because it provides ample fiber and nutrients from the whole grains without any sacrifice on taste or texture. Plus, it works perfectly as a base for a delicious harvest grain bread or even as a tasty sprinkle on some homemade banana bread.

So whether you’re looking for something hearty and healthy or just a deliciously crunchy addition to your baked goods, look no further than this amazing Harvest Grain Blend for Bread Recipe. Trust me when I say that once you try it out, you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 A wholesome blend of grains perfect for a rustic loaf
A wholesome blend of grains perfect for a rustic loaf

Here’s what you need to make this delicious Harvest Grain Blend for Bread recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups harvest grains blend (or any combination of seeds and flakes such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seed, flax seed, barley, rye flakes, oat groats or berries)
  • 1 cup King Arthur Flour Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 cup King Arthur Flour White Whole Wheat Flour**
  • 1/2 cup wheat flakes
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp poppy seed

To help the dough rise properly and achieve its best texture, I also recommend using bread improver. You can purchase it at specialty baking stores or online.

If you don’t have all the ingredients on hand or if you want to mix things up a bit, feel free to experiment with other grains like millet, quinoa or Israeli couscous. Just keep in mind that different grains may affect the final taste and texture of your bread.

The Recipe How-To

 These grains will add texture and depth of flavor to your bread
These grains will add texture and depth of flavor to your bread

Preparing the Harvest Grain Blend

First, I recommend combining 1 cup of wheat flakes, 1/2 cup of rye flakes, 1 cup of oat berries, 1/2 cup of barley and 1/2 cup of millet in a large bowl. Afterward, add 1/4 cup each of sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, 2 tablespoons flax seed, and 1 tablespoon poppy seed to the bowl.

Mix all the grains and seeds together until well combined.

Making the Harvest Grain Bread

  • Combine flour and grain blend

In a separate small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons bread improver, 2 tsps active dry yeast, and 3 tsps of sugar. Add a few tablespoons of warm water to the mixture and set aside for about 5 minutes or until it starts to foam.

Add the Harvest Grain Blend to a stand mixer’s bowl with a dough hook attached. Add 2 cups whole wheat flour and then add the yeast mixture to the bowl. Knead on low speed for up to 6 minutes.

  • Add more flour

Gradually add in additional flour as required to form firm dough that doesn’t stick onto your hands.

  • Let it rise

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it with cling wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

  • Shape the dough

Punch down the dough gently before shaping it into two small loaves or one large loaf. Dust lightly with flour before transferring them into greased loaf pans.

  • Proof again

Proof again for another 30-45mins or until doubled or tripled in size.

Baking Instructions

Preheat your oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190C). Use a sharp knife to make slashes along the top surface of each loaf or you can criss-cross some seed (sesame seeds or sunflower seed) on top if you like. Bake for around 50 minutes or until golden brown.

Once baked cool on wire racks for about an hour before slicing.

This recipe yields a delicious Harvest Grain Bread that is flavorful and textured due to its variety of grains blend.

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready for a hearty bread with our harvest grain blend
Get ready for a hearty bread with our harvest grain blend

One of the great things about this harvest grain blend recipe is that there’s plenty of room for experimentation when it comes to the grains and seeds you use. Here are some substitutions and variations I recommend trying out:

– Grains: Barley, rye flakes, oat berries, wheat flakes, and millet are all delicious options for the harvest grains blend. You can mix and match them as desired, or add in other whole grains like quinoa or bulgur.

– Seeds: In addition to the sunflower, sesame, poppy, and flax seeds called for in this recipe, consider adding pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, or hemp hearts for added flavor and nutrition.

– Bread flour: If you don’t have bread flour on hand, all-purpose flour can be used as a substitute.

– No-knead option: If you prefer a no-knead bread method, try using this harvest grain blend in a no-knead bread recipe instead. It will still produce a delicious harvest grain bread with less hands-on time.

– Bread machine: You can also use this harvest grain blend in a bread machine recipe for an easy hands-off approach to bread making.

– Israeli couscous: For a unique twist, try adding Israeli couscous (also known as pearl couscous) to your harvest grain blend. This larger grain pasta adds a fun texture to your bread and pairs well with the other grains and seeds.

Overall, don’t be afraid to play around with different combinations of grains and seeds until you find a mix that you love. Whether you’re aiming for a classic multigrain bread or something more adventurous like banana bread with harvest grains, this versatile blend can work in many different recipes.

Serving and Pairing

 Our secret to a perfect rustic bread: this harvest grain blend
Our secret to a perfect rustic bread: this harvest grain blend

One of the most satisfying moments for a baker is to see their bread come out of the oven and onto the table, ready to be shared and enjoyed with family and friends. When it comes to serving and pairing this delicious harvest grain bread, the possibilities are endless!

To start, I recommend slicing the bread thinly and serving it toasted with a dollop of honey or butter. The warm toasty flavors pair beautifully with the sweet nectar of honey or the rich creaminess of butter.

Feeling adventurous? Turn your harvest grain bread into a sandwich! The nutty flavor and texture of the grains will add depth to any filling you choose. Try it with turkey, havarti cheese, cranberry jam, and arugula for a delicious holiday inspired sandwich.

If you’re planning on serving this bread as part of a meal, consider pairing it with soups, stews, or roasted vegetables. The hearty texture and robust flavors compliment savory dishes perfectly.

For those who love to entertain or explore more exotic flavors, try serving this bread alongside Middle Eastern or North African dips like hummus or baba ganoush. The nutty flavor of the grains harmonizes beautifully with the richness of these dips.

Whether alone or paired with other dishes and spreads, this delicious harvest grain bread is a perfect complement to any meal or gathering.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Give your bread a little something extra with this grain blend
Give your bread a little something extra with this grain blend

Making homemade bread can be time-consuming, but luckily, this harvest grain blend for bread recipe can be made ahead of time and stored for later. Simply follow the recipe instructions until the dough is ready to rise, then wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to three days.

When you’re ready to bake your bread, take the dough out of the fridge and let it rest at room temperature for about an hour before proceeding with the recipe. This will ensure that the dough has reached its ideal texture and temperature, making for a perfect loaf every time.

If you’ve already baked your bread and have leftovers to store, make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. Bread stored at room temperature will last up to four days, while bread stored in the fridge will last up to a week.

If you want to reheat your bread, there are a couple of options. The first is to pop it into the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about ten minutes. This will help preserve its texture and crispiness. Alternatively, you could slice your bread and toast it in a toaster or under a broiler.

Pro tip: If you don’t plan on eating all of your bread right away, consider slicing it before freezing it. That way, you can pull out just what you need and thaw it quickly in the toaster or microwave.

In conclusion, by making this delicious harvest grain blend for bread recipe ahead of time and storing it properly, you’ll always have fresh bread on hand whenever you need it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Your bread will never be the same with this harvest grain mix
Your bread will never be the same with this harvest grain mix

The harvest grain blend is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many recipes, from bread and muffins to granola and trail mix. Here are a few tips to help you achieve perfect results every time you use this ingredient:

First, when making bread with the harvest grain blend, it’s important to use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour. Bread flour has a higher protein content, which gives the dough more structure and helps it rise better. Using all-purpose flour can result in a dense, heavy bread.

Secondly, consider adding some bread improver to your dough. This is a substance that can be added to bread doughs to help improve their texture and rise. Adding bread improver to your harvest grain blend bread recipe can help give it a lighter texture and improve its crumb.

Another tip for using the harvest grain blend in bread is to knead it well. Because of its added grains and seeds, the dough of this bread can be more difficult to work with than regular white bread dough, so it’s important to knead it thoroughly to help develop the gluten.

If you’re new to making bread, consider using a recipe specifically designed for the harvest grain blend. King Arthur Flour has an excellent recipe that uses both whole wheat flour and the harvest grain blend for a delicious, rustic loaf.

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavor combinations when using the harvest grain blend in baked goods or cooking. Try pairing it with honey, cinnamon, or raisins in muffins or adding some Israeli couscous and dried cranberries for a unique twist on classic trail mix.

With these tips, you’ll be able to create delicious harvest grain blend creations every time!


As with any recipe, it’s normal to have some questions and doubts throughout the cooking process. In this section, I’ll address some of the most common questions about this Harvest Grain Blend for Bread Recipe. Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting out, these FAQs will help you achieve that delicious harvest grain bread you’ve been craving. So let’s dive in!

What are the ingredients of harvest multigrain bread?

The main ingredients for this recipe include wheat flour that has not undergone any bleaching process, water, and a blend of multigrains and seeds such as sesame, flaked oats, millet, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds. Additionally, we use whole wheat and rye flours, honey for sweetness, salt, yeast to help with leavening, malted barley flour, and ascorbic acid to help strengthen the dough. Lastly, we use rice flour for dusting the surface.

What is the best grains for making bread?

When it comes to baking bread, wheat is the preferred grain due to its versatile nutritional benefits. Wheat kernels, also referred to as five-in-ones, contain a balanced combination of protein, carbohydrates, fiber (both soluble and insoluble), vitamins, and minerals. Interestingly, the more natural and unprocessed the wheat is, the more nutritious it becomes.

What are the ingredients of harvest bread?

This recipe includes a blend of whole wheat flour (45%), along with edible starches and flours such as gram flour (besan) (3%) and barley flour (2%). It also contains a malt product, as well as several nuts and nut products including sunflower seeds (2.5%), flax seeds (2%), sesame seeds (2%), watermelon seeds (0.75%), muskmelon seeds (0.75%), and pumpkin seeds (0.75%). Additionally, wheat protein (gluten) and sugar are included.

Is Harvest multigrain bread healthy?

Nature’s Harvest Light Multigrain Bread is a wholesome and nutritious option for those looking to incorporate more whole grains into their diet. Packed with tasty ingredients like oats, barley, and amaranth, this bread provides 15 grams of whole grains per serving and is a good source of fiber.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for Harvest Grain Blend for Bread is the perfect choice for those who want to incorporate more whole grains into their diet while still enjoying delicious bread. With its mix of sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flax seed, barley, and other harvest grains, this bread is both nutritious and flavorful.

Not only does this recipe use high-quality ingredients such as King Arthur Flour and Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend, but it also offers a range of options for substitutions and variations to make it your own. And with tips for perfect results and make-ahead instructions included in the article, you’re set up for success.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you’re an experienced bread maker or just starting out, this Harvest Grain Blend for Bread Recipe is worth giving a try. It’s versatile enough to be paired with a variety of dishes or enjoyed on its own. And with all the health benefits that come from eating whole grains, you can feel good about indulging in this delicious harvest grain bread!

Harvest Grain Blend for Bread

Harvest Grain Blend for Bread Recipe

I was inspired by the Harvest Grain Blend that King Arthur Flour sells, but being in Canada, the cost of shipping is prohibitive enough to make me come up with my own version. Add 1/2 to 2/3 cup to your favourite bread for extra crunch, flavour, and nutrition! I suggest replacing 2 tbsp of each cup of flour with the mixture as a starting point. I've also added some barley flakes and 7 grain cereal to my mix. Store in a tightly sealed container. Another way to use the mix is to make a "soaker", which you do by pouring 1 cup of hot water over 2/3 cup of the mix, and allowing it to soak overnight. Then add this to your bread mix, ensuring to subtract out the 1 cup of water and 2/3 cup of flour from the recipe you're working with.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bakery
Keyword: < 15 Mins, Breads, Easy, For Large Groups, Grains
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 loaves
Calories: 18.1kcal


  • 1 cup rye flakes
  • 1 cup wheat flakes
  • 1 cup whole oat groats (also known as oat berries)
  • 1 cup millet
  • 1 cup barley (barley flakes, not barley) (optional)
  • 1 cup seven-grain cereal (optional)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/2 cup poppy seed
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds


  • Mix all ingredients together. Store in tightly sealed container.
  • To use, substitute mix flour, using 2 tbsp per 1 cup of flour. To use soaked (which will make it less crunchy, and more chewy), add 1 cup hot water to 2/3 cup of the mix, and allow to sit, covered overnight. Ensure when adding to your flour mix to subtract the water and mix from your recipe's water and flour.

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Serving: 5g | Calories: 18.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.8g | Protein: 0.6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 0.1g

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