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Vegan Keto Sunflower Seed Bread {nut-free, grain-free, oil-free}

My vegan keto sunflower seed bread is equal parts scrumptious, frugal and easy to make! It is also nut-free, oil-free, & grain-free.

overhead sht of vegan keto sunflower seed bread , sliced, with a cutting knife and napkin alongside

Nut-Free, Grain-Free & Egg-Free Bread Made Simple

Calling all bread lovers! I know you’re ready and waiting for a slice of this nutty, yet nut-free, toast-worthy loaf of goodness.

This quick, simple and so-easy bread–made with humble sunflower seeds–is an invitation to fall baking. As in, if there is a reason to be a little less sad that (1) summer is coming to a close and (2) we’re still staying home for dinner, this bread is it. It has a wholesome texture that you might swear is made from wheat flour, with just the right amount of crustiness at the edges, and speckled with crunchy sunflower seeds on top. 

Bring. It. On!

two slices of sunflower seed bread on a wire rack

Ingredients for the Sunflower Seed Bread

Here’s the (brief) list of ingredients you need to make this wonder bread happen in your own kitchen:

overhead shot of the ingredients for vegan keto sunflower seed bread

Grind the Sunflower Seeds into Flour

First things first: grind the sunflower seeds into flour. It is easy and will only take about a minute. 

Place the seeds in a high-speed blender, a food processor, or a flour mill and process into a fine flour. For the former two options, use the pulse function, as opposed to continuous power, to prevent over-processing and turning the flour into nut butter (delicious, but not what you want here).

raw sunflower seed flour in a white bowl

It is perfectly ok if the flour has a few uneven bits of seeds, it will add to the texture of the bread (i.e., no need to sift).

Will the Sunflower Seeds Turn the Bread Blue or Green?

If you are new to baking with sunflower seeds, blue-green bread may sound like crazy talk. 

As strange as it sounds, ’tis true: baking with ground sunflower seeds (ground into a flour, or sunflower seed butter) can lead to dramatically green-blue results. For example, this test loaf I made:

green-blue sunflower seed bread

While alarming, the color is 100% harmless. It is caused by a chemical reaction from the chlorogenic acid (a healthy polyphenol) in sunflower seeds. When sunflower seeds are crushed (flour, seed butter), they react with themselves. This reaction is further enhanced by the alkalinity of baking soda

You can embrace the color (especially at Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day) or work around it adjusting the alkaline/acid balance of the recipe.

Here’s how I prevent the color change, entirely, in this recipe:

  1. Baking powder instead of baking soda 
  2. A generous dose of lemon juice (the acidity prevents the reaction)

The acid from the cream of tartar (in the baking powder) and the lemon juice keep the bread a neutral beige-brown.

How to Make the Sunflower Seed Bread Dough

Now, on with the making of this bread!

Once the sunflower seeds are ground into flour, whisk them with the remaining dry ingredients in  a large bowl until blended.

Combine the water and lemon juice in a bowl or measuring cup. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until combined into a moist, stiff dough.

the dry ingredients and the wert ingredients being mixed to make sunflower seed bread dough

Shape the Bread Dough Into a Loaf Form

Gather and press the dough into a ball shape. I moisten my hands with a bit of water at this point to smooth out any cracks in the dough.

Place the dough ball on a large piece of plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper. Enclose the dough and press, roll and flatten into an oblong loaf shape that approximate the size of a 9×5-inch loaf pan. This bread does not change shape (much), so the pre-bake loaf shape will determine the post-bake shape.

dough for sunflower seed bread shaped in a ball and then into a loaf shape

Unwrap the dough and place it in a 9×5-inch loaf pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Do not press out the dough to conform with the pan.

If you, like me, are pro-crunch, press some additional sunflower seed kernels into the top of the dough.

Sunflower seed bread dough in a glass loaf pan, topped with sunflower seeds

Pretty easy, right?

Bake the Bread

Bake the bread in a preheated 375F oven for roughly 55 minutes until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. The bread is not a high-riser, but it does expand (some) as it bakes.

Let the bread cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a cooling rack.

overhead shot of vegan keto sunflower seed bread on a silver metal cooling rack

Once cool, slice ultra-thin, thick, or anywhere in between. That’s literally all there is to it :).

close up of sunflower seed bread on a wire cooling rack

The neutral flavor of this bread goes with anything and everything. Hooray for bread and hello fall!

Happy baking!

More Grain-Free & Vegan Breads to Love:

  1. 4-Ingredient Coconut Flour Bread
  2. Keto Vegan Coconut Flour Bread
  3. 3-Ingredient Keto Vegan Almond Bread
  4. 5-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Sandwich Bread
  5. 2-Ingredient Lentil Flax Bread
  6. Almond Flour Soda Bread
  7. Keto Almond Flour Bread Rolls
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close up of sunflower seed bread on a wire cooling rack

Vegan Keto Sunflower Seed Bread {nut-free, grain-free, oil-free}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf (14 slices) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

My vegan keto sunflower seed bread is equal parts scrumptious, frugal and easy to make! It is also nut-free, oil-free, & grain-free.


Ingredients

Scale

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Spray the interior of a glass or ceramic 9×5-inch (22.5×12.5-cm) loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a high speed blender, food processor or flour mill, grind the sunflower seeds into a fine flour; transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the coconut flour, psyllium husks, flaxseed meal, baking powder, and salt into the sunflower seed flour.
  4. Combine the water and lemon juice in a measuring cup or bowl; add to the flour mixture, stirring until completely blended into  a thick, moist dough.
  5. Shape and squeeze the dough into a ball and place on a piece of plastic wrap, wax paper or parchment paper. Use the wrap to shape the dough into an oblong loaf shape to fit the pan.
  6. Unwrap the dough and place into the prepared pan (do not press it out to conform to the pan). If desired, press sunflower seeds on top.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes until deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing the loaf to a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled bread in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1 week, or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Net Carbs: The net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) for 1 slice of bread is 2.5 grams.

Measuring Tip: For best results, I strongly recommend weighing the ingredients –especially the coconut flour and almond flour–with a kitchen scale.

Psyllium Tip: This bread does not work well with psyllium powder of any kind. Be sure to use whole psyllium husks.

Flaxseed Option: An equal amount of ground chia seeds can be used in place of the flaxseed meal.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice (1/14 of loaf)
  • Calories: 142
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 120 mg
  • Fat: 10.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6 g
  • Fiber: 5.1 g
  • Protein: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Serina

Sunday 28th of March 2021

I only have roasted and unsalted sunflower seeds as this is all the store had. Can I still make this bread or will it come out too overcooked?

June

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Camilla, this bread is delicious and I love the texture! It is so simple...no making a flax egg or soaking the psyllium .

I will be making this often. Thank you for another great recipe!

June

Camilla

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Your reviews mean so much, June, so thank you for the encouragement to keep developing!

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Barbara Rozenburgh

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Hands-down the best bread I’ve ever tasted. The sunflower seeds add such a great texture and flavor thank you.

Camilla

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Oh wow, that is wonderful to hear, Barbara!!! So glad it was a success!

Marta

Friday 13th of November 2020

what can you use instead of coconut flour?

Camilla

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Hi Marta,

I'm sorry, there really is no sub for coconut flour here, it is essential to the recipe.

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