Homemade flax seed and pepita bread is flavorful, crunchy, and easy to make in a breadmaker!

Overhead view of partially sliced loaf of pepita bread on wooden cutting board. One slice on small black plate with square of butter.

I’ll be the first to admit that I need some practice with baking with yeast.

King Arthur Flour and Red Star Yeast sent me some really great stuff to play around with, including plenty of flour, flax seed, flax meal, yeast, great loaf pans, an awesome bread knife, one other “goodie” of our choice, as well as some other really great stuff. Have you ever tried a dough whisk? I’ll never use a spoon again!

I have a confession to make though. The dough whisk was not used for this bread. After a couple of failed attempts at bread and rolls, my hormones got the best of me and I ran (okay, walked…do you know how much energy it takes to run?) to the closet and grabbed the….bread machine.


Front view of partially sliced loaf of bread on wooden cutting board.

Baby steps, folks. I’ll get there eventually. My mom said, “So you made the dough in the bread maker and baked it in the oven?”


Into the bread maker the individual ingredients went…and out came this bread. Looked and tasted great. I’m really not sure how this bread turned out so well. Just got lucky, I suppose. I will not give up, though. I will master baking with yeast. I WILL.

Thankfully, both Red Star Yeast and King Arthur Flour have some great online resources that I know I will be utilizing to help me master this skill. King Arthur Flour’s website has over 2,000 recipes to get you started!

Note: If you don’t have a bread machine, the link on the recipe for allrecipes.com leads to the original recipe. In the comments section, there are lots of comments from people who did not use a bread machine, if you want some tips.

The changes I made to the recipe include using white whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat bread flour, and substituting pepitas for sunflower seeds.


Front view of partially sliced loaf of bread on wooden cutting board.

Flax Seed and Pepita Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

Homemade flax seed and pepita bread is flavorful, crunchy, and easy to make in a breadmaker!


  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)


  1. Put all ingredients (except pepitas) into the pan of your bread machine in the order recommended in the manual.
  2. Select basic white cycle and press start. When the timer beeps during the knead cycle, add pepitas.
  3. Smell the wonderful scent of bread baking, and don’t stress about it, because it is going to turn out beautifully.
  4. Tastes great toasted!


  • Adapted from allrecipes.com.
  • Substitute sunflower seeds for pepitas, if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 8g

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Closeup front view of half slice of bread on small brown plate with pat of butter on bread.

Verdict: Love this stuff! It tastes great toasted and also tastes so delicious fresh out of the bread maker.
Husband’s take: I told him it has flax seeds and pepitas in it and he looked at me and said, “Why did you have to tell me that?” However, he still tried it (shocking!) and when I asked him if he liked it, he said, “Yeah, I actually do! It is really filling.”
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: If you use a bread machine, it doesn’t get much easier.

Overhead view of bread on board, plate with slice, wooden cutting board, blue striped cotton towel, and bread knife.

Disclosure: Red Star Yeast and King Arthur Flour sent me free ingredients and baking tools to use to create a recipe. I was not monetarily compensated for a positive review or any of the good things I have said about them. Opinions are, as always, 100% my own.