How to Make Homemade Flax Bread

Updated on January 6, 2020
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Faye has been cooking for over 50 years and loves to share her recipes and cooking tips with everyone.

This flax bread is fresh from the oven.
This flax bread is fresh from the oven.

Easy to Make Flax Bread

There is nothing better than the smell of bread baking in the oven! This is an easy recipe for even novice bakers. I'm not the most experienced baker, but this was easy for me.

One thing I like is that the dough only has to rise once, which saves so much time. (Usually, you have to let bread dough rise twice.) It's well worth the effort when you take that loaf of hot bread out of the oven and have a slice while it's still warm. I love to top my slice with honey. It's so good!

I started making this bread because it included flax as an ingredient. I found the recipe a few years ago on a website (I don't remember where) that had recipes with ingredients to help lower cholesterol. I started making it then and have been making it ever since.

I have included step-by-step directions with photos, plus a few tips from my experiences making this recipe.

Flax Bread Is Healthy for You and Tastes so Good!

Flax has omega-3, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

About Flax

Flax is an excellent source of:

  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Minerals
  • Omega 3

You can buy flax seeds and grind your own, but using milled flax seed (also called flaxseed meal) is much easier.

Milled flaxseed has a nutty flavor and can be added to your morning cereal or used in many different recipes. One of my favorite ways to eat my flax is in this wonderful bread.

Keep some on hand and use it to:

  • Make bread
  • Substitute for vegetable oil in recipes
  • Substitute for eggs in recipes
  • Sprinkle on cereal

Yummy Flax Bread, Ready to Eat!
Yummy Flax Bread, Ready to Eat!

Easy Flax Bread Recipe

This easy recipe makes one loaf of bread and yields 12 slices. It is a dense bread, yet still soft inside, and very filling. Best of all, it is wonderfully delicious, so much better than anything you can buy in the store.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: 1 loaf: 12 slices


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons + 1-1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (plus 3/4 cup for kneading) bread flour


  1. Gather all of your ingredients together.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 2 tablespoons of very warm water. Set aside until bubbly, about 5 -10 minutes.
  3. Mix in the honey, oil, salt and the remaining 1 1/4 cups warm water. Add the flaxseed meal, whole-wheat flour and 1 cup of the bread flour. Mix well until a sticky dough forms.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. While kneading, add enough of the remaining bread flour to make a soft dough that is easy to knead.
  5. Shape the dough into a loaf and place into a 9x5-inch loaf pan that has been greased with non-stick vegetable spray. Loosely cover with plastic wrap that you have also sprayed with non-stick spray. Also, cover with a light-weight dish towel or cloth.
  6. Let dough rise in a warm place for about one hour or until double in size
  7. Place in 350 degree oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until brown on top and loaf sounds hollow when you tap it.

Nutrition Info

Per slice: 168 calories, 4g. fat (22% of calories), 4.9g. protein, 29g. carbohydrates, 0 cholesterol, 91mg. sodium.

Step 1: Assemble your ingredients.
Step 1: Assemble your ingredients.

Step-By-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Assemble Your Ingredients

You will need the ingredients:

  • Ground flaxseed (I use Hodgen Mills Milled Flax Seed)
  • Wheat flour
  • Bread flour
  • Canola oil
  • Dry yeast
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Warm water

Tip: It's easier to gather all of your ingredients together before you get started with your recipe.

Step 2: Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Set in warm place until it bubbles.
Step 2: Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Set in warm place until it bubbles.

Step 2: Dissolve the Yeast

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside until bubbly, about 5–10 minutes.

Tip: You need to set the bowl in a warm place. I usually put it on the back burner of my stove with the oven on a low temperature. The heat from the oven comes up through the burner and warms the bowl. I also turn the stove light on for more warmth. (I use this same location when letting the dough rise.)

Step 3: Mix in the honey, oil, salt, warm water. Add flax seed meal, whole-wheat flour and 1 c bread flour. Mix into a sticky dough.
Step 3: Mix in the honey, oil, salt, warm water. Add flax seed meal, whole-wheat flour and 1 c bread flour. Mix into a sticky dough.

Step 3: Mix Ingredients Into a Sticky Dough

Mix in honey, oil, salt, and warm water. Add flaxseed meal, whole-wheat flour, 1 cup of the bread flour. Mix to make a sticky dough.

Tip: The dough will be very sticky at this point, but don't worry, this is how it's supposed to be. I have found if you start out with a sticky dough, it will make the bread softer after it's baked. You will continue to add bread flour when you are kneading it to make it firm.

Step 4: Turn the dough onto floured counter and knead in more bread flour until smooth.
Step 4: Turn the dough onto floured counter and knead in more bread flour until smooth.

Step 4: Knead the Dough

Turn the dough out onto a floured counter or breadboard. Knead for about 10 minutes, adding in more bread flour until dough is smooth and elastic.

Tip: I prefer to start with a sticky dough, so I put some bread flour down on the counter and then plop the sticky dough onto it. Then I add more flour on top of the dough. Then I start kneading. I continue adding more flour until the dough is no longer sticky and becomes smooth.

Step 5: Shape into a loaf and put into a greased loaf pan.
Step 5: Shape into a loaf and put into a greased loaf pan.

Step 5: Shape Into Loaf, Place in Pan

Shape the dough into a loaf. Grease your pan with non-stick spray and place the dough in the pan and cover lightly.

Tip: Lightly spray plastic wrap with non-stick spray and loosely cover the pan. Then also cover the pan with a dishtowel or other lightweight cloth. The greased plastic wrap keeps wrap and towel from sticking to the dough.

Step 6: Cover the dough with a light cloth and set in a warm place to rise.
Step 6: Cover the dough with a light cloth and set in a warm place to rise.

Step 6: Cover and Set in Warm Place to Rise

Dough rises better if it is covered and placed in a warm place. If you don't have a nice warm place available this is what I do. I like to set my dough on the back burner of the stove and turn my oven on low. This makes a little heat that will rise up through the burner. I also turn on my stove light to warm from the top.

Step 7: Let  dough rise until double in bulk.
Step 7: Let dough rise until double in bulk.

Step 7: Wait for Dough to Rise

Let bread dough rise in a warm place until it is double in size. The dough should be ready to bake in about one hour.

Tip: Keep checking on your dough. The time it takes to rise will vary, and you don't want it to get too big. Some days, it might take longer.

While Bread Dough Is Rising

This is a good time to start a pot of soup or beans and let them simmer. It will add warmth and moisture to the air. And, they will taste great with the flax bread!

Step 8: Bake at 350 for 40 - 50 min. Cool on wire rack.
Step 8: Bake at 350 for 40 - 50 min. Cool on wire rack.

Step 8: Bake and Cool

Bake at 350 F for 40 to 50 minutes. When the loaf is browned on top and sounds hollow when tapped, it is ready. Remove from pan immediately and cool on a wire rack.

Have a Slice While It's Warm!

It is especially good with honey!

A Healthy Choice

Flax seeds are very high in omega-3 essential fatty acids. These "good" fats are great for lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, lowering the risk of many different cancers, and reducing arthritis pain. Not only that, the fiber in the flaxseed is both soluble and insoluble. It seems there isn't much that flaxseed isn't good for! I recommend including some in your diet every day for a healthier you.

Substitute Flax for Oil or Egg

3 T of flax meal = 1 T oil

1 T flax meal plus 3 T water = 1 egg

You may need to experiment a little for the best results.

Delicious Flax Bread

Now that you have the recipe and directions, I hope you'll try this delicious flax bread. It's healthy and tastes so good!

Questions & Answers

  • When making flax bread, what sort of flour can be substituted instead of flax flour?

    The recipe calls for wheat flour, bread flour, and flaxseed meal. You can't substitute the flax with anything else. (It would not be "flax bread" if you did that.) You could, however, substitute the bread flour with white flour.

  • How many grams of fiber per serving of this homemade falx bread, and how many servings per loaf?

    There are approximately 12 slices per loaf, so using that as a guide, I would say 12 servings per loaf. I'm sorry, but I do not have information on the number of grams of fiber.

  • Can olive or avocado oil be used instead when making flax bread?

    I have never used olive or avocado oil to make flax bread, so I can not give you an answer. My guess would be that either would be fine to use.

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    • Jacolive profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm definitely trying this. Looks like a very healthy bread option

    • greenmind profile image

      GreenMind Guides 

      8 years ago from USA

      Pretty great recipe -- always looking for good bread recipes...

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      pupster132 lm 

      8 years ago

      That sounds and looks Amazing! And its healthy! Great Lens

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      9 years ago

      I never thought about making my own bread before. I'll have to check it out.

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      9 years ago

      That sounds delish and easy to make.. I've got to try it!

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      9 years ago

      if there was such a thing as making flax bread or something like it without yeast, i would try it

    • bechand profile image


      9 years ago

      This is so healthy and has so much fiber - Kipsy is gonna love it !

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      9 years ago

      great lens! A lot of hard work here on a great subject

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      This bread looks delicious, and flax is so good for you too!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      This bread sounds good and healthy!

    • Faye Rutledge profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Rutledge 

      10 years ago from Concord VA

      [in reply to sparklenz] This bread is very easy to make. If I can make it, anyone can! ;-)

    • SparkleNZ profile image


      10 years ago

      This looks like great bread, and I love the idea of having flax seed in it - so good for you. I tried taking flax seed oil (tried a few times actually!) but it is just too oily for me to like having it on its own. My bread-making skills are hit and miss, so we do buy a locally baked loaf that has flax seed in it as well as other seeds. Your loaf looks lighter though, so I will definitely give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes!

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      11 years ago from England

      I am absolutely going to make this recipe! AND I have always wanted a recipe for sour dough starter...what a nice surprise. Also, I did not know about the substitutions so thank you for that. I love this lens!

    • Faye Rutledge profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Rutledge 

      11 years ago from Concord VA

      [in reply to papawu] Papawu, I think you could do that just by substituting the meal for part of the flour, but not sure of amounts. I think it would taste you can also make wheat sour dough by using part wheat flour. I'll try to find a recipe for you and post it here soon. Thanks for visiting and the comment!

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      11 years ago

      I don't think I have ever had flaxseed in any form before. At least not on purpose. But, I wonder if I could make a sourdough flaxseed bread, and how would it taste. I can't really imagine a nutty sourdough, but who knows? Great lens and thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      11 years ago

      By coincidence I've just been reading about the benefits of flax for good health. Good to see the step-by-step photos. We'll be trying out the bread in my house - thanks.Mike.


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