Oil-free Oat Quickbread with Sunflower Seeds and Flax

Oil-free Oat Quickbread with Flaxseeds & Sunflower Seeds by An Unrefined Vegan

Oil-free Oat Quickbread with Flaxseeds and Sunflower Seeds by An Unrefined Vegan

One night not too long ago as I was contemplating dinner, I realized that I had no bread. Bread with dinner is nearly a must in our household – probably a holdover from when I was a kid and mom always had a loaf to go along with dinner (with luck, a crusty Italian one from Alesci’s).  Even the freezer was bare. Luckily I remembered a quick and delicious recipe for oat quick bread  – only 8 ingredients! – and within 15 minutes, a batch was baking in the oven. I messed with the original recipe, of course, and now can’t remember from which cookbook the recipe came. I replaced whole oats with slightly ground oats (it’s a texture thing), used whole wheat flour for white, veganized and reduced the sugar content.

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Oat Quickbread with Sunflower Seeds and Flaxseeds

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  • Author: Annie
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 1 1x


If you need a quick, flavorful healthy bread to accompany lunch or dinner – this is it!




  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats (or lightly grind regular oats)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. flaxseeds (not flaxseed meal)
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk + 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, whisked together
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 12 tsp. pure maple syrup


  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1/2 Tbsp. flaxseeds (not meal)


  1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees F and lightly oil a loaf pan – or use an oversized pie plate as I did. (It looks prettier, I think, and bakes faster.) You can line the pan/plate with parchment instead, if preferred.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the non-dairy milk/lemon juice, tahini and maple syrup. Stir this mixture into the oat mixture. Stir just enough to make sure there are no dry spots.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the seed/oat mixture on top of the dough. Bake for 30-50 minutes (depending on which type of pan you use). The bottom of loaf should sound hollow when tapped.
  4. Let cool a bit before cutting and serving.


  • This would also be tasty with the addition of dried cranberries and/or toasted walnuts. Add a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup if you like a sweeter bread.


  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 341
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 356
  • Fat: 13
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 48
  • Protein: 11
  • Cholesterol: 0


Oil-free Oat Quickbread with Flaxseeds and Sunflower Seeds by An Unrefined Vegan

Oil-free Oat Quickbread with Flaxseeds and Sunflower Seeds by An Unrefined Vegan



49 thoughts on “Oil-free Oat Quickbread with Sunflower Seeds and Flax

  1. trueindigo

    That is a super speedy recipe! Isn’t it nice when quickbreads don’t have animal ingredients added (like eggs) that you have to cook the heck out of to make them “safe” to eat?

  2. walkerjdunn

    This recipe looks great! I’ve been making cornbread about once a week to satisfy the need for some sort of heavier component to our vegetable based meals on nights we don’t have time to wait for rice or another grain to cook up. This will add some nice variety! Thanks!

  3. Shira

    My you are brilliant and inventive! Love the ground oats vs. whole – I often make out flour too, it’s that easy! This looks awesome!

  4. Little Sis

    I am SO excited to see this. I often realize that a loaf of bread would round things out… at about 5 pm…. Many thanks from the planning impaired. 🙂

  5. Brittany

    I like the idea of adding cranberries. Maybe some orange zest too and make it a morning/snack bread. Sounds delicious. Thank goodness for your quick thinking to save dinner!

  6. Somer

    What a great idea! Since my artisan bread in 5 minutes discovery, we are hardly ever without bread, but there have been plenty of nights where the main meal seems a bit forlorn, this would sub in nicely!

      1. Somer

        I bought both. I can’t stop myself. My hubby still can’t get over his white flour obsession (although he did go plant based for me, so I worship the ground he walks on) and I make him those loaves. I do the whole wheat variety – still experimenting and tweaking it so that I can make it look as beautiful as the white loaves…. Not super successful, but super tasty!

  7. iatelunch

    This looks like such a quick delicious bread recipe. I love baking. I might have to make this tomorrow after a quick grocery run. I don’t usually have applesauce in the house. I wonder how it’d be with just mashed banana instead. I am all about bananas. I put them in everything.

  8. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    I love making quick breads in pie plates- you’re right they feel so much more special! This one looks great- I love that you added some texture in with the oats- definitely makes bread more interesting in my opinion, and more wholesome! What kind of jam is that in the picture? Looks tasty 🙂

  9. thisismyeverest

    Your breads always look delightful. The mention of sunflower seeds brought a question to mind that I thought maybe you’d have an answer to–have you ever tried sunflower seed spread? I saw it for the first time with all of the natural peanut butters at the store the other day and was instantly curious. First on my list, though, will be the new Earth Balance coconut spread. So many peanut butter alternatives, so little time!

      1. thisismyeverest

        Ha! I know it! So, since a major ingredient is coconut oil, does that mean it’s off limits for you? Because if so, what a shame, but I think I can take one for the team and eat for two. 😉

  10. biggsis

    Gotta love the combo of being fast and tasting good. I’m going to try it with buckwheat flour and see it that works!

  11. Lou

    I love that it’s mango chutney topping the bread… I’m addicted to the stuff – actually anything Indian inspired. Lime pickle rocks my world 🙂

  12. morgancreations

    You never cease to amaze me. Your food is wonderful! I keep sending it to my sis and bro in law who is very sick with cancer right now. This is so helpful! Thanks so much. I’ve also sent to many friends.

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  14. Kinenchen

    I tried this with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free baking flour instead of whole wheat and it was AWESOME! Thank you. 🙂

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