4 cups bread flour
5 teaspoons yeast
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
2 Tablespoons wheat germ
2 Tablespoons oat bran
2 Tablespoons flax seed, toasted
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted
2 cups whole wheat flour (may need up to one cup more)
In kitchen aide mixer using paddle attachment, combine bread flour, yeast and salt. In 4 cup pyrex cup, combine water, almond milk, honey and olive oil and heat to 120 degrees in microwave. Turn mixer on low and slowly pour in the milk/water mixture. Turn up mixer one notch at a time to speed 4, then mix for 4 minutes.
Remove paddle attachment and replace with dough hook. Add next six ingredients all at once and mix at speed 2 until it all comes together in a ball - you may have to add more flour, a couple tablespoons at a time. This is a heavy dough and you'll have to finish it by hand. Turn dough out of mixer bowl onto floured surface, scrape the bowl so it's pretty clean and spray bowl with cooking spray. Knead 200 strokes - count them. If it sticks to surface, add a bit more flour. Return dough to greased bowl and spray with more cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place until doubled in size. When you poke it with your finger, it should leave a hole. Punch down dough, then divide into two equal pieces. Using a rolling pin, roll one half into a rectangle about 8" x 20". Starting at one end, roll up dough to form a loaf and place in greased loaf pan, seam side down. Repeat with other half. Spray tops of loaves with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until loaves touch sides of pans and are nicely rounded on top. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 - 40 minutes until nice and brown. It's better to have them a little too brown than not done in the middle. Thump the top of the loaves and if they sound hollow, they are done. Remove from oven and brush loaves all over with a little butter to keep the crusts from getting hard.
This bread is excellent for sandwiches or toast. It is a vegan bread (if you don't brush it with butter at the end) with a very smooth, tender crumb. Even kids love it!