Peaceful Poppyseed Prune Bread – Vegan Recipe

This wonderful, homey bread evokes Eastern Europe, where dried fruit has been used for millennia to satisfy end-of-winter sweet cravings. This bread is especially welcome now, since it also includes nerve-soothing oats and nutrition-packed seeds. Humans have been baking bread for thousands of years, and somehow nothing evokes the safety and comfort of home like the smell of bread baking. Kneading is a time-honored way to reduce stress, and pausing to rest while the bread bakes is so soothing.

With many benefits in the making and the eating, this bread may become a family favorite.


3 cups fruit juice
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons sea salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
½ cup poppy seeds
1 cup prunes, pitted and diced
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
8 to 9 cups whole wheat flour

1. Heat fruit juice and stir in oil, honey and molasses. Add salt and oats and let this starter it sit while you toast the sunflower and poppy seeds in a dry skillet and dice the prunes. Add spices, seeds, and prunes to the starter and then gradually add the flour. Knead the resulting huge glob of dough (in two batches if one is too heavy) at least 300 times or until it stays together and can be shaped into a round.

2. Bake at 300 for 1 ½ hours or until firm-crusted and deep brown.

Serves 8 to 10.

Adapted from The Peaceful Cook by Harriet Kofalk (Peace Place, through Talking Leaves Publications, 1991). Copyright (c) 1991 by Harriet Kofalk. Reprinted by permission of Living Tree Paper.
Adapted from The Peaceful Cook by Harriet Kofalk (Peace Place, through Talking Leaves Publications, 1991).


Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace1 months ago

Thank you for the recipe.

JL A5 years ago


Miranda Parkinson

mmm! yum! very delish!

Mm M.
MmAway M5 years ago

Got this and sent out to friends! I am ready to cook this one! Thank you so much!

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Thank you Annie.

Edith M.
Edith M6 years ago

There's a difference between baking yeast and nutritional yeast. Baking yeast will make it rise if there is enough gluten in the flour to other ingredients ratio. I don't know what nutritional yeast would do to a sweet recipe--it adds a cheesy-nutty flavor, and often thickens.

Edith M.
Edith M6 years ago

yeah, honey isn't vegan. And heating detsroys most nice things in honey anyway. I'd use agave nectar or organic cane sugar, etc.

Karen C.
Karen C.7 years ago

It did come out like a rock and if I read the comments before making the recipe, I probably would have used nutriential yeast and let it rise before baking or added baking soda and baking powder. Don't waste your time using this recipe unless you use a leavening agent; sorry:(

Brenda Gilbert
Brenda Gilbert7 years ago

I have the same question about yeast.
Instead of honey perhaps organic Maple syrup or Agave syrup?

louise d.
louise dale7 years ago

Leave out the honey for it to be vegan.