This Easy Irish Soda Bread is made with clean ingredients that are flavorful. It has a crispy outside and a moist inside. It is a super easy recipe that uses No buttermilk. Smear it with your favorite butter or jam and everyone will be coming back for seconds.
Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner and I know most of you are ready to start baking your Irish Soda Bread. This easy healthy Irish soda bread is the way to go! This recipe is pretty simple and one that you should have all the ingredients on hand already. If you enjoy making bread you should try my Zucchini Bread or my Flourless Banana Bread.
For this recipe, you're basically mixing all ingredients into one bowl. Then, form the dough into a loaf and bake for 45 minutes. I decided to add some raisins because my kids love raisins and they were helping me mix the dough. I also lined a baking pan with parchment paper so the bread doesn't stick while it was cooking.
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Ingredients to make healthy Irish Soda Bread
You will need the following ingredients!
- whole wheat flour - I am always a fan of using all whole wheat products over white. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, whole wheat flour has more fiber and a lot more vitamins and nutrients than white flour. Whole wheat also has more protein and I believe it has more flavor making your bread that much better.
- oatmeal - I recommend using old-fashioned oats for this recipe. I sprinkle some on top at the end before baking to make my bread more appetizing and have a nice presentation.
- coconut sugar - coconut sugar is a natural, plant-based sweetener that helps keep your blood glucose and energy levels up - Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- baking soda - why is it called Irish Soda Bread you ask? Well, what would Irish soda bread be without baking soda? The "soda" in the name comes from the baking soda. It is used to leaven it instead of yeast and kneading.
- ghee (clarified butter) or unsalted butter would also work nicely.
- raisins - this ingredient is optional, but I thoroughly enjoy the added sweetness from the raisins and when they are baked they taste so much better and more fruity.
How to make this easy bread
Step-by-Step directions to make this Irish soda bread.
Step 1 - add all ingredients into your stand mixer omitting the raisins then mix until well combined. You will then add in your raisins and mix again until they are mixed well.
Step 2 - Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form the dough into a loaf and place it on the parchment paper-lined baking pan.
Step 3 - Slice an X on the top of the dough and sprinkle with a little oatmeal. Bake for 45 minutes at 375°. Cool slightly and smear with your favorite spread!
Cookware for this recipe
If you are in need of a stand mixer I absolutely love my Kitchen Aide I've had for almost 6 years. You will also need a baking pan and some parchment paper.
What can I pair with this bread
In my household, we eat Irish soda bread like it's a snack. I've also given it to my children during breakfast with some butter smeared on top or even some melted peanut butter. I've even gone so far as to slice 2 pieces and make a turkey sandwich with them.
- You can't go wrong with the infamous corned beef.
- Try using Irish soda bread to make french toast. Now wouldn't that be mind-blowing?
- Top with some crispy bacon and devour that breakfast like nobody's business.
- Simply, place the bread in the center of your dinner table and see how many people don't grab a slice to pair with what's for dinner.
The possibilities are quite endless. If you have a fun way to eat this bread, share your idea in the comments section below 🙂
What does Irish Soda Bread taste like
It has a very mild taste to it and is very similar to a biscuit. This bread is also not meant to be eaten alone. It's meant to be paired with some type of spread, like butter or jam. Traditional soda bread is a variety of quick bread in which baking soda is used as a leavening agent. The 4 main ingredients are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. My recipe has no buttermilk and I use other ingredients in its place.
Tips and FAQ's
The unique texture of this bread is a result of the reaction of the combination of baking soda and milk. All soda bread uses baking soda instead of yeast.
Yes, you can! Instead of baking your bread on a baking pan lined with parchment paper, you simply place your dough onto a cast-iron skillet and bake it in the oven.
Place your bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. You can also wrap it tightly and freeze it for 2 to 3 months.
To prevent your bread from becoming too dry make sure you use whole wheat flour and adding the raisins will give your bread more moisture.
Some of my other favorite bread recipes you will also love
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Easy Irish Soda Bread
- kitchen aide stand mixer
- baking tray
- parchment paper
- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 4 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1½ tsp kosher salt
- 4 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or unsalted butter
- 1¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- ½ cup raisins optional
- Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a stand mixer combine all ingredients minus the raisins and mix on medium speed until well combined. Then dump in raisins and mix until well combined.
- Dump dough onto a lightly floured surface and kneed for 5 minutes forming a round dough loaf.
- Place loaf onto prepared baking pan and slice an X in the top and sprinkle with oatmeal.
- Bake for 45 minutes. Serve with some yogurt butter smeared on top. I've linked my favorite brand to use, which is Brummel and Brown or any butter you prefer!