Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe: Easy and Delicious

Hey there health nuts, are you ready to shake up your bread game? Today, I’m excited to share with you a recipe for Irish Soda Bread that’s not only delicious, but also packed with wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.

This traditional Irish bread recipe gets a healthy makeover with the addition of nutritious flours like whole wheat and wheat germ, plus wholesome ingredients like walnuts, cranberries, raisins, and even vanilla yogurt. And the best part: it’s yeast-free and easy to make!

Whether you’re gluten-free or simply looking to switch up your carb game, this Irish Soda Bread will take your bread-baking skills to the next level. So come join me in the kitchen as we make our way through this tasty and wholesome recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Soda Bread for Health Nuts
Irish Soda Bread for Health Nuts

When it comes to soda bread, there’s nothing quite like a traditional Irish recipe. But what if you could enjoy all the goodness of that classic bread, with a healthy twist? That’s where this recipe comes in – my Irish Soda Bread for Health Nuts is the perfect way to enjoy a delicious and nutritious treat, without compromising on taste or quality.

One of the things I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. With ingredients like cranberries, raisins, walnuts, and vanilla yogurt, you’ll get a range of flavors and textures that are sure to please anyone. But what really sets this bread apart is its health benefits. Made with whole wheat flour and wheat germ, this recipe is packed with fiber, protein, and nutrients that support good health.

But don’t let the healthy ingredients fool you – this bread is anything but bland or boring. With a perfectly balanced ratio of baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt, it rises beautifully in the oven and has a soft yet crumbly texture that’s simply divine. And if you’re looking for something sweet to balance out the savory flavors, just add a drizzle of honey or some brown sugar on top – trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

So whether you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day feast or just looking for an easy homemade bread recipe to enjoy any time of year, my Irish Soda Bread for Health Nuts is the perfect choice. It’s low in fat, high in flavor, and simply irresistible – so what are you waiting for? Try it out today and see why everyone loves this healthy take on a classic favorite.

Ingredient List

 This loaf is a real hidden gem for health nuts!
This loaf is a real hidden gem for health nuts!

Let’s talk about the ingredient list of our healthy Irish soda bread recipe. You only need a few simple ingredients to make this delicious, wholesome loaf. Here are the ingredient that you will need to make a loaf:
– 2 cups of whole wheat flour
– 2 cups of unbleached white flour
– 1/4 cup of turbinado sugar
– 2 tablespoons of wheat germ
– 2 teaspoons of baking powder
– 1 teaspoon of baking soda
– 1 teaspoon of sea salt
– 1 and 3/4 cups of buttermilk
– 1 egg
– 1 banana, mashed
– 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
– 1/2 cup of raisins
– 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
– 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

These ingredients are widely available in most grocery stores, and some may already be in your pantry. When selecting the ingredients for this bread, be sure to choose whole wheat flour and unbleached white flour instead of all-purpose flour because they are higher in fiber and nutrients. Also, make sure your baking powder and baking soda are fresh so your bread will rise properly. The buttermilk, egg, and yogurt add moisture and flavor to the bread, while the dried raisins and cranberries and chopped walnuts give texture and flavor bursts throughout the bread.

The Recipe How-To

 You won't find any artificial additives in this soda bread.
You won’t find any artificial additives in this soda bread.

Mixing the Dough

Now that you have all your ingredients set up, gear yourself up because it’s time to get your hands dirty! Firstly, preheat your oven to 400°F or 200°C. Then, mix 2 cups of whole wheat flour with 2 cups of unbleached white flour in a large bowl. Add in 1 teaspoon of sea salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of baking powder. Combine the ingredients well using a whisk.

Adding the Mix-ins

Next, it’s time to add some texture and flavor to our bread. Add ½ cup each of raisins, cranberries and walnuts to the dry mixture. These ingredients give a burst of fruity sweetness every time you bite into a slice.

Preparing the Wet Ingredients

Now it’s time for our wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups of buttermilk, 1 egg, two mashed ripe bananas, and ½ cup vanilla yogurt. Mix well until all ingredients are well combined.

Combining the Mixture

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, little by little, and stir until you achieve a workable dough. Take note not to overmix – this would deflate the air pockets that formed due to mixing the acid (buttermilk) with the baking soda, which is supposed to help it rise.

Quick tip: it’s best to stir gently enough that your dough just comes together without leaving floury lumps at the bottom.

Baking Time

Transfer your dough onto an ungreased cast-iron skillet or dutch oven or a greased baking sheet. Shape it into either one large ball or two smaller ones for fun individual servings.

Use a sharp knife to slash a deep “X” on top of the loaf or smaller rounds; this will allow steam to escape and the bread to rise properly. Sprinkle some turbinado sugar over the bread, if desired.

Bake your soda bread for about 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let it Cool

Once done, remove the bread from the oven and let it cool. Slice, spread some butter or your favorite jam and enjoy your soda bread that is healthy and flavorful any time of day.

Substitutions and Variations

 This bread is perfect for guilt-free snacking.
This bread is perfect for guilt-free snacking.

I know not everyone loves the same ingredients or has access to the same pantry staples. So, it’s always helpful to have some substitutions and variations handy to adapt the recipe to your needs.

One easy variation is to swap out the raisins, cranberries, and walnuts for other favorite mix-ins like chopped dates, dried apricots, or even chocolate chips. Or if you’re looking for a lower-sugar option, try adding grated carrots or unsweetened applesauce instead of the bananas.

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, there are two easy substitutes: you can add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or fresh lemon juice to a scant cup of milk (just under a full cup), stir well, and let sit for 5 minutes; or whisk together 1 cup plain Greek yogurt with 1/3 cup milk until smooth.

For a dairy-free version, use almond milk instead of buttermilk and coconut oil instead of butter. And if you’re following a gluten-free diet, swap out the wheat flour for a gluten-free flour blend that includes xanthan gum. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor might be slightly different.

To make this recipe into a savory bread, leave out the sugar, vanilla yogurt, and bananas. Instead, add herbs like rosemary or thyme and grated Parmesan cheese. This will give it a cheesy and herbaceous flavor that pairs well with soups or stews.

Finally, don’t forget about making mini versions of this bread by dividing the dough into muffin tins or using cookie cutters for fun shapes. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 Ready to indulge in something that's both healthy AND delicious?
Ready to indulge in something that’s both healthy AND delicious?

When it comes to serving this healthy Irish soda bread, the possibilities are endless. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is simply toasted with a generous spread of butter or jam. The bread has a hearty texture with a hint of sweetness from the dried cranberries and raisins and a satisfying crunch from the walnuts.

For a breakfast or brunch treat, try serving it alongside some scrambled eggs or avocado toast. Its versatility also makes it a great addition to any charcuterie board, especially paired with some soft cheeses such as brie or goat cheese.

If you’re looking for a heartier meal, consider using the bread as the base for an open-faced sandwich loaded with turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Or slice in thicker portions and serve as an accompaniment to soup or stew, like traditional Irish brown bread.

Pair with a glass of cold milk, hot tea or coffee in order to complete your dining experience.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Want to know the secret behind this Irish soda bread recipe for health nuts?
Want to know the secret behind this Irish soda bread recipe for health nuts?

Making ahead of time is an excellent way to save time and be prepared. Fortunately, Irish soda bread can be made 1 to 2 days ahead of time, which can save you a lot of trouble. Once your bread has cooled down completely, wrap it tightly with aluminum foil and place it in the fridge.

To reheat the bread, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the fully-wrapped loaf in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. Once it’s finished reheating, remove the aluminum foil and slice it into pieces to serve.

If you have any leftovers that need storing, simply wrap them up tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator. You can keep them there for up to four days, but keep in mind that as they sit, they may dry out. No worries, though! If this happens, you can just add a little water or butter before reheating.

While reheating soda bread is best done in the oven rather than a microwave (since it’ll retain its freshness and texture that way), a microwave is still sufficient for those who don’t have access to an oven. If you’re using a microwave instead of an oven to reheat your bread, then make sure you slice your bread into thin pieces first so that it heats through evenly without getting soggy.

Overall, making Irish soda bread ahead of time is an excellent idea if you’re looking to save some time during a busy week. Storing and reheating are easy tasks as well, with only minor adjustments needed to ensure optimal outcome.

Tips for Perfect Results

 One bite and you'll be hooked on this wholesome soda bread.
One bite and you’ll be hooked on this wholesome soda bread.

Now that we have gone through the ingredients and the steps on how to make this delicious Irish soda bread, let me tell you some tips to ensure you get the perfect results.

Firstly, when you are measuring out your dry ingredients, be sure to spoon them into the measuring cup and level it off with a knife. This prevents packing too much flour which can make the bread too dry and dense.

Secondly, do not overmix your dough. The dough should just come together and form a ball, and then stop mixing right there. Over-mixing will cause the gluten to develop too much, resulting in a tough bread.

Thirdly, make sure that you have used fresh baking powder and baking soda for best results. Old leaveners may not work properly hence causing your bread not to rise well or have an off taste.

Fourthly, preheat your oven well before putting in the bread. This helps to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process.

Fifthly, allow your bread to cool completely before slicing it up. When you slice hot bread, it has a tendency of being crumbly and falling apart.

Lastly, if you’re looking for variation in terms of texture and taste of your Irish soda bread, feel free to play around with different nuts or dried fruits such as raisins or cranberries.

By following these tips, be assured of getting perfect results every time you decide to make this healthy Irish soda bread.


As you prepare to make your Irish Soda Bread for Health Nuts, you may have some questions about the recipe. Here are some frequently asked questions that will help you get the best results possible.

Is Irish soda bread healthy?

Looking for a nutritious and yeast-free bread recipe? Soda bread might just be the answer for you! This classic Irish bread is made using baking powder, buttermilk and either wholemeal or white flour. It’s especially perfect for those on yeast-free diets. Plus, making soda bread from scratch at home is incredibly simple. Give it a try with this easy-to-follow recipe.

Is soda bread healthy to eat?

Irish Soda Bread offers great health benefits as it is low in cholesterol which can decrease the chance of developing heart disease. In addition, it is completely sugar-free which can lower the risk of diabetes. Irish Soda Bread is also high in dietary fibers which can aid in reducing constipation and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

What can I use Irish soda bread for?

Irish soda bread is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed both as a breakfast staple with butter and marmalades or as a comforting accompaniment to a thick, hearty stew. This recipe for Irish soda bread is quick and easy to make, and you can even transform it into French toast for a delectable sweet treat.

What is the benefit of soda bread?

Looking for a homemade bread recipe that’s simple and easy to make? Soda bread might just be the perfect choice for you! Unlike traditional bread recipes, soda bread doesn’t require yeast and is ready to bake in no time. Plus, our version is packed with nutritious seeds and is a low-fat option that may help ease bloating and digestive discomfort. So, whether you’re a baking novice or just looking for a quick and healthy bread recipe, soda bread is an excellent choice!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Irish Soda Bread for Health Nuts recipe is the perfect addition to any healthy meal or St. Patrick’s Day celebration. With its hearty whole wheat and unbleached white flour base, packed with nutritious wheat germ and nutty walnuts or cranberries, plus the slight sweetness of turbinado sugar and vanilla yogurt, it is sure to satisfy your cravings without sacrificing your health goals.

This bread recipe is also incredibly versatile, allowing for substitutions and variations such as using banana in place of egg or experimenting with gluten-free flours. And the best part? It’s yeast-free and super easy to make – no extensive kneading or lengthy rising time required.

So whether you’re a bread-baking pro or just starting out, give this Irish Soda Bread a try – your taste buds (and body) will thank you!

Irish Soda Bread for Health Nuts

Irish Soda Bread for Health Nuts Recipe

I love Irish Soda Bread but am always looking for little ways to "tweak" recipes to reduce fat content and increase nutritional value. My family loved this one! Note that you can use either yogurt or buttermilk--I just happen to have yogurt on hand more often.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Easy, European, Grains, Quick Breads, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 319.6kcal


  • 2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup reserved whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt or 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Sift together flour, wheat germ, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Work banana into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
  • Add raisins, cranberries and walnuts.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  • Add beaten egg and yogurt to well and mix in until dough is too stiff to stir.
  • Spread 1 cup of reserved whole wheat flour over flat surface.
  • Knead dough on floured surface just long enough to form a rough ball (do not over-knead).
  • Shape into a round loaf.
  • Transfer to greased pie plate (or cookie sheet).
  • Use a sharp knife and make an “X” on top of the loaf approximately ½” deep.
  • Bake approximately 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and bottom sounds hollow when tapped with a knife. Insert a knife or skewer into the center of the loaf to test—if knife comes out clean the bread has cooked completely (this is a dense loaf, so it’s important to insure that the center is done).
  • Transfer to rack to cool.


Serving: 103g | Calories: 319.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.9g | Protein: 9.6g | Fat: 9.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 24.3mg | Sodium: 300.6mg | Fiber: 5.3g | Sugar: 12g

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