Learn How To Make The Best Irish Soda Bread In Minutes

Ah, the joy of baking! There’s nothing quite like the comfort and warmth of homemade bread. But what if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant? Traditional Irish soda bread recipes often include dairy products like buttermilk and butter, making it a no-go for those who choose to avoid animal products.

Fortunately, I’ve created a milk-free Irish soda bread recipe that is even better than the traditional version! This recipe is not only dairy-free and vegan-friendly, but it is also free from any animal-based products, making it ideal for anyone with dietary restrictions or allergies.

Using simple ingredients like white whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, honey, and soymilk, this bread can be made in just an hour. And to add a little extra flavor and texture, you can toss in some currants or raisins.

Why deny yourself the pleasure of enjoying a freshly baked loaf of bread simply because of dietary restrictions? Try out this milk-free Irish soda bread recipe today and experience the delicious taste of Ireland without any worry!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Milk Free Irish Soda Bread
Milk Free Irish Soda Bread

Listen up, fellow bread enthusiasts! I’m about to introduce you to a recipe that you won’t be able to resist- The Milk-Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe. Whether you are a vegan or have lactose intolerance and cannot consume dairy, this recipe will allow you to indulge in the traditional Irish bread without any worries.

This bread is made with a combination of whole wheat flour, baking soda, and non-dairy milk, making it an irresistible dairy-free alternative. And let’s not forget about the added sweetness from the currants or raisins and the subtle tang from the lemon juice. It’s a perfect balance of flavor that will make your taste buds sing!

What sets this recipe apart from other traditional Irish soda bread recipes is that it only requires 5 ingredients – yes, five! No more rummaging through your pantry for numerous ingredients that you may never use again. This recipe is straightforward and easy to follow.

And if you’re worried that this bread will not rise as much as traditional Irish soda bread made with buttermilk or dairy products, let me tell you that this recipe delivers beautifully risen loaves every time.

So, whether you’re in Ireland or halfway across the world, whip up this Milk-Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe for breakfast or even as a snack – because trust me; once you take a bite of this soft and delicious bread, your taste buds will thank you, and you’ll soon learn why everyone loves it.

Ingredient List

 Warm, freshly baked Irish soda bread slices
Warm, freshly baked Irish soda bread slices

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious dairy-free Irish soda bread:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of currants or raisins

Liquid Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of soy milk or oat milk

Note that the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are necessary to react with the baking soda and act as a leavening agent, so be sure not to omit these ingredients. If you do not have soy milk or oat milk, you can substitute with any other non-dairy milk, but be sure it is unsweetened. For best results, use room temperature milk. The addition of currants or raisins is optional but adds a bit of natural sweetness and texture to the bread.

The Recipe How-To

 Golden-brown crust with a soft, fluffy texture inside
Golden-brown crust with a soft, fluffy texture inside

Step 1: Gather All the Ingredients

Before starting with the recipe, make sure you have all of the ingredients at hand:

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup Currants
  • ½ cup Raisins
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Soy Milk

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of salt. Whisk them together until they are well incorporated.

Step 3: Add the Fruits

Add ½ cup of currants and ½ cup of raisins to the mixture. Stir until they are evenly distributed.

Step 4: Create a Well in the Center

Make a well in the center of the mixture.

Step 5: Add Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 cup soy milk. Pour this into the well you made in Step 4.

Step 6: Mix Until Combined

Use a wooden spoon or spatula to gently mix everything together until it is just combined. Do not overmix or your bread will be tough.

Step 7: Knead Lightly

Gently knead the dough for about a minute or less, just until it becomes smoother and comes together without crumbling.

Step 8: Shape & Cut

Shape the dough into a round with floured hands, then cut an X on top with a sharp knife to help it rise.

Step 9: Bake

Bake for about 30-40 minutes at 400°F, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Now your delicious and fresh Milk Free Irish Soda Bread is ready to serve. Don’t just grab a slice, take a moment to appreciate the homemade flavor made with love!

Substitutions and Variations

 A hearty bread that pairs perfectly with soups and stews
A hearty bread that pairs perfectly with soups and stews

Would you like to experiment with different flavors and ingredients? Or maybe you have some food allergies, or dietary restrictions to consider? Fear not! I’ve got you covered with some easy substitutions and variations to your Irish Soda Bread Recipe.

First, let’s talk about ingredient substitutions. Instead of using regular milk, you can substitute it with soy milk, oat milk or almond milk for a dairy-free version. Also, for those with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, you can use rice flour or gluten-free flour instead of wholemeal flour.

If you prefer a sweeter bread, try adding honey instead of granulated sugar. You can also add currants or raisins for a fruity and tasty twist.

Another fun variation is to substitute lemon juice for the apple cider vinegar. This helps add a natural citrus flavor and gives the bread a lovely texture.

If you’re looking to get more creative with your soda bread recipe, try adding in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm flavor profile. Alternatively, you can add seeds like poppyseed, sunflower, pumpkin or sesame for an earthy flavor and crunch.

For those who are vegan or following a plant-based diet, you can use vegan butter in place of buttermilk butter.

Have fun experimenting with these substitutions and variations! After all, cooking is all about personalization and making something that suits your taste preference.

Serving and Pairing

 Dairy-free and easy to make at home
Dairy-free and easy to make at home

When it comes to serving and pairing your delicious Milk-Free Irish Soda Bread, there are many options to choose from. For starters, you can serve it warm or cold, depending on your preference. Personally, I like to warm up my slice of soda bread in the oven or toaster for a few minutes before enjoying it.

Now, let’s talk about pairing. The natural sweetness of honey and dried fruit in this soda bread recipe pairs well with savory items such as butter or cream cheese. So, if you’re not allergic to dairy products, spread a generous amount of butter or cream cheese over your slice and enjoy the perfect balance between sweet and savory.

For those who prefer a vegan option, try spreading some avocado or peanut butter over your slice. The creamy texture of these spreads complements the dense texture of soda bread nicely.

Additionally, this milk-free Irish soda bread also goes great with a cup of tea or coffee. The tangy lemon juice and sweet currants or raisins in the bread bring out the flavors in your hot beverage of choice.

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to get creative with the pairings! You can also serve this bread alongside hearty soups or stews for a filling meal option. And if you have any leftovers, try using them as sandwich bread for an easy and delicious lunch option.

Regardless of how you serve and pair your Milk-Free Irish Soda Bread, its unique flavor is sure to impress your taste buds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A simple, rustic loaf with a rich history
A simple, rustic loaf with a rich history

If you want to make things easier for yourself come morning, there’s good news: soda bread is incredibly easy to prepare ahead of time. You can bake a loaf the night before and keep it tightly covered in plastic wrap or aluminum foil at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze soda bread for up to 3 months, but I highly recommend slicing it before freezing it, so you can reheat it slice by slice as needed.

To reheat refrigerated soda bread, simply pop it in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes, or until warmed through. Reheat frozen bread slices directly from the freezer by sticking them straight in the toaster or toaster oven—it’ll only take a couple minutes!

If you plan on storing your leftover soda bread for any length of time, make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil so that it doesn’t dry out. If you’re planning on eating the bread within a couple of days, store it at room temperature. However, if you need to keep it longer than that, freezing is your best bet.

Lastly, be sure not to overheat your soda bread when reheating it because doing so will make it dry and crumbly. Instead, warm the bread gently until just heated through for best results.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Crunchy, golden exterior with a tender, tasty interior
Crunchy, golden exterior with a tender, tasty interior

Baking bread may seem daunting, but with the right tips, anyone can make a perfect loaf of Irish soda bread. Here are some tips to ensure your Irish soda bread turns out perfectly without milk.

1. Don’t Overwork the dough

Overworked dough can result in a dense and tough loaf of bread. When mixing your ingredients, be sure to handle the dough as little as possible. Just mix until everything is fully incorporated and then shape it. Remember, soda bread doesn’t rely on yeast to rise, so don’t try to knead it like a traditional bread.

2. Let the Dough Rest

Once you mix your ingredients, it’s essential to let your dough rest before shaping and baking it. The resting time allows the baking soda and acid in the lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to activate fully. This process will help ensure that your bread rises and is fluffy.

3. Use Cold Non-Dairy Milk

It’s important to use cold non-dairy milk when making this recipe since chilled milk helps keep the fat from melting into the flour too quickly, resulting in a lighter texture. Choose a non-dairy milk that has the same fat content as regular whole milk for best results.

4. Line Your Baking Sheet

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with non-stick cooking spray before placing your Irish soda bread on it. This step will prevent the bread’s bottom from sticking to the tray or becoming burnt.

5. Make Deep Cuts on Top of Bread

Before placing your bread in the oven, make deep cuts on top with a sharp knife or scissors, forming an X or a cross shape. The incisions allow heat to circulate evenly, providing an even bake and allowing steam to escape from inside the bread.

By following these simple tips, you can create a delicious and fluffy Irish soda bread without dairy that is perfect for any occasion!


Now that you have all the necessary information about this milk-free Irish soda bread recipe, it’s time to move on to some frequently asked questions. These FAQs will help clarify any doubts or uncertainties you may have, and hopefully, they will also provide you with some extra tips and tricks to make this vegan and dairy-free version of the traditional Irish soda bread perfect. So, let’s dive into the FAQs.

Does Irish soda bread contain milk?

Although traditional Irish soda bread contains ingredients such as buttermilk, butter, and eggs, these make it non-vegan. However, I will show you how to make a plant-based version of the classic Irish soda bread within half an hour.

Why did my Irish soda bread fall apart?

Achieving the perfect texture for traditional soda bread can be tricky. Overusing flour and underusing buttermilk are common culprits for making the bread crumbly. To avoid this, it’s important to measure the flour accurately by spooning and leveling it.

Is there a difference between soda bread and Irish soda bread?

When making a soda bread recipe, it’s important to remember that some variations may come with add-ins that are not part of the original recipe. For instance, American versions of soda bread may contain caraway seeds and raisins. However, traditional versions of soda bread from Ireland are free from these extras.

Why is my Irish soda bread dry?

When making Irish Soda Bread, it’s crucial to avoid over-mixing the ingredients. This type of bread is dense and can easily become dry if overworked. To prevent this, create a well in the dry ingredients and swiftly add the wet ones. After that, gently combine everything with your hands or a dough hook until the dough just comes together smoothly.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this milk-free Irish soda bread recipe is the perfect solution for those with dietary restrictions who still want to enjoy a tasty traditional Irish treat. Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or simply looking for a healthier alternative to classic soda bread, this recipe has got you covered. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, even the most novice bakers can whip up a delicious loaf in no time.

So what are you waiting for? Give this dairy-free Irish soda bread a try and see how it measures up to its traditional counterpart. With its soft texture, subtle sweetness from honey and currants, and tangy finish from lemon juice, you’ll never miss the dairy or eggs. And don’t forget to experiment with different variations and substitutions to make it your own!

As someone who takes pride in serving up delicious British cuisine that accommodates my diners’ dietary needs, I can confidently say that this milk-free Irish soda bread recipe is one that will not disappoint. So grab your apron and get baking – your taste buds will thank you!

Milk Free Irish Soda Bread

Milk Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This is an adaptation made from several recipes on this site so that the bread could be made without dairy or sugar. It is more moist than most Irish soda breads, and with the whole wheat has a very rich and wholesome flavor. The bread rose much higher than other similar recipes that I have tried.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Egg-free, European, For Large Groups, Free Of..., Grains, Healthy, Lactose-free, Low Cholesterol, Quick Breads, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Calories 177.4kcal


  • 4 cups whole wheat flour (King Arthur's is best)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups unflavored soymilk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (reconstituted is fine)
  • 1 cup currants or 1 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or other sweetener (optional)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  • Soak the currants (or raisins) in 1/2 cup of water in a microwaveable container and microwave for 10 seconds. Set Aside. Drain before using.
  • Sift flour and baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a large bowl.
  • Add lemon juice to the soy milk; then add the milk, drained currants or raisins, oil, and sweetener (if used) and stir until all dry ingredients are moistened. The dough should still be sticky.
  • Knead on a floured surface for 3-4 minutes until the dough can be formed into a very soft ball.
  • Place on a heavy baking sheet and gently flatten so that it is no more than 2 inches high. Make deep cross cuts across the top (nearly halfway through the dough).
  • Place in 400 degree oven and bake for 40-50 minutes, until the crust is brown and the bread has a hollow should when tapped.
  • Cool on a wire rack at least 10 minutes before slicing. It is best when eaten warm with or without a spread, but is delicious with jam.


Serving: 69g | Calories: 177.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.8g | Protein: 5.5g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 291.8mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 8.5g

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