Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

As a Jew, Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread recipes aren’t part of my culinary heritage, but then again, neither is pizza.

Still, I’m always up to the challenge of creating healthy low-carb recipes, whatever their provenance.

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

Since there is such demand, I had to create the best recipe for Irish soda bread around. In fact, one of my readers from Ireland gave this low-carb Irish Soda Bread recipe ten stars.

What is Irish Soda Bread?

So, first off –what is Irish Soda Bread? According to Wikipedia:

Soda bread is a variety of quick bread in which bread soda (baking soda) is used as a raising agent rather than yeast…Other ingredients can be added such as raisins, egg or various forms of nuts.

History of Irish Soda Bread

Next, I had to learn the history of Irish soda bread, and its connection to St Patrick’s Day, or St. Paddy’s Day as it is often called.

The history of Irish Soda Bread begins in the 1830s, when baking soda was first introduced to Ireland.

Irish Soda Bread as we know it here in America, is essentially a quick bread made with inexpensive baking soda, instead of the more costly yeast.

How to Make Irish Soda Bread

As mentioned above, you can make Irish Soda Bread with raisins, that’s how I make mine.

When it comes to add-ins there are numerous different ingredients you can use. Try walnuts, cranberries, and the like. Pro tip? When it comes to the dough stick to the exact ingredients in the recipe.

Almond Flour Bread Recipe for St. Paddy’s Day

I just made a couple batches of this easy almond flour bread recipe for friends and neighbors. This reminded me how important it is to let the bread cool for the full hour listed. The perfect crumb forms as the bread cools.

Irish Soda Bread

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Servings 10



  • In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and raisins
  • In a small bowl combine eggs, honey, and apple cider vinegar
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry
  • Place dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Form into a large flat circle around 8-inches across and 1½-inches tall
  • Using a serrated knife, score top of dough ½-inch deep, in shape of a cross
  • Sprinkle top of bread with caraway seeds
  • Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, then turn off oven and leave bread in for 10 minutes
  • Cool for 1 hour
  • Serve
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
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Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This is a healthy recipe for bread made with almond flour, which is how I make my Irish Soda Bread gluten-free. Leave out the raisins (this removes 5g of carbs per serving) and it will be close to a 1:1 keto bread.

Keto Irish Soda Bread

If you want to make a Keto Irish Soda Bread you can experiment with using zero-carb sweeteners. I haven’t tried that, so if you do, please let me know if it works.

Keto Bread Recipe

For awesome low-carb bread recipes without sweeteners, try my Blueberry Lemon Keto Bread or Keto Bread which is perfect for sandwiches.

Keto Bread

Dairy-Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe

You typically find Irish Soda Bread with buttermilk. Why is this? The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda to create a chemical reaction that makes the bread rise.

In order to make a dairy-free Irish Soda Bread I used apple cider vinegar rather than buttermilk, resulting in this recipe for Irish soda bread without buttermilk.

How to Store Gluten-Free Bread

To store this gluten-free bread, cool on the counter overnight, wrap in a paper towel, seal in a plastic bag, and refrigerate for up to one week.

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Low-Carb Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re looking for food for St. Patrick’s Day, I serve this classic St. Patrick’s Day Soda Bread along with my Green Eggs recipe.

My low-carb Keto Mint Chip Smoothie is another healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipe that you’ll love!

Gluten-Free Bread Recipes

Here are some of my other easy low-carb gluten-free bread recipes. Did you know that every recipe on my site is Gluten-Free? And all the recipes in my three cookbooks are too!

paleo pumpkin bread recipe

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

My Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread recipe is a cinch to make and absolutely delicious. Made with high-protein almond flour, my lusciously moist, gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin bread came about by popular demand.

When you make this pumpkin bread recipe, you’ll be blown away by the gorgeous autumnal smell of magical spices and fresh pumpkin bread wafting through your home.

paleo banana bread

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This Gluten-Free Banana Bread recipe is one of my favorites, and it’s one of yours too! Did you know this banana bread recipe is one of the most popular recipes on my website?

I knew when I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998 that I’d need to create a gluten-free banana bread recipe for my family.

Paleo Bread

Paleo Bread

My Paleo Bread is just a bit lighter and fluffier than my other breads and has a nice nutty flavor from the flax meal.

It also has an amazing sweet buttery taste from its almond flour base and is another one of my popular and versatile low-carb bread recipes.

Your Favorite Gluten-Free Bread Recipe

I’m taking requests. If you did not see your favorite bread recipe here, leave a comment and let me know what you’re looking for!

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives, I first shared this Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread recipe in March 2011.

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I come from Ireland and grew up with soda bread. I wish I could give you a big hug. The bread came out a ten star.


477 responses to “Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread”

  1. Just wondering if you have a recipe for gf matzo balls.
    I have been using hardened day old left over gf bread of all kinds and pulsing it till it resembles matzo texture. Then I use it to make matzo balls.

    Do you have a real recipe for gf matzo balls?

  2. I made this and it looked nothing like the photo. It didn’t rise and didn’t split. It was very tasty but very dense. I did scoop the flour into the measuring cups, but followed the recipe and directions completely. Any suggestions?

  3. Very easy to make and tasty! My husband and son could not have it enough :-) Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!

  4. Rather an expensive loaf to make as 500g of almond flour cost me £6.99 and it took almost a bag to make this recipe. Another issue is with the measures as I don’t know if I converted them correctly into grams. Maybe list alternate metric units in recipe?

  5. Amazing recipe! I’m Irish and baked this for St. Patty’s Day. Will be making it EVERY year from now on. Tastes just like my sister’s Irish bread which has gluten. Thanks Elana!

  6. Hi Elana…have you tried making this recipe into scones like the video demo link of the Irish baker suggests? Don’t know if you need to adapt any instructions to do that. (Side note: interesting that Irish wheat contains less gluten!). Thanks

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