Low-Carb Irish Soda Bread

As a Jew, making Irish Soda Bread would not be something that comes naturally to me. However, over the years, I’ve received many requests for a Low-Carb Irish Soda Bread recipe.

What is Irish Soda Bread?

Given that I’m not Irish, I had to do some research to figure out what Irish Soda Bread is. According to Wikipedia:

Soda bread is a variety of quick bread in which bread soda (otherwise known as baking soda) is used as a raising agent rather than yeast. The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, bread soda, salt, and buttermilk. Other ingredients can be added such as raisins, egg or various forms of nuts.”

Dairy-Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread typically contains buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda to create a chemical reaction which makes this bread rise. In order to make a dairy-free Irish Soda Bread I used apple cider vinegar rather than buttermilk.

Low-Carb Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Here you have my extraordinarily healthy, almost Keto Irish Soda Bread recipe, made with almond flour. Leave out the raisins (which eliminates around 5g of carbs per serving) and it will be close to a 1:1 ketogenic bread. For an awesome bread recipe without any sweetener, try Blueberry Lemon Keto Bread or my Keto Bread which is perfect for sandwiches.

Irish Soda Bread

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  1. In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and raisins
  2. In a small bowl combine eggs, honey, and apple cider vinegar
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry
  4. Place dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Form into a large, flat circle 8-inches across and 1½-inches tall
  6. Using a serrated knife, score top of dough ½-inch deep, in shape of a cross
  7. Sprinkle top of bread with caraway seeds
  8. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, then turn off oven and leave bread in for 10 minutes
  9. Cool for 1 hour
  10. Serve
I originally come from Ireland and I grew up with soda bread. I wish I could reach out and give you a big hug. The bread came out a ten star.

How to Store Irish Soda Bread

To store this gluten-free bread, wrap in a paper towel, seal in a plastic bag, and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Low-Carb St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

I serve this classic St. Patrick’s Day Soda Bread along with my Green Eggs recipe. My naturally sweetened Peppermint Patties are another healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipe that you’ll love!

Low-Carb Bread Recipes

Here are some of my other easy low-carb paleo bread recipes:

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this recipe in March 2011 and that makes me feel very old!

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411 responses to “Low-Carb Irish Soda Bread”

  1. Hi Elana, how many ml in a tablespoon?
    I’ve seen different measurements on the internet and I’m in the UK – we seem to have different tablespoon and cup sizes from the US.

  2. Love this bread! Not too eggy and has great flavor. Been feeling deprived of bread because I have SIBO but this helps take the edge off that. I followed directions precisely with the measurements of the dough and it came out super flat. I will probably make a smaller disk to see if I can get a thicker hight.

  3. I am totally embarrassed for my previous comment! And do apologize!!

    I was using the wrong flour!!! I have almond flour and coconut flour side by side in my refrigerator and I grabbed the coconut flour thinking it was my almond flour!!! No wonder it didn’t form a ball!!!

    So I remade the recipe with the “correct “ flour and it mixed just fine…as it should! I have it baking in my oven right now and am excited to try it!!

    Again please do accept my apologies!

    • Bonnie, glad we’re on the same page! No need to apologize. Thanks for stopping by and happy baking :-)

  4. My previous comment should have said “wet” ingredients not “ dry”.

    Tried making the Irish Soda bread and it was a bust!!! Followed the recipe all I got was a bowl of flour that would not do anything. Too much flour for the wet ingredients.

  5. Tried making the Irish Soda bread and it was a bust!!! Followed the recipe all I got was a bowl of flour that would not do anything. Too much flour for the dry ingredients.

    • Bonnie, thanks for your comment! That’s what happens when you use coconut flour in place of almond flour :-)

  6. I can’t tolerate the vinegar so wonder if you can recommend a substitute so the bread will rise. Would lime juice work? Thanks!

  7. Hi
    Made this a few times now taste lovely I don’t use honey or raisins as I’m on a Candida diet so recipe is fine for me. It doesn’t rise much though apart from that I’m happy with it.
    Thanks for sharing it

  8. I make this every St. Patrick’s Day. I grew up eating the traditional white flour, sugar filled recipe (from Ireland). I started making this one about 4 years ago after realizing I could not tolerate gluten. My husband who is not grain free, prefers this one! Thanks Elana! P.S. I had a craving, so I’m making it now.

    • Christine, thanks for letting me know your husband prefers my Irish Soda Bread recipe to the regular one!

  9. We are more than pleased with this! Thank You! It is brilliant, lovely, and wonderful! We were really needing something like this for a diabetic diet, but were afraid it wouldn’t be like “real” bread…but all doubts are gone. Will be making this on a regular basis.

    • Kimberly, thanks for letting me know that this is like “real” bread, so happy to hear you are more than pleased with it :-)

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