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Irish Soda Bread

As a Jew, Irish Soda Bread would not be something that comes naturally to me.  However, over the years, I’ve received many requests for a dairy-free Irish Soda Bread.  Well, here you have my healthy Irish Soda Bread recipe, made with gluten-free, high-protein almond flour!

Given that I’m not Irish, I had to do some research to figure out what Irish Soda Bread is.  Here’s what Wikipedia had to say about it:

Soda bread are a variety of quick bread traditionally used in a variety of cuisines in which bread soda (otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate or baking soda) is used as a raising agent rather than the more common 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.”

As you can see, Irish Soda Bread typically contains buttermilk.  It is the acid in the buttermilk that 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 in this recipe for the acid in place of the buttermilk.

Irish Soda Bread
Serves: 8
  1. In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and raisins
  2. In a smaller 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 1 ½ inches tall
  6. Using a serrated knife, score top of dough a half inch deep, in shape of a cross
  7. Sprinkle top of bread with caraway seeds
  8. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, then turn off oven and leave bread in for 10 minutes
  9. Cool for 1 hour
  10. Serve

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

I hope you all enjoy this classic St. Patrick’s Day Soda Bread. When we want to feel very Irish, I serve this yummy bread along with my Green Eggs recipe. My naturally sweetened Peppermint Patties are another healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipe that you’ll love!

Here are some of my other easy paleo bread recipes: