Healthy Irish Soda Bread ~ Whole Grain

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 10m
Ready In

"In Ireland soda breads are hearty staples. This bread is just delicious, and a great addition to your St. Patrick's Day meal, or any other time you want some!"

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (87.7 g)
  • Calories 172.3
  • Total Fat - 2.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1 g
  • Cholesterol - 5.1 mg
  • Sodium - 347.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 32.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.7 g
  • Sugars - 2.4 g
  • Protein - 6.3 g
  • Calcium - 62.9 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, and sprinkle with a light dusting of flour.

Step 2

In a large bowl whisk both flours, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk.

Step 3

Using one hand, stir in full circles, starting in the center and working toward the outside of the bowl, until all the flour is mixed in. The dough should be soft but not too wet and sticky. When it all comes together, in a matter of seconds, turn it out onto a well-floured surface. Clean any extra dough off your hands.

Step 4

Pat and roll the dough gently with floured hands, just enough to tidy it up and give it a round shape. Flip over and flatten slightly to about 2 inches.

Step 5

Transfer the loaf to the prepared baking sheet. Mark with a deep cross using a serrated knife, and prick each of the four quarters.

Step 6

Bake the bread for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F, and continue to bake until the loaf is brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped, 30-35 minutes more.

Step 7

Transfer the loaf to a wire rack, and let cool for about 30 minutes.


No special items needed.

7 Reviews


Delicious! The inside is moist and outside crusty and chewy. Perfect to have with my soup!


review by:
(20 Mar 2020)

Picky Palate

I love this bread because it had a nice crust on the outside, and it was soft and tender on the inside, just like I like it. I also like the fact that it's whole grain, which makes it healthier. Delicious all the way around!


review by:
(19 Mar 2019)


Good bread which we enjoyed with soup. Made as directed. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(30 Mar 2016)


This was a delicious bread that I had to eat with Mikekey's Irish Scallop Chowder for St Patty's day. It was so moist and chewy. I served it warm with loads of butter. I can't wait to have it toasted with my morning coffee!


review by:
(18 Mar 2014)


This is one of the easiest soda breads I have made, and loved the added heartiness the whole wheat flour gives it. Lots of flavor and very moist!


review by:
(17 Mar 2014)


After reading the previous review I just want to clarify that the buttermilk has fat in it and mine baked beautifully and was moist, soft on the inside, crusty on the outside and delicious with butter oozing out of the crevices. I love that this is a whole grain version and healthier than plain white. My first time making bread and I was pleasantly surprised how good this came out for me.


review by:
(17 Mar 2013)

You'll Also Love