Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

March 17, 2013

in Breads

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

I realize this post is a little late for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but really – isn’t Irish soda bread good any day? As I was working on the recipe, I wondered why I don’t enjoy it more than once a year. Probably because up until this point, I was relying on my local bakeries, and sadly, they don’t carry Irish soda bread for more than a week or two in March.

Irish Soda Bread

It took me a few tries, adjusting the types of flour and ratios, keeping the added oils low without compromising the texture. But I finally created a recipe that’s not only vegan, but also gluten free and totally delicious. Definitely not something I’d be likely to find at any bakery in town.

Vegan Irish Soda Bread

I think this means year-round Irish soda bread is in order.

GF Irish Soda Bread

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread
Recipe type: Bread
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Serves: 1 Loaf
A non-traditional take on traditional Irish Soda Bread. Gluten-free, vegan, low in fat, and without processed sugar, but with the same great flavor and texture as the original.
  • 1 C. Chickpea Flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ C. Potato Starch
  • ½ C. Tapioca Starch
  • 1 Tbs. Coconut Sugar (optional)
  • 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ Tsp. Xanthan Gum
  • ½ Tsp. Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbs. Vegan Shortening, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 Tbs. Vegan Buttery Spread
  • Scant ½ C. Vegan Buttermilk (1/2 Tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar whisked into scant ½ C. Non-Dairy Milk, allow to sit for 5 minutes)
  • 2 Tbs. Applesauce
  • ¾ C. Currants, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes & drained
  • 2 Tsp. Caraway Seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 Tsp. Freshly Grated Orange Zest (optional)
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly dust with chickpea flour, and set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add the chickpea flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, coconut sugar (if using), baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and sea salt. Mix to combine.
  4. To the dry ingredients, add the vegan shortening and buttery spread. Mix until a sand-like texture forms (I used my stand mixer, but you can also pinch in the shortening and buttery spread by hand).
  5. Stir in the vegan buttermilk and applesauce until a sticky dough forms.
  6. Fold in the currants, caraway seeds, and orange zest (if using).
  7. Transfer the dough to your prepared baking sheet, dust it with a little more chickpea flour, and form it into an 8-inch round loaf.
  8. Score the top of the round with an "x" and bake it for 30-35 minutes, until golden. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
  9. Allow the bread to cool slightly and enjoy it with a little buttery spread and some jam if you like!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day to those of you celebrating! In Boston, that would be everyone, Irish or not.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! March 18, 2013 at 2:24 am

This is gorgeous! I’ve never had soda bread before, but your gluten-free version looks fantastic!


Amanda March 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

You must try Irish soda bread – it’s so good!


Caitlin March 18, 2013 at 9:47 am

wow! this looks amazing, lady! i must try this as i haven’t had irish soda bread for probably 8 years and miss it dearly.


Colette @ JFF! March 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

OMG I love this stuff, doll!


Michelle Collins March 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I planned on making Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day this year, but just didn’t have the time. :( My sister is gluten-free, so I will have to share this recipe with her!


dixya@food, pleasure, and health March 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I havent had this bread in so long.. Great recipe for gluten-free individuals :) Hope you had a great green-day. Mine was eating too much avocado hummus


Amanda March 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Avocado hummus?! Two of my most favorite foods. :)


Rhona March 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Yum! St. Patty’s Day in the GTA is not just for the Irish either. It is for everyone and the green beer flows and is consumed by all.


Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} March 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I agree, soda bread is good all year long! Your version looks delicious and I’m sure it rivals what you can find in the bakery.


MadSCAR March 19, 2013 at 5:36 am

Love it! Thanks for the recipe :)


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 19, 2013 at 10:22 am

I was just talking to Greg about how much of a shame it is that we never got up to Boston for St. Patrick’s Day. Oh well- I guess we’ll just take a much longer plane ride there in the future!
Soda bread is the ONE thing I really wanted on Sunday (more than beer!) but I didn’t think about it until it was almost dinnertime. Like you said though- why just make it once a year? I certainly enjoy pumpkin year-round, and am still drinking “Holiday tea” from Christmas!


Ceil Tulloch March 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Hi Amanda,

Your Irish soda bread looks soo delish! I’ve never tasted this type of bread before and will have to give this recipe a try when I’m back in the US.



Michelle Wallace March 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm

It looks sooooo good!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :D


Amanda March 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Thanks, Michelle!


Gena March 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

I *love* soda bread. Great recipe!


Amanda March 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

Thanks, Gena! :)


Mai-Lis @ A Sunshiny Day March 25, 2013 at 9:15 am

This looks fantastic Amanda, can’t wait to try it!!


Alex @ March 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

You can make gluten-free bread anytime of the year and it’s a winner in my book. I never got around to making soda bread this year, but just because St. Pats is over doesn’t mean I wont! I am always looking for new gf recipes, this one looks great!


Amanda March 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Thanks, Alex! I just clicked over to your site – I’m excited to read more of your posts! :)


alexanderwillowharvey April 2, 2013 at 4:45 am

this looks lovely! I am a bread lover but my gluten free breads suck, will give this a go!


Amanda April 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

haha I know what you mean! The gf bread I buy sort of tastes like cardboard! I was really happy with the soda bread though. Hope you like it!


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