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Paleo Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I’ve never been a huge St. Paddy’s Day fan (although I did consume my fair share of green beer in college), but the one thing I love most about this time of year is the abundance of Irish Soda Bread.  A couple of years ago I shared the Englishman’s Irish Soda Bread, last year I posted my Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread, and this year it’s all about the Paleo Irish Soda Bread.

Paleo Irish Soda Bread PlateI’m not going to lie, when I first heard of Paleo Irish Soda Bread I was a bit skeptical.  I’ve tweaked a lot of recipes to make them paleo-friendly, but Irish soda bread seemed like a daunting task.

The first recipe I stumbled upon came from Elana’s Pantry, and since I’m such a huge fan of her Paleo Bread, I figured I’d give her recipe a whirl, with a few minor tweaks here and there.  The end result?  A delicious Paleo Irish Soda Bread that is dangerously addicting.  Seriously though, I’ve made the loaf three times now since we are plowing through it at a rapid rate.

I added ground flaxseed to my version to give it a nuttier texture, but if that’s not your thing, you can refer to Elana’s version which uses almond flour only.  Paleo or not, you need this bread in your life.

Paleo Irish Soda Bread pinPaleo Irish Soda Bread (adapted from this recipe)


1 3/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

2 large egg whites

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tbsp honey

1/4 cup raisins

2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla


Preheat your oven to 375F.  Line a square baking pan with parchment paper.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl add your almond flour, ground flax, baking soda and salt.  Mix all ingredients together until well combined.

Add your egg whites, honey, almond milk and vanilla to the bowl and continue to mix.  Gently fold in your raisins.  The dough will be nice and sticky.

Paleo Irish Soda Bread DoughPlace your dough on your baking sheet and roll into a ball – you might need to wet your hands or add some flour to them to work with the dough.  Place in the oven for 20 minutes.  The bread will have a nice golden crust when done.

Paleo Irish Soda Bread teaRemove your bread from the oven, let cool and enjoy.  I personally enjoyed mine with a cup of tea for breakfast, and have found that jam and butter make a wonderful soda bread topping.

I will say the paleo Irish soda bread has more of a scone-like texture than traditional soda bread, but it’s still just as delicious.  It has a nice buttery taste to it, even though there’s no butter in the recipe!

Paleo Irish Soda BreadWho says Paleo Irish Soda Bread has to be for St. Patrick’s Day only?  This is one recipe I’ll be enjoying all year round.

What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipe?  Share in the comments!

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

One of my favorite breads is Irish Soda Bread.  I love this bread so much that I even blogged about the Englishman’s Irish Soda Bread last March in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  Right now I’m doing some experimenting with gluten-free baking, so I decided to try making a loaf of gluten-free Irish Soda bread.

Just record, I have not been diagnosed with any sort of gluten allergy, I’m just trying my hand at gluten-free baking for those who do suffer from Celiac or any other gluten intolerance.

If you have never tried gluten-free bread before, I highly recommend making this one!  The texture is just like Irish Soda Bread so you would never even know it’s gluten-free!  I ended up keeping this loaf simple and didn’t add in any currants or raisins, but definitely plan on doing so next time.

gluten-free irish soda breadGluten-Free Irish Soda Bread (adapted from this recipe)


2 cups gluten-free flour (use any blend of your choice)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon xanthan gum (FYI Authentic Foods makes corn-free xanthan gum!)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup gluten-free oats
1 egg
1 cup almond milk


Preheat your oven to 375F.  Grease a baking sheet and dust with gluten-free flour.

In a large mixing bowl add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and oats.  Mix well. 

In a smaller bowl combine your egg and almond milk.  Pour mixture into dry ingredients and mix until the dough is nice and sticky.

gluten-freesodabreaddoughKnead your dough a few times and place on baking sheet.  Shape into a round circle.

Place bread in oven and bake 30-35 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.

Serve warm with butter, jam, nutella, you get the picture.

gluten-free irish soda bread