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Healthy St. Patrick's Day Recipes: Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

If baking bread intimidates you – fear not, friends. This whole-wheat Irish soda bread recipe doesn't require kneading, proofing, or bread-baking experience! Plus, it's delicious and pairs beautifully with our healthier version of corned beef and cabbage!



  • 4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cold
  • 2 cups reduced-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grease a cast-iron skillet with your oil. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your flour, baking soda, and sea salt. 
  3. Using a fork, pastry cutter or your fingers, mix cold butter into your flour until the butter pieces are fine and crumbly. Stir in raisins. 
  4. Add your buttermilk to the dry ingredients and mix by hand or with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. It should feel heavy and sticky. 
  5. Shape your dough into a ball and place in your skillet. Then, take a serrated knife and score a deep X through the top of your dough. About 1-inch deep. 
  6. Bake for 55 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 200 degrees. 
  7. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes before slicing. 

Updated February 27, 2023

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