Irish_Soda Bread_ts.jpg

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

If the word "bread" intimates you – fear not, friends. No kneading, proofing, or bread-baking experience required. Plus, it 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 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 28, 2022

Schedule an Annual Exam Today at Virtua with a Primary Care Doctor

Suffering from digestive distress?

Virtua's board-certified gastroenterologists can help you get back on track. Call to find a doctor near you. You can also select a location and schedule your appointment online.

888-VIRTUA-3 888-VIRTUA-3 Live Chat


You may also like

female patient with Crohn's Disease

Sarah Wins Back Her Health After Crohn's Disease Diagnosis

Sarah Campbell won the Mrs. New Jersey International 2021 title just months after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and undergoing bowel surgery.

Read More
woman eating probiotics for gut health

Can Your Gut Health Affect Your Heart?

A complex interplay between the bacteria that live in our intestines and the systems in our body can influence our risk for serious illnesses, including cardiovascular disease. Here’s how to stay on track.

Read More
mom and two young daughters cooking healthy St. Patrick's Day meals

3 Healthy Takes on Beloved St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day Celebration with three healthier versions of traditional St. Patty's Day foods.

Read More
Showing 3 of 72