Irish Soda Bread- Vegan

773 First of all I apologize for the delay in this post. I have had computer issues for the last week… Thursday a brand new MacBook Air arrives at my doorstep, problem solved! Ok back to today’s post:

The first time I had Irish Soda Bread was two years ago. My co-worker brought in some of his wives homemade bread. It was very sweet and loaded with butter. Instead of Irish soda bread it should have been called Irish soda cake.

Was it delicious? Yes. But it was not what I imagined the bread originally tasted like. So I did my research. True Irish soda bread isn’t loaded with raisins, butter, sugar or eggs. It is nearly naturally vegan and one of the quickest and easiest breads you will ever make. Literally 10 minutes prep time and 35-45 minutes of bake time.

True Irish soda bread starts with 4 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of each baking soda and baking powder, a tablespoon or two or two of sugar, a little bit of butter cut in and two cups of buttermilk.

Vegan buttermilk, yea it exist and you don’t have to buy anything special to make it. Simply add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per cup of almond, soy or your vegan milk of choice, stir it together and let it set on the counter for about 5 minutes to turn “soured”(see below).

Irish Soda Bread- Vegan

Sift or whisk your ingredients together before you add in your “butter”milk and mix with your hands or a spatula. I don’t believe there is a risk of over mixing but once everything comes together and there is no loose flour in your bowl place the dough on a well floured baking sheet. I chose to bake my bread in my new cast iron skillet which I am obsessed with!

With your hands gently form the bread into a flattened ball. DO NOT forget to score the top of the bread with a giant X this allows the bread to expand nice and pretty. If you don’t do it you bread will expand at all the non combined wrinkles in the dough.



and Vola!


Tasty, hearty, rustic looking warm bread with little to no prep time. It is definitely the easiest bread I have ever baked. I hate to say it but it is idiot proof!

Irish Soda Bread- Vegan

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

2 Cups Al Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Baking Power

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2 Cups “Butter” Milk (almond milk with lemon juice rested on the counter for 5 minutes)

2 Tablespoons Sugar

3 Tablespoons Vegan Butter (Room temperature)

Dusting Flour


1) Make your “butter”milk by adding 2 tablespoons to almond milk and letting it set to “spoil” on the counter.

2)  Set oven to 425 degrees. Sift or whisk all dry ingredients together. With a fork and knife cut the vegan butter into the flour until the flour looks crumbly.

3) Pour the “butter”milk into the dry ingredients and mix gently to combine. I used a spatula to begin then switched to using my hands to get all the flour worked into the dough.

4) Flour the surface of your baking sheet or case iron skillet well. Place the dough onto the pan and lightly form into a flattened ball. Cut a giant X on top of the bread about 3/4th of an inch deep.

5) Bake bread at 425 degrees for 15 minutes then turn the heat down to 400 and continue baking for about 20-30 minutes more. I always use the old toothpick trick to see if my bread is done.

6) Let the bread cool on a baking rack before cutting.

The smell of fresh bread is amazing!






I know this recipe is a day late and a dollar short BUT its good. SO make it today. It is the perfect weekend morning quick bread or when you just don’t have a lot of time on your hands. I can only imagine the different variations of this bread you can make…

Tomorrow I’ll update you on my half marathon this weekend. Long story short… it was not easy and I’m paying for it today :(

 What did you do this weekend?

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Pseudo athlete and vegan, learning to love all the imperfections in life. Follow me in my journey, training for races (a half marathon in all 50 states to be exact) and my adventures in the kitchen!
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6 Responses to Irish Soda Bread- Vegan

  1. I made a very much not vegan, full of butter version for my boyfriend’s St Patricks day work potluck. It was low on sugar, but I added some orange zest and people freaked out over the flavor. I love the idea of making a healthier, vegan version — something I can enjoy more than just a small taste of! Especially because it makes a pretty large loaf.
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    • rebacox says:

      It is a large loaf, My Boyfriend and I ate on mine for 5 days. Orange zest is a great idea! The versatility in Irish Soda Bread is so exciting to me as a foodie.

  2. catsie07 says:

    THANK YOU very much.
    i am either irish nor british or american but vegan. and i love irish soda bread and running :). so thank you very much for this one!

  3. Sarah says:

    This didn’t work for me…followed the instructions to the letter but ended up with a wet, soggy, inedible bread.

    • rebacox says:

      I’m not sure where it went wrong. I have tested this recipe at least 20 times and many others have had positive results. Maybe you used too much liquid? Usually the dough is pretty dry. I”ll go back and double check the ingredients to make sure they are correct. Thank you for the feedback.

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