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Brown Irish Soda Bread

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This Brown Irish Soda Bread is made from a combination of whole and white whole grains and is delicious and easy to make. And although I splurge on carbs a bit, I have to make it every year when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day in memory of my father!

Try the Ping Brown Irish Soda Bread later.

Irish soda bread is one of the dishes that everyone in America associates with St. Patrick’s Day, and although Irish soda bread traditionally only contains flour, baking soda, salt and sour milk, the recipe has many variations. Buttermilk. Perhaps our bread should be called Irish American Soda Bread. brown irish soda bread Easy to make and delicious.

For the Irish soda bread recipe, I added wheat bran and wheat germ to white whole wheat flour and whole wheat flour to make it relatively healthy. In our latest recipe, we’ve switched out the brown sugar for golden monk fruit sweetener.

And this is the second variation of Irish Soda Bread. When I started this blog, I never dreamed of making Irish soda bread. Then I started hearing about it and found out that my partially Irish father loved it and for the last years of his life I made it for him every year on St Patrick’s Day. I’ve been making it every year since.I don’t mind splurge on a little carb for a holiday tradition like this..

(Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread was my first soda bread recipe. If you want to try it, use that link for a printer-friendly recipe.)

What are the required ingredients?

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Why is this type of bread called soda bread?

The only leavening ingredient in this bread is baking soda, hence the name soda bread.

Want more healthy bread ideas?

I’m more of a cook than a baker, but I have a few other delicious bread ideas, such as low-carb almond flour bread. You can find them in our Desserts and Baking Index.

Irish soda bread from a blog friend:

I learned about Irish Soda Bread when I first started blogging. Here are some Irish Soda Bread ideas from early bloggers.

100% whole wheat brown soda bread found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to make Brown Irish Soda Bread:

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  1. mix together white whole grain (affiliate link), whole wheat flour (affiliate link), toasted wheat bran, wheat germ, oatmeal crumbs, Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener (affiliate link), baking soda, salt.
  2. The recipe calls for cutting the butter into small pieces, but mine was frozen, so I unwrapped the butter to the 2T mark and grated it with the large end of a grater. This worked really well.
  3. The grated butter before mixing with your fingers looks like this.
  4. Work the butter into the flour with your fingers until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  5. Weigh out 2 cups of buttermilk and add in half-cup increments until the mixture forms a loose dough. .
  6. The dough after mixing all the buttermilk looks like this.
  7. Scrape the dough onto a 9” x 5” x 3” loaf pan sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray. thought!)
  8. Here’s what my brown soda bread looks like after baking for 43 minutes at 425F/220C. Let cool on rack for 10-15 minutes, then serve warm.

A brown Irish soda bread is presented on a plate with butter and a knife.

Other Irish-American Cuisine:

Check out our St. Patrick’s Day low-carb and keto Irish-inspired recipes to see other favorites we made for a little Irish dad!


  • 1 3/4 cups whole grains

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

  • 3 T toasted wheat bran

  • 3 T toasted wheat germ

  • 2 oatmeal (using oatmeal “crumbs” ground in a food processor)

  • Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener 2T

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I used fine ground sea salt)

  • 2 T cold butter cut into small cubes or grated on the large side of a cheese grater

  • 2 cups buttermilk (you may not need all of them, but measure out 2 cups just in case)


  1. Preheat oven to 425F/220C.
  2. Spray a 9-inch x 5-inch x 3-inch loaf pan with olive oil or a non-stick spray.
  3. in a large bowl, white whole grain (affiliate link), whole wheat flour (affiliate link), toasted wheat bran, wheat germ, oatmeal crumbs, Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener (affiliate link), baking soda, salt.mix well
  4. Cut the butter into small cubes or grate it on the large side of a cheese grater, then add the butter to the flour mixture.
  5. Wash and dry your hands and use your fingers to pinch the butter into the flour and mix well until the mixture resembles coarsely ground cornmeal.
  6. Measure out 2 cups of buttermilk.
  7. Add the buttermilk to the flour and butter mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring after each 1/2 cup of buttermilk.
  8. Continue adding buttermilk until you have a loose dough. (Depending on where you live and how dry the flour is, you may not need all the buttermilk.)
  9. Scrape dough onto sprayed loaf pan.
  10. Bake until the bread is golden brown and clean with a toothpick through the center, about 40 to 45 minutes. (I just baked the bread in these photos for 43 minutes.)
  11. Place a knife around the edge of the bread and place the bread on a cooling rack to cool on the rack for 10-15 minutes before cutting.


Irish Soda Bread can be served hot or on toast. With a little butter added to the recipe, this type of brown soda bread keeps a little longer than some types of Irish soda bread, but it’s best eaten the same day it’s made or the day after.

Recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appetit Cookbook.

Nutrition Facts Table:



Serving size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving:
calorie: 173Total Fat: 4gsaturated fat: 2gTrans fat: 0gUnsaturated fat: 2gcholesterol: 9mgsodium: 311mgcarbohydrates: 29gfiber: 4gsugar: 2gprotein: 7g

The Recipe Plug-In I use automatically calculates nutritional information. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy as many variables affect the calculations.

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A square image of brown Irish soda bread with a knife and butter on a plate.

Low Carb / Low Glycemic / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Brown Irish Soda Bread is clearly not suitable for a strict low-carb diet, but its relatively low glycemic content makes it suitable for the Original South Beach Diet. Patrick’s Day!

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Historical notes for this recipe:
Brown Irish Soda Bread was first posted in 2010. Been making it ever since and the recipe he last updated in 2023 with more information.

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