Irish Soda Bread has been a long standing tradition in my family. As long as I can remember we enjoyed this delicious treat year round. Irish soda bread is synonymous with St. Patricks Day. Enjoy it for breakfast, dessert, or after a Ruben sandwich. Perfect.
You say “vegan soda bread?” Not a chance! Now don’t be gettin’ your knickers all bunched up or start shaking your shillelagh at me. I’m no arse. I enjoy vegan cooking, can’t eat gluten, love soda bread and I’m Irish. No choice but to alter a traditional family recipe.
My grandparents immigrated from Ireland. They came to America full of hopes and dreams. My grandparent’s home was cozy, family, laughter, music, bursting with comfort food, and brogue. Their kitchen was filled with heavenly aromas, social tea cookies, sugar laden tea, and a grandmother wearing her iconic apron. And of course, Irish soda bread made with white flour, sugar, a little fat and always served with a side of butter. Wasn’t vegan nor gluten free but more importantly, it was filled with love and memories.
This is a delicious vegan recipe that even your most ardent Irish folks will love. If it sounds like I’ve been kissing the blarney stone, I haven’t. Give this recipe a try and don’t forget to enjoy a green-one!
Remember to make it your own, have fun in the kitchen, and enjoy infused veggies!
A fun Irish blessing:
May those who love us love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.
Vegan Irish soda bread is lightly sweet and characteristically similar to a breakfast scone. veganglutenfreelife.com/vegan-gluten-free-irish-soda-bread veganglutenfreelife.com/vegan-gluten-free-irish-soda-bread
- 2 cups non-dairy milk do not use rice
- 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 6 tbsp water
- 1-2 cups dried raisins or cranberries
- 2-3 cups boiling water
- 4 cups gluten free baking flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp vegan shortening
- 2/3 cups sugar
In a medium bowl pour in non-dairy milk whisk in apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
In a small bowl filled with water whisk in ground flaxseed. Set aside.
In microwave safe bowl, boil water pour over dried fruit covering the fruit. Set aside.
Using a large bowl add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and shortening. Incorporate the ingredients while breaking up the shortening with your hands.
Whisk together the sugar and the flaxseed "egg." Fold sugar and flaxseed into flour mixture.
To the flour mixture, slowly stir in buttermilk using your hands to mix. Batter should be dry yet sticky.
Drain dried fruit, fold into batter.
Lightly flour and grease round pan. Gently place batter into pan making a dome shape. Cut cross hatch across the top.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake soda bread for 1 hour or until center is no longer wet.
If you prefer smaller loaves or muffins adjust cooking time accordingly. Soda bread is similar to a scone, dry and falls apart easily but still delicious. Slice it warm, top with vegan butter and savor the flavor of Ireland, vegan style!