Better-for-you Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I was asked to make a healthy version of Irish Soda bread, but the task was not so easy. First came the question of tradition. Most Americans like a sweet bread, much different than what is typically eaten in Ireland ( I was told the more money the woman had, the sweeter the bread would be?..), so I chose a happy medium. This bread is slightly hearty, faintly sweet, and moist. When finished baking: 1.) toast the slice 2.) butter up with quality butter 3.) enjoy with coffee!


  • 3 cups self-rising flour (or all-purpose flour with 1 Tbsp baking powder and 1 ½ tsp salt)
  • 2 cups white whole wheat bread
  • 1 tp baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins, plumped in hot water
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350OF and grease a heavy, oven proof 10-12” skillet.
  2. Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a fork.
  3. Separately, whisk the applesauce, buttermilk, and egg until combined. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon just until incorporated.
  4. Dip a sharp knife in flour and cut an “X” in the top of the bread. Then bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until an inserted knife can be removed cleanly.


This is also a great bread you can make in place of scones or even a yeast bread for brunch. No knead & quick!


Book an appointment here! Marina Bedrossian, RDN, CDN, CLT is a family holistic dietitian who specializes in nutrition for digestive issues, nutrition for Autism, ADHD, and nutrition for food sensitivities. 


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