Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

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This gluten free Irish soda bread is a healthy snack or breakfast for St. Patrick’s Day. Nobody will miss the wheat in this delicious bread!

This gluten free Irish soda bread is a healthy snack or breakfast for St. Patrick's Day. Nobody will miss the wheat in this delicious bread!

Irish soda bread is a delicious tradition in many families. All four of my grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland, so I’ve had my share of soda bread over the years.

There’s the dry, savory version full of caraway seeds, and then there’s the slightly sweet variety dotted with raisins or nuts. I’m partial to the sweeter version, so that’s how I make mine.

My family loves this light, gluten free Irish soda bread fresh out of the oven. The flavor and texture aren’t far off from whole wheat Irish soda bread, so this is a great version to serve to a mixed-diet group. The gluten-free people will appreciate this delicious bread, and the gluten eaters won’t miss the wheat.

Gluten Free Soda Bread Tips

As with most homemade bread, this tastes best the day it’s made. If it doesn’t get gobbled up right away, you can store it in an airtight container for a couple days. It makes great toast after it starts to get stale. Top it with butter or jam for a delicious snack.

Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

This gluten free Irish soda bread is a healthy snack or breakfast for St. Patrick's Day.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:55 minutes


  • 3 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil slightly softened but not melted
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or more to taste)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large food processor (9 cup or larger capacity) with the dough blade. Mix briefly. Chop the coconut oil into small pieces and add it to the flour mixture. Process until the mixture has a crumb-like texture. Scrape down the sides a few times between pulses.
  • In a large bowl, combine the coconut milk, eggs, and maple syrup. Add this to the food processor and process until the dough starts to come together. It should be sticky, but you should be able to handle it. Add a few more tablespoons of flour if it’s too sticky to handle.
  • Place the dough in the large bowl and add the raisins. Mix the raisins into the dough with your hands.
  • Form the dough into a loose ball and press down slightly. Place it in a large cast iron skillet. Use a sharp knife to score the dough, placing an "x" across the top (about 1/2 inch deep).
  • Bake the loaf for 45 minutes, or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 208kcal
Cost: $.35 per serving

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Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Price Breakdown

This recipe costs $4.21 to make, or $.35 per slice. Try this gluten free Irish soda bread for a healthy, delicious snack for St. Patrick’s Day.



  1. I am allergic to grapes, which is dried up form in rains
    Can I substitute these with prunes or dates?

  2. I know this is a silly question, but can I replace the coconut oil and coconut milk for butter and buttermilk, respectively? I’m having a friend over whose son is highly allergic to coconut. I want to make sure it won’t mess with the recipe too much to make that many substitutions.

    1. Not a silly question at all! Although I haven’t tried it, I think that substitution will work well. Please let me know how it goes.

  3. I have a super Irish husband who JUST asked me to make Irish Soda Bread…this recipe looks great!

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