Gluten and Grain Free Irish Soda Bread.

Gluten and Grain Free Irish Soda Bread.

Gluten and Grain Free Irish Soda Bread

So, its Saint Patricks Day- and I am so late to the party sharing this recipe! But I figured late is better than never. I had no plans to make this- but woke up with an intense desire to prepare an Irish feast to surprise my husband. So I made this, for the first time ever. And good lord is it good. I had no idea Soda bread could be so delicious.

Lets not waste any time with chit chat today- and get right to the recipe! I don't want to keep ya'll waiting any longer.

Gluten and Grain Free Irish Soda Bread

Gluten and Grain Free Irish Soda Bread

Gluten & Grain Free Irish Soda Bread.


  • 2 1/2 cups packed BLANCHED Almond flour.
  • 1/2 Cup of Tapioca Starch or Potato Starch.
  • 2 Tsp. Baking Soda *see note in directions.
  • 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder (I used double acting)
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. Caraway Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar (any variety: I used Truvia to make it sugar free)
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup raisins. (I only used 1/4 cup as my husband does not like his bread sweet.)
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees. Place a sheet of parchment in a pie pan or on a small cookie sheet.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients and mix together. (Almond Flour, Starch, Baking Soda, Powder, Salt, Caraway Seeds, Sugar and Raisins) NOTE: I noticed that some brands of baking soda are more bitter tasting that others. I always use Bob's red mill Baking soda as it does not have the bitter aftertaste. IF you do not have bobs red mill baking soda- I suggest using only 1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda instead of the full 2 tsp to avoid a strong aftertaste.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the 3 eggs and vinegar. Once mixed- pour into the large bowl of flour and stir until the dough comes together.
  4. Plop the dough into the prepared pie pan. Dust the top and sides of the dough with some starch (tapioca or potato starch) and form it into a a round mound that is roughy 1 1/2 - 2 inches tall and about 6 inches wide. Using a knife score the top of the bread to make the classic cross shape. (I made my scored about 1/2 inch thick) .
  5. Quickly place the dish into the oven and bake 40 minutes. The bread should be nice and hard to touch and lightly golden.


If starch is a problem for you- then check out my friend Elana's Irish Soda Bread recipe instead!

Happy St. Patricks Day!


Brittany Angell

28 comments | Leave your own

  1. AmandaonMaui

    This looks fabulous! I don’t have a St. Patrick’s day feast prepared this year, but I have everything to make this and now I’m craving soda bread. I usually use the recipe from Gluten Free Goddess, but I’m looking forward to trying something new. Thanks for sharing. It looks wonderful.

  2. Shelley W

    Just made this…so good!!!
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  3. Carol

    Looks awesome, love all your reciepes. What flavor does the caraway seed bring?

    1. Tami Vigil

      caraway seeds have distinctive flavor that is so similar to slightly bitter cumin.

  4. Kacey Bostrom

    I so wanted to make soda bread but I am really the only one in the household who can still tolerate gluten. Thank you for giving us a recipe that the whole family will be able to enjoy.

  5. Hazel Adamson

    This looks awesome. I’ll have to pick up some ingredients tomorrow, and make it…I can’t wait to try it. Thanks you. I really enjoy your blog and recipes.

  6. Tami Vigil

    Hi I am also Vegan. Do your baking recipes work well with egg replacer and or Chia / flax “eggs” ? This looks so good.

  7. Hazel Adamson

    It just came out of the oven…and it’s awesome! Thanks.

  8. Nicole

    I made this bread with the following modifications: 2c blanched almond flour plus 1/2c homemade sunflower seed flour (because I had some on hand). Instead of the tapioca starch I used 1/2c gluten free flour (mostly potato, tapioca, rice I believe). The bread turned out GREAT. I forgot that the sunflower seed/baking soda combo would make the bread green speckled, which was an extra fun St. Patrick’s day treat! πŸ˜‰ THANKS!

  9. Anna

    Just made those. But I had no time to bake them 40 minutes ( because the Lamb was already waiting), so I made them smaller. Came out like Scones! Oh how I missed them. Gonna try one now with Butter and some marmelade πŸ˜‰ Thank you sooo much for sharing your work!

    1. Anna

      they were ready after 25 min. in the oven.

  10. Bel

    I love this recipe! And it is so easy to add different ingredients, favors, etc. plus it bakes really well at high altitude. Great idea Ms. B!

  11. Sharone

    I have an yearly occasion coming up for which I have always made chicken & dumplings. Several of us there are now gluten free. I’ve been scanning your recipes to see if there was something I could use as “dumplings.” Do you think this recipe would adapt to boiling (sand the caraway and raisins!). It looks to me that it might do the trick.

  12. Lauren Raddatz

    This looks amazing, I need to make this asap! Many soda breads also have sugar sprinkled on top of them. I’m not well versed in baking – if I were to do this, would you recommend sprinkling sugar on the top halfway through the cooking time? I would think if I put it on right at the beginning it would be absorbed by the bread … ?

  13. Michael Sgalambro

    Looks great! Any way of making it nut free?

  14. Alicia

    Planning on making this recipe, but I wanted to ask a question to those who have made it before: is the texture similar to that of a normal Irish soda bread recipe? Part of my issue when baking paleo versions of baked goods that are traditionally dry and crumbly, is that they turn out very moist. That’s great for most baked goods, but when I think Irish soda bread (same with scones), I crave the dry, crumbly nature of it. The pictures look as though this recipe could be the closest to the real thing, but does anyone want to confirm it for me? Thanks!

  15. Jory

    Has anyone tried subbing the tapioca or potato starch for arrowroot powder? Brittany?

    1. Vanessa

      I just made it tonight with arrowroot. It was a success – and a huge hit with my family. I also added a tablespoon of macadamia oil.

  16. Ruth J Leamy

    Is there really no butter or oil in this bread?

  17. Ruth J Leamy

    Is there really no butter or oil in this bread?

    I made it as it is written here. It is dry and not very bread-like.

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