Irish Soda Bread – Paleo Style

by Sarah Breads and Pastries, Gluten Free, Grain Free, RecipesComments: 15

Irish soda breadBy Chef Emily Duff of Family2Table

Irish soda bread is a traditional quick bread used in a number of cuisines where baking soda is used as the raising agent instead of yeast.


In its home country of Ireland, soda bread is typically made using wheat flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.

What if you have gluten issues or are grain free for a period of time while healing your gut? Must the pleasure of consuming Irish soda bread be avoided completely?

Fortunately, no!

Emily Duff, New York City Chef and fellow Real Food blogger, shares with us how to make delicious Irish soda bread using blanched almond flour instead of wheat in the recipe below.

(Grain Free) Paleo Irish Soda Bread

Adapted from Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread from Elana’s Pantry


2 ¾ cups blanched almond flour (where to find)
¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt (where to find)
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda  
½ cup raisins (or chopped dates, apricots, figs, etc)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons raw orange blossom honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (where to find)
generous pinch of caraway seeds  (where to find)


In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and raisins.

In a smaller bowl combine eggs, honey and apple cider vinegar.

Mix wet ingredients into dry.

Form dough for the Irish soda bread into a large, flat circle that is roughly 7 inches across and 1 ½ inches tall.

Using a serrated knife, score top of dough about an inch deep in shape of a cross.

Sprinkle top of the dough with caraway seeds.

Bake Irish soda bread at 350° F/177 C for 20 minutes, then turn off oven and leave bread in the oven for 10 more minutes.

Cool Irish soda bread for ½ hour then slice and serve with lots of raw butter (and jam).

Thank you Emily for this fantastic version of Irish soda bread – Paleo style!

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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