Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

by Jill Dalton

One of my favorite memories as a child was smelling my mom’s homemade bread baking in the oven. This Gluten Free Vegan Irish Soda Bread completely satisfies those breads cravings while being healthy at the same time. It is a hearty moist bread that lends itself to many different flavor additions to be either sweet or savory.

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

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Serves: 10 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 2.9/5
( 88 voted )

Ingredients

2 cups (160g) gluten free rolled oats
1 cup (120g) almond flour
1 cup (144g) arrowroot powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons ground flax
1 1/4 cups (300ml) unsweetened soy milk (or plant based milk of your choice)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup (82g) chopped dry figs
1/2 cup (75g) chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° (180°C).
  2. Lightly grind the oats into a flour in your blender.
  3. Add all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir.
  4. Stir in figs and walnuts.
  5. Mix in the soy milk, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. 
  6. Let mixture sit for a few minutes.
  7. Pour mixture out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and shape it into a nice round mound.
  8. Wet hands with water and gently smooth the surface of the bread.
  9. Bake for 45- 50 minutes.
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19 comments

Dalida O'Connor April 17, 2021 - 12:57 pm

Thank you Jill for all you are doing, just lately I have decided to try to go gluten-free, as my body is changing (59 yrs old:) and it does not seem to tolerate gluten so well, and I LOVE bread. So I will definitely try the gluten-free soda bread + also the previous one you sent me, you have been such a big help with your recipes , May all the best come to you and your family ❤️ take care

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Gilarys April 18, 2021 - 11:16 pm

Hi Jill! Can I use cornstarch instead of arrowroot?

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Jill Dalton April 19, 2021 - 8:59 am

I haven’t tried doing any substitutes but I think it will work.

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Cheryl Rogers April 18, 2021 - 11:34 pm

I made the Irish Soda Bread today and it was the best version I’ve ever eaten. I used the chopped figs and slivered almonds. I could have eaten the whole loaf in one setting, but managed to restrain myself. I’ll be making this again and again, for myself and to give to friends. This takes care of Christmas presents! Great recipe.

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Luciana Araujo April 20, 2021 - 8:30 am

Can I use dates instead figs?
I am so excited to try this bread!

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Jill Dalton April 21, 2021 - 9:05 am

Absolutely

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Janet from Chicago April 20, 2021 - 7:37 pm

I made this delightful bread this morning, using 1/2 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries (chopped) and 1/2 cup toasted walnuts (chopped). It was quick and easy to make — and even more delicious than I imagined it would be! I will make this recipe again — and often! Next time, I plan to use chopped dried cranberries, the zest of an orange (or two) and more walnuts. This would also be terrific with savory add-ins like dried onion, dill, caraway seeds, etc — … the possibilities are endless. Jill — Thanks for this terrific recipe. I love your cooking show!

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Kris April 22, 2021 - 10:00 pm

I made this close to exactly the same as the recipe, with only a small adjustment in the quantity of almond milk. I used between 1-1/4 and 1-1/3 cups. It turned out to be tastier and with such a great texture than I even imagined it could be. I love this bread and am so thankful you created and shared this amazing recipe! Thanks Jill, you truly make cooking and eating plant based sustainable in my household!

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MaryEllen Bunce April 23, 2021 - 1:40 pm

I made this in a savory version. I added dried onion and sliced black olives. It was heavy but good. Was great with minestrone soup.

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Linda August 5, 2021 - 12:37 pm

Can another flour be used instead of almond flour

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Jill Dalton August 6, 2021 - 12:01 pm

I haven’t really tried substituting it but cashew flour would work. The flours that have a bit of fat in them help to make the bread moist.

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Sandra Robinson November 14, 2021 - 12:46 pm

I can’t have nuts can I use coconut flour instead. I know it’s not a one to one for almond flour.

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Jill Dalton November 18, 2021 - 9:13 am

I haven’t tried subbing coconut flour so I’m not sure.

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June January 19, 2022 - 7:18 pm

Oh my gosh, this bread is delicious. I’ll be making this again (and again. . .) Thank you Jill.

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Janet February 13, 2022 - 8:36 pm

Jill — This is one of absolute favorite recipes! I make a delicious savory version adding these ingredients (instead of dried figs and walnuts): 1 T of caraway seed, 1 T of dried chopped onion, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp dried dill weed. It is amazing!!!. I have made many of your recipes — this is my current favorite!

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Linda Baldwin February 27, 2022 - 6:28 pm

Jill – I made this read and we loved it. Where do you get your arrowroot powder?

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Jill Dalton March 4, 2022 - 12:28 pm

I order it from Amazon

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Lisa March 28, 2022 - 6:22 pm

I made your Irish soda bread today, it was delicious! I put walnuts & raisins in it. Thank you so much for giving me great cooking ideas, it makes my plant based more delicious!

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Xenia March 30, 2022 - 4:37 pm

I used to make Irish Soda Bread every year for St Patrick’s Day until I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Since then, I’ve tried a number of different gluten-free and also grain-free recipe versions, but none of them were what I was looking for to fill the void left by giving up the great recipe I’d had. Then I stumbled upon your recipe and made it today. It came out fantastic! I made a few little changes to make it resemble my old gluten recipe – I added 1 Tbs caraway seeds, used currants instead of raisins, and left the walnuts out. It was perfect! Thanks for a great recipe! I will be making this every March, and probably more often as well 🙂

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