Monday, March 17, 2014


It has no gluten, no dairy and it's DELICIOUS. I promise.

Last night my mom hosted St. Patrick's day dinner and Josh and I and his parents and my stepdad all sat down to enjoy some traditional corned beef and cabbage. We had Irish beer, Bailey's Irish Cream, four different Irish Cheeses, an amazing Bailey's cake, and of course, Irish Soda Bread.

I've been trying to eat really healthily (aggressively so) since March 13th. Sound fairly arbitrary but our engagement shots are on April 13th so the one month mark made me think I should eat more veggies and less bread. :)

The thing is though, I love bread. So when my mom asked me to bake Irish Soda Bread, a la Barney Stinson, I said, "Challenge accepted!"

I hunted around for recipes for an hour or so online. Pinterest and Google really helped a lot but some of the ingredients the gluten-free recipes called for were just odd. I'm sure Xantham Gum is fine but no thanks food named like a super hero.

The recipe I made turned out really well. It's darker than bread made from wheat flour but it is still crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and has a texture exactly like wheat bread. Of all the gluten-free, dairy-free,  Paleo things that I've made, this is my favorite.

So put on your green, if you're in DC enjoy working from home on this snow day, and put a loaf of bread in the oven. 15 minutes of prep and 30 minutes in the oven and it's delicious and healthy.

Healthy Irish Soda Bread (Gluten-free and Dairy-free and I think it's Paleo too!)
Modified from Elana's Pantry

  • 2 3/4 cup almond flour (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • 1/4 teaspoon course salt (I use Real Salt for everything)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (I used Raw Organic Agave Nectar from Whole Foods)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of caraway seeds
  • 1 pinch of caraway seeds (to top)

  1. Heat the oven to 350 and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and raisins in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, agave, and vinegar.
  4. Stir both bowls individually, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and stir vigorously.
  5. While stirring add in the 2 tablespoons of caraway seeds and continue to mix.
  6. Once the dough is all mixed (it will be gooey all over), transfer the whole ball of dough onto the parchment paper.
  7. Using your hands gently shape and flatten the sticky dough ball onto the parchment paper in the center of the baking sheet. It should be a cylinder (flat circle) about an inch tall and 8 inches in diameter. Don't measure just eyeball it. :)
  8. Take a knife and score the top of it slightly in an X, don't cut all the way through, just leave a mark. 
  9. Sprinkle a pinch of caraway seeds on top of the dough. 
  10. Put the whole thing including the baking sheet in the oven. 
  11. Bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Turn the oven off and let sit for 10 minutes in the oven as it cools. 
  13. Take bread out, marvel at your work, and let it cool for 30 minutes. 
  14. Serve it and do a victory dance at how healthy and skilled you are. 

Meg also has a delicious Irish Recipe on her blog, Write Meg today for our Lucky Link-up! How are you celebrating St. Patty's day. Link-up below to share your favorite Irish recipe, book, song, green clothing, etc. 


  1. Yay -- your soda bread looks great! This was my first time making soda bread, too, and I loved the muffin form. We had two for snacks yesterday, and two for breakfast this morning. :) Addictive! Happy St. Patrick's Day -- stay warm!

  2. Kate @ Dusty Window PanesMarch 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Found you through Write Meg!! I've never made a soda bread ... but this looks delicious!! Happy St. Patrick's day!!

  3. I love all your Irish eats! I've never made Irish soda bread, but I need to try it! :)

  4. Definitely let me know if you try it. I think it's the best Irish recipe personally. :)

  5. oh how delicious!!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra
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  6. This recipe looks great! I've never had Irish soda bread with caraway seeds, but I recently saw that offered in the store. I'm going to save this recipe and whip up a loaf this weekend :)

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