This easy Vegan Irish Soda Bread recipe is perfect to celebrate St. Patrick’s day or any meal any time of year. Irish Bread creates a crispy, savory bread, made with whole wheat flour, orange zest, and raisins. Vegan Irish Soda Bread Recipes are easy to make and delivers a great side dish for your favorite vegan dinners.
My sister has been doing some work on our family lineage. She figured with a name like McMillen, there had to be some interesting stories in our family history. We already know on our mom’s side that we qualify to be in the Daughters of the American Revolution. I haven’t joined yet, but I hope to one of these days.
But on my dad’s side, my sister tracked us all the way back to some castle in Scotland. From there we hopped over to Ireland for a while. I believe that’s one of the reasons we’re considered Scotts-Irish.
So, a castle in Scotland. Well, how cool is that. Now I’m ready for a road trip. 🙂
So, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing with ya this Vegan Irish Bread recipe.
Is Irish Soda Bread Vegan?
Traditional Irish Soda bread is not vegan because it’s made with both milk and eggs. However, you’ll see in this recipe that it’s very easy to transform the traditional recipe to make it vegan.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread
You’re probably used to making homemade bread with yeast. Me too. But soda bread recipes are more like an artisanal loaf is made with baking soda instead. It creates a crispier quick bread, which is something we love. I think you will too.
The big question for me is whether I could make an Irish soda bread recipe vegan. The answer? Yes!
How to Make Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe
I’ve seen conflicting information about making traditional Irish Soda Bread. However, at its very core, the ingredients usually include flour, baking soda, sour milk, and salt. That is the list from the Irish Soda Bread purists. In fact, they say, “anything else makes it a tea cake!”
That said, the modern Irish Soda Bread, however, is made with a variety of add-ins, including orange zest and currants. Try as I may, I couldn’t find currants, a special variety of dried grapes. And I figured if I had trouble finding it, you might too. So that’s why I used a variety of mixed dried fruit, including raisins, golden raisins, and dried cranberries.
I also used some orange zest to really bring out the flavors of the dried fruit. Here are the steps to make simple Irish soda bread:
Step One: Sour the Milk
In a small bowl, combine the soymilk and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. Set aside. This creates the sour milk.
Step Two: Process the Flour and Dry Ingredients
In a food processor bowl, combine whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Pulse a few seconds to combine.
Step Three: Add Vegan Butter and Other Ingredients
Chop the vegan butter into cubes and add to the flour. Pulse until it resembles a coarse meal, about 10 or so seconds. Add the raisins, orange zest, flaxseed meal, and cornstarch. Pulse to combine. Pour this into a mixing bowl. Create a well in the middle.
Step Four: Add Vegan Buttermilk & Knead
Pour the soy buttermilk mixture vegan milk into the center of the bowl and stir from the center outward, incorporating the flour as you go.
Knead the dough in the bowl, only to incorporate additional flour until you have worked it all in and a dough ball forms. Don’t knead too much.
Step Five: Bake
Place the dough ball on your prepared pan. Make sure some raisins are popping through the top. If not grab some from the bottom and push them into the sides and top, for a more rustic finished loaf. Use a knife to cut an X into the top.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes. When you tap the top of the loaf, it should have a hollow sound. That lets you know it’s done.
When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving warm.
The trick to this recipe for vegan Irish soda bread is that it’s great fresh out of the oven. But with a little toasting, is pretty good even days later.
If you’re wondering how to create vegan sour milk (aka buttermilk), all you do is add a little apple cider vinegar to some delicious, creamy Silk milk.
Use these tips to make this vegan Irish Soda Bread recipe perfect every single time:
- Add some chopped pecans for something different
- If you don’t have an orange handy, the orange zest is not necessary
- Sprinkle the top with some flaky sea salt before baking
- Add some cracked pepper to the dough for a spicy taste
- Now, this is really creative, but what if you added some finely chopped spinach leaves to the dough, to give it some green goodness!
- Make vegan Irish soda bread muffins by dividing the batter into muffin pan compartments (either line the compartments with paper or brush them with oil first)
- Try different flours for different flavors and textures. I used whole wheat, but I could also see using white wheat flour or buckwheat flour.
I love having fun with my food. Don’t you? So, play around with this recipe until you get it exactly the way you want it. It’s just one more thing I love about making things at home rather than going out to eat: I get to make things exactly the way I want them. And, to be honest, sometimes Shawn and I have different tastes. If you’re in that boat too, simply divide this dough into two separate, smaller loaves, and put different flavors in each loaf. That way everyone’s happy!
That’s what I’m after. Happiness for all.
I think I need a sash or something. Hmm?
The Ingredients Make a Difference
This Vegan Irish Soda Bread is special, no doubt. One of the reasons is because it’s made with high-quality ingredients, such as whole wheat pastry flour, dried cranberries, and more.
Serve your slices toasted with some vegan butter or even vegan cream cheese on top.
Love Vegan Irish Recipes?
If you love vegan Irish or Irish-ish recipes, be sure to give these a spin:
- Try this vegan garlic mashed potatoes recipe
- Or how about Vegan Shepherd’s Pie piled high with mashed potatoes!
- Of course, there’s this delicious Vegan Shamrock Shake too!
- Anything green goes on St. Patrick’s Day and so this Vegan Broccoli Soup should be high on your list!
I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Irish Soda Bread
- Heat your oven to 400F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the Silk soymilk and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a food processor bowl, combine whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Pulse a few seconds to combine.
- Chop the vegan butter into cubes and add to the flour. Pulse until it resembles a course meal, about 10 or so seconds. Add the raisins, orange zest, flax seed meal, and cornstarch. Pulse to combine. Pour this into a mixing bowl. Create a well in the middle.
- Pour the soy buttermilk mixture vegan milk into the center of the bowl and stir from the center outward, incorporating the flour as you go.
- Knead the dough in the bowl, only to incorporate additional flour until you have worked it all in and a dough ball forms. Don’t knead too much.
- Place the dough ball on your prepared pan. Make sure some raisins are popping through the top. If not grab some from the bottom and push them into the sides and top, for a more rustic finished loaf. Use a knife to cut an X into the top.
- Bake 40 – 45 minutes.*** When you tap the top of the loaf, it should have a hollow sound. That lets you know it’s done.
- When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving warm.
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** I could not find currants so I used a combination of regular and yellow raisins.
*** If the top crust starts to get too dark, create a “tent” using aluminum foil to protect the top
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Whatever vegan dish you’re kicking your heels over while exclaiming, “Top o’ the morning to ya,” enjoy!
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