Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day sharing the Best Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread! It's an EASY, non-yeast bread that comes together quickly and yields an amazing bread with crusty outside, soft inside and a perfect flavor!

best gluten free irish soda bread easy recipe
Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

An amazing tasting Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread!

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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, I am sharing the Best Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread! And I’m so excited for you to try it!

The recipe isn’t mine (it’s from Jen of The Nomadic Fitzpatricks— more on the backgound in a moment) and I am obsessed with it!

It is super EASY to make, has the perfect outside crusty edges and then is soft on the inside and has the best flavor!

It’s the tiniest bit sweet and is ridiculously good toasted with butter!

best gluten free irish soda bread easy recipe

A little background…

I met Jen through Pinterest and Instagram (one of my favorite parts of being a food blogger, on social media and part of an amazing gluten-free community! But, that’s another post for another day….)

Anyway, when I saw Jen share her gluten-free Irish Soda Bread, I knew I wanted to try it!

My mother used to make Irish Soda Bread but I have no idea where the recipe is or where it originated and with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I really wanted to make and share one here with all of you.

What I loved about Jen’s recipe, even before making it, was that it was a family recipe that she adapted to be gluten-free when she was diagnosed with celiac disease because she didn’t want to miss out on her family’s traditions.  Heart melting, I felt an instant connection because this is exactly how I feel about so many my recipes!

I loved that it was a family recipe! And I knew that if she adapted to taste like the one she remembers growing up, that it had to be good!

It did not disappoint!

The outside was super golden and crusty just like a great bread should be. When you sliced in you had a wonderful bread with a perfect Irish Soda Bread flavor!

And the recipe was EASY!

I immediately reached out to Jen and asked if I could share it here with all of you… she graciously said yes!!

I’m linking to the original recipe and Jen’s website The Nomadic Fitzpatricks so you can check her out — all her recipes look amazing!

best gluten free irish soda bread easy recipe

SO let’s make it!

I have a cooking video here on this page so you can see how easy it is to make this gluten-free Irish Soda Bread.

And if you’re new to my website, there is a printable recipe with exact measurements on the bottom for the page.

Here’s what you’ll need. Just 10 ingredients:

gluten-free all purpose flour (I used GF Jules, affiliate link. Jen has made it with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 and Cup for Cup flour)

baking soda

baking powder



caraway seeds

unsalted butter


raisins (which need to be soaked in water for 15 mins, accounting for the prep time below)


best gluten free irish soda bread easy recipe

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Back to the gluten-free Irish Soda Bread…

It comes together in 10 mins!

All you do is whisk together the dry ingredients.  This is always helpful because not only does it combine the ingredients, but it makes the flour finer which helps with the texture of gluten-free breads.

Then cut in the butter. I used a pastry cutter.

Then add in the soaked and drained raisins.

Then the egg. (I opted to whisk it first)

Then slowly mix in the buttermilk.

The one thing I did different from the recipe is that I used my kitchen aid, whereas Jen recommends mixing with a spoon.

The kitchen aid was easy and the dough isn’t sticky at all. With a spoon, it’s a little more arm work and the dough is stickier.

The only thing the kitchen aid may have done is added too much air to the dough because my bread you will see split open a bit more than hers. But it still tasted amazing!! So try it both ways and see what you prefer!

After it mixed together, I used my hands to form it into a ball (as Jen does).

Then generously brush with buttermilk (this will give the bread it’s crusty outside).

Lastly, use a knife to cut an x into the bread so that while it bakes, it can release steam.

And bake!

It bakes for 1 hour and the house will smell wonderful!

Then you have this amazing gluten-free Irish Soda Bread!

best gluten free irish soda bread easy recipe

I let it cool just a bit and sliced right in!

It slices beautifully and tastes  scrumptious!

best gluten free irish soda bread easy recipe


Hope you all love it as much as we do!

Thanks again Jen, for letting me share your delicious gluten-free Irish Soda Bread with the Healthy Gluten-Free Family community!

Scroll down for recipe and leave a comment if you make it.



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Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

A super simple recipe for the Best Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread! Crusty outside, soft inside and great flavor! Recipe from Jen of The Nomadic Fitzpatricks -- it's a family recipe adapted to be gluten-free and graciously allowed to be shared here.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Bread, St. Patrick's Day
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional
Servings: 1 bread
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


  • 3 cups gluten-free all purpose flour we used GF Jules, affiliate link, Jen has made it with Cup4Cup and Bob's Red Mill 1:1, plus more to coat your hands
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 6 tablespoons raisins plumped instructions below
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 1 cup buttermilk to make your own, please 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar in a liquid measuring cup, fill with milk of choice to the 1 cup mark and let sit 10 minutes or until curdling
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter to grease the pan


Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8x8 or 9x9 round cake pan with coconut oil or butter and set aside.
  • Place raisins in a small bowl, and cover with warm water for fifteen minutes. After they have soaked, drain the raisins and set them aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the gluten-free flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and caraway seeds. Whisk to combine.
  • Slowly cut in butter, using a pastry cutter or your hands, until the butter is pea-sized (Iusually refer to this as cornmeal like texture)
  • Add drained raisins, then slowly add the egg, and lastly, buttermilk and combine with a large spoon. (I used Kitchen Aid stand mixer)
  • At this point, the dough should be wet and sticky. If you find that it is dry, add 1/4 cup of additional buttermilk until everything is moist. (Note, I didn't find it overly sitcky and did not add extra buttermilk)
  • Coat your hands with gluten-free flour if needed and mix the dough by hand until blended and formed into a ball. Once formed into a ball, place in a greased cake pan. Rinse your hands off - that dough is sticky!
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the top with more buttermilk until coated on all sides.
  • Using a knife, make an X in the dough across the middle, to allow for steam to escape.
  • Bake for 60 minutes. The bread should be perfectly golden brown. Remove from pan and cool completely on a baking rack. Cover with foil when not eating.

Notes from Jen:

    Gluten-Free Flour:

    • Be sure to use a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend to substitute for all-purpose flour. I have had success with Cup4Cup flour and Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour (blue bag).( I used GF Jules) Please note that the dough should be wet and sticky. If it isn't (and it might not be based on the flour you use) add an additional 1/4 cup of buttermilk as needed until everything is moist and sticky. (Note: I did not add the additional buttermilk)

    Sticky Dough

    • Once you add the wet ingredients, the dough is very sticky, but that's what makes this recipe so much fun! Kids will love it as it lets them get their hands dirty. Have a sink nearby and a towel, too, but be sure to coat your hands with flour when you start mixing.


    • Irish soda bread will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature. It will harden as time goes on, so feel free to pop in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften. Put on a small pat of butter and melt it on good! Enjoy!
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