Traditional Soda Bread Revised by Lisa Johnson, RD

Besides being a yeast-free alternative to bread, soda breads are very quick and easy to make. And, they can be quite nutritious. My favorite is a whole-grain, high-fiber bread made with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, bran, and flax meal. It takes 50 minutes from start to finish and is delicious any way you serve it, warm or cold. Try topping a slice with a cooked egg for breakfast or a healthy nut butter. Avocado toast is also a good idea for a cholesterol-lowering meal or snack. Or, pair it with a bowl of soup for a satisfying meal.

You can get creative adding dried fruits and fruit zests for a breakfast treat. You can also go gluten free. It seems there is no limit to creativity with soda breads.

Included is the amazing recipe I use, and the the photos are of my bread, fresh from the oven. Yum!

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

Serves: 14This whole grain bread is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber which improve colon health and lower cholesterol. It is also rich is b-vitamins.

Toast and serve with almond butter or avocado for a healthy breakfast, or dip in olive oil as your carbohydrate choice with a veggie and protein-rich meal.


2 2/3 cups white whole wheat flour (about 12 ounces)
1/2 cup wheat or oat bran
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup flax meal
2 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk (at room temperature)


Step 1

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through wheat germ) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Slowly add buttermilk, stirring just until moist. Let sit 15 minutes.

Step 3

Spoon batter into a 9 X 5-inch metal loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool on rack.


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