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St. Patricks Day is coming up so I decided to search for Irish Soda Bread Recipes and immediately became intimidated. I haven’t had the best experiences in the past with making my own breads. Then I found this one on allrecipes.com and it had the word “easy” in the title and I was intrigued. This recipe didn’t require yeast and I decided to make it healthier.
I used whole wheat pastry flour to add some fiber to this bread. I also cut the sugar in half since I added some raisins, which add natural sweetness. I also substituted plain Greek yogurt for some of the buttermilk who adds protein and reduces the fat. Lastly, I used my favorite, good old coconut oil instead of butter and it came together beautifully. If you love Irish Soda Bread, why not try this healthier one? I mean, everyone is Irish on St. Patricks Day, right?
Irish Soda Bread
- 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil softened
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup reduced fat organic buttermilk
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/2 cup rasins
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup reduced fat organic buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet or pizza stone with flour.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Add melted coconut oil, yogurt, buttermilk and egg and mix well.
Pour batter onto floured pizza stone or floured surface. Knead for 5-8 minutes adding raisins at the end.
In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil and 1/4 cu buttermilk. Stir well.
Cut a cross shape into batter. Brush the coconut oil/buttermilk mixture on top.
Bake for 20 minutes. Brush remaining coconut oil/buttermilk mixture on top of bread.
Bake another 20-25 minutes until completely cooked.
Adapted from allrecipes.com
If you are looking for some more St. Patricks Day treats here are some Easy Pretzel Shamrocks or some Shamrock Quesadillas. Try them and let me know what you think. I mean, how cute are these Pretzel Shamrocks? Happy St. Patty’s Day!