Whole wheat oatmeal Irish soda bread

Thank you so much for all the congratulations on my last post! I’m still on cloud 9 from the news. It’s hard to believe the very thing I’ve been stressing about for the past three years is finally over. Now I just can’t wait for the fall to actually start my internship!

On an unrelated note, I have a funny story…

Whole wheat oatmeal Irish soda bread

So it’s Saturday morning and like always, I can’t sleep, so I get up at 6 am. I have nothing to do at this hour since the gym doesn’t open until 7 am on Saturdays, so I start writing a post about my Irish soda bread recipe that was working on the previous weekend. But as I’m typing out the flour quantities, I start to wonder if I wrote them down correctly.

So I head back into the kitchen to whip up another loaf. At 6:15 am. On a Saturday. When most normal people are still sleeping. And guess what I learned after making this loaf? Yup, my original ingredient amounts were, in fact, correct.

But oh well, you can never have too much bread. Especially this easy, yeast-free whole wheat oatmeal Irish soda bread. And did I mention that can be made in a little over an hour? Which means if you’re an early riser like me, you can make it when you wake up and enjoy a slice fresh from the oven for breakfast! Note: topping it with almond butter and honey is highly recommended.

Whole wheat oatmeal Irish soda bread

Whole wheat oatmeal Irish soda bread
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This whole wheat oatmeal Irish soda bread is easy to make and deliciously comforting!
Yield: 8-10 servings
  • 2-1/3 cups whole wheat flour (+ 2 tbsp if needed)
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup oat bran
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1-1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  1. In large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, oats, oat bran, flax seeds, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  2. In small bowl or measuring cup combine the buttermilk and oil and whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the to dry ingredients all at once and stir with fork until the dough comes together. If it is sticky, add an extra 1-2 tbsp of whole wheat flour.
  3. On floured surface and with floured hands, knead the dough about 10 times, then shape it into a ball about 10 to 12 cm in diameter. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and then cut an X (about ½" deep) on in the dough with a knife.
  4. Bake at 375┬║F for about about 45-50 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Whole wheat oatmeal Irish soda bread

Recipe adapted from Canadian Living’s Irish Soda Bread┬árecipe.

Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

Have you ever made Irish soda bread?


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15 Responses to Whole wheat oatmeal Irish soda bread

  1. haha! you and i are just alike. i have been known to bake things during the early morning hours and can NEVER sleep in either!

  2. Yum! I don't think anything beats fresh bread out of the oven :)

  3. Haha I'm the same! I sometimes make a little banana bread (enough just for me!) before school and eat it as my breakfast on my way to school ;)

  4. Now that's serious blogger dedication! I can't really say that I've ever done any super early baking, but I've been known to clean/organize my place in the wee hours of the morning.As for St.Patty's, I won't be doing any celebrating today either, but I'm thinking that I'll be whipping up some Irish soda bread of my own because I've never had any and it's been taunting me from all over the web.

  5. Haha I guess baking is one way to pass time that early in the morning! I'm planning on making some Irish soda bread today for the first time. I don't think I've ever had it before, but I've been intrigued because I'm been seeing it all over the place for the last week or so. Plus it's a bread where I don't have to mess around with yeast, which is a huge bonus :-p

  6. I have seen a lot of Irish soda bread recipes the past week, but I love that yours is whole wheat! Thanks for sharing :).

  7. This looks delicious!

  8. well you already know of my love for Irish soda bread – topped with honey and AB is a great idea!! (I always used to just eat it with butter or marmelade haha). Now…I wonder if gluten-free flour will work…and how to adapt this for altitude (still suck at that lol). Thanks for this recipe I'm totally gonna share it with my family so we can make it next time we're together on St. Patty's! As for my celebration…I got irish mint froyo last night after getting another grad school acceptance but spent all day today on a plane – fun times!

  9. Haha if ever we need proof that you're a committed blogger ;)! This bread looks awesome and I'm so impressed you made it yourself…twice! I especially like that it doesn't contain yeast! I'm not allergic but there's something about yeast in recipes which seems daunting! I'm now kinda craving a warm slice of homemade Irish Soda Bread with butter & jam…guess that just means I need to try this recipe soon!!

  10. CHELSEA!!! I am so sorry I was MIA last week and missed the big news! Congrats!!! You must be on cloud nine right now! I sure hope you continued the celebration through the weekend; you deserve it! <3And speaking of celebrations…and St. Patricks's Day…and Irish Soda Bread (!!!)…this looks delicious! I love that you remade it during the wee morning hours Saturday morning (okay, 6:15 isn't THAT early–I was probably awake, too!), just to be sure the measurements were right, because that's definitely something I would do. :) I didn't do much to celebrate, other than wearing green plastic beads around my neck and going out for dinner with friends. However, we ate at a Thai restaurant, which I'm pretty sure is as dissimilar to Irish food as it gets!Hugs! <3 xoxo

  11. I was going to make Irish Soda bread this weekend but could find a good bread machine recipe and mom wanted to use up some bread flour and use the machine lol. I am definitely making this soo though! I love St. Patty's Day :D Green is my favorite color and it is a holiday that is just fun. No presents no cards just celebration!

  12. i didn't celebrate st patty's day either and i don't think i've ever even eaten soda bread, much less made it!!

  13. I have never made Irish soda bread, but I've had it and loved it. It's super dense and hearty, exactly what I love in a bread.

  14. Ha! Before I started working nights, I was the same way! 7am was the absolute LATEST I would ever get up! Then I would have to wait around for hours for stuff to open so I'd actually have something to do! Darn, I should have been making BREAD! ;)I've never had made Irish soda bread before, but after seeing so many other bloggers whip some up this year, I'm thinking I might have to give it a go!

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