Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Tender, buttery, and slightly sweet this vegan Irish soda bread is way better than any store-bought version you’ve tried. It’s so simple, you need never buy it again. Made with only 8 simple ingredients (and yeast it’s one of them).

Close up photo of sugar crystals on golden Irish soda bread.

Why you’ll love it

Yes, it’s a bread. And yes, you will knead it. But there’s no yeast and if you’re scared of making bread that’s something to celebrate. Here are a few other reasons why you should make this veganized Irish soda bread.

  • Simple
  • Quick
  • Buttery
  • Tender
  • Sweet
A loaf of golden Irish soda bread on a black background.

Irish Soda Bread

Before we begin I just want to say that this is one of my FAVORITE recipes and I am so very excited to be sharing it with you all. I make this Irish soda bread every year on St. Patrick’s Day for my family. And every year it’s a hit. I know that you and your family will love it just as much as we do.

Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

To begin, make the vegan buttermilk. In a small bowl, combine the almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Stir and set it aside to curdle. This should take about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the flour, ⅓ cup of sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Use a pastry cutter (or two butter knives) and cut in the cold, cubed vegan butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.

When the vegan buttermilk is curdled, add it as well as the optional raisins/currants (they’re really not optional, add them!) and mix everything together with a wooden spoon until it’s moistened. 

On a well-floured surface, turn out the dough and knead it 10 times. Shape the dough into a round loaf and place on the prepared baking sheet. Using a butter knife, cut a deep ½ inch “X” in the bread and sprinkle with 1 tsp-1 tbsp of sugar. 

Bake the loaf for 1 hour or until the top of the loaf is golden brown. If you’re really concerned about the loaf being finished, go ahead and tap on the bottom. If the loaf is finished, it will sound hollow. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and cool it completely before cutting into wedges and serving. Top it with more vegan butter if desired and serve alongside your favorite St. Patrick’s Day entree.

A slice of golden Irish soda bread sprinkled with organic cane sugar.
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Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Tender, buttery, and slightly sweet this vegan Irish soda bread is way better than any store-bought version you've tried.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish, Vegan
Keyword: bread, currants, dried fruit, easy, holiday baking, quick, raisins, simple, vegan buttermilk
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 1⅓ cups almond milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • cup cane sugar plus 1 tsp for topping
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup vegan butter, cold and cubed
  • ½ cup fresh, soft raisins or currants optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Begin by making the vegan buttermilk. In a small bowl, combine almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Stir and set aside to curdle. About 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, ⅓ cup of sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Using a pastry cutter (or two butter knives), cut in the cold, cubed vegan butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  • Add the vegan buttermilk and optional raisins/currants and mix with a wooden spoon until moistened.
  • On a well-floured surface, turn out the dough and knead 10 times. Shape into a round loaf and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Using a butter knife, cut a deep ½ inch "X" in the bread and sprinkle with 1 tsp-1 tbsp of remaining sugar.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until the top of the loaf is golden brown. If tapped on the bottom, the loaf will sound hollow.
  • Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and cool completely before cutting into wedges and serving.
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