Gluten Free Traditional Irish Soda Bread, GF, DF, SF

For years I have been making traditional Irish soda bread, not the sweet bread with caraway seeds and dates or raisins, but the original type that is a simple loaf made with flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. It is so quick and easy that I made it a few times a week, then stopped when I went gluten-free. I've been wanting to try to recreate a gluten and dairy-free version and thanks to some suggestions from members at the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread Facebook group, I was able to make an incredible loaf that doesn't taste gluten or dairy-free. 

Irish Soda Bread
Dry Ingredients:

2 cups gf oat flour (you can also use buckwheat, sorghum or millet)
1 cup garbanzo bean flour
½ cup tapioca flour
½ cup potato starch
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp xanthan gum
Wet Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
2 eggs
4 tablespoons olive oil

  1. Combine almond milk with apple cider vinegar and set aside. 
  2. Blend dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients, mix until combined (don't knead), place in a Dutch oven, cut a cross on top of dough, and bake at 375 for 30 minutes with lid on, then remove lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes.


  1. Can I replace xanthum gum with egg whites or chia seeds?

    1. Hi Nicole Michelle, I would suggest psyllium husks but ground chia might work. When I need to substitute xanthan gum, my best results are with psyllium or guar gum. I would be interested to hear how it comes out with chia if you use it. Thanks!


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