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Irish soda bread on cutting board

Irish Soda Bread Recipe without buttermilk

Irish soda bread is a quick bread traditionally made with baking soda and buttermilk to leaven the bread. This vegan Irish soda bread recipe uses ginger beer instead of buttermilk and is packed with dry fruit and nuts for a hearty snack or breakfast.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 29 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Servings 16


  • bread pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • cutting board


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar can use brown sugar if preferred
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 oz ginger beer one bottle is usually 12 oz
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 1 cup nuts chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350° and spray bread pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Chop nuts and set aside. This is a great step to have kids do with supervision.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt until well combined.
  • Stir in the ginger beer until combined. Do NOT over-stir the bread just combine ingredients until all are wet (that's the scientific magic of soda bread).
  • Fold in the nuts and dried fruit, mixing in just a bit. (You can omit the fruit and nuts entirely for a plain soda bread)
  • Pour/Dump (it's a thick batter)
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Check for doneness and bake up to an additional 10 minutes.
  • When cooked completely, cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Turn out onto the wire rack to cool completely.
Keyword bread, dairy free, quick cooking