Gluten, Egg & Dairy Free Irish Soda Bread

March 12, 2015 by Emily Koegler

Ireland is one of my mom’s favorite countries and although I’m not of Irish descent, if you ask my mom, she will tell you we are 1% Irish. Growing up, St. Patty’s day was as important of a holiday as Christmas. We always spent it together having a homemade meal of corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread, wearing our Claddagh rings and favorite green outfits.

As the years went on, our tradition grew by celebrating it with close friends, having everyone bring their traditional St. Patty’s day dish. With the blending of families, we’ve had to create our own traditions. Being vegetarian, I make my own version of ‘corned beef’ using tofu. This year we have a few new people who are gluten-free. I wanted them to feel welcomed and be able to join in on all aspects of this feast.

That’s why I am bringing my gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free soda bread. You might think that all of those ‘frees’ mean not enough flavor, but I found the opposite. This Irish soda bread is mildly sweet, perfectly moist and delicious slathered with butter. A true crowd pleaser that everyone, even those with food allergies or dietary preferences, can enjoy!

Note: for a nontraditional soda bread, add dates, goji berries, or currants!


  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seeds plus 3 tbsp water whisked together)
  • 1 cup nut milk plus 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make your flax egg by combining the ground flax seeds and water in a small bowl. Allow to set aside to form a gel-like mixture. 
  3. Mix together your lemon juice and nut milk to make a vegan buttermilk. Set aside.
  4. Combine the rice flour, arrowroot powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  5. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the vegan buttermilk and flax egg.

4. Mix until a dough forms then add your raisins and mix again.

5. Grease a 9 inch round baking or cake pan and add the dough.

6. Bake in your oven for 60 minutes. Sprinkle with coconut sugar before baking, if desired.

7. Slice and serve with your favorite St. Patty’s Day dinner!