Today, I share how to make a Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread that’s perfect for your Saint Patrick’s Day dinner. Enjoy it with your Corned Beef and Cabbage and other St. Patrick’s Day recipes!

Watch the Irish Brown Soda Bread Whole Wheat recipe video

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Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

I really like to use whole grain flour in recipes whenever I can to improve the nutrition of a baked good, and this Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread recipe is no exception. I know that everyone around your Saint Patrick’s Day dinner table will enjoy this tasty and surprisingly light bread.

Wheat Berries FAQs

In my recipe video, I show you how to make Irish Soda Bread using the Ancient Grain Spelt. To learn more about Spelt and other wheat berries, such as Einkorn, watch my Wheat Berries FAQ video.

Sprouting Wheat Berries and Other Whole Grains

When I make my Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread, I actually use sprouted Spelt berries. Sprouted grains are easier to digest and enable us to absorb nutrients better.

If you want to learn how to sprout your grains, I show you how easy it is to do in my How to Make Sprouted Flour at Home video. And don’t worry. It’s not time-consuming. Most all of the work is on the part of the grain!

Using a Mockmill to Grind Grain

When it comes to making Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread or any whole grain bread for that matter, I love to grind my own grain to make fresh flour. There’s nothing like it! The aroma of freshly ground grain is heavenly. Saint Patrick would definitely approve! 🍀 😊

After a lot of research, I purchased a Mockmill 100 to grind my whole grains. You can see me unbox and try out my Mockmill in the following video.

In addition to the Mockmill, you can also grind whole grains with a hand crank grain mill or a high-speed blender. I show you all three ways to grind grain in my How to Store Whole Grain and Make Homemade Flour video.

How to Make All-Purpose Flour

Have you ever wondered how you can make an all-purpose flour from freshly ground whole grain flour? It’s easy! In my How to Make All Purpose Einkorn Flour at Home video, I grind whole Einkorn berries and show you how to make all purpose Einkorn flour.

Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes

To complete your Saint Patrick’s Day meal, be sure to make Corned Beef and Cabbage. I show you how to make this traditional recipe on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot in the following videos.

Your delicious dinner will come out perfect either way, thanks to the tips and tricks I share on how to pick out the perfect cut of meat.

I also show you how to slice the cooked corned beef to avoid a stringy mess and instead have beautiful lean slices that would treat a saint! 😉

No Saint Patrick’s Day meal would be complete without dessert, so be sure to make this easy one bowl Irish Apple Cake. It’s absolutely scrumptious with a crunchy sugar topping.

Plus, in the video, I share a cute little story with you about how my sweet Italian mother perfected this superb Traditional Irish Apple Cake!

More Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes

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More Soda Bread Recipes

If you are looking for an easy-to-make, yeast-free bread, be sure to watch the following video. This recipe is a simple take on an Irish Soda Bread that is perfect for the new baker. It’s quick to make, definitely foolproof, and yet 100% delicious!

For a whole-grain Irish Soda Bread that’s made in a cast iron pan to feed a crowd or a very hungry appetite, watch the Irish Brown Soda Bread video.

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Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Yield: 8 servings
This nutritious and delicious baked bread is perfect for your Saint Patrick's Day dinner.


  • 3 cups Whole wheat flour I used freshly ground Spelt flour, which is an ancient whole wheat grain.
  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour I sifted out the bran and germ from some of my freshly-ground Spelt flour to make 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose Spelt flour.
  • 1 tbsp Sugar I used Sucanat. You can use white sugar or any whole sweetener, such as maple sugar, coconut sugar, or date sugar.
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 4 tbsp Butter, unsalted and softened Coconut oil can be substituted to make this recipe dairy-free. Or fat of any kind can be omitted. If using salted butter, decrease the salt in this recipe to 1/2 teaspoon.
  • 1 cup Dried currants You can substitute raisins or other small dried fruit.
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 3/4 cups Buttermilk You can also substitute milk that has been soured with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. You can also use unsoured milk or water, but the texture of the final product will be slightly less tender. Alternatively, to make this recipe dairy-free, you can use oat milk or almond milk. I do not recommend using soy milk.


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Alternatively, you can butter the baking sheet and dust it lightly with flour. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  • Add the butter to the flour mixture, and work it into the flour with your hands until the mixture resembles damp sand. (See video.)
  • Add the currants or other dried fruit to the flour and butter mixture, and mix well so that the fruit is completely coated with the flour.
  • Add the egg to the buttermilk and mix well.
  • Make a well in the flour and butter mixture and pour in the egg buttermilk mixture.
  • Forming your hand into an open claw shape, mix everything together so that the flour and butter mixture is completely saturated with the egg buttermilk mixture and begins to come together and hold its shape. Use a light hand to mix this dough, and DO NOT knead the dough. (See video.) If the mixture is very sticky, you can add up to 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour.
  • Gently form the dough into a ball in the bowl.
  • Transfer the ball to the baking sheet.
  • Dust hands lightly with flour and pat the dough ball down gently to flatten slightly.
  • Using a sharp or serrated knife, cut a large cross across the top of the dough. (See video.)
  • Make a small indentation in each quadrant of the dough with the tip of the knife.
  • Transfer the baking sheet with the dough onto the middle rack of the preheated oven.
  • Bake until the bread is golden brown, and when tapped on the bottom, the bread sounds hollow. The baking process takes approximately 35-45 minutes.
  • If the bread is browning too quickly, but has not yet finished baking, you can tent it with foil.
  • When the bread has baked thoroughly, remove the baking sheet with the bread from the oven and place it on a heatproof surface.
  • Transfer the bread to a cooling rack, and allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Bread may be served warm or at room temperature.
  • Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread can be stored in the refrigerator, well wrapped, for 3-4 days. It can also be stored in the freezer, well wrapped, for 2-3 months.



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Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 312IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Breads
Cuisine: Irish
Calories: 388
Keyword: Irish Soda Bread, Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
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