Easy Whole Wheat Soda Bread
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Darina Allen's Easy Whole Wheat Soda Bread Recipe

This Easy Whole Wheat Soda Bread from Irish Chef, Darina Allen, is a modern version of that you mix and pour in a pan - simple, healthy and delicious
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 24
Calories: 84
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished living


  • 3 cups stone ground whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, sifted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons canola or sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cups buttermilk, plus a little more if necessary
  • Sunflower or sesame seeds (optional)


  • Positon a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan well.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, salt and baking soda until well blended.
  • In another bowl, stir together the egg, oil, honey and buttermilk until well combined.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Mix well and add more buttermilk if necessary, to create a soft and slightly sloppy mixture.
  • Pour into the greased pan.
  • Sprinkle some sunflower or sesame seeds on top, if desired.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour or until the bread is browned and crusty and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. (For a softer crust, wrap in a clean dish towel before placing on the wire rack to cool.)

Recipe Notes

Darina suggests that for a healthy seed bread, you can add to the dry ingredients 1 tablespoon each sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and cracked wheat, reserving a little bit of the mixture to scatter on top before baking.
I used all white whole wheat flour with good results.
Serving size: 1/2 thick slice
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
2 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Nutrition Facts
Darina Allen's Easy Whole Wheat Soda Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /24th loaf)
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 11
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.2g2%
Carbohydrates 15.2g5%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Protein 2.8g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: easy wheat soda bread, whole wheat bread