Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ I’ve made this authentic Irish quick bread even more delicious with the addition of oat flour…you won’t find an easier, or more tasty quick bread anywhere ~ it’s ready in under an hour!

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ an authentic Irish quick bread made even more delicious with oat flour!

Soda bread, or bread made without yeast, and leavened with baking soda and buttermilk, has been made on a daily basis by the Irish for generations.  This bread has a unique texture and a charming simplicity.  Maybe you fist encounter it when you’re putting together a St. Patrick’s Day menu, but once you try it, it will become one of those recipes you turn to again and again.  Bread this quick and easy doesn’t come along every day.

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ a classic irish quick bread made with oat flour for fabulous flavor and texture!

I’ve used one of my favorite ingredients to bump up the flavor and texture of this Irish oatmeal soda bread ~ oat flour!  It’s naturally sweet, and adds so much to almost anything you bake.  And guess what?  You don’t need to go out and buy anything special, you can whip up your own by processing regular oats, either rolled or steel cut, in a food processor or high speed blender.  I used my Vitamix and it took less than a minute.  The resulting flour is silky and really delicious.

TIP: If you can get past the scraggly looks of this bread, you’re a wise person because you’ll have a wonderful go-to bread recipe that can be hot on your table in less than an hour. 

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread with its characteristic cross cut in the top.

The characteristic cross is cut into the dough with a sharp knife just before baking to allow the bread to rise…and to let the fairies escape!

*Recipe adapted from Irish Pub Cooking

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk


  1. Set oven to 425F
  2. Whisk the flours, salt, and soda together in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center, and add about 1 1/2 cups of the buttermilk. Gradually mix the flour and buttermilk, adding the remaining buttermilk if your dough seems too dry. The dough will have a rough texture to it.
  3. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead briefly until it comes together. Form into an 8 inch round disk. Transfer to a baking sheet and cut a cross in the top with a sharp knife.
  4. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. It should sound hollow when you rap the bottom.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes, but then enjoy it while still warm, with some good Irish butter, of course!



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19 Responses to Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

  1. Ben Maclain|Havocinthekitchen says:

    This bread looks perfect! I’ve been planning to make Irish soda bread for a number of years, and this post is another sign I shouldn’t wait for another few years:) Well done!

    • Sue says:

      I was the same way Ben, I thought it didn’t sound very appealing at first, but I’m a total convert, the texture is wonderful, and you can’t beat how easy it is!

  2. Janet says:

    My husband loves raisins in his soda bread. Can I add some raisins to this bread, and how many should I use? Thank you!

  3. maria says:

    Oh I love the idea of using oats for this!

  4. monika says:

    can we use homemade buttermilk for this? if so, how much milk to vinegar/lemon juice?!??!

    • Sue says:

      I don’t see why you couldn’t use homemade buttermilk, which is generally one cup milk to one or two tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar. But I’m partial to the cultured buttermilk you can buy in stores, it’s thick and has great flavor.

  5. Marissa says:

    I’ve been meaning to make soda bread for ages and this looks perfect! I love the addition of oat flour.

  6. cakespy says:

    Yummy yummy get in my tummy!! This looks amazing!

  7. Love the addition of oat flour! Must give great flavour and the texture looks perfect :)


    This looks and sounds lovely……can I get oat flour in the UK? Or can I substitute another flour instead?

    • Sue says:

      I bet you can get it, Margaret, but it’s also so easy to make it, just take regular rolled oats and process them into flour in a food processor or high speed blender. It takes just seconds!

  9. Looks so simple and delicious!

  10. This is so simple there is no reason not to indulge. And indulge I will!

  11. I love the addition of oat flour, this looks fantastic!

  12. Soda bread is definitely one of my favourite quick breads. Yours with oat flour sounds and looks awesome, Sue.

  13. I sure wish I had a slice or two of this today! The texture looks fantastic. Certainly my favorite way to celebrate all things Irish!

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