Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

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

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 ~ sliced with butter

Soda bread is a traditional Irish bread made without yeast, and leavened with baking soda and buttermilk

It’s been made on a daily basis 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. For more details, check out my post about how to make your own oat flour.

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!

irish oatmeal soda bread

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Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ an authentic Irish quick bread made even more delicious with oat flour!
3.56 from 133 votes

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread

Irish Oatmeal Soda Bread ~ I've made this authentic Irish quick bread even more delicious with the addition of oat won't find an easier, or more tasty quick bread anywhere ~ it's ready in under an hour!
Course bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Calories 176kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk (possibly a little bit more)


  • Set oven to 425F
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. It should sound hollow when you rap the bottom.
  • Let cool for a few minutes, but then enjoy it while still warm, with some good Irish butter, of course!

Cook's notes


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Cody Johnson
    October 2, 2018 at 8:13 am


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      October 2, 2018 at 8:17 am

      No, you’ve got lots of options…you can use all plain flour, or you can substitute another whole grain flour for the oat flour, like whole wheat for instance.

  • Reply
    August 27, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Can you make this soda bread with gluten free flour?

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    Georgiana Stroe
    February 24, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Sue, can I use simple yogurt instead of buttermilk? Thank You.

    • Reply
      February 25, 2018 at 7:47 am

      I think that should work fine, Georgiana, you might want to thin it down with a little milk first.

  • Reply
    February 20, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Has anyone tried this using half oat flour and half ap floor? Trying to scale back my wheat consumption, but unsure how much effect that would have on the texture.

  • Reply
    November 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Sue, I live on the most northerly point in Ireland, Malin Head, where leprechauns jump out of the bread, not fairies!! ? DQ

    • Reply
      November 8, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      lol 🙂

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    Jo Warren
    September 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I have made this for years, both as a loaf and as individual buns. I like your oat flour idea but my recipe uses the old fashioned oats. I leave them soaking in the buttermilk overnight before I make the bread. The time makes for a sour dough flavor which is wonderful when you make toast from it.

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      November 8, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Love the soaking idea, Jo, I can’t wait to experiment with it, thanks.

  • Reply
    September 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I made this using Almond milk and rice vinegar as well as using half salt and half salt substitute. instead of kneading after I added liquid I just folded the mixture until incorporated and then a few extra times as the baking soda/ vinegar reaction gave it a lift so to speak. Makes a good Vegan alternative. Turned out well.
    I don’t drink milk and am allergic to yeast and eggs so always looking for alternatives.

    • Reply
      September 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks for that feedback Meraiah, it’s so valuable to my vegan readers!

    • Reply
      March 10, 2019 at 6:48 pm

      Have you tried very fresh eggs from your own chickens? Many folks who think they’re allergic to eggs find they can tolerate farm fresh eggs just, fine, myself included 🙂

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    Ben Maclain|Havocinthekitchen
    March 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      March 19, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    March 19, 2017 at 10:21 am

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

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      Jackie P
      February 23, 2021 at 5:49 am

      Yes I also love raisins in my bread. Would love to know how it effects the bake.

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        Sue Moran
        February 23, 2021 at 6:07 am

        You can definitely add raisins to this bread, it would be delish!

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    March 19, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Oh I love the idea of using oats for this!

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