Vegan Irish soda bread only 5 ingredients

This vegan Irish soda bread is an easy yeast-free bread recipe made with only 5 simple ingredients and ready in 30 minutes.

Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Are traditional Irish soda breads vegan?

No, unfortunately a traditional Irish soda bread is made with dairy, often including buttermilk, butter and sometimes eggs. So Irish soda breads are not vegan but here I am showing you how to make a vegan version of the Irish soda bread in less than 30 minutes.

Vegan Irish Soda Bread

How to make vegan Irish soda bread?

First, you need to make vegan buttermilk. This is the key ingredient to create a moist bread texture. Let me show you how to make vegan buttermilk in 10 minutes. You need:

  • An acidic ingredient – it can be apple cider vinegar, vinegar or lemon juice.
  • A full-fat plant-based milk – soy milk gives the best texture but oat milk and almond milk would work too.

Then, all you need is flour of your choice, I recommend a combo of white flour and white whole-wheat flour for an earthy flavor. Finally, baking soda, which acts as a raising agent to make this yeast-free bread raise as regular artisan bread.

How to make Vegan Irish Soda Bread

How to shape your Irish bread dough?

You must flatten your dough ball into a thin round disc – no more than 3cm high. If the dough is too thick the bread won’t raise simply because baking soda doesn’t have the same raising power as yeast. Also, make sure you cut a deep 1 cm (0.3 inches) cross on top of the bread. This is the key of a perfect irish soda bread.

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What to eat with Irish bread?

You can serve this bread with vegan butter as a side to soup or make delicious avocado toast. It’s a delicious bread, plain or toasted that can also be used for sweet jam toasts or sandwiches.

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Vegan Irish soda bread

A quick no-yeast bread recipe delicious for toast or side to soup
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Irish
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: dairy free bread, easy vegan bread, egg free bread recipe, Gluten free vegan bread recipe, healthy bread recipe, irish soda bread, vegan bread recipe, vegan irish soda bread
Servings: 20 slices
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Carine
4.75 from 28 votes


  • 3 cup All purpose white flour - or spelt
  • 3/4 cup Wholegrain rolled oats - - or whole spelt or more all purpose white flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt - - optional, can be made salt free

Vegan buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar - or lemon juice or any vinegar
  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Soy milk - or oat milk or almond milk

To knead the bread

  • 4-6 tablespoons All purpose white flour


  • Preheat oven to 220°C (430°F). Line a baking tray with a lightly grease piece of parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk soy milk with apple cider vinegar. Set aside 10 minutes until it thickens to a buttermilk-like consistency.
  • In another large mixing bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda and salt if desired.
  • Make a well in the center and pour the vegan buttermilk.
  • Stir the dough with a spatula at first then, when it becomes difficult to work the dough with the spatula, use your hands to knead the dough, adding more flour if needed to form a ball.
  • Knead the dough for 1 or 2 minutes maximum, until you are able to make a ball. If the dough is very sticky, simply add more white flour (up to a maximum of 1/3 cup) but be careful, you don't want a dry dough or the Irish bread will be very dense and dry. A stickier dough results in a moist, elastic bread and that's what you want.
  • Transfer the dough ball onto the prepared baking tray and flatten the dough into a thin disc of maximum 3 cm (1.5 inches) in height. This is extremely important or the bread won't raise at all.
  • Cut a deep cross (1 cm deep, 0.4 inches) on top of the bread and sprinkle/pat some extra white flour on top of the bread.
  • Bake at 220°C (430°F), middle rack, for 20-30 minutes or until the outside is crusty.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack for 1 hour before slicing.
  • Store the bread at room temperature for up to 3-4 days, wrapped into a clean towel to keep its moisture.
  • Can be eaten plain or toasted with jam or mashed avocado. Or it can be served as a quick side to soup and salads.


Plant-based milk: This recipe reaches the best bread texture using regular soy milk rather than low fat or any other plant-based milk. 
White whole-wheat flour: you must use fine white whole-wheat flour, not coarse whole-wheat flour. Coarse whole-wheat won't absorb the liquid enough and the bread dough will be very sticky and you will have to add a lot more white flour to achieve the same result.
Seeds and nuts: you can add up to 1/2 cup of seeds or chopped nuts in the bread dough like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseeds, sesame seeds, chopped walnuts, pistachios or almonds.
Sweet bread: you can also add up to 1/3 cup of dried fruits like apricots, cranberries, raisins or dates in this bread


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.5g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 0.6g | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 0.5g

vegan irish soda bread

Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Reader Interactions


  1. Monika Kaushal

    5 stars
    simple easy recipe. Turned out perfect so happy and thankful to you Carine. I have used banana bread recipe too which is my favourite. Looking forward for more vegan recipes specially easy ones !

    • Sanja

      5 stars
      I made this bread the other day and it is GORGEOUS!
      Today I made cake with your recipe “blueberry cheesecake” and I think I found my favorite channel for exploring new recipes!

      THANK YOU!

      • Carine

        Thank you for the lovely feedback ! I am glad you are enjoying so many recipes from my blog, XOXO Carine

  2. Carla

    5 stars
    This recipe was fantastic!! It was my first time making any kind of bread so I didn’t have high expectations from myself….however your step by step guide and helpful tips made it Carla proof and the result was absolutely delicious! Thank You so much Carine!! My next challenge is the Apple Crisp recipe. Can’t wait!! x

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