Food Friday: Vegan Irish Soda Bread

By Megan Vick


With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it’s only appropriate to feature a veganized traditional Irish recipe. This week, this recipe comes from Hell Yeah It’s Vegan with a couple of modifications of my own. True Irish Soda Bread only has flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk – nothing else. My great-great grandma would have scoffed at flaunting wealth by putting sugar or raisins into bread. There’s even a Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread for the purists out there. Check out some of the recipes just to see!


Now, since we have wonderful things like soymilk and vegan butter, we can make Vegan Irish Soda Bread. Thanks to Hell Yeah It’s Vegan for the original recipe.


Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 55 mins



  • 1½ c unsweetened soy milk
  • 1½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 c white flour
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • ½ c sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp vegan margarine



  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine soy milk and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flours, sugar, soda, and salt.
  • With a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into dry mixture.
  • Create a well and pour in soy milk mixture.
  • On a lightly floured surface, gently knead just until the dough comes together, 10 or 12 turns. Do not overwork or you’ll end up with a tough mess!
  • Shape into a disc about 1½” in height.
  • Cut an “X” into the top with a serrated knife and bake on prepared sheet for 40-45 minutes.


Serve with some vegan butter and a cuppa Barry’s Irish Breakfast tea. Don’t forget to thank St. Patrick for driving the snakes from Ireland.



Sláinte mhaith!