Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe

My favorite kind of bread is Irish soda bread. It is crumbly, yet dense, sweet, yet filling.

If you’ve never tried it, seek it out immediately. Start calling your local bakeries and reserve a loaf. You won’t regret it.

Or, make your own. Which is what my husband did. What? Did you think I was going to make gluten-free Irish soda bread? Ha! Nope.

It is possible to make gluten-free bread at home that tastes incredible.


I learned a few things while watching this delicious bread come to life. First, you can actually buy xanthum gum at the grocery store. Xanthum gum?! Wha??

Until a few hours ago this existed as a familiar ingredient on the back of many food packages I have in my home, and something I thought only manufacturers or professionally licensed bakers could acquire.

I realize I’m only further confirming how little I know about baking, and I’m good with that. Moving on…

Second, it is possible to make gluten-free bread at home that tastes incredible.

I’ve eaten my fair share of processed gluten-free treats that quickly ended in the trash. Finding delicious gluten-free bread, for someone like me who enjoys carbs A LOT, is a strange and wonderful thing.

Ready to get baking? Here is the recipe.

Instead of raisins (which is what was called for in the recipe), we used prunes and chopped cashews.

gluten-free Irish soda bread dough
Gluten-free Irish soda bread dough pictured above. The ball of dough on the left doesn’t have inclusions. The dough ball on the right has cashews and prunes mixed in.
gluten-free Irish soda bread loaves
Two baked loaves of gluten-free Irish soda bread.

Inspired to bake your own gluten-free Irish soda bread? Got questions? Hit me up on my contact form.