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White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread Recipe

White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread is a treat for St. Patrick’s Day! Use Bread Recipes to find more like this one.

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Even though St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, I didn’t start the weekend planning to make Irish Soda Bread. Since I don’t eat white flour, I don’t make bread too often, but now that I’ve discovered white whole wheat flour and due to the arrival of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day in my mailbox, that may be changing.

I’ve been experimenting with recipes from that book after the author assured me you can make bread with all whole wheat flour; that bread post is coming soon. In the meantime, it’s St. Patrick’s day weekend and even though I’ve always been a bit baking impaired, I suddenly felt like making some Irish Soda Bread. And even if you’re a low-carb or low-glycemic dieter I think a little Irish Soda Bread is allowed on St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you’re partly Irish like I am!

White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread found on KalynsKitchen.com

I saw a lot of claims that true soda bread can only have flour, salt, soda, and buttermilk. My version with a little bit of oatmeal is adapted from the Brown Soda Bread I found at More Bread and Cheese, Please. I made a very small loaf of bread which can’t be considered anything but an experiment, although I gobbled down several pieces of it in nothing flat.

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White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread Recipe

White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread is a treat for St. Patrick’s Day!


  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (ground)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, plus a tablespoon or more if needed to moisten all flour


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Grease or spray a small baking sheet with nonstick spray or oil.
  3. In plastic bowl, combine flour, ground oatmeal, baking soda, and salt.
  4. With large plastic spoon, mix in buttermilk until mixture is well combined.
  5. Dust hands with flour, and form a doughy ball. (I made mine into a slightly oblong shape to fit my little baking sheet.)
  6. Bake until bread is golden on top, about 35-40 minutes.
  7. Serve hot. Bread is best eaten shortly after it’s baked.


I thought this was deliciously rustic tasting, but possibly I’m not too critical since freshly baked bread is a rarity at my house!

Recipe slightly adapted from More Bread and Cheese, Please.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This bread is obviously a splurge for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, the South Beach Diet. However if you’re following South Beach, White whole wheat flour and oatmeal are both good foods for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet.

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White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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    35 Comments on “White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread Recipe”

  1. Katherine, so glad you enjoyed it. Sadly I was so busy moving this St. Paddy's day that I didn't make corned beef or soda bread, but next year!

  2. I decided to make corned beef and cabbage for st paddys day this year and was searching for another side to go with it and as I started looking for soda bread recipes yours eventually popped up and I thought to myself "Of COURSE Kalyn has a soda bread recipe, why didnt you just go there first you goof?!" I made it exactly as the revised recipe said and it came out WONDERFUL! I also put an X on mine, I didnt know about helping it rise better as another person had commented, I just know that most I seen have it on top! 🙂 The main ingredient that made me decide on this recipe were the oats, I LOVE baking with oats! Your description as "wonderfully rustic" could not be more accurate, we did add a little bit of butter as well and it just made the whole experience that much better. Im thinking of doubling the recipe and forming it into a true loaf to slice for bread, or maybe using whole wheat pastry flour next time to give it a little bit of lightness? It's definitely one for the recipe box though, thank you Kalyn for another amazing recipe!

  3. Hi,
    I feel good to know that bread can be prepared from whole wheat flour,so I must check the article here to know more about it.

    Thanks for the recipe of Irish Soda Bread.

  4. Virginia Bluebell, thank you so much for the nice comment! It's true, bloggers do love getting comments.

    I didn't know that about the X, will have to give that a try next time.

  5. Kalyn, I made this last night and every crumb was gobbled up (seven of us)! I doubled the "original" recipe, didn't bother to grind the oatmeal, and used just a little bit extra buttermilk, maybe a tablespoon or two. One thing I will add – Irish soda bread traditionally has an "X" cut into the top which helps with the rising, so I'd try that before I used more soda. I cut the "X" into it last night and it rose beautifully.

    Thank you so much for so generously sharing your recipes with us – for every one person who leaves a comment, there are probably at least 100 of us who are thanking you privately! I don't blog myself, but I have friends who do, and I know how much bloggers like comments. So for all of you out there who appreciate what Kalyn does, please let her know it!!!

  6. Judy, I can get it at both my grocery stores here, plus Whole Foods also has it in Utah. (Sigh, no Trader Joe’s.)

    I think it’s becoming more readily available.

  7. King Arthur White Whole Wheat is available at Trader Joe’s. If there isn’t one nearby check out their website. Judy

  8. This looks great, Kalyn! I have actually never tried Irish Soda Bread so today I’ve been on the lookout for recipes. I have a bunch of leftover corned beef and wanted some fresh bread to accompany it. I was thinking about trying half all-purpose flour and half white whole wheat but maybe I’ll just dive in and use 100% white whole wheat. I’ve been eating too much white bread lately, anyway 🙂

  9. Glad you liked the bread! And I agree that butter is definitely a must with this – it adds a lot to the overall taste.

    I’ve been working on using white whole wheat flour as well, but didn’t think to use it when I made the soda bread again this year. Good idea!

  10. Oh yum! That picture is heaven. What is it about melting butter on freshly baked bread that sets the heart to flutter? It’s the taste, of course! 🙂

  11. For anyone who’s interested I did try the slightly revised recipe at my Dad’s last night and it was a bit better. I will edit the post later tonight.

    I also think that if you live where it’s dry you might need a few tablespoons more buttermilk. My dad and stepmom really enjoyed the soda bread.

  12. Anali if you have a Whole Foods or Wild Oats you could find it there.

  13. This looks so good! I still haven’t seen white whole wheat flour in Stop & Shop yet though.

  14. That is brilliant! It’s also funny because last night I wanted a quick bread for our soup and started my Irish Soda Bread and because I’d just followed the recipe the day before I thought well, I’ll play with this one and do it with the white whole wheat. It was totally wonderful, just needed a little more buttermilk that the other with the white flour!
    Perhaps the world was just ready for this!!
    So glad to came up with this!

  15. I don’t know if I have tried oats in soda bread but I love the idea – my favourite soda bread is one I made this week (and hopefully will get to post in the next day or so) which has sweet potato in it – it is excellent and moist