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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.

More Irish Soda Bread Recipes

100% Whole Wheat Brown Irish Soda Bread from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Irish Soda Bread and more recipes from Simply Recipes
100% Whole Wheat Sweeter Irish Soda Bread from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Irish Soda Bread from Closet Cooking
Traditional Irish Soda Bread from Baking Bites

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. What a great variation. I havenm’t made soda bread in ages. Must be time to start again.

  2. Hi, I just found your blog while searching for Irish Soda Bread recipes. It’s great & I love all the healthy recipes. I may try this with Whole Wheat Pastry flour and some raisins. Thanks!

  3. I’ve made a few versions of Irish soda bread. Yours sounds and looks wonderful. I will have to try this! Nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread.

  4. I love soda bread–and you can do so much with whole wheat flour in baking. I love whole wheat pastry flour. It’s not as pale as white whole wheat, but it behaves a lot like AP flour and has a mild taste. I use it in breads, pizza dough, muffins, cookies, whatever. Thanks for the link, by the way!

  5. Your bread looks so tempting. I’m making my soda bread today- with raisins. 🙂 Thanks for the link/mention of my gluten-free version!

    And the best part of St. Patrick’s Day? Spring is around the corner!

  6. Ruth, can’t wait to see what you think when you try the book. I think you will love the white whole wheat flour! Zoe told me you may have to add a bit more water with it if the dough seems too dry.

  7. Well I finally got my dough hook and am leafing through Artisan Breadi Five Minutes a Day book and can’t wait to try out a few.

    I’m heading out to find white whole wheat flour! Then perhaps I won’t feel so guilty about eating bread when I should be doing South Beach.

  8. Jen, the publisher sent me the cookbook to review. At first I said I didn’t want to get it because I don’t cook anything with white flour. Zoe assured me that I could use white whole wheat flour in most of their recipes, which is why I agreed to accept the book. Since then I’ve seen numerous food bloggers raving about this book. The first batch of bread I made was delicious and extremely easy to make. I do need to work on my loaf-forming technique and I want to get a baking stone, but the book is definitely a good one.

  9. I just bought some King Arthur www flour, and so this post is a welcome inspiration. I’m curious about the book you ordered…did it come highly recommended or did you just take a chance? I’ve been looking for a book to get me into artisan breads.

  10. Man that would have gone great with my colcannon!

  11. I have been seeing a lot of soda bread in food blog world. This looks healthy and I like oatmeal in bread.

  12. I can’t believe you made bread! It look so delicious. My Irish friends mother used to make the best soda bread ever. We used to eat it still warm. Yours looks delicious!

  13. I too am a big fan of the white whole wheat flour…this bread sounds great!!

  14. Kalyn – Oh! I don’t believe I’ve ever had soda bread. But it sounds delicious.

  15. What a terrific option to use white whole wheat flour. I’ve not thought of doing that with Irish Soda bread before.

  16. Hi everyone,

    I should have mentioned that I use King Arthur Flour white whole wheat, but if people click the link they’ll see it over at Lydia’s blog. I’m going to make this again on Tuesday for my dad and stepmother and change the recipe just a bit like this:

    1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
    1/2 cup oatmeal (ground)
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 cup buttermilk

    That will make a slightly larger loaf, with just a bit more oatmeal. I don’t know if I should be increasing the soda that much but the first one I made didn’t rise very much! Experienced bakers, feel free to weigh in here. I will report back on how the revised recipe works out.

    Annemarie, the bread from that book turned out great (especially considering I have no idea what I’m doing!) Christine, maybe I will even bake a cake some day, who knows? (I think my old stove with the termperamental oven might not work for cakes though.)

  17. Good for you Kalyn! I use both white whole wheat and whole grain pastry flour when I bake. I think they’re both wonderful and almost guilt free for us low glycemic eaters. I have a whole wheat pastry flour spice cake in the oven right now!

  18. I do love soda bread (‘true’ style or not). I’ve also been in a bread baking mood lately and have been searching for a good whole meal recipe – look forward to seeing what you come up with, Kalyn.

  19. It looks like your white whole wheat flour Irish soda bread turned out well. It looks so good covered in melting butter! 🙂 I started looking for the white whole wheat flour without any luck. I have a few more ideas on where to look. It sounds pretty interesting.

  20. I’m a huge fan of white whole wheat flour, but I haven’t yet tried it in soda bread (I think that will be this afternoon’s project now that I have this recipe!). I know that purists wouldn’t add raisins, but I do love raisins in this bread, so I might have to sneak a few in.