Keto Irish Soda Bread
This Keto Irish Soda Bread recipe is the most crusty keto bread loaf with a dense, tough crumb filled with crunchy walnuts and sugar-free cranberries.
It has all the taste and texture you expect, with only 3.2 grams of net carbs per slice. Plus, this low-carb keto bread recipe also has a dairy-free option.
Is Irish Soda Bread Keto?
No, traditional Irish Soda Bread is made of wheat flour and buttermilk. Two ingredients that are very high in carbs.
Also, some soda bread versions include added dried fruits like raisins and added sugar, increasing the carbs and making your blood sugar levels spike very quickly.
What’s Keto Irish Soda Bread?
It’s a low-carb quick bread recipe with a dense, crumbly crumb similar to the classic St Patrick’s day bread made of wheat, minus the carbs.
How To Make Keto Irish Soda Bread
The recipe for this keto bread is pretty simple and basic. All you need are the ingredients below:
- Almond flour – for a better texture, color, and results, use ultra-fine blanched almond flour as I always recommend in any of my keto recipes. Of course, almond meal can be a valid substitute for this bread since it’s already dense, making the batter much drier.
- Egg protein powder or any unflavored protein powder you have on hand. In fact, adding protein to your bread make the crust ultra-crispy, thicker as you would expect from a real bread recipe.
- Baking powder – I know that regular soda bread doesn’t use baking powder at all, but since you are working with low-carb flour, you have to adapt the chemistry of the recipe a bit to work out well.
- Baking soda
- Egg white – you can use large eggs and split egg white from egg yolk or use egg white from packaged egg white.
- Melted butter or olive oil or melted coconut oil for the dairy-free option.
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Apple cider vinegar
Making Keto Buttermilk
Since regular buttermilk is high in carbs, you will make your own by mixing almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and melted butter or olive oil.
Stir in a mixing bowl, set it aside for 10 minutes until it curdles and thickens slightly.
Whisking Dry Ingredients
In another bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients: almond flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Whisk very well until the protein powder is fully distributed through the almond flour.
Protein powder tends to form lumps, so if you don’t whisk the dry ingredients well enough, the bread crumb will show clusters of dry powder in it.
Stirring In Liquid Ingredients
Now, pour the liquid ingredients onto the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until the batter becomes thick.
It should stay moist and quite wet. It’s not a dough that you knead by hand.
Fold in any add-ons you like or skip if you don’t feel like it.
I like to stir in sugar-free cranberries and toasted chopped walnuts.
Shaping The Bread
First, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
Line a cast iron pan or a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray olive oil on the paper.
I also had great success using a pizza pan with holes, as seen in the picture below. It diffuses heat better and makes the bottom of the bread ultra-crispy.
Using the spatula push down the mass of dough onto the paper. Oil your hands with olive oil and rub. Shape the bread into a wide disc, not too tall, or it will take ages to bake. Mine is 6-inch wide (15cm) to give you an idea.
Carving The Cross
Finally, oil a knife blade and draw a cross on top of the bread.
It’s a bit tricky because the bread batter is sticky. Move the blade from side to side to increase the width of the cross, as seen above.
Bake the soda bread
Bake in the center rack of the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crusty.
Insert a pick in the center of the bread. It should come out clean or with a few tiny crumbs on it but not wet. If wet, bake it for an extra 10 minutes.
Stop the oven, open the door halfway, and keep the bread inside for 40 minutes to cool down gently. It will keep baking on the inside.
Fillings For Low-Carb Irish Soda Bread
There are different ways to enjoy Irish soda bread.
The most classic version has no sweetener or add-ons.
But if you like it sweet, you can try some of the below add-ons:
- Sugar-free cranberries – they mimic the classic dried raisins added in Irish Soda bread pretty well with a nice chewy texture.
- Chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, or almonds or great keto option.
- 2-3 tablespoons of keto sweetener for a sweet flavor.
This almond flour Irish Soda Bread is a delicious keto breakfast bread on its own or topped with some of the toppings ideas below:
- Peanut butter
- Cream cheese
- Sugar-free chia seed jam
- Almond butter
- Cheese slices
This Irish Soda bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days, wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.
You can freeze the recipe in slices and thaw each slice the day before at room temperature.
Have you tried my Irish Soda Bread with almond flour? Share a comment or review below!
Keto Irish Soda Bread
Posted In:Clean EatingGluten freeKetoVegetarianAlmond FlourProtein PowderBakingGluten-FreeGrain-FreeKetoLow-CarbVegetarianSide DishIntermediateUnder 20 Minutes
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