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A Healthy St. Patrick's Day Treat

Irish Soda Bread is made with baking soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast, hence the name. This version has roughly one gram of fat and four grams of fiber per four-ounce serving, so a light spread of no-sugar added jam makes it the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea! 

Low-fat Irish Soda Bread


1-1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

1-1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk

½ cup raisins



  1. Preheat oven to 3750.
  2. Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly add buttermilk and stir until a soft dough forms. Add raisins.
  3. Lightly knead the dough on a floured surface for a minute or so. Shape dough into a round and slightly flattened ball.
  4. Spray a cookie sheet and place dough on it.
  5. Using a sharp knife, make an X at the top about ½ inch deep.
  6. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until golden. (Do the toothpick test to make sure it’s done.)Let it cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! 

(Happy St. Patrick’s Day in Gaelic pronounced ‘La ale-lah pwad-rig son-ah jeev’)irishbread

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