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Keto irish soda bread: Easy Low carb version recipe

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With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, there's no better time to share my personal favorite recipe for keto Irish soda bread. This delectable, hearty round loaf brings all the comfort of traditional Irish soda bread, without straying from the principles of the ketogenic diet. Here, you'll discover how to combine simple ingredients to make a keto-friendly recipe that is sure to impress.

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A Keto Spin on Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Traditional bread, particularly traditional Irish soda bread, is cherished by many for its unique texture and flavor. However, for those following a ketogenic diet, it's typically off-limits due to the high carbohydrate content. Fear not, my fellow keto dieters! Our keto Irish soda bread is here to fill the void.

Packed with a hint of caraway seeds and baked to a golden brown, this keto bread mirrors the taste and texture of the classic version, while keeping your low-carb diet intact. We swap out wheat flour for coconut flour and tender almond flour bread to create a recipe that has fewer grams of net carbs but still bakes into a beautiful loaf.

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It's a big deal to find free bread recipes that align with our low-carb recipes and dietary needs, and this one surely won't disappoint. So, next time St. Paddy's Day rolls around, you can join in the festivities and not feel like you're missing out.

The Magic of keto irish soda bread

Our Keto Irish Soda Bread recipe relies on a few key swaps and techniques. Baking soda, the traditional leavening agent of Irish Soda Bread, remains a vital ingredient. When combined with the acidity of sour cream, it helps the bread rise, creating a texture that's remarkably similar to regular flour bread.

Coconut flour, almond flour, and xanthan gum form our dry ingredients. These low-carb alternatives to all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour do a fantastic job of mimicking the texture of traditional bread. When it comes to the wet ingredients, we use a blend of egg whites and heavy cream. Using egg whites makes the bread lighter, ensuring it's not overly dense.

And let's not forget the caraway seeds. They add an authentic touch, making your bread taste just like the traditional Irish soda bread. For a little extra flair, you can even sprinkle some on top of the bread before it goes into the oven.

Quick Tips for Perfect Keto Irish Soda Bread:

  • Use a large bowl for mixing your dry and wet ingredients. It's important to have enough space to blend them well without spilling.
  • The dough might be slightly sticky. If so, wet your hands before shaping it into a round loaf.
  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper for easy removal and cleanup.
  • Allow your bread to cool on a wire rack after baking. This helps the bread cool uniformly and keeps the bottom from getting soggy.
  • Don't be tempted to slice into your loaf while it's still warm. Let your bread cool completely for the best texture.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature to keep your bread fresh.

Keto Irish Soda Bread

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45-50 minutes
Total time: 1 hour

Servings: 12 slices


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Optional: additional caraway seeds for topping


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, and caraway seeds. Mix until well combined.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg whites, sour cream, and apple cider vinegar until smooth.
  4. Gradually add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until a dough forms.
  5. Shape the dough into a round loaf on your prepared baking sheet. If the dough is sticky, wet your hands to make it easier to shape.
  6. With a sharp knife, score a cross on the top of the loaf. Sprinkle with additional caraway seeds if desired.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the bread cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Enjoy your keto Irish soda bread with butter, or as an accompaniment to your favorite savory dishes.

Nutritional Information

Per slice (if loaf is cut into 12 slices):

  • Calories: 163
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 254mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 6g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Net Carbs: 2g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 6g

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does nutritional information for this recipe compare to traditional Irish soda bread?

Our keto Irish soda bread is significantly lower in carbs than its traditional counterpart, thanks to the use of almond and coconut flours. A regular Irish soda bread slice can have upwards of 30 grams of net carbs, while our keto version only contains around 3-4 grams per slice. However, please note that nutritional data may vary based on specific ingredients used. Always calculate your own macros for accuracy.

2. Can I replace the almond flour with coconut flour or vice versa?

Almond and coconut flours aren't typically interchangeable at a 1:1 ratio. Coconut flour is highly absorbent, meaning you usually need less of it than almond flour. So, changing the flours may result in a different texture.

3. Can I make this bread dairy-free?

You can substitute the heavy cream with almond milk and use a dairy-free sour cream alternative to make this recipe dairy-free.

4. Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda?

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is the traditional leavening agent in Irish soda bread. You can use baking powder, but it may alter the taste and texture slightly.

5. Can I add extras like dried fruit or seeds to this bread?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize your keto Irish soda bread. Adding sunflower seeds or even a hint of orange zest can give it an extra layer of flavor. Just remember to count additional carbs if you are strictly following a ketogenic diet.

Keto Irish Soda Bread vs. Alternatives

Bread TypeCarb Content (per slice)Keto-friendly?
Traditional Irish Soda Bread30-35gNo
Keto Irish Soda Bread3-4gYes
Paleo Bread8-10gNo
Whole Wheat Bread15-20gNo
Classic Irish Soda Bread Muffins30-35gNo

Key Takeaways

  • Keto Irish soda bread is a delicious low-carb alternative to traditional Irish soda bread, perfect for those following a ketogenic diet.
  • By swapping out wheat flour for coconut flour and almond flour, we can enjoy a round loaf with significantly fewer carbs.
  • Baking soda, sour cream, and caraway seeds help create a traditional taste and texture.
  • Be patient and let your bread cool on a wire rack for the best results.
  • Remember to calculate your own macros based on the exact ingredients you use for the most accurate nutritional information.

Wrapping Up: keto irish soda bread

Baking bread doesn't need to be a challenge, and with this keto Irish soda bread recipe, it certainly isn't. The recipe is easy to follow, and the final product is a delicious, keto-friendly bread perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any other day when you're craving a piece of hearty bread with your morning coffee.

Whether you're a long-time fan of Irish soda bread or trying it for the first time, this recipe is sure to win your heart. Happy baking!

Don't forget to share your delicious keto Irish soda bread pictures on social media and rate the recipe with a star rating. We love hearing about your baking experiences and seeing the beautiful loaves you create. So, get that baking sheet ready, preheat your oven, and let's bake some bread!

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