It has no gluten, no dairy and it’s DELICIOUS. I promise.
I’ve been trying to eat really healthily (aggressively so) since March 13th. Sound fairly arbitrary but our engagement shots are on April 13th so the one month mark made me think I should eat more veggies and less bread. 🙂
The thing is though, I love bread. So when my mom asked me to bake Irish Soda Bread, a la Barney Stinson, I said, “Challenge accepted!”
I hunted around for recipes for an hour or so online. Pinterest and Google really helped a lot but some of the ingredients the gluten-free recipes called for were just odd. I’m sure Xantham Gum is fine but no thanks food named like a super hero.
The recipe I made turned out really well. It’s darker than bread made from wheat flour but it is still crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and has a texture exactly like wheat bread. Of all the gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo things that I’ve made, this is my favorite.
So put on your green, if you’re in DC enjoy working from home on this snow day, and put a loaf of bread in the oven. 15 minutes of prep and 30 minutes in the oven and it’s delicious and healthy.
Healthy Irish Soda Bread (Gluten-free and Dairy-free and I think it’s Paleo too!)
Modified from Elana’s Pantry
- 2 3/4 cup almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill brand)
- 1/4 teaspoon course salt (I use Real Salt for everything)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar (I used Raw Organic Agave Nectar from Whole Foods)
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons of caraway seeds
- 1 pinch of caraway seeds (to top)
- Heat the oven to 350 and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine flour, salt, baking soda and raisins in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine eggs, agave, and vinegar.
- Stir both bowls individually, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and stir vigorously.
- While stirring add in the 2 tablespoons of caraway seeds and continue to mix.
- Once the dough is all mixed (it will be gooey all over), transfer the whole ball of dough onto the parchment paper.
- Using your hands gently shape and flatten the sticky dough ball onto the parchment paper in the center of the baking sheet. It should be a cylinder (flat circle) about an inch tall and 8 inches in diameter. Don’t measure just eyeball it. 🙂
- Take a knife and score the top of it slightly in an X, don’t cut all the way through, just leave a mark.
- Sprinkle a pinch of caraway seeds on top of the dough.
- Put the whole thing including the baking sheet in the oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Turn the oven off and let sit for 10 minutes in the oven as it cools.
- Take bread out, marvel at your work, and let it cool for 30 minutes.
- Serve it and do a victory dance at how healthy and skilled you are.
Meg also has a delicious Irish Recipe on her blog, Write Meg today for our Lucky Link-up! How are you celebrating St. Patty’s day. Link-up below to share your favorite Irish recipe, book, song, green clothing, etc.