100% Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins (dairy-free)

These 100% whole wheat Irish soda bread muffins are quite a bit sweeter, moister and fluffier than your typical soda bread but are perhaps even more delicious! With a dairy-free option.

When I saw these Irish soda bread muffins last year on Chocolate Moosey, I had to make them immediately! They just looked perfect in every way. But I thought I’d go and make them 100% whole wheat + dairy-free and reduce the sugar a little so that I’d feel justified in sharing them with you. :)

These 100% whole wheat Irish soda bread muffins are quite a bit sweeter, moister and fluffier than your typical soda bread but are perhaps even more delicious! With a dairy-free option.

These buttermilk based muffins aren’t really all that similar to traditional Irish soda bread but to be honest, I’d much rather have these. Right out of the oven, they’re sort of fluffy, which I love – but Irish soda bread isn’t typically fluffy. If you want them to be a little denser and more in the direction of traditional soda bread, let them sit for half a day or even longer.

I definitely recommend using white whole wheat flour in these muffins. I can imagine these would come out unpleasantly dense and grain-y tasting if you used regular whole wheat. If that sounds good to you, you can try it, but I just can’t imagine them tasting nearly as good as the white whole wheat version!

These 100% whole wheat + dairy-free Irish soda bread muffins are quite a bit sweeter, moister and fluffier than your typical soda bread but are perhaps even more delicious!

I reduced the sugar by a third, resulting in only 1/3 cup of sugar in 12 muffins, which boils down to 1 1/3 teaspoon per muffin. It sounds like nothing but with the help of some raisins, I’d say they’re a cross between a sweet breakfast muffin and a savory muffin.

I desperately wanted to post something naturally green for St. Patrick’s Day but I ran out of time, which by the way, is almost always the case in everything I do. If you’re looking for something a little more festive (by festive I actually mean boozy) or just something sweeter than these soda bread muffins, try this totally from scratch Irish cream cake or these Irish cream brownies. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! :)

Irish Soda Bread Muffins (100% whole grain + dairy-free)

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100% Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins (dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 12 muffins


  • 2 1/4 cups (288 grams) white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup (76 grams) raw or granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon (13 grams), divided1
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup (237 milliliters) buttermilk (for dairy-free, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a 1-cup measuring cup. Fill with DF milk. Let sit 5 minutes.)
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) coconut oil, melted2
  • 2/3 cup (88 grams) raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C). Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line it with muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, 1/3 cup (76 grams) sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, beat together the egg, buttermilk and oil. Add the dry mix to the wet and stir just until combined. Do not over mix!
  4. Stir in the raisins.
  5. Fill the prepared muffin liners 3/4 full and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar, if desired.
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a tooth inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  7. Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Cover and store in an airtight container up to 3 days.


  1. The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar. Use that if you want these to be more than just slightly sweet.
  2. I used refined coconut oil, which doesn't have any coconut taste. If you use unrefined coconut oil, these muffins will likely have a coconut taste.

Adapted from Taste of Home, as seen on Irish Soda Bread Muffins on Chocolate Moosey

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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22 comments on “100% Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins (dairy-free)” — Add one!

  • vanessa says
    April 7, 2015 @ 3:52 pm

    Could I use regular whole wheat flour or another flour?
    Here in Italy I don.t find white whole wheat

    • Erin replies to vanessa
      April 8, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

      You can use regular whole wheat but they’ll taste wheat-y. :) If you have access to it, I think whole spelt would be great!

    • Roxy replies to vanessa
      July 13, 2019 @ 5:08 pm

      Try not to use durum whole wheat flour. Look for pastry whole wheat flour or Spring whole wheat flour rather than Winter. Durum non-white wheat flour is the most popular to make pasta. White pastry flour is most common for pastry. I hope that helps. I think that’s the best way to find in Italy where you are.

      • Roxy replies to Roxy
        July 13, 2019 @ 5:09 pm

        I meant “durum non-white wheat flour”

  • Lauren@HealthyDelicious says
    March 16, 2015 @ 6:20 pm

    I love the idea of little muffin-sized soda breads! I totally need more soda bread in my life…

  • Cookin Canuck says
    March 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

    You know I love that these are lower in sugar and made with whole wheat flour! I have an urge to make these just so I could dunk them into our lamb stew.

    • Erin replies to Cookin Canuck
      March 27, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

      Thanks, Dara! I love it when you post whole wheat goodies, too. :)

  • Angie says
    March 16, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    These muffins look amazing! They would be perfect for breakfast too with a scrambled egg, yum!

    • Erin replies to Angie
      March 27, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

      Thanks a bunch, Angie! And I totally agree. :)

  • Nutmeg Nanny says
    March 15, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

    I love all things soda bread but never make it at home because it never turns out for me. I swear! I’m cursed with soda bread. However, these little muffins look totally delicious and I would love to have a few for breakfast this morning….yum!

    • Erin replies to Nutmeg Nanny
      March 27, 2015 @ 6:32 pm

      These are probably one of the easiest soda bread inspired recipes out there! You can’t go wrong with these unless you overmix. :)

  • heather | girlichef says
    March 15, 2015 @ 1:27 am

    I love traditional soda bread, but I love fun variations on it like these, too. Great idea for St. Paddy’s morning!

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
    March 15, 2015 @ 1:20 am

    mmmm buttermilk based muffins are amazing! Love these

  • Charlotte Moore
    March 14, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

    YUM!!! i have never made soda bread so why not start with a muffin. I think I would love these.

    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      March 27, 2015 @ 6:47 pm

      I think you would! And they’re much easier and in my opinion, yummier, than the real stuff. ;)

  • Karren Haller says
    March 13, 2015 @ 11:06 pm

    I keep seeing soda bread and muffins, I have never tried these kind of recipes but the muffins sound better to me than just a bread. I am printing to give your recipe a try.

    I think your post would be enjoyed on my Friday Feature Linky party, if you would like to share, I would love to have you stop by!!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Lana | Never Enough Thyme says
    March 13, 2015 @ 10:04 pm

    I’ll take one of these with a cup of good Irish breakfast tea!


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