How to make Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread

Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread for St Patrick's Day

Baking, Froothie | March 9, 2017 | By

Have you ever made Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread?  It’s a really quick and easy type of bread to make, although it doesn’t keep very well, so is best eaten up shortly after it is baked.  It’s ideal to eat with soup, stews (Irish or otherwise) or with a cheese board.  If you do have some left over, it also makes brilliant toast!

Quick and Easy IWholemeal Irish Soda Bread


Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread is very similar to a scone mixture, this version is made with wholemeal spelt flour and ancient grain that is easier to digest and makes delicious bread, scones and cakes.   There is a little black treacle (molasses) in the mix and some rolled oats, these are more traditional for Irish Brown Bread but work equally well in this loaf.  

Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread in the Optimum HealthyFry
Serves 4
A quick and easy wholemeal Irish Soda Bread that's ideal when you want bread in a hurry!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 200 g wholemeal spelt flour
  2. 2 tbsp rolled oats
  3. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 25 g butter
  6. 100 g natural yogurt
  7. 1 tsp black treacle (molasses)
  8. a little milk
  1. Place flour, rolled oats, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingers until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
  3. Pre-heat the Optimum HealthyFry
  4. Add the yogurt and treacle and mix into the flour with a knife or spatula, add a little milk at a time until you have a firm dough, do not over mix.
  5. Form into a round and cut a deep cross in the round
  6. Grease the Optimum HealthyFry cake tin, then add a little flour and shake it around the tin.
  7. Place the dough in the cake tin and place in the Optimum HealthyFry.
  8. Set the heat to 180C and the time to 20 minutes.
  9. When baked remove from the Optimum HealthyFry and place on a cooling tray.
  10. Serve slightly warm or cold with soup, stews, cheese or whatever you would normally pair with wholemeal bread.
If baking in the oven
  1. Before making the Irish Soda Bread, pre-heat your oven to 180C, bake as per the recipe.
  2. It's easy to double up the ingredients if you want to make more, but you will have to increase the baking time to around 35 minutes.
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 Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread baked in the Optimum HealthyFry

The difference with this recipe is that I baked my Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread in my Froothie Optimum HealthyFry!  There’s hardly any time for pre-heating, just 3 minutes,  and the soda bread baked perfectly with a crisp and crunchy top and soft inside.  I’ve found that the Optimum HealthyFry works really well as a mini-oven as well as frying with little or no oil.  

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Read my review of the Optimum HealthyFry Giveaway to find out more about just how versatile this nifty piece of kitchen kit can be!  The Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer is currently on SALE for £129 (Save £70) and as I’m a Froothie Ambassador and during #Jumpstart17  you get free delivery in the UK!  Just you use my ambassador link to order your HealthyFry Air Fryer and simply type “3116” and “free ambassador delivery” in the comment section of the order. Delivery will be credited back to your card.

How to make Irish Soda Bread

You can, of course, bake the Soda Bread in the oven and instructions are included on the recipe card. 

For some variations on Soda Bread, here are some great recipes from Top UK Bloggers:

Wholemeal Cheddar and Apple Chutney Soda Bread with Cider


Wholemeal Cheddar and Chutney Soda Bread with Cider from Fab Food 4 All




Cinnamon Carrot Soda Bread


Cinnamon Carrot Soda Bread from Veggie Desserts





Soda Bread Rplls


Soda Bread Rolls from Knead Whine






Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Soda Bread


Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Soda Bread from Fab Food 4 All





How are you planning to celebrate St Patrick’s Day?  Why not try making some Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread, it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s just so delicious, you will want to make it again and again. 

Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread

Disclosure: Froothie UK sent me an Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer to use and review at home. I have not been paid for this post and was not required to give the HealthyFry a positive write-up. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links included in this post, buying through a link will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. This helps keep Farmersgirl Kitchen website online providing recipes and reviews for you.

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Camilla Hawkins

I love how versatile the Froothie Air Fryer is! Great looking soda bread Janice, thanks for linking to my recipes:-)

Laura @ KneadWhine

Oh yum! I’ve not done soda bread for ages – I WILL rectify that this week. Thanks so much for the link.


Wow I am really impressed by what you can make in the Froothie Air Fryer! It would be a great addition to my kitchen gadgets. Your soda bread looks just how I like it, with a lovely crust.

Claire @foodiequine

I love soda bread and often make it at the weekend to go with soup for Saturday lunch. Perfect for upcoming St Patrick’s Day too.

Hannah Hossack-Lodge

I love soda bread, it is so quick and easy to make, and so satisfying. Yours looks perfect, and what a great idea to bake it in an air fryer!

Jan Bennett

The Healthy Fry looks like the best air fryer out there! Love that it can bake bread as well as many other things.


looks brilliant and so clever to make it in ‘the machine’… i’m now craving soda bread and scones… which one shall I bake?

Eb Gargano /

Wow – is there no end to what the Optimum HealthyFry can do? I’m very impressed it can make bread. I love soda bread – so easy peasy and tastes delicious!! Perfect for when you want good food in a hurry. Eb x

Cathy @ Planet Veggie

We can make bread in the HealthyFry? Wahoo!!!


This is just brilliant. I love soda bread, but I’m not sure I’d have thought about baking it in the HealthyFry. But like you, I’ve been using it as a mini oven. Not having to heat the oven up makes such a huge difference. Happy St Patrick’s Day.

Donna Gerhart


Great information. Like your list.