This easy recipe for Green Soda Bread is the perfect Irish-inspired food for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Green Soda Bread is a simply delicious no-yeast bread that packs a nutritious dose of fresh green spinach.
Soda bread is a traditional Irish food made with the most basic ingredients—flour and baking soda. Though the Irish didn’t invent the idea of using soda to leaven bread, they have become most associated with this simple bread. Soda bread was the easiest and most affordable bread to put on the table for many Irish during times of poverty. I like making Green Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day in March along with other traditional Irish foods including Irish Garden Stew.
What makes this soda bread green? There’s no green food dyes here and nothing artificial about it. The green in this bread is the visible antioxidants found in spinach. Each one of these lovely little loaves contains 1/4 cup packed organic spinach and all the nutritional goodness of this mighty leaf.
This Green Soda Bread recipe makes 8 large dinner rolls or two small loaves. Here’s what you will need:
🍀 3 cups flour
🍀 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or non-dairy milk)
🍀 1 tsp. baking powder
🍀 1 tsp. baking soda
🍀 1 tsp. salt
🍀 1.5 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
🍀 2 cups fresh spinach, packed
1. Preheat oven to 450℉.
2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
3. Combine spinach, vinegar, and almond milk into blender and blend until well combined.
I pack the spinach into two cups so when I empty them into the blender they actually fill the entire blender with leaves. You may have to open your blender and push the leaves down into the blades once or twice while blending. After the fresh spinach is well blended with the wet ingredients, pour the green liquid into a bowl with dry ingredients.
4. Stir until well combined.
5. Divide dough into eight pieces to make dinner rolls or into two to make two smaller loaves. Shape loaves and place on baking sheet.
6. Bake for 30 minutes or until bottom of rolls are slightly golden and crisp.
7. Remove from oven and cover with towel before serving to keep rolls tender.
8. Eat warm straight from the oven, slice in half and toast, or add some avocado slices and greens.
You don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day (or St. Brigid’s Day) to make Green Soda Bread. This easy, tasty, spinach-packed bread is good for you anytime of year. Enjoy!