Gluten-Free Soda Bread

How to make a gluten-free soda bread that tastes like the real thing!

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Gluten-free soda bread is super easy and quick to make. It is my go-to whenever I want a fresh loaf of bread for dinner. See the section above for 5 delicious flavor options.


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  • 3 cups gluten-free flour (see notes)
  • 1 2/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (if your flour doesn’t already contain it)
  • Additional flavors (see section above for options)


  1. Combine buttermilk and flour in a glass bowl. I recommend letting the flour soak and hydrate for at least 15 minutes and up to 24 hours. See the section above for details on soaking gluten-free flour.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients into the dough. Be sure to fully beat in the egg so that everything is well-mixed. It will be tough and dry, but do your best to mix it well.
  3. Gluten-free soda bread needs the support of a loaf pan to keep its shape. If you want a more “free form” round appearance, use a 6-inch cake pan.
  4. Bake at 400F (200C) for 30-40 min (until a toothpick comes out clean). Score the top of the loaf about halfway through the baking to prevent cracking in the crust.


  • For this recipe either use 100% oat flour (for a traditional feel), a store-bought bread flour, or make your own gluten-free bread flour mix.
  • Slice and freeze the bread within the first 2 days to prevent it from going stale.  The frozen slices are delicious toasted for breakfast.