baked brown bread on a pan

Irish Brown Bread

So my favorite part of St Patrick’s Day isn’t the corned beef and cabbage or the green beer. It’s definitely all about this Irish Brown Bread. Check out my favorite hearty brown bread! It requires very little prep, no yeast, no eggs, no sugar and is done baking in 30 min or less!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 161 kcal



  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

  2. Mix together milk and vinegar. Let sit for 5 min.

  3. Omit step two if using buttermilk

  4. Mix together dry ingredients and set aside.

  5. Add molasses to milk mixture and mix well.

  6. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix together until incorporated. If there is too much liquid, let sit for a few minutes until the oatmeal absorbs some of the moisture.

  7. Turn brown bread mix onto a floured surface and add flour until dough is no longer sticky and can be easily handled. 

  8. Shape into a flat ball, or disc and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.  Press some oatmeal into the top of dough if desired.

  9. Bake for 10 minutes at 425, then reduce heat to 400 and bake for another 15-25 minutes, or until the dough sounds hollow when you knock on the top. The baking time will vary based on the shape of your loaf (more time for a rounder shape; less time for more disc-shaped). 

  10. Serve warm or cold. Goes great with softened butter or preserves!

Recipe Notes

If using buttermilk, make sure to use 2 cups because 1 + 2/3 is not enough liquid since buttermilk is thicker than regular or vegan milk.

Vegan milk can totally be used! Just add vinegar and let it do the magic like regular milk! Almond milk works perfectly.

Buckwheat flour can be exchanged for other dense fibrous flour. You can also grind up other grains like bulgar and use in exchange. 


Nutrition Facts
Irish Brown Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4.9mg 2%
Sodium 2135mg 89%
Potassium 63mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
Protein 6g 12%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 14.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.