No Buttermilk Soda Bread Vegan Dairy Free
5 from 13 votes

No Buttermilk Soda Bread (Vegan & Dairy Free)

Want to make soda bread without buttermilk? No problem! My No Buttermilk Soda Bread takes just 40 minutes to make, involves no kneading or proving, and is suitable for vegans and those following a dairy free diet…and anyone who just doesn’t happen to have any buttermilk handy!

Recipe Type Bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 8 slices
Calories 197 kcal
Author Eb Gargano


  • 200 g plain white flour
  • 150 g wholemeal flour
  • 50 g oats plus extra to scatter on top
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda see note
  • 300 ml neutral tasting dairy free milk see note
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice, or white wine vinegar – see note)


  1. Preheat your oven to 220C / 200C fan / gas mark 7 / 425F. Dust a baking tray (I actually use a pizza tray) with a little plain flour.

  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together thoroughly. Add the oat milk and vinegar, and stir to combine.
  3. Keep stirring until the ingredients come together as a dough, then squidge together to form a ball.
  4. Place the ball of dough on your baking tray and cut a deep cross in the centre. This is really important as it helps the centre of the bread to cook properly – so cut nice and deep, almost to the bottom.
  5. If you wish, you can dust the loaf with a little flour and a sprinkle of oats, then place the bread in your preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with soup or salad or anything else you fancy! (And don’t forget it makes great toast the next day…)


(1) Baking soda is the same as bicarbonate of soda, however it is not the same as baking powder. Make sure you use baking soda/bicarbonate of soda in this recipe. Baking powder will not give the same result!
(2) Try to use a fairly neutral tasting dairy free milk such as oat milk, cashew milk, almond milk or soy milk. A strongly flavoured milk such as coconut milk will give this bread a coconutty taste! (which is fine…so long as that’s what you are after!) Of course if you don’t need this recipe to be dairy free / vegan you can use regular milk.
(3) Use a fairly mild tasting acidic element – for example lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar – using something stronger, such as malt vinegar, will result in your bread having a vinegary taste!

Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Nutrition Facts
No Buttermilk Soda Bread (Vegan & Dairy Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 446mg19%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.