Irish Brown Bread

One of my fondest memories of Ireland was the delicious whole grain bread served at every meal. Made with buttermilk and whole grains, the bread is rich and hearty.

Ireland is such a beautiful country with breathtaking scenery.

Many homes have such an inviting feel.

The small little villages are so quaint.

Russ and I found our trip to Ireland to be very restful and nurturing.

Every now and then we like to re-live our trip and enjoy some of that  hearty Irish bread.  This weekend was one of those times. We enjoyed some Irish bread with breakfast; of course, some coffee and fresh fruit too.  So…I thought I would share my Irish brown bread recipe with you. 

This bread is tasty, simple and full of whole grains! {Unfortunately not FODMAP friendly but perhaps after the challenge phase you may learn you can tolerate this delightful bread in small quantity!}

Irish Brown Bread

Category: Breads/Muffins, Traditional Recipes


  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ or oat bran
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk (or make your own with 2 cups milk and 2 TB vinegar-let sit for 10 minutes)
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Spray bread loaf pan with non stick cooking spray
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, oats, brown sugar, oat/wheat bran, soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Blend in buttermilk and egg and mix until blended.
  5. Add to loaf pan and smooth top.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Great toasted!

{This recipe is NOT low in FODMAPs but you could try to make it FODMAP-friendly by making lactose free buttermilk with lactose free milk and vinegar, and try to sub in gluten free flour mixture for whole wheat pastry flour and all-purpose flour}



3 replies on “Irish Brown Bread

  • elise

    do you have any favorite GF flours to recommend? ive tried oat flour and brown rice flour, but have yet to find a good combo that works for yeast bread in my breadmaker. im thinking of giving quinoa and sorghum flours a go too. just wondered if you’d heard any fodmaps free options that were successful in baking loaves. thanks!

  • Amber F.

    My mother used to make bread that looked just like that, and I would put peanut butter on it! I’ll have to try this recipe and see if it tastes the same too.

    Of course the best solution is probably to take a trip to Ireland! 🙂

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