Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins {Video}

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins are moist, mildly sweet muffins studded with currants and orange zest.  They’re an easy, healthier alternative for St. Patrick’s Day!

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins are moist, mildly sweet muffins with currants and orange zest. They're an easy, healthier alternative for St. Patrick's Day! @FlavortheMoment

March is right around the corner, and I’m really getting excited about St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m not Irish, but that doesn’t matter.  On March 17th, it’s fun wearing green, drinking Guinness, and eating corned beef no matter what nationality you are.

I look forward to making a St. Patrick’s Day feast every year, which always includes corned beef and cabbage, and Irish soda bread in some form.

I love making my Apricot Orange Irish Soda Bread, but this year I created these Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread muffin for an easier, healthier option.  They’re low in fat, there’s no refined sugar, and there’s plenty of whole grains.

And most importantly, there’s no kneading!

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins are moist, mildly sweet muffins with currants and orange zest. They're an easy, healthier alternative for St. Patrick's Day! @FlavortheMoment

Traditional Irish soda bread is very rustic and heavy, and I had a hard time deciding between making these muffins more dense like soda bread, or lighter like a muffin.

These are the tough decisions I face on a daily basis. 🙂

While recipe testing these Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins, I discovered that I enjoyed them more with a lighter texture.  They’re more like muffins than soda bread, so I’m including a variation in the recipe just in case you’d like them to be more like soda bread!

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins are moist, mildly sweet muffins with currants and orange zest. They're an easy, healthier alternative for St. Patrick's Day! @FlavortheMoment

These muffins are mildly sweet with a minimal amount of coconut sugar, but they do get additional sweetness from the dried currants.  The orange zest really complements the currants, and are the two ingredients that make these muffins really special.

These Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins can be served for breakfast, snacks, or with your corned beef and cabbage.  Slather on some butter, orange marmalade or honey, or just eat as-is.  They’re so delicious and so easy to make that I’ll be baking them up whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or not.

Recipe Tips/Substitutions:

  • If you’d like these muffins to be dense like Irish soda bread, add 1/4 cup less buttermilk.  The batter will be thicker but the baking time remains the same.
  • Currants are smaller and much less sweet than raisins.  While you may substitute the currants with raisins, I think the currants make these muffins special.
  • I used a combination of whole wheat and all purpose flours.  You can substitute both with the same amount of whole wheat white flour without sacrificing texture.
  • The coconut sugar may be swapped out with your favorite sweetener.

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins are moist, mildly sweet muffins with currants and orange zest. They're an easy, healthier alternative for St. Patrick's Day! @FlavortheMoment

 

 

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins
 
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Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins are moist, mildly sweet muffins studded with currants and orange zest. They're an easy, healthier alternative for St. Patrick's Day!
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Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (may be substituted with granulated or brown sugar)
  • 1 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • ½ cup dried currants
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a standard muffin pan with paper or foil liners and set aside.
  2. Whisk the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk the oil, egg, and sugar until frothy, about 30 seconds. Add the buttermilk and orange zest and whisk until incorporated.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until almost combined, then fold in the currants.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin tins and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when pressed gently. Cool on a wire rack in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
If you'd like these muffins to be dense like Irish soda bread, add ¼ cup less buttermilk. The batter will be thicker but the baking time remains the same.
Currants are smaller than raisins and are less sweet than raisins. While you may substitute the currants with raisins, I think the currants make these muffins special.
I used a combination of whole wheat and all purpose flours. You can substitute both with the same amount of whole wheat white flour without sacrificing texture.
The coconut sugar may be swapped out with your favorite sweetener.
Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins are moist, mildly sweet muffins with currants and orange zest. They're an easy, healthier alternative for St. Patrick's Day! @FlavortheMoment