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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Irish Soda Bread Muffins are fluffy, healthy whole wheat Irish soda bread muffins studded with orange zest and currants!

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  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar may be substituted with granulated or brown sugar
  • 1 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dried currants


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a standard muffin pan with paper or foil liners and set aside.
  • Whisk the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until combined.
  • 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.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until almost combined, then fold in the currants.
  • 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.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • 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 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.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 177mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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