Healthy Extra Gluten Free Soda Bread - the perfect side for all your favourite soups, stews and casseroles.
I have many readers who are gluten-free either they have an intolerance or another member of their family does and one thing that is really hard to find is a gluten-free bread which qualifies as a healthy extra, not to mention that usually, the ones that do are pretty expensive.
Well, you will be pleased to know I have this great recipe for Gluten Free Soda Bread that uses oats, is pretty inexpensive and easy to make and is just 1 HEb per serving. It does have a very teeny syn value from the baking powder and soda, but as the bread serves 3 people, those syns are negligible when portioned out.
For blitzing the oats. I use my awesome Ninja Duo Blender with Auto IQ technology that you can see below. It is a super clever blender that features intelligent programs that combine pulsing and blending patterns, meaning no having to guess how long to pulse or blend etc. It's amazing. I blend the oats for this using the Nutri Ninja Cup.
Blending the oats is not a tweak. This has been confirmed through Slimming World direct. Tweaks apply to free foods only, where you might be inclined to overindulge by using free foods in the place of synned items, such as using smash for scones, cakes etc. Oats are a measured amount as part of your healthy extra B choice, so you can't have more than your daily allowance without synning any additional, so for this reason, blending oats for a recipe like this is not a tweak.
To bake the bread I use a 7-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper, it gives a perfectly round loaf, just like the traditional soda bread.
Firstly let me say this isn't going to be like normal whole wheat bread and it doesn't rise really high like traditional bread, because oats are pretty dense. But it really is like Irish Soda bread and is lovely a filling and a great bread to serve alongside soups, stews, casseroles etc or even eggs for breakfast.
The great thing about this Gluten Free Soda Bread is that the kids will love it too, my kids will easily devour a good few slices of this with some soup or stew and I feel confident knowing it has good natural ingredients and nothing artificial.
It freezes perfectly also, so if you don't want to be tempted to eat more than your allowance, add the remaining slices to a freezer bag and pop in the freezer.
Of course for this to truly be gluten-free, you must make sure the oats you use are gluten-free verified. If it doesn't state clearly on the bag that they are gluten-free, the chances are that they are not. Oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat/gluten, so it is worth bearing that in mind when you buy your bag of oats.
You can also change the texture of the bread slightly and make it a softer bake, by adding 1 additional tsp of baking powder, it tastes less like soda bread if you do this, so if you are not as much a fan of soda bread than those of us with Irish roots, that might be the preferred option for you when baking this loaf.
Looking for some recipes to serve this gluten free soda bread with? Check out these suggestions below:
- Slow Cooker Irish Stew
- Asparagus Soup
- Butternut Squash Soup
- would also be great topped with this Coronation Chicken
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- 120g/4.3oz of oats (make sure they are gluten free verified) - 3xHEb's
- 120g/4.3oz of fat-free plain yoghurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp of baking powder (make sure the one you use is gluten free)
- ½ tsp of baking soda
- pinch of salt
- Reserve a teaspoon of oats
- Place the rest of the oats in a blender and blitz until finely grinded
- Add to a bowl and mix in baking powder, baking soda and pinch of salt
- Add in yoghurt and eggs and fold till combined (don't over mix)
- Leave for 15 mins
- Preheat oven to 165c or 325f (gas mark 3)
- Line a 7inch spring-from tray with parchment paper
- Carefully add the bread mixture
- Sprinkle the top with the reserved oats
- Place in the oven and bake for approx 50 mins (skewer entered into the centre should come out clean)
- Allow to cool slightly and then slice.
- Enjoy a ⅓ of the loaf as part of your Healthy Extra B choice
- Freeze some for another day.
For a softer less soda bread tasting loaf, add 1 additional tsp of baking powder.
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Nutrition InformationYield 3 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 217Total Fat 5.5gSaturated Fat 1.5gCholesterol 126mgSodium 496mgCarbohydrates 30.5gFiber 2.5gSugar 2.2gProtein 10.2g