Mar 9, 2014

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins




These whole wheat Irish soda bread muffins are delicious, the perfect start a lazy cold March Sunday morning. Speckled with raisins, they are sweet and perfect enjoyed with a hot cup of tea.


Plus, making them in muffin tins is perfect for better portion control. I first posted these back in 2010, and almost forgot just how good these were! I used a combination of King Arthur unbleached white whole wheat flour with unbleached all purpose flour, and the flavor and texture was perfect – they don't taste whole wheat at all. If you like caraway seeds in your bread, you can add about an eighth of a teaspoon.



Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 12 • Serving Size: 1 muffin • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 147.8 • Fat: 3.7 g • Protein: 3.8 g • Carb: 26.0 g • Fiber: 1.5 g    

Ingredients:


  • baking spray 
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp chilled butter
  • 1 cup 1% buttermilk 
  • 3 tbsp honey or agave
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 oz raisins (about 2/3 cup)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray muffin tin with baking spray.

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.


In a small bowl, stir together buttermilk, honey (or agave) and egg until blended. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in raisins.


Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of one muffin comes out clean.


Remove tin and cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes before removing muffins from tin; finish cooling on rack. Serve warm or cool completely and store muffins in an airtight container or ziplock bags at room temperature. 


Adapted from Recipe Girl

45 comments :

  1. These look amazing, but everything I have made from your blog is amazing! Can't wait to make these!

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  2. I love Irish soda bread. I can't wait to try the muffins!

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  3. Oh yay! We are having a St. Patrick's day party and these will be perfect!

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  4. Looks good. I'll have to try them.

    I did try the brownie black bean thing and it went over really well. I liked them. Everyone liked them.

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  5. Gina...where is the little link to print?

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  6. These were great! The flavor was really good. Mine were a little chewy, but I think that was due more to my 3 y/o stirring (and stirring and stirring...) than to the recipe itself. Great addition to our St. Pat's Day meal and I love the portion control of the muffins!

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  7. @ gabby- it's at the bottom of the recipe.

    @ Lindsay- lol! I'm sure that had something to do with it but I love that you got her involved!

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  8. I've got them in the oven right now. Super easy to mix up and I think they're going to be wonderful!

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  9. Just made these last night! They're fantastic!! Do these freeze well?? Thanks so much for these recipes!

    ~Allison

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  10. Hello, I'm sorry to bother you but I have a few questions.
    Can I substitute the butter with oil? In case, how much oil?
    Are the raisins necessary?

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  11. The raisins are optional but add a nice sweetness. I don't know how this would work with oil. Sorry.

    And yes, they freeze well!

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  12. I made this muffins today and am having one right now with a cup of tea!! These are wonderful Irish soda bread worthy without a doubt - worth every point! I just rejoined WW and after searching the net for points plus recipes came across your site. Looking forward to trying other recipes! Tomorrow I will be having the egg in the red pepper ring for breakfast!

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  13. I've been looking for some bread to make for St. Patty's Day, thanks for the recipe!

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  14. Can't wait to try these. I'm curious can you use Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry flour for any of your recipes that call for a blend of white & whole wheat flour? What about your red velvet cupcake recipe which calls for a mix of cake flour & whole wheat? Thanks Gina!!

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  15. MM - I think it would work great. I've been using it a lot lately and loving the results.

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  16. Just made these but with craisins because I don't like raisins.. :p delicious! Not too sweet, just what I was looking for. Thanks again Gina!

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  17. Hi - I just discovered your great website...the pictures make my mouth water!

    There is no agave nectar where I live (Tunisia) - what can I substitute instead?

    Thanks!

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  18. I just made these and they are fantastic. I may add some orange zest to the next batch, just to experiment.

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  19. So, instead of using 1 c whole wheat flour and 1 c of the all-purpose flour, you are suggesting that we use 2 cups of the Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat pastry flour?

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  20. Made these today with chopped dried figs instead of raisins and they were amazing! They went wonderfully with the oatmeal leek soup, which I also loved.

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  21. You are a genius!-cooking them in muffin tins. I've always made one big loaf and find myself devouring almost half of it as soon as it comes out the oven,while it's still warm.

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  22. Fresh out of the over. Made a couple changes- don't have buttermilk so I added lemon juice to regular milk (which is how I usually make my soda bread), egg beaters instead of the egg, and I used caraway seeds since I don't keep raisins in the house since they are toxic to dogs and I have a 4 year old who feeds things to the dogs.
    Not the same as my great grandmother's recipe, but still very good! And by having them in muffin form, it will definitely help with portion control!
    Oh and LOVING your site, just joined WW this past week. Hoping that hubby will like some of the recipes that have caught my eye.

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  23. Can I substitute the buttermilk for normal skim milk?

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  24. If I'm doing caraway seeds instead of raisins, should I omit the agave?

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  25. Just an update. I did omit the agave and subbed caraway seed for raisins. They were delicious. We had them with the oatmeal leek soup. Perfect for a cold day!!

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    1. I don't understand why you would omit the agave if you're not using raisins. One has nothing to do with the other, except both are sweet. I'd think you'd need the agave MORE if you didn't use caraway seeds.

      Also, buttermilk and skim milk are totally different things. You can make clabbered milk by adding lemon juice or vinegar to skim milk, but it'll end up really dry if you just use plain skim milk.

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  26. I love irish soda bread! I am positive I will love it in muffin form too!

    Peace & Sunshine,
    Sammi @Sammi Sunshine- a food blog

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  27. These will be perfect to go with your corned beef soup for St. Pat's! I just love your website! I have been using your recipes for over a year now and I haven't tried one I haven't loved. You're part of the reason I have lost 85 pounds!! Thanks Gina!

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  28. I am really pleased to have found this blog, looking forward to follow it!

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  29. Muffins are a mainstay around our house. They are as nourishing as they are good to eat and can be a healthy snack. If you are conscious about yo u weight you can drink the Swami Mami Teas because it helps shed off some fats and betters your lifestyle.

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  31. These look awesome! I love soda breads because they are so simple, yet always so satisfying. Thanks for keeping it on the skinny side :)

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  32. I only have whole wheat flour not white whole wheat, is that ok to use instead?

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  33. Normally 4 points sounds like a lot but these sound so good I think they could be my breakfast. 4 points for breakfast is fine w me! This is going on my "got to make it" list! Pinning!

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  34. I make an Irish Soda Bread, famaily favorite for holidays....always wondered if I could put in bread maker ??? this is with wheat...so will try this one too...Thanks I live in South Florida...Publix makes a white and a wheat mountain bread, I got on line long ago and got a man's version of it for the bread machine, while it is good, it is not like Publix, any one have a recipe?

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  35. Super easy and super delicious...like everything else you post!

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  36. I have this baking in the oven now!

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  37. WOW WOW WOW, GINA! Just made these! And of course ate one already! Absolutely delicicous, light and fluffy! Only thing I added was 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds since I love them in Irish Soda Bread. I spread some cranberry honey on the muffin and it was heavenly! Will defiintely be making thses AGAIN on St. Patrick's Day (because this batch won't last that long!!) Thanks, Gina!!

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  38. Made it with pastry flour instead of the listed ones, and made buttermilk by mixing 2/3rds of a cup of Fage 0% yoghurt with 1/3rd cup skim milk and added some chopped pecans. Came out fine - really easy to make and quick to cook! They're quite dense and savoury / sweet rather than muffin. Perfect for breakfast on the go imo

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  39. These are wonderful! The flavor is light which makes it delicious with a touch a honey on top, or peanut butter or jam! So easy as well!

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  40. Super easy and delicious! Nice looking too!

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  41. These were outstanding! I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk with some vinegar mixed in as a substitute for buttermilk. They were all gobbled up by my family in one sitting.

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  42. These were delicious. I served them with beef and barley soup so I appreciated that they were not too sweet. I always know if I use a Skinnytaste recipe, it will be awesome.

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