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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

You don't need any luck of the Irish to perfect these muffins. I adapted and tweaked an old family recipe and created Irish Soda Bread Muffins! The perfect grab and go option with a hot cup of tea or coffee this St. Patrick's Day!

It wouldn't be a #brainsandbalance recipe if I wasn't swapping butter for applesauce. I can't help myself it always comes out perfect!

If you have never heard of currants they are similar to raisins. They are dried grapes but are smaller and slightly tangier than raisins. They add great texture and sweetness to most dishes but if you can't find currants feel free to just increase the raisins.

My family has always eaten Irish soda bread with a smear of butter and a hot cup of #BarrysTea. Typically enjoyed as breakfast or dessert!

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Makes 24 muffins | Cook time: 20 minutes

Notes: These muffins are a St. Patrick’s Day staple. There’s always a loaf of Irish Bread at all our family gatherings and this recipe is a healthier, personal sized muffin adaptation of the original version we serve.


  • 1 1/3 cup raisins

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 1/3 tsp baking soda

  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 cups flour (all purpose or bread flour)

  • 1/2 cup currants

  • 8 oz unsweetened apple sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

  2. Soak the raisins in a bowl of boiled water for at least 5 minutes (soak overnight for best results).

  3. Strain raisins and dry thoroughly.

  4. Mix flour, baking soda and sugar together. Add apple sauce to the dry and ingredients and mix until just combined.

  5. Fold in currants and raisins.

  6. In a separate bowl beat the eggs and buttermilk together and add to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.

  7. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray then sprinkle with flour and shake the pan around to coat the oil with flour. Shake out any excess flour. Fill each muffin mold with batter until about 2/3 full.

  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve with a smear of butter alongside a cup of hot tea or coffee.


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