Overhead view of Irish Brown Bread on parchment paper on a black background with dark blue napkin and plate

Gluten-Free Irish Brown Bread

With the addition of buttermilk and molasses, this Gluten-Free Irish Brown Bread is a delicious accompaniment to a St. Paddy’s Day feast.

3.72 from 7 votes
Overhead view of Irish Brown Bread on parchment paper on a black background with dark blue napkin and plate
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Irish Brown Bread

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 5
Calories: 429kcal


  • cups (200 g) brown rice flour
  • 1 cup (120 g) sorghum flour
  • ¾ cup (75 g) oat flour
  • ½ cup (64 g) tapioca starch
  • teaspoons (4.5 g) xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) kosher or fine sea salt
  • 2 cups (475 mL) buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) blackstrap molasses


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until combined.
  • Whisk the buttermilk and molasses together in a separate bowl. Gradually add the liquid to the dry ingredients, stirring to form a sticky dough.
  • Using floured hands, gently knead the dough into a ball. Place the dough on top of the parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a serrated knife to score a cross in the center of the dough.
  • Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool before slicing.


Nutrition Facts
Irish Brown Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 906mg38%
Potassium 508mg15%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 158IU3%
Calcium 191mg19%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Bread Brian Kavanagh Buttermilk Irish Molasses St. Patrick's Day
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  1. December 9, 2022

    I have a Thyroid problem. a nasty Hashimoto’s. I ate one little piece of rye bread. 2 hours later my stomach was screaming. The pain was so bad I started to cry. It happened again, that’s when I knew what was causing it. I am very careful of what I eat now. I love perogy’s, is there a recipe for the dough?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 12, 2022

      So sorry to hear that, but we do have a great Gluten-free Pierogies recipe that includes the dough. https://glutenfreeandmore.com/blog/2019/05/gluten-free-pierogies-recipe.html

  2. Amy
    December 23, 2022

    Could you use an all-purpose gluten-free flour with xantham gum (such as Pillsbury)?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      January 3, 2023

      For this recipe I would still with only the xanthan gum and would not add any more flour in it.

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