Oatmeal Soda Bread (plant-based, gluten-free)

5 from 4 votes
Since I went gluten-free, I've been missing a good, hearty loaf of bread.
After a few failed gluten-free bread experiments, I was encouraged to discover that making Irish-style soda bread with oat flour (and a hint of maple) produces a very nice result!
Other flours I have tried include rice, buckwheat, cassava, almond, cornmeal, and gluten-free flour blends. None of them worked for me texture-wise.
Having grown up eating bread every day, this oatmeal soda bread is saving me!
For today's inspiration, I want to share the lyrics to a beautiful Plum Village song:
Breathing in, breathing out
I am blooming as a flower, I am fresh as the dew
I am solid as a mountain, I am firm as the earth
I am free
Breathing in, breathing out
I am water reflecting what is real, what is true
And I feel there is space inside of me
I am free
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine British
Keyword baking, gluten-free, plant-based


  • Oven temp 400F/205C


  • 1 ¾ cup plant-based milk (soy, almond, or your favorite milk)
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 ¾ cups freshly ground gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp cold vegan butter or margarine


  • In a small bowl or large measuring cup, mix the plant milk and vinegar together. Let this sit for 5 minutes to curdle, then stir in the maple syrup.
  • Grind up the oats in a food processor until it’s fairly fine. Measure the oat flour and tapioca flour into a large bowl, then mix in the baking soda and salt.
  • Cut up the vegan butter or margarine and rub it into the flour mixture, mixing with your fingers until it’s well incorporated.
  • Add the curdled plant milk-maple mixture to the flour-butter mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until it forms a sticky dough with no pockets of flour. The dough will be quite wet at this stage.
  • Scrape the dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use damp fingers to mold the dough into a round, fairly flat shape, more like a scone thickness than a loaf of bread thickness. If it's too thick, it will have a hard time cooking all the way through. Score the dough by pressing a deep cross or x shape into it so that the middle will cook evenly.
  • Cover the dough loosely with a tea towel or plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow the oats to soak up the liquid. After this, the dough will be firmer to the touch.
  • Bake the bread at 400F for 20 minutes, then cover it loosely with aluminum foil, then bake for 25 more minutes. It will be lovely, crunchy, and golden. Let it cool on a wire rack or dig into it hot from the oven. Leftovers freeze very well in an airtight container. ❤️
Did you make this? Tag @maitricooks on Instagram and leave a rating in the comments below. Lots of love! ❤️🤗🙏
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11 thoughts on “Oatmeal Soda Bread (plant-based, gluten-free)”

    1. Hi Carol, thank you so much for your comment! I’m sorry to hear the center didn’t cook for you. I have updated the recipe to be clearer about the loaf shape. It’s a round circle but fairly flat, with a deep scored x in the middle of it. More like a scone thickness than a bread loaf thickness. I really appreciate your feedback so I can make the instructions better! 🙂

  1. maitricookswithlove

    5 stars
    Facebook comment from Angela: I love your posts!! And eager to make some of these recipes too!! And your poems are especially nice!

    1. maitricookswithlove

      Thanks so much for your excellent question, Elisa! Yes, any plant-based milk can be substituted. Almond milk is great! Have a wonderful day. 🤗❤️

      1. maitricookswithlove

        You’re most welcome, Elisa! I just made it yesterday with almond milk and it came out great! I’ve updated the recipe thanks to your excellent feedback. ❤️🤗🙏

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