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This dense, chewy loaf is a type of Irish soda bread, but it tastes more like the moist, crumbly rye breads of Germany thanks to the hearty portion of oats swirled through the batter. If you’re a bread-making beginner, this is a great recipe to start with, since it relies on baking soda instead of yeast to get its rise. There isn’t any proofing time, so all you need to do is mix everything together and pop it in the oven. Serve this Irish Porridge Bread with some Sweet Potato Butter and enjoy!

Tip: This bread will keep for up to a week in the fridge and makes great toast.

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By Mary Margaret Chappell,


  • 2 cups unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups rolled oats or quick oats
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. In a 1-quart measuring cup stir together milk and vinegar.
  • In a large bowl stir together oats, maple syrup, baking soda, and salt. Stir in milk mixture. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake 1 hour or until deep golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

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I liked this recipe! It was delicious with a bit of Earth Balance Buttery Spread (sorry…. I know that’s exactly what Forks Over Knives doesn’t want people to do), with a bit more maple syrup drizzled on top of each slice. Since it’s such an easy, gluten-free quick bread, I definitely plan to make it again. I think next time, I will add some cinnamon and maybe some raisins, golden raisins, dried blueberries or chopped up dried apricots. And maybe some chopped pecans. (I also saw some other porridge bread recipes online that had various seeds pressed into the top. I think sunflower seeds or pepitas would be a lovely addition.) With these add-ins, I probably won’t feed a need to spread anything on the bread slices (except maybe some sunbutter).


I saw the other comments, so I made it with 1 1/4 cups of almond milk and it worked pretty well for me. I baked in a 8 x 8 dish so it was a little crunchy, but I like the crunch with soft interior.


Not good! Just didn’t taste good, threw most of it out


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Kathleen Sherman

The sounded really great when I read it and made it today. I have to say I’m disappointed. I wondered if the bread would turn out because everything looked very liquidy before baking however I baked it longer than the recommended hour and added an additional 20 minutes to it. Despite that, the bread came out very gummy in the middle. I’ve now sliced it and laid it flat on a cookie sheet to bake it at a high heat in the hopes that might dry the bread out.


I had the same experience, although mine wouldn’t slice. It just fell apart. I don’t want to waste it so I plan to use it like baked oatmeal, adding fruit, cinnamon, nuts, and more plant milk before heating. I probably won’t make the recipe again.

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Mary Margaret Chappell

When Mary Margaret Chappell first started out in the plant-based food world as a writer, editor, and recipe developer, she was a bacon-loving former pastry chef who didn’t think she could ever cook without butter. Fourteen years, four cookbooks, dozens of cooking classes, and hundreds of recipes later, her favorite thing in the world is sharing the tips, techniques, and recipes that show just how easy and delicious whole-food, plant-based cooking can be. The former food editor of Vegetarian Times magazine has done away with her dependency on butter and is honing her skills at baking with natural sweeteners. Chappell lives in France, where plant-based eating can often be a challenge, but the fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes available are simply amazing. Find her on Instagram and Facebook.
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