I love St. Patrick’s day dinner! Every year I make corned beef and cabbage, roasted veggies and Irish Soda Bread. Cavegirl Debbie, who is from Ireland, usually hosts a St. Patrick’s day lunch where everyone wears green and brings green or Irish food to share. I usually try to bring soda bread to the party, but this year my Primal/Paleo way of eating posed a bit of a problem with that. The soda bread I’ve made in years past contains mostly wheat flour and buttermilk, which are 2 foods I’m not eating. But being the persistent person that I am, I had to give soda bread a try anyway. Once again, Elana came to the rescue with a soda bread recipe that mostly fit the bill, but I made a couple of tweaks of my own.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessing

Paleo/Primal Irish Soda Bread
2 C Almond Flour
1/2 C coconut flour (can use all almond flour instead)
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 C raisins
2 Eggs
1/4 C coconut or almond milk
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar

1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl mix all wet ingredients
2. Mix wet ingredients into dry. Add more milk or flour as needed to form a slightly crumbly dough.
3. Form dough into a disk shape then using a knife cut an X shape across the disk.
4. Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Crock pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
2-3 lb corned beef brisket with spice packet
2 C carrots (baby or regular sized cut into 2 inch pieces)
1 large onion cut into wedges
1 head cabbage cut into wedges
3 C warm water
1/2 C apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs honey

1. In a crock pot mix water, vinegar, honey and spices from corned beef package.
2. Mix in the onions then lay brisket on top of onions.
3. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours adding warm water as needed.
4. Add carrots and cook on low for 1 hour.
5. Add cabbage and cook on low for 20 minutes or until cabbage and carrots are tender.

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  1. Angie, great post. Where does one get clean corned beef brisket? And… “adding warm water as needed”, what is our goal with the extra warm water? Am I looking to keep the brisket covered? So excited to try all this!

  2. I got one at Trader Joe’s. it says “Unpreserved. No nitrites or nitrates added except those naturally occuring in celery salt.”

  3. I usually keep my vegetables completelycovered and the meat partly covered…it’s basically a “boiled dinner” made in a crockpot.

  4. Thanks ladies! Will share with my peeps! The soda ‘bread’ will be interesting since I have just not gone there yet with baking. Wish me ‘luck’ ~

  5. Thanks, Angie! I’ll have to peek in at TJs to get one!

  6. This looks amazing and exactly what my family & I will be eating tomorrow!

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  8. Any clue how/if I could make this with just coconut flour?

    • Welcome Heather! Coconut flour and almond flour are completely different beasts and can’t be substituted for each other. Coconut flour is very dry and needs lots of moisture to be edible, so if you made this with just coconut flour you wouldn’t be able to eat it. If you are allergic to nuts Bob’s Red Mill has a gluten free, nut free recipe http://www.bobsredmill.com/recipes.php?recipe=114. it’s not paleo because of the potato starch and rice flour, but if that suits your body’s needs, then go for it. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

      • Nope, that recipe won’t work for my son is on GAPS diet and off of all grains and starches. Can’t find a nut free/grain-free Irish soda bread recipe to save my life :(

        • Or, if you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind throwing it out if it doesn’t turn out well, you could try changing the almond flour/coconut flour to 1.25 C coconut flour + 1.25 C coconut oil and omiting the almond flour all together. I haven’t tried this, but coconut flour plus coconut oil is usually a passable substitute for almond flour.

  9. First time making soda bread and I have my second (plan on eat lots) in the oven right now. So easy to make with delicious results!

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