When researching food and nutrition trends for 2018, one trend kept popping up again and again: simple, recognizable ingredients. People want to eat (and feed their families) back-to-basics, nourishing food— Not surprisingly, I’m 100% on board with this trend. For me, feeding my kids whole and minimally processed foods such as fruits, veggies, cheese, yogurt and quinoa (vs. ultra-processed foods such as chips and candy) has always been a priority (most of the time anyways). And having my kids help in the kitchen and literally create those foods and dishes with me – dumping, whisking, mixing, baking—is the best nutrition lesson they could get (without even talking about nutrition!). And it helps a lot when the recipe is super easy and quick, like this one!
I love this whole grain soda bread recipe, not only because it’s super easy to throw together, but also because it’s delicious and comforting. In fact, I have memories of my grandmother serving it to me, with a hot bowl of her homemade soup, or with peanut butter and banana on top. Little did I know back then—when all I really cared about was how amazing it tasted—how wholesome and nutritious it was. Now, as a Mom (and Dietitian), I love this bread even more, not only because of how incredibly nutrient-packed it is, but also because my kids love it too!
Made with very simple ingredients—essentially, whole grains and buttermilk—bread is rich in fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats. The only “wet” ingredient (buttermilk!) adds calcium, potassium, phosphorous, protein and many other nutrients.
Buttermilk, traditionally, is the the liquid remaining after butter has been separated from milk or cream. Commercially, buttermilk is made by adding a bacterial culture to pasteurized milk, and then letting it ferment. It’s thicker in texture to regular milk, and much more sour (because it’s acidic), hence why it makes a great addition to baked goods like scones and soda bread (like this recipe!).
I hope your family enjoys this bread as much as we do!
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Written by a Registered Dietitian.