Easy One-Bowl Whole Grain Soda Bread
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes


4 cups (1 L) all-purpose flour
2 cups (500 ml) whole wheat flour
1 cup (250 ml) uncooked whole grain porridge cereal (e.g. Red River Cereal)
1/2 cup (125 ml) wheat germ or ground flax
1/4 cup (60 ml) brown sugar
1 tbsp (15 ml) kosher salt
1 tbsp (15 ml) baking soda
4 cups (1 L) buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease (with butter) 2 large bread pans (12" x 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"- 30 cm x 11 cm x 6 cm).
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, cereal, wheat germ or ground flax, brown sugar and salt, and whisk well.
  3. Pour the buttermilk into a large liquid measuring cup and add the baking soda- the soda will react wih the buttermilk and start to bubble.
  4. Form a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk/soda combination. Mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Do not over-mix.
  5. Divide the bread dough into 2 large butters bread pans.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Test with a sharp knife- if it comes out clean- it's done. Let rest for 10 minutes on cooling racks and then remove from the pan to finish cooling on rack.

    This bread is perfect for open-faced toasted sandwiches, or as part of your breakfast with peanut butter or eggs (or even better- made into French toast!).