Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins

With the big day just over one week away, this is going to be my final St Patrick's Day recipe for 2015! I wanted to steer away from the rainbow cookies and green truffles this time and do something slightly more traditionally Irish. Of course, I couldn't follow a recipe to a T - I can never help adding my own flair - and decided to do a fusion type of Irish recipe.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe - healthy whole wheat muffins loaded with juicy raisins. Perfect snack or breakfast for St Patrick's Day! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

This healthy muffin recipe is based on a recipe for Irish soda bread, in that it contains whole wheat flour, baking soda and buttermilk (although in this instance I used yogurt instead of buttermilk, since I had a container of the stuff sat in the fridge that reeeaaaally needed using up). But unlike Irish soda bread, which can sometimes turn out tough as a brick if you over-work the dough, these muffins are perfectly light and fluffy.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe - healthy whole wheat muffins loaded with juicy raisins. Perfect snack or breakfast for St Patrick's Day! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

I get eight decent-sized muffins out of this recipe because I love larger bakery-size muffins, but you could easily get 12 smaller muffins out of the batter. Don't be tempted to try and make six muffins instead of eight - the batter very nearly comes out of the top of the case when it's divided between eight muffin holes. So if you try and make six XL muffins, your oven will be covered in muffin batter.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe - healthy whole wheat muffins loaded with juicy raisins. Perfect snack or breakfast for St Patrick's Day! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

I'd totally admire you for wanting larger-than-life muffins, but I'm not going to help you clean your oven. I hardly ever clean my own, so there's no way I'm cleaning yours. I'm glad we got that out of the way.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe - healthy whole wheat muffins loaded with juicy raisins. Perfect snack or breakfast for St Patrick's Day! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

Are you a muffins-for-breakfast type of person? I'm not. To me, muffins are just naked cupcakes and cupcakes aren't breakfast food. Although when we were on holiday in Paris a couple of years ago, my breakfast every single morning consisted of a croissant, jumbo-size muffin and a yogurt. We stayed next to a bakery and the delicious smell enticed me down every single morning, regardless of my lack of muffins-for-breakfast characteristics.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe - healthy whole wheat muffins loaded with juicy raisins. Perfect snack or breakfast for St Patrick's Day! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

So back to the question: muffins - breakfast or snack?

Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe - healthy whole wheat muffins loaded with juicy raisins. Perfect snack or breakfast for St Patrick's Day! | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 8 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups raisins
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • cup melted butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F/200C and line a muffin tin with 8 cupcake liners. Alternatively, grease 8 holes in a muffin tin.
  • Whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and raisins.
  • Pour in the egg, yogurt and melted butter and stir until the mixture just comes together. Don't over-mix or the muffins will turn out tough.
  • Evenly divide the mixture between the 8 muffins moulds and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Tip the muffins out of the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour
These muffins store really well inside a sealed container in the fridge or at room temperature for up to five days and can be frozen for up to six months.

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  1. Joy @ Joy Love Food

    These sound delicious! I love this spin on Irish Soda bread. I could definitely eat these for breakfast or as a snack. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend 🙂

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thanks so much, Joy! They're the perfect balance of sweetness so they'll definitely work for both breakfast and snacking 🙂

  2. Lisa Ehrman

    Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe at the Weekend Hop 🙂

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thanks so much, Lisa. I love sharing at your party! 🙂

  3. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    I love that you make these muffins whole wheat! I like eating healthy when I can so this a great option.

    • Nicola Quinn

      I know exactly how you feel, Shelby. I try and make recipes a bit healthier whenever I can and these muffins turned out to be a great success!

  4. Keri

    I like muffins for breakfast or a snack, although I try to make the less-sugary recipes so it doesn't seem like cake for breakfast. These look so yummy!

    • Nicola Quinn

      I know what you mean, Keri! Some "breakfast" muffins are so sugary they're just like cupcakes!

  5. Krissy @ Pretty Wee Things

    These look delicious, and definitely a snack with a big coffee! I love that you take your own approach to recipes. I am totally the same...probably why most of my baking adventures end in some sort of fail though haha.
    xx

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thanks so much, Krissy and I can totally relate! Some of my changes turn out amazing and some of them...well...not so much! Glad to hear I'm not the only one 🙂

  6. All that's Jas

    Mmm....looks like a perfect snack along that drunken milkshake 😉 (btw, both those recipes show title as "auto-draft" in the recipe box. Thought you might want to know) Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things, can't wait to see what you'll share next week! Hugs and smooches!

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thank you so much for letting me know about the 'Auto draft' thing, Jas! All fixed now 🙂

  7. Marsha

    Thank you for sharing. I've got it pinned for next week.

    • Nicola Quinn

      Thanks for the pin, Marsha 🙂

  8. Miz Helen

    These are great soda Bread Muffins! Happy St. Patrick's Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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