St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and I’ve been in the kitchen experimenting with a few new recipes to celebrate the holiday with.

One of which are these incredible Irish Soda Bread Muffins. Traditional Irish Soda Bread is usually made in a loaf with just flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. But these Irish Soda Bread Muffins put a tasty twist on the traditional Irish fare.

By adding some honey and golden raisins, the muffins get a slightly sweet taste, while still maintaining a moist and heavenly texture that is typical of traditional Irish Soda Bread.

I let my kids help me make these, and I allowed them to add in some of their favorite additions, so they added some regular raisins, sunflower seeds and goji berries to a few of the muffins, which were quite tasty. :)

A few small adjustments make these muffins an ideal Weight Watchers St. Patrick’s Day Recipe to share. Best served warm, with coffee or tea.

irish soda bread muffins


A St. Patrick’s Day treat that is deliciously filling, these moist buttermilk muffins are made with golden raisins and honey and are wonderful served with coffee or tea.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 165 kcal


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup reduced fat buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp light butter - (melted)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup golden raisins


  • Preheat oven to 375. Mist a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and raisins.
  • In another small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, egg, and honey.
  • Gently combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until combined as over-stirring will cause the muffins to have a tough texture).
  • Spoon the stiff batter into the muffin pan, filling the cups about 3/4 cup full.
  • Bake the muffins for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let muffins cool in pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.


The entire recipe makes 12 servings
The serving size is 1 muffin


Calories: 165 kcal (8%)Carbohydrates: 27.3 g (9%)Protein: 3.5 g (7%)Fat: 4.9 g (8%)Saturated Fat: 2.8 g (18%)Cholesterol: 27 mg (9%)Sodium: 206 mg (9%)Potassium: 151 mg (4%)Fiber: 1.5 g (6%)Sugar: 10.4 g (12%)Calcium: 50 mg (5%)Iron: 1.1 mg (6%)
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  1. This looks delicious…I’m going to try it this year. I do have one question though. You have “1/ cup of honey.” Is that supposed to be 1 cup or a fraction of a cup?

  2. For the Irish Soda Bread Muffins: how much honey should be used? It lists “1/ ” with the second number missing. Thanks!

    • LaaLoosh

      Yikes! Typo!! Thanks for catching that everyone…it is 1/3 cup honey. I’ve updated it in the recipe.

  3. How much honey did you use in the Irish Soda Bread Muffins? Recipe has 1/

  4. Jessica @ Blog-Inspired Cooking

    How much honey for the recipe? It says “1/ cup honey”


  5. Hi – This recipe sounds great! Especially because we are having an Irish Soda Bread bake-off at work on Monday and I am following Weight Watchers! My question is, how much honey do you use? I’m not sure if it is 1 cup or if there is supposed to be a number after the “1/” in the ingredients. Thanks for your help!! I can’t wait to try the muffins!


    Can you confirm the measurement for the honey? Is it 1 cup or 1/2 cup? Thank you.