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. Slightly sweet and buttery, it’s hard to believe these robust muffins are just 4 Points.


  • 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
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


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

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced Fat

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: Irish

Calories: 156

Fat: 2.5g

Protein: 4g

Entire recipe makes 12 servings
Serving size is 1 muffin
Each serving = 7 Smart Points/4 Points

PER SERVING: 181calories; 6g fat; 2g saturated fat; 29g carbohydrate; 13g sugar; 4g protein; 2g fiber


  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 Reply

      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 Reply

    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!

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

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