Brown Bread

Brown Bread

By: Mika
Date: March 6, 2021

Brown Bread Recipe


This Brown Bread Recipe is easy to make, delicious to eat, and is the perfect snack for St. Patrick’s day or any day!  It is ready in under an hour, is vegan, and made with only natural sugar!

Brown Bread Recipe Ingredients


Brown Bread Recipe Ingredients


How to make Brown Bread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make the flax eggs.  Combine the flaxseed and water in a small bowl and let sit 5 minutes to form a gel consistency.
  3. Make the vegan buttermilk.  Combine the almond milk and lemon juice in another bowl and let sit for 5 minutes to curdle.  
  4. Combine dry ingredients.  Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl until well combined. 
  5. Combine wet ingredients.  Mix the Guinness, flax egg, vegan buttermilk, and melted vegan butter in a large bowl.
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.  I like to add the dry ingredients half at a time and slowly mix until the Guinness foam subsides.  Mix until well combined and a smooth, wet dough forms.  Leave this to rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Prep the pan.  Spray non-stick spray on a bread pan.  Pour batter into the bread pan and smooth out top.
  8. Bake.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Check that it is cooked all the way through by pricking the thickest part of the bread with a tooth pick.  If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done. If there is batter still on the toothpick, keep the bread in the oven for another 2-3 minutes and then check again.  Repeat as needed until the bread is done.
  9. Enjoy with your favorite vegan butter and a pint of Guinness


Quick Facts

How long does this dish take?  1 hour

How much does this make?  12 servings

Does this meet my dietary needs?  This recipe is vegan and refined sugar free.  

How many bowls should I plan for this meal? 2 small bowls, 2 large bowls, and 1 bread pan

How long does this keep?  4-5 days in a sealed container at room temperature, 1 week in the fridge, 2 months in freezer

Is it freezer friendly?  Yes

How do I reheat this?  Eat cold or heat for 30 seconds in the microwave and top with butter

Can I pack this for lunch? Yup!  It’s the perfect snack!


Substitution Options

All substitution options are a 1:1 substitution unless noted otherwise.

Flour:  Bread flour could be used or half regular flour could be replaced with whole wheat flour.  A 1:1 gluten free flour blend could be tested, but I have not had good results with it (Yet!  I am working on it)

Salt, Baking Powder, Baking soda: Sorry, no substitutions for these.

Flax Egg (Water & Flaxseed): 2 regular eggs, at room temperature, can be used.  Try this flaxseed!

Vegan Butter:  Regular butter can be used.  This is our favorite vegan butter!  

Coconut Sugar:  Brown sugar or melted honey can be used.  If using honey, add it to the wet ingredients rather than the dry ingredients.  

Vegan Buttermilk (almond milk & lemon juice):  Standard buttermilk that has been left out for 5-10 minutes (so it is not super cold) can be used.  Any regular or plant based milk of choice can replace the almond milk and apple cider vinegar can replace the lemon juice.

Guinness:  Any stout beer, alcoholic or nonalcoholic, root beer, or ginger ale can be used.


Fun Fact! 

Guinness is an Irish original beer developed by Arthur Guinness.  He started brewing in 1759 from an unused brewery in Dublin.  His original lease stated a length of 9000 years!  This was eventually voided when Guinness bought the property. Guinness is known for the perfect pour, and the time it takes for the perfect pint? 119.5 seconds!  Guinness is most consumed by England, Nigeria, then Ireland and nearly 10 million glasses are poured every day!  (Source)


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Brown Bread Recipe

Brown Bread Recipe

This Brown Bread recipe is easy to make, delicious to eat, and is the perfect snack for St. Patrick’s day or any day!  It is ready in under an hour, is vegan, and made with natural sugar
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: brown bread, guinness
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 194kcal


  • 3 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 11 oz Guinness


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Make the flax egg by combining the flax seed and water and let sit 5 minutes to form a gel like texture
  • Make the vegan buttermilk by combining almond milk and lemon juice and let sit 5 minutes to curdle
  • Mix remaining dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar) in a medium size bowl
  • Mix flax eggs, vegan buttermilk, melted vegan butter, and Guinness in a large bowl
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until it comes together to form a wet dough.  The Guiness will foam quite a bit when adding the dry ingredients so I will add the dry ingredients half at a time and stir slowly until the foam subsides
  • Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.  While the dough is resting, spray a bread pan with nonstick spray
  • Pour dough into the bread pan and bake for 45 minutes.  Test the bread by pricking it with a toothpick.  If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done
  • Enjoy with vegan butter and a glass of Guinness!



Nutritional information is an estimation for informational purposes only
*Note: Substitution options can be found in the substitution section of this post above.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 613mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
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