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Green Celebrations: St. Patricks Day and Green Smoothies

By Ritamarie Loscalzo

I grew up in the same house as my Irish Nana.  We lived in a 2 family house in Astoria, Queens, NY.  She and my grandfather had the downstairs and my 8 siblings and parents lived upstairs.

St. Patrick’s day was a celebration to remember.  We ate corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread, and sang Irish songs until bedtime.  The adults drank green beer.

The days of eating corned beef ended when I became a vegetarian back in the 1980’s.  I don’t eat wheat or sugar so the Irish soda bread has gone by the wayside too.  I created a gluten free / sugar free vegan  Irish soda bread recipe, but my kids and husband could take it or leave it, so I only made it once.

I’m leading a Green Cleanse this month.  St. Patrick’s day is perfect timing for drinking green smoothies.  Green drinks are the beverage of the day.  I do love cabbage and green smoothies are a great alternative to green beer, so bring on the St. Patrick’s day celebration .  I’m ready .   “When Irish Eyes are Smiling……”

I’ve been playing around with a  vegan dehydrated version of Irish Soda Bread in my head but haven’t made it yet.  I’m opening up a contest for Irish Soda Bread.  Contribute your recipes.  I’ll try them out.  The best ones will be featured in my soon to be published book on “Baking Without Baking”.  You’ll  win a free copy of the book if your recipe is chosen to be in the book”.

Here’s a traditional recipe, with the undesirable ingredients highlighted and vegan gluten free substitutes written to the side:


  • 2 cups  white flour — 2 cups whole grain non-gluten flour
  • 2/3  tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup  sugar  1/3 cup agave or honey or date paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt (whole, unrefined)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon chia seed soaked in 4 tablespoons water
  • 1   cups buttermilk   1 cup nut milk, seed milk or rice millk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter 1/4 cup coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F .   Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Blend the wet ingredients, excluding the butter or oil,add to the flour mixture and mix just until moistened.
  4. Stir in the melted butter/oil.
  5. Pour intogreased and floured pan, and bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.

I have a hankering for a raw vegan dehydrated version of Irish Soda Bread.  Will you help me create one?

Post your comments below with your Raw vegan Dehydated Irish Soda Bread recipe.  You just might be the winner.

(extra points given for including green ingredients)

Love, Health and Joy,

Dr. Ritamarie

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