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Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread

This tasty vegan cornbread is the easiest thing to make. Plus it’s naturally gluten-free and oil-free but you don’t need any special flours to make it. Snack on it plain or with vegan butter, have it along side soup or chili, or stuff it into a veggie roast. Click here to skip to the printable recipe.

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This cornbread is best served fresh. As this recipe was originally created to go straight into a stuffing recipe, the cornbread is a tad bit on the dry side. It’s delicious for snacking right after baking, but does not retain it’s moisture well after the first day. For a more moist cornbread, add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce or 1 tablespoon of melted vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) to the wet ingredients.

piece of baked gluten-free cornbread

I made up this recipe as I wanted to share a holiday dish with my gluten-free friends (ie. you guys, my internet friends). The Roasted Eggplant with Cornbread Stuffing with Mushroom Gravy recipe that I made for my first vegan Thanksgiving was almost gluten-free by accident, so I set out to nix the wheat in the recipe.

The cornbread recipes I found online all contained wheat or special gluten-free flours. Or they included egg.  I just felt that there had to be a way to use only corn. How was the first cornbread ever made? I didn’t know the answer but I assumed that it must have been purely corn.

ingredients for vegan gluten-free cornbread

I wanted to leave out any unnecessary oil as well. I already tend to (vegan) butter my cornbread; there doesn’t need to be added fats inside the cornbread itself. If I don’t eat it plain and buttered, I usually will have it with soup or chili. Today, I had it with a bowl of vegetable mushroom gravy. No regrets.

piece of cornbread and gravy

So I mixed a rough batter with cornmeal, salt, sugar, water and baking powder. That wasn’t great. The next try was with homemade cashew milk and apple cider vinegar instead of the water. Much better! The plant milk and vinegar combination stands in for buttermilk in many recipes and it thought it sounded like it belonged in a cornbread recipe.

vegan glutenfree cornbread batter

I have to admit that I’ve only had cornbread a handful of times. Once from a friend, a few times in restaurants and a few from some vegan bakesales. Some were sweet, others were savory and filled with mix-ins like vegan cheese and jalapeno. Some were soft and cake-like, others were crispy and crumbly. The only ones I really didn’t like seemed to had additional gluten-free flours that give the bread a strange texture and graininess.

vegan gluten-free cornbread in a ramekin

I was so happy with how this cornbread turned out. It is crusty on top but soft in the middle when fresh out of the oven. It doesn’t stay moist long if left sitting out, which was ideal as it was made specifically to be turned into stuffing. But if we want to make it more moist, all it takes is an easy addition of apple sauce or Earth Balance buttery spread.

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Printable Recipe for Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Cornbread

Easy Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Vegan Cornbread
A simple cornbread that happens to be oil-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and delicious! The recipe was originally created for to go into holiday stuffing so it's not meant to retain it's moisture for long. For a more moist bread, please see the notes.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
20 min
Dry Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups fine-medium ground cornmeal [225g]
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar (or your choice of sweetener) [10g]
  3. 1/2 tablespoon baking powder [6g]
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt [4g]
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1 cup plant milk, such as cashew, soy, or hemp [237ml]
  2. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar [15ml]
  3. 3 tablespoons water, cool or room temperature [45ml]
  4. 2 tablespoons finely ground flax seed [30cc]
Instructions
  1. Stir the plant milk and apple cider vinegar together. Set aside for a minute.
  2. Stir the flax meal and 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
  3. Combine the corn meal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together.
  4. Seperately, stir all the wet ingredients together.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
  6. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. I used a 10.5" by 6.5" pan which was a little large. You can use any size that is similar or smaller, or use muffin tins.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan, smoothing it out with a wooden spoon or spatula. You may find that the batter sets up a bit after standing. This is totally normal.
  8. Bake in your preheated oven at 400°F or 205°C for 20 to 25 minutes.
  9. Let cool before slicing. The top will sound hollow when tapped. The top will be crisp, while the inside will be soft.
  10. Store in an airtight container to retain moisture
Notes
  1. As this recipe was originally created to go straight into a stuffing recipe, the cornbread is a bit on the dry side. It's fine for snacking right after baking but does not retain it's moisture well. For a more moist cornbread, add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce or 1 tablespoon of melted vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) to the wet ingredients.
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  • […] Prepare the stuffing: In a large pan, heat oil on medium high. Add garlic, onions, and celery and saute until lightly browned. Add the cubed eggplant and just enough water to submerge the ingredients half way. Stir in the vegetable bouillon cube until dissolved. Add poultry seasoning. Cook until the eggplant is soft. Add salt and pepper, adjusting for taste. Remove from heat, then stir in the corn bread. […]

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