Cornbread Muffins – Gluten Free, Vegan

These gluten free vegan cornbread muffins have just a hint of sweetness and a wonderful texture.  The cornbread muffins go perfectly with some homemade chili and are the best comfort food side dish!

Cornbread Muffins - Gluten Free, Vegan

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I grew up on Jiffy cornbread muffins. You know the mix that comes in the old fashioned looking blue and white box?  

All you have to do is add eggs and milk to it and you are good to go.  The cornbread muffins came out perfect every time and they were so easy to make.  

One of the first dinner “recipes” that I learned how to make was basically dumping some canned chili (yes I said canned chili, haha) in a 9 x 13 casserole dish, whipping up some Jiffy cornbread muffin batter, and pouring it on top of the chili and baking it for 30 minutes.  

I could eat that for dinner for the rest of my life and be happy.  It sounds so gross, but it’s so good.  

Now since then, I’ve upped my food standards quite a bit.  Canned meat is no longer on my approved list and I’m allergic to the wheat in the Jiffy mix.  

I also can’t have milk or eggs.  The mix is also full of yucky ingredients you can’t pronounce so I was OK with not having that in my life anymore.  

I live in Missouri and we live on chili in the fall and winter so there was no way I was giving up on that combo just because of some food allergies.  

Besides, pretty much all chili is gluten and dairy free anyways so there wasn’t much recipe work needed to convert the recipes to be allergy friendly.  

Cornbread was going to take a little more effort though.

Cornbread Muffins - Gluten Free, Vegan

I started researching and trying allergy friendly cornbread muffins and failed hard the first few times.  

One of the times I got so excited because I thought it tasted delicious, but then when my husband took a bite he had to spit it out because he said it tasted like fish.  I was shocked because the bite I had was awesome.  

Now I still don’t know what ingredient did this, but when I took a bite of the spot he had just eaten off of it tasted like rotten fish!! 

I must not have mixed the batter up completely because you only got a fishy bite in certain spots but man was it nasty when you did.  

Needless to say, I wasn’t planning on trying anymore cornbread recipes for a while. 

After a few weeks had gone by, I kept craving cornbread.  Eating chili without cornbread just didn’t seem natural.  

So I did some more research, dug through a ton of recipe comments to find one that might have a good chance of succeeding.  

I’m so glad I didn’t give up because the last recipe I tried was the trick.  They were perfectly soft, with that delicious corn flavor you want and just a touch of sweetness.  

I also only had to make a couple of modifications to meet my allergy needs which is always a bonus. 

Cornbread Muffins - Gluten Free, Vegan

So let’s make some cornbread muffins!

GLUTEN FREE VEGAN CORNBREAD MUFFIN RECIPE INGREDIENTS: 

To make these gluten free and vegan cornbread muffins, you will need:

  • Gluten free cornmeal: Bob’s Red Mill is my go to brand for gluten free cornmeal.
  • Gluten free all purpose flour: I use “Better Batter“.  I’ve also used Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 all purpose flour and it works as well.
  • Xanthan gum: You do not need to add this if your gluten free flour already contains xanthan gum.
  • Dairy Free Milk of choice: I use “So Delicious unsweetened Coconut Milk”, but you can use any milk you like.
  • Maple Syrup: You can use any liquid sweetener you would like.
  • Refined coconut oil: Any neutral flavored oil should work if you cannot have coconut oil.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CORNBREAD GLUTEN FREE VEGAN:

To make this cornbread recipe, 

  1. Preheat your oven: 350°F.
  2. Prepare your muffin tin: Grease a muffin tin or line with muffin liners.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthan gum (if your flour doesn’t contain it).
  4. Add wet ingredients: Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined.
  5. Fill your muffin tin: About 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Bake: 20 minutes.
  7. Cool: Allow the muffins to cool before eating.

That’s all there is to this gluten free and vegan easy cornbread recipe!

I hope you are as excited about this cornbread muffin recipe as I am! 

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These gluten free vegan cornbread muffins have just a hint of sweetness and a wonderful texture.  The cornbread muffins go perfectly with some homemade chili and are the best comfort food side dish!

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Cornbread Muffins - Gluten Free, Vegan

Cornbread Muffins – Gluten Free & Vegan

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup gluten free cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I use “Better Batter“)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (omit if your gluten free flour already contains xanthan gum)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dairy free milk of choice (I use “So Delicious unsweetened Coconut Milk”)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup refined coconut oil, melted (avocado oil will work as well)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a muffin tin or line with muffin liners.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthan gum (if your flour doesn’t contain it).
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined.
  5. Fill each muffin tin about 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Allow the muffins to cool before eating.

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6 Comments

  1. This was my first time making and eating cornbread and I loved it! I didn’t have xanthan gum but I don’t think it mattered? The muffins tasted great anyway, I’ll definitely be using this recipe again 🙂

    1. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed them! The xanthan gum is only necessary if the gluten free all purpose flour you are using doesn’t contain it. Otherwise it isn’t needed. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I have 10 food allergies, gluten, dairy, soy, egg whites, nuts etc. I can have corn in limited amounts like a treat. After staring at corn bread that I bought for my family for thanksgiving meal, ( on my kitchen counter for the last 24 hours!) I had to try a recipe for myself that I could also enjoy. I tried this one and it was delicious!!! Even my gluten eating family loved these! Thank you for sharing such a great recipe! I will surely use it again!

    1. Hi Carolyn! I’m so happy to hear that you and your family loved these! They are one of our favorites too! Thank you for sharing. ☺

  3. Easy and delicious! I was worried it would be too sweet with all the maple syrup but it was super pleasant and only just a hint of maple in the muffins. Used avocado oil and it was great. Will make again anytime I have chili. Thanks!

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and liked the hint of maple syrup. These are one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing. ☺

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