Delight Your Taste Buds with Vegan Cornbread

Welcome to the world of vegan cornbread! I am thrilled to present to you my favorite recipe for this classic Southern staple that has been enjoyed for generations. If you haven’t tried it yet, let me tell you – vegan cornbread is just as delicious and satisfying as its non-vegan counterpart.

But why vegan? Well, for starters, it’s cruelty-free, and it respects animals and our planet. Additionally, by using plant-based ingredients, we can create a dish that is much lower in fat and cholesterol than traditional cornbread. This means that you can indulge in this comfort food without any guilt or discomfort.

The best part? This vegan cornbread recipe is incredibly easy to make, with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. It’s perfect to serve as a side dish at your next BBQ, picnic or family gathering.

So, gather up your ingredients and let’s get cooking – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Cornbread!
Vegan Cornbread!

Are you ready for the best vegan cornbread you’ve ever tasted? Look no further! This recipe will satisfy all your cravings for a fluffy, moist and delicious cornbread. But that’s not all.

You know what the best part is? This cornbread recipe is 100% vegan and plant-based! Yes, you heard that right. No dairy or animal products have been used in this recipe. This makes it not only a healthier option but also an ethical one.

But don’t think that just because it’s vegan, that it doesn’t taste as good. On the contrary! The combination of white and whole wheat flour, with yellow cornmeal and polenta, gives this cornbread a texture and flavor that you won’t find anywhere else.

Plus, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You can enjoy it as a side dish with soups, stews and chili, or even as a light breakfast with some nut butter or jam spread on top. It’s also great for gatherings and potlucks – your non-vegan friends won’t even be able to tell the difference!

So what are you waiting for? Give this vegan cornbread recipe a try – I guarantee it will become a staple in your household in no time!

Ingredient List

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Let’s start with the ingredients that you will need to create the best vegan cornbread recipe! These ingredients are easy to find right at your grocery store! Here they are:

  • 1 ½ cups of yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 ¼ cups of water
  • 3/4 cup of low-fat soymilk, or almond milk, or any other vegan milk you prefer
  • 1 tablespoon of the mixture made from 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons water. (For a flax egg substitute)
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

Note: If you want to go gluten-free, you can use gluten-free flour instead of unbleached all-purpose flour.

The Recipe How-To

Let’s get cooking! Follow these simple steps to create what I believe is the best vegan cornbread recipe out there.

Step 1: Preheat your oven

First things first, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

Step 2: Mix wet ingredients

In a bowl, whisk together 1 cup of low-fat soymilk with 1 tablespoon of vinegar, let stand for a few minutes until it thickens. Then mix in 3 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce and 1 flax egg.

Step 3: Mix dry ingredients

Next, in a separate large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients including 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup purpose flour, 1 ½ cups fine grain cornmeal, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt.

Step 4: Combine wet and dry mixtures

Take the bowl that contains wet ingredients and add them to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix to combine without over stirring.

Step 5: Pour mixture into pan

Next, take an 8-inch cast-iron skillet and heat it up over medium-high heat on your stove with vegetable oil. Once the skillet is hot, pour in the mixture from step number four.

Step 6: Bake!

Remove from heat and bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until you see that golden brown crust speaking to you. When ready, remove from oven and let it cool down slightly before serving.

Now that your hard work has paid off, you can sit back and bask in the glory of your delicious homemade vegan cornbread!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to indulge in this savory homemade vegan cornbread!
Get ready to indulge in this savory homemade vegan cornbread!

As with most recipes, there are a few possible substitutions and variations that you can make to adjust the recipe to your liking. Here are some options for the ingredients:

– Sugar: You can use any type of sugar that you prefer, such as brown sugar or coconut sugar.

– Flour: If you want to make a gluten-free version of this recipe, swap out the white flour and whole wheat flour for an all-purpose gluten-free flour. You can also use only one type of flour if you’d like.

– Cornmeal: Any type of cornmeal would work for this recipe. You could use yellow or white cornmeal, fine or medium grain, or even polenta (which is a coarser grind).

– Non-dairy milk: The recipe calls for soy milk, but you could use almond milk or any other non-dairy milk instead. If you’re not following a vegan diet, you could also use regular dairy milk.

– Applesauce: The applesauce in this recipe serves as a binder and helps keep the cornbread moist. If you don’t have applesauce, you could substitute it with mashed bananas or another fruit purée.

– Flax eggs: To make this recipe vegan-friendly, we used flax eggs as a substitute for traditional eggs. However, if you’re not following a vegan diet, feel free to use regular eggs instead.

These substitutions can alter the taste and texture of the final product slightly. Keep in mind that while the substitutions may change the recipe’s characteristics, it stays true to being vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

When it comes to variations, cornbread is traditionally dense and hearty. However, there is plenty of room for creativity in how it is prepared. Here are some ideas:

– Spice things up by adding chili flakes or chopped jalapeños to your batter!

– Experiment with savory mix-ins like fresh herbs or sautéed onions.

– For sweet cornbread lovers, try incorporating chopped apples or blueberries into your batter before baking.

– For an extra bit of indulgence reminiscent to southern comfort food add a bit of vegan honey butter on top of warm slices.

Whether you follow our recommendations strictly or try your own adjustments, get ready for a chance to perfect your homespun rendition of vegan cornbread!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect crumbly texture of this cornbread will win your heart over in a heartbeat.
The perfect crumbly texture of this cornbread will win your heart over in a heartbeat.

Now that your vegan cornbread has fresh out of the oven, it’s time to serve it up! This delicious bread can be served warm or at room temperature, depending on your preference.

One way to elevate the dish is to serve it with a dollop of vegan butter and pure maple syrup. The sweetness of the maple syrup perfectly complements the cornbread’s savory flavors, while the butter adds a luxurious texture. Alternatively, you can try your homemade jam, chutney or vegan chocolate spread.

For a more complete meal, pair your cornbread with soup or chili. The bread’s fluffy texture will soak up the spices and flavors of the soup or chili, while providing additional substance to the meal.

If you’re serving this vegan cornbread as a side dish or appetizer at a dinner party, consider also including a fresh green salad or roasted vegetables. They complement each other very well!

Regardless of how you choose to serve it, this vegan cornbread is sure to impress your guests and satisfy your cravings for something hearty and wholesome!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The golden brown crust contrasts perfectly with the soft, tender interior of this vegan cornbread.
The golden brown crust contrasts perfectly with the soft, tender interior of this vegan cornbread.

When it comes to make-ahead options for vegan cornbread, you can’t go wrong. This recipe is perfect for preparing in advance, making it an ideal choice if you need to get ahead on baking for the week.

To store your vegan cornbread, wrap it in plastic wrap or foil and keep it at room temperature for up to 4 days. Alternatively, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

For reheating, preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350°F (175°C). Once heated, place the cornbread in the oven and let it warm up for around 5-7 minutes. Alternatively, you can reheat slices quickly in the microwave for around 15-20 seconds per slice.

If you’re freezing your cornbread, wrap each piece individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before storing them altogether in a freezer-friendly container. It’s best to consume the frozen cornbread within a month of freezing to ensure its taste and texture are preserved.

With these make-ahead, storing and reheating tips in mind, you can now enjoy freshly baked vegan cornbread anytime without worrying about compromising its quality or texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This delicious cornbread is the perfect side dish for any meal or a quick snack on-the-go.
This delicious cornbread is the perfect side dish for any meal or a quick snack on-the-go.

Making an ideal vegan cornbread needs some tricks to ensure the texture and taste are fantastic. Here are some tips that will help you create the best vegan cornbread ever!

1. Don’t Overmix the Batter

When you combine the flour mixture with wet ingredients, try not to over mix the batter. Overmixing can activate the gluten in the flours, leading to a dense, rubbery bread with a tough crust.

2. Use Fresh Leavening Agents

Leavening agents such as baking powder, baking soda or yeast have expiration dates for good reasons. Using old expired ones will lead to flat, dense or sunken bread.

3. Preheat Your Oven Properly

An often overlooked tip by home cooks is neglecting to preheat your oven properly. This step is crucial in ensuring that your vegan cornbread bakes evenly and rises properly.

4. Mix-In The Ingredients Thoroughly

Ensure you mix any add-ins thoroughly into the batter, don’t let them sit separately in the batter. For instance, strawberries and nuts should be distributed uniformly into the dough.

5. Use A Well Heated Oven

Ensure you bake your vegan cornbread at an optimum well-heated oven temperature for crispy golden-brown crusts and even bread texture.

6. Measure Your Ingredients Accurately

Vegan Cornbread is finicky about measurements – too much or too little of each ingredient will affect its density, texture and flavour.

With these tips in your arsenal, there’s nothing standing between you and the perfect Vegan Cornbread!


As you embark on your journey to make the best vegan cornbread, I understand that questions might arise. That’s why I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and provided answers to them. From ingredient substitutions to storage options, these FAQs will address some of the concerns you might have and equip you with the knowledge needed to make an outstanding cornbread. Let’s delve into the FAQs together.

What can I use in place of an egg in cornbread?

To make delicious vegan dishes, here are five plant-based substitutes that can help replace traditional ingredients. These options include ground flax seeds, silken tofu, yogurt or buttermilk, vegan mayo, and sour cream. By utilizing these substitutes, we can create tasty and cruelty-free meals.

Why is Jiffy cornbread mix not vegetarian?

The presence of lard, derived from pig’s belly, makes Jiffy cornbread mix unsuitable for vegans.

What is vegan cornbread made of?

Here’s a recipe for delicious vegan cornbread that is easy to make and will satisfy your taste buds. To make it, you’ll need baking powder, almond milk, vegan soy-free butter (like Earth Balance Unsalted Vegan Buttery Sticks), corn kernels (fresh or frozen), and a greased pan for baking.

What is the best non dairy milk for cornbread?

When seeking a dairy-free milk alternative for your cornbread recipe, opting for soy milk can be a suitable choice. However, it’s important to ensure that the brand of soy milk you choose doesn’t contain any additional sugar, as it can alter the flavor of the cornbread.

Bottom Line


As I come to the end of this article on the best vegan cornbread recipe, I urge you to give this recipe a try. Not only is it incredibly delicious and satisfying, but it is also entirely plant-based and a better choice for the environment.

Plus, with the countless substitutions and variations mentioned in this article, you can customize it to your liking and dietary needs.

So why not gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and whip up some of the best vegan cornbread you’ve ever tasted? Share this recipe with friends and family, and spread the joy of plant-based cooking. Happy baking!

Vegan Cornbread!

Vegan Cornbread! Recipe

I took this recipe word-for-word off the website. I haven't tried it, but I figured we needed a vegan cornbread recipe to go along with vegetarian chili 🙂
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1 pan
Calories 1171 kcal


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup polenta or 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1/2 cup low-fat soymilk
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Mix wet ingredients in another bowl.
  • Add wet to dry and stir well.
  • Bake at 375° for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 556gCalories: 1171kcalCarbohydrates: 264gProtein: 25.3gFat: 5.9gSaturated Fat: 0.9gSodium: 3049.6mgFiber: 17.1gSugar: 51.4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beginner Cook, Breads, Easy, Grains, Inexpensive, Oven, Quick Breads, Southwestern, Vegan
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