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Totally Addictive Cornbread

This healthy cornbread is completely flourless!

healthy cornbread

Southern Comfort Food

If you were to peek inside the kitchen pantry of my childhood, I guarantee you’d find at least one box of Jiffy corn muffin mix. Although we rarely ate packaged foods (my mom preferred to cook from scratch), the Jiffy mix was an exception.

Now that I’m grown up and living on my own, I haven’t bought Jiffy in years. The mix is neither healthy nor vegan. (One of the main ingredients is hydrogenated lard!)

However, I craved it when I made my Sweet Potato Chili.

With temperatures dipping into the 20s, last week was a perfect time to experiment and create a healthy cornbread recipe. I went through three trials before coming up with the recipe below, which was a huge hit. My roommate describes it as being “totally, totally addictive. The best cornbread recipe ever.”

If you make this healthy cornbread, I hope you’ll feel the same way!

healthy cornbread

You know you want me…

Recipe here:

Totally Addictive Healthy Cornbread


  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 cups fine or medium cornmeal, reguar or whole grain
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbsp sugar, unrefined if desired
  • 11-oz can corn, drained
  • 2 tbsp coconut or canola/veg oil (see nutrition link below, for a fat-free option)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

Healthy Cornbread Recipe: Mix the vinegar with the milk, and set aside. Combine dry ingredients and mix very well. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, applesauce, corn (pulverized if you wish), and milk-vinegar. Then pour the wet into dry and mix until just mixed. Pour into a greased 8×8 dish and cook at 420 F (preheated) for about 25 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before trying to cut, or it will crumble. (Side note: true southern cornbread is supposed to be crumbly. If you prefer cake-like cornbread, click the “calories and nutrition facts” link below, as I’ve posted my non-crumbly healthy cornbread recipe on the linked page.)

View Healthy Cornbread Nutrition Facts

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What do you like to eat when it’s cold out?

One of my favorites: 5 Minute Chocolate Oatmeal.

I also love chili, hot soup or stew, and caramelized roast veggies. Oh, and anything chocolate. Chocolate is a year-round thing!

Published on January 18, 2012

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  1. Rachel says

    Yummmm!! 🙂 Looks delish, Katie! I love to eat chilli too whn it’s cold. Also, warm cookies or maple baked beans 🙂 Comfort foods for sure! Thnx for the recipe.

      • Marcee says

        They (medical folks, etc.) say that sugar-is-sugar …. whatever form it comes in. Your body does not know the difference.

        So, I suppose it all adds up to the same thing ….. sugar = very bad. Eeeek.

        We are having a special birthday party this weekend ….. all goodies (preordered) from Vanille Patisserie. They have the best sugar-loaded treats …… ever. Yikes to me.

        Oh. I LOVE REAL SUGAR ….. everyday! Need to loose it though. ::sigh::

        • Jessica says

          You can use Xylitol instead of Sugar as an alternative “sugar free” sweetener that is diabetes/candida friendly. It’s a natural birch sugar that barely effects blood sugar levels, if at all. It doesn’t taste as funky as stevia, etc. – although it does have a slightly different aftertaste.

          I was sugar-free on a Candida Detox Cleanse for 3+ months last summer and used Xylitol in a Candida friendly/Allergen-free cake for my boyfriend’s birthday party – it was a success that had everyone coming back for seconds (even those who have no dietary restrictions)!

        • @TerriblyLovely says

          They (the people in those sweet little “sugar-is-sugar” commercials) are representing the corn industry. It says so right there at the bottom. Truth is, our bodies can’t break down HFCS and have difficulty with the white stuff. Stevia is extracted from the stevia plant and you can even make it at home. If you’re having a hard time kicking the sugar habit, you might want to consider this natural, unrefined, and mostly calorie-free option! 🙂

      • Pauline says

        Hi Katie. I really love how you made a healthified delicious cornbread! Just what I’ve been craving in this cold weather. Wondering if you could replace the 1/4 cup sugar with honey and leave out the extra 2 Tbs of sweetener? Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Jennifer JCD says

    Considering the thermometer dipped to -32C today (-44C wind-chill), warm comfort food is definitely on the menu! Your cornbread recipe looks different from mine and I’ll definitely give it a try tonight – with some hearty and warm chilli on the side. We prefer unsweetened cornbread too – the sweet stuff tastes more like cake to me.

    More comfort foods for cold days: lentil soup, vegetable noodle soup, hot chocolate, chilli and cornbread, hot broth, squash soup (butternut = yummy) and lots and lots of tea. Add a fireplace, lots of warm blankets, and some cats to cuddle with, and those cold days become quite cosy!

    Keep warm!

  3. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    I love soups, stews, and the crockpot when the weather is cold. My BF is in Austin this week and said it’s gorgeous in TX. I woke up to 2 degrees and wind. Brr

    This looks awesome, love that it’s flour-free. Can’t wait to try!!

  4. Gi says

    Hi there Katie!
    I do understand that you’re having problems with your site configuration and such, but…. I would have really expected you to say something about the PIPA/SOPA thing… you know, just a couple of words.
    I know this is a cooking blog, but this is a issue which would very deeply affect the net in every aspect… so you know, I think you could have spent a couple of words about the topic.
    In my humble opinion, of course!

    Anyway, awesome recipe as usual…

        • Gi says

          Oh, well, I understand that sometime everyone can miss some information… I guess?
          I had just thought that you would have wanted to talk about it because you are a USA-based blogger, and also a quite smart one – seeing how nicely you deal with some very difficult-to-deal-with-topics.
          …but I can see you had big problem issues to solve, instead of blacking-out your web site. (:

          I’m leaving you a link to a very nice video… you know, just in case you have 5 minutes to watch it… it also has a very nice graphic, which is always nice, isn’t it? It’s quite famous on the net, but I dare to link it to you, in case you haven’t still stumbled upon this one.

          On a side note, I still can’t understand how a person can create such good recipes from just ideas while I still have problems in deciding how much salt my salad need… just wondering, ya’ know! 🙂
          (ps: this is not trying to flatter you or anything… it’s something I always think when I help my granma cooking, for example!)

  5. Jess says

    This sounds awesome. Too bad we’re having one of the first warm+sunny days here in a long, loooong time!
    And definitely soup, or orange pekoe tea (it’s not food but oh well)

    • Marcee says

      Jennifer ….. added note ….

      Many of the Jiffy products also contain beef-suet. Also, those horrid dinner rolls …. you slap em on your counter are made with yucky fats. Ugh. I do not like them. The last time I had a bite was a century ago. They are all oversalted, sugared, terrible fats and tons of fake ingredients. Not rolls or bread in my book. So easy to prepare your own w/3-4 ingredients.

      Perhaps manufacturers have changed-up ingredients. Not sure. Going to check it out next shopping trip. Got to always read labels! That really makes a huge difference in our choices for better health.

      Rachael Ray uses Jiffy mixes. Ick. Not liking how she often does that. Well, she’s a cook …… doesn’t bake from scratch.

  6. Marcee says

    Looks delicious Katie. Is that real butter on the cornbread? We love (organic whipped) butter in this household!

    Well ….. time for me to do some “changing up” regarding sugars/fats. I’ve never used …. stevia …. in baking. Or any of the other artificial sweetners. So, mix the real sugar w/the stevia. Will try that.

    My health is suffering from sugar from what I’ve been reading and being told. Kitchen supplies need to be revamped ….. not sure how to go about it. Fast! Ha.

    I should toss out all my 500+ cookbooks ….. and buy 2 veggie/vegan ones!

    Will try and make your recipe. Need to stop at Whole Foods asap!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      It’s actually Earth Balance buttery stick. 🙂

      With stevia, yeah definitely start by using it to only replace SOME of the sugar in a recipe. Especially in baked goods, you can’t replace stevia 1-for-1 because you’ll lose a lot of bulk. (Unless you use a stevia baking blend… I’ve never tried those.)

    • Melissa says

      Just in case you didn’t realize, stevia is not an artificial sweetener. 🙂 It’s a plant, just like cane sugar is from plants.

      I use the NuNaturals baking blend exclusively when baking for myself/my family at home. I use about 1/3 – 1/2 the amount called for to avoid any aftertaste. Still plenty sweet but not overly stevia-ish. I even use stevia to make homemade vegan ice cream!


  7. Heather says

    I was so sad the day I learned that Jiffy cornbread had lard in it. Because I also grew up using Jiffy mixes.. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  8. Brittany says

    I love this recipe! I’m a bit of a southern girl at heart, and cornbread is a definite favorite. I’m excited to try out a healthy version!!

  9. Erin says

    Yay! Ya know, I found a vegan, GF cornbread recipe online a few months ago, and followed the recipe on my phone instead of printing it out…. what a mistake that was! It was the BEST cornbread I’ve ever had, and I can’t find it to save my life. It only used cornmeal no flour, so I’m hoping yours is as good as that one was!!! I can’t wait to try it. 🙂

  10. T says

    Oooh I will definitely be making this! I used to love that Jiffy mix… I bet you could also jazz this up with some jalapenos (like people do with the box mix versions.)

    This would be great with a big bowl of chili!

  11. Paula says

    Oh my goodness Katie — I can’t wait to try this. What great timing! I used up all my white and ww flour and decided not to bake anymore. But I do have a lot of cornmeal left, and was thinking how could I make muffins without the flour? And I also thought how interesting it would be to add real corn kernels. But I had not idea how to do it. Leave it to you, ya little genius. 🙂 xoxo

      • Paula says

        Katie — I made them today, with the sugar this first time. Not as muffins though — I’m too lazy to clean muffin pans. Excellent! Only thing, I used coconut oil scooped out of the jar, and I should have heated it a bit first. No biggie, I just put the whole wet mixture into the microwave to liquid out the coconut oil and then mixed in the dry ingredients. Yep, you’re a genius. Just love the real corn kernels added (I mushed them up in my bullet).

        I think the recipe might also be good with a lot of lemon or orange zest/extract added. (Got that idea from Post Punk Kitchen’s Sunny Cornbread and I am hooked on adding citrus zest to any baking.

        Thank you so much. Have you thought of making a youtube?

          • Paula says

            Oh I am so happy to hear that! And I’m not surprised. Confidence girl, confidence. There’s no reason you should not have it. Hay look at this successful website that you’ve created. That took a set of … uh … that took a lot of moxy :). You are articulate, and it doesn’t hurt that you are also lovely to look at. And the world needs for the vegan cooks to take over … you can do it! Much love and support to you. Hope you can attach a link of the newsclip. And doing a youtube in the privacy and solitude of your home shouldn’t be hard. Look at all the attention-seeking jerks on there who have no problem putting themselves up there.

  12. Kilee says

    OMG – gluten-free cornbread lover over here! I have to try this recipe out. I always use a mixture of half gluten-free flour and half cornmeal.

    I hope you have a great day!

  13. Rena says

    Ok so i might be the first one who actually made this lol. I halved the recipe since i only had 1 cup of cornmeal in the house. Its already done!!! I served it with chili. Had my father over for meal too and he was ooing and aahing 🙂
    Thanks for the great recipes!

  14. Brandee says

    Did you drain the corn? Thank you for the recipe, I just recently descovered your website and love it so far. I love to bake but had to cut down on it because we are trying to be more healthy. So thank you for giving me back baking.

  15. caterina says

    Could you please explain me the difference between cornmeal and corn flour? I live in Italy so these terms are not very clear to me 🙂 And also, what would you call the flour used to make polenta?

  16. Nadiya says

    Aww it does look very comforting and I’m completely jealous. It’s negative temperature where I live right now 😛 So deginately will be needing that soup and corn bread 🙂

  17. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says

    Omg your cornbread looks amazing!! I can’t remember the last time I had cornbread but I love it– especially with chili! And we used to eat those Jiffy Cornbread all the time growing up! And my brother and I loved the Jiffy Blueberry Muffins– my mom always tried to get us to eat regular Blueberry muffins but we only liked the fake blueberries in the Jiffy mix!

  18. Jenn says

    I love cornbread and I am looking forward to trying your version! It goes so well with my favorite winter food, soups and stews! I also like baked casseroles in the winter. You get warm food + warm kitchen. Win win.

  19. Kay Stephens says

    Please specifcy for the cornbread recipe – cream or whole kernel corn???

    Also, will buttermilk substitute for the milk/vinegar mixture??

  20. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    I’ve never made cornbread! One of those things that I’ve never had the urge to make; I’m more of a banana bread than a cornbread girl…and when it’s cold outside: coffee (or hot chocolate!) come to mind.

  21. Lisa says

    Don’t you love when you see something like this, want to make it and realize that you have all the ingredients???? YAYYYYYYYYY

  22. Morgan says

    Katie! I’ve been reading for a long time and love your blog so much 🙂 do you think we will ever see a healthified cinnamon roll? Or maybe cinnamon swirl bread? That would be amazing!

  23. vogelstar says

    I wonder if this corn bread can be fried to make hush puppies – which I love?
    I grew up on custard as a warming food, yesturday my mom made me some with soy milk and added cocoa powder and shredded coconut, it was so comforting. PS, have you ever thought about filming little videos of your recipe prep?

  24. natalie @ southern fit foodie says

    YUM! Being from TN, I also ate my fair share of cornbread growing up. My mom always made it from scratch, but every now and then we would use a quick fix of Jiffy. The ingredients are totally sketchy though – you are correct!

    I love eating chili, soups, and stews during colder weather. Also, if it is cold outside I must have a hot breakfast! Oatmeal, of course, always does the trick.

  25. Katie says

    Just wanted to say that I’m loving the addition of more savory recipes! Of course I love the sweets, but it’s exciting to see both because you’re so creative and come up with such delicious ideas – keep it up;)

  26. Kit-Kat says

    I love eating oatmeal on cold mornings, but my go-to comfort in the cold energy is cocoa (soy, of course). I was the cocoa queen as a little girl, and I still hold that title!
    The cornbread looks delish. I knew it was cornbread when I saw the picture yesterday. Looks so much tastier than Marie Calender’s! 🙂

  27. Caralyn says

    This looks great! I love cornbread, buthaven’t had it in sooooooo long because it’s generally unhealthy. This recipe is just the thing to fix that. On cold days, I like to have a warm soup.

  28. Moni'sMeals says

    GASP!!! No chocolate! WTF?! Haha just kidding. 🙂 🙂
    THIS ROCKS!! Great for this time of year too.

    I love trying a new Katie Recipe! Yum. 🙂

  29. AikoVenus says

    This is a great recipe! I have one that’s a bit more addictive though – with lots of veggie sausage and chilies – you just have to try it! ^^ Er…whenever I get around to the recipe.

  30. Steph says

    Gosh, I am really craving some of your cornbread right now! When I get the chance, I will make both versions! I think I will like the cake one better but I’m definitely trying out both.

  31. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! says

    I like my cornbread southern style as well! More savory instead of sweet….plus I think corn has a ton of natural sweetness on its own!

  32. Emilia says

    This looks so good, even though it’s not that cold in England right now, I can’t wait to try it! I love cornbread and am always up for trying some, this one does sound particularly fantastic. When it’s cold out my favorite foods are generally oats and tea…if tea can be counted as a food, that is.

  33. JGodbolt says

    Man I loved cornbread but I did’nt know that you actually have cornbread like that. That cornbread looks like a great dessert. How about you send me some that cornbread.

  34. Becca says

    I’m a Texan living in Iowa…miss me some cornbread FOR REAL!! I’ll have to try this one! I’m also digging your sweet potato chili recipe…

  35. Sarah says


    This got a big thumbs up from the entire family last night. And that’s sayin something, because my DH and teenage sons are NOT into healthy eating. Normally it takes a lot to even get them to TRY something semi-healthy. But this?
    This, my one son went back for thirds! And my southern-raised DH proclaimed it was the best cornbread he’s ever eaten!

    Thanks Katie!!! 🙂

  36. Shelly says

    This is delicious! I am eating it right now. I didn’t have any canned corn so I subbed in frozen but I cooked it a little with some water and tossed it in my food processor to cream it slightly and it worked great!

    • Allyson says

      I just made it with frozen corn, totally frozen when I added it, and it worked fine. Was a little more crumbly than it was probably supposed to be. It’s my new favorite cornbread recipe. So glad I couldn’t find my old stand-by recipe. Change can be good 🙂

  37. Barb says

    I made this last night and it was sooo good! I’ve never had a cornbread recipe that doesn’t use flour OR butter, and not a lot of sugar! It was perfect, as I’ve been on a soup-making kick recently! Thanks for the great recipe (although I still love your dessert posts more 🙂 )

  38. tinemarie says

    This is the 2nd of your recipes I have made. I happened to have everything in my pantry. It only took a few minutes to throw it together. I am just a regular girl, who does not have much time to cook and who is trying to lose weight. I thought this cornbread was so good! Plenty sweet enough, and so delicious!!!!! Yum!

  39. Sooze says

    I just made this cornbread (sugar-free option and I used coconut oil) and it is AMAZING. definitely agree that this could be addictive. Thanks for a healthy and delicious recipe!

  40. Andrea says

    I am SO excited to try this. I’m on a gluten-free experiment and have reaaaaaally been missing fresh-out-of-the-oven bread. I know my husband has, too! Chili and cornbread tonight, here we come!

  41. Katie @ ohshineon says

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a delicious corn bread recipe (or healthy one) ever posted. I’m going go-go over this. With loads of melted butter on top?! My mouth is drenched in drool!

  42. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles says

    So excited to try this! My recently discovered gluten intolerance has me seeking out recipes everywhere 🙂

  43. Anne Schnedl says

    I just made this … excellent! This is *real* cornbread – and will now replace Jiffy for me!! I used the
    sugar, but did not use any stevia and loved it. I do think most would want/like the sweetened version (unless your really hard core – I’m not!); Next batch, though, I’ll use butter instead of oil (though coconut oil would probably work well also as it hardens at room temp like butter – I think that may help it be less crumbly). I can’t wait to try this under some chili! It is extremely crumbly – I ate my first piece in a bowl.

  44. Violet says

    I just made this! I didn’t listen to you and just used the 2T of sugar and I like it! It’s plenty sweet for me, but I did use unsweetened vanilla almond milk which has a sweetness to it so maybe that’s why. It’s actually a bit on the salty side for my tastes, but I know I’m really sensitive to saltiness. I added about a cup of finely chopped broccoli to your recipe too. Yum! Love your recipes!

  45. Violet says

    eh I just had some more after it cooled down and I realized it’s probably bitterness from insisting on so little sugar that I’m tasting, and not salt. oh well I will certainly eat it all and enjoy 🙂

  46. Raney says

    YUM! I just made this, using coconut oil, and half regular/half blue cornmeal. It’s definitely on the crumbly side, but perfect with a bowl of chili!

  47. isabel Barganier says

    hey katie! i tried this cornbread recipe and it turned out soooooo delicious!!!! thank you so much for this awesome recipe! (by the way) I put it in the oven at 420 but i took it out at out 18 minutes and it was cooked all the way through :))) but anyways i absolutely love this yummy cornbread! thanks! 🙂

  48. Amy says

    I’m a huge Jiffy cornbread girl…but this was awesome!! So much healthier and my almost 2 year old (who eats NOTHING) gobbled up 2 pieces. I found your site through skinny taste and love it! We made your chocolate pecan pie for my Dad’s birthday yesterday. Thanks for all your hard work 🙂

  49. Anonymous says

    Do you think Apple Cider Vinegar would work in place of the white vinegar? I don’t see why not, just thought maybe there was a reason you used the white 🙂

  50. Anonymous says

    I just made this cornbread, using the Apple Cider Vinegar in the place of white, omitted the extra two Tbs of sweetener it called for and OMG soooooo good. Great accompaniment to my homemade spicy black bean soup. Just wanted to mention that I think you could even scale back on the sugar a bit if you wanted to, depending on your tastes of course 🙂 (I used coconut sugar – the 1/4 cup called for and the cornbread is amazing, but I *think* I could cut this back by a third maybe. The less sugar in my diet, the better! : ) ) Thanks SO much for the amazing recipe!!! SO tasty!

  51. Cassandra says

    I made the cakey version of this this morning before work. Didn’t try it yet, but it looked and smelled delicious! I tasted the batter, and it was a bit too sweet for me, so I’m interested to see how it turns out. I think next time I’ll use half the sweetener. Just wanted to say thank you again for your amazing recipes! My husband and I have been trying to lose weight, and this site helps us enjoy dessert every once in awhile. You’re the best!

  52. snenny says

    This was just gorgeous!! Another utterly delish recipe. I ended up doing 1 1/2 cups cornmeal with 1/2 cup flour. I’ve never tried cornbread before, and it was awesome with savoury (I had mine smeared with butter and served with chilli and your ranch dip), but also with sweet – I had another piece crumbled into one of your whip cream bowls with sprinkles and caramel drizzle!

    Any idea how long the cornbread would keep for? Thanks for the inspiration!

  53. Julie says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! (my 4-year old son, who’s not supposed to eat milk, eggs or wheat, gobbled it up with me.)

  54. Alexandra says

    Beautiful recipe! I’m new to your blog and still learning. Are you going to assemble a cookbook in the near future? Thanks so much.

  55. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen says

    I love that you like the “true” southern style cornbread w/o sugar. THAT, my friend, is exactly who is is supposed to be!

  56. Annie says

    Made this without the extra little bit of sweetener (just used the 1/4 cup sugar) and it was fantastic. Everyone who ate it LOVED it, despite their dietary persuasions.
    Thank you for a gluten free/vegan recipe that works!

      • EQ says

        Maybe use polenta and try sticking it in the fridge/freezer so it firms up 3T polenta and one packet of brown sugar maple cream of wheat with 1 cup of water microwaved for 2.5 minutes, stirred and microwaved for 2 more minutes then put in the freezer with whipped cream and 2tsp choco chips to melt in while it firms up is one of my fav desserts! Especially if you mix in chopped strawberries

  57. Natalie says

    I love this recipe (cooking it right now! forgot the oil so we’ll see what happens :S) totally my favourite one on the blog. Please Please Please can you make more non-sweet baking recipes that are this easy???

  58. Lana says

    Just made this as muffins! I kind of combined the two recipes :3 Made ~12 muffins, used a cup each of spelt and cornmeal, didn’t have any baking powder so used xanthum gum instead; also omitted pretty much all the sweetener because my family hates sweet cornbread. They taste slightly buttery, nice and savoury — really nice with ajvar, which is a spicy (ish) Polish/Croatian vegetable relish.

  59. Alanna says

    Finally got around to trying this one! Cornbread is one of those things I always forget I love, haha. It’s definitely crumbly, but that makes it good for soaking up other liquids from your food, right? 😉 I think next time I’ll puree the corn a bit and try the cakey version, but the flavor is quite good. Tomorrow will be the true taste-test, though… My boyfriend is from Southern VA and is a big cornbread fan!

  60. Sara says

    Hi Katie,

    I have been reading your blog from Belgium
    and I cant wait to try some of your recipies
    only one problem I don’t know what the amount is of one cup?
    What type of cup do you mean? A small one? How many grams?

  61. Annie says

    This is the first time making one of your recipes, although I’ve been admiring and linking to them forever! I’ve been seriously craving cornbread for weeks now though, so when I saw this recipe I made it immediately. It was AMAZING, and seriously addicting! And for the record, I made the unsweetened version and loved it (so did my little sister, whose sweet tooth may rival yours!)

    Here’s the link to mine:

    Thanks again!

  62. Alexis says

    This recipe looks pretty good. The last one I tried had some strange ingredients in it that made it get weird and moldy in like two days. (though for some reason, it smelled ten times sweeter when moldy than before…) I’ll probably combine this recipe with the one on the nutrition info page.

  63. Sarah says

    I used House Autry Yellow Plain Cornmeal made with whole grain corn, Organic Pure Cane Sugar instead of evaporated cane juice, two whole packets of stevia, almond milk, coconut oil, and natural no sugar added applesauce. I saw on your cake-like recipe that you warned against over-mixing so I wondered if that was the reason they didn’t hold up.

  64. Tiffany Lundin says

    I’m going to a bar b q today a d wanted to try this out! I know, gutsy to try something new without knowing the outcome lol but I was wondering if I can sub the sugar with agave or honey? I just don’t know how much I should use. Any suggestions? Or should I just stick with reg sugar for the first time?

  65. Starving Student says

    I made these today and they are awesome! I will definitely make them again. I used some sweetcorn that I had frozen last summer, I just thawed it and drained it and it worked great.

  66. Cori says

    I just made this today. SUPER yum! I used honey instead of sugar and added 2 TBSP of molasses instead of stevia…SOOOOOOO delish! very little crumbling and a bit darker looking than yours. I will definitely make this again!

    • Leah says

      How much honey did you use in place of the 1/4 cup sugar? I’m hoping to use it next time! Mine seems way too crumbly this time.

  67. Britni says

    Wow. I can’t get over how amazing this cornbread is! I think it may be the best cornbread I have ever had. I think I may eat the whole pan tonight. By myself. This is in my recipe book for life!! Thank you!!

  68. karen says

    What??? Cornbread is here too? Yes we used jiffy mix but then the egg allergy came along. Now I can have cornbread again. Wonderful…you have made me so happy 🙂

  69. Mike says

    Googled to your site when I searched for making cornbread without flour. Tried your recipe and you’re right, I’m addicted to it! I used a Vita-Mix and ground the corn meal, which I find to be fun. The other ingredients were easy to obtain. I’ll definitely be trying more of your recipes.

  70. bobbi says

    I tried your cake like cornbread yesterday with my sweet potato chili. we have one anti cornbread fan in this house, well,he ate 4 pieces of corn bread, needless to say, he’s now a convert. I will have try this corn bread recipe too.

  71. bobbi says

    you really need to put your cake like cornbread in the search engine- that was so delicious but it doesn’t come up when I search your site for it (of course I found it by following the nutritional link for the flour less cornbread)
    could you update the seach engine box when you get a moment (like you have time with all the wonderful recipes you are coming up with- I practically live on this website to see what you are making next)- LOVE the recipes!!!

  72. Amanda Jayne says

    I just made the cake-like version as mini muffins. I left out half of the agave and added a half cup of frozen corn. I made a hole in the center of each muffin before putting it in the oven so that when they come out I can fill the hole with honey! This way the person eating it can decide how sweet they want it. It ends up making 24 mini muffins. I want to eat them all!!

    • cck says

      Yes, tablespoons… I know it sounds like a lot, but it’s correct (and it really does work, as many others have made this successfully). 😉

  73. Jessica, The Debt Princess says

    YAY! A gf/vegan recipe that doesn’t call for Xantham or Guar Gum!! I’m pulling recipes for Thanksgiving to make and I’m definitely going to give this one a go. I think I’ll have to make it before hand to check it out first, of course!

    Happy to have found your blog!

  74. Bria says

    I just made this tonight, baked it in my cast iron pan (8″) which I greased first by heating it in the oven with some ghee.

    I used light coconut milk, coconut oil, and since I had no canned corn (no frozen corn either) I subbed about 1 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin. I ended up adding about a 1/4 cup of water to the batter at the end although it may have been fine without it. I also used just 1/4 cup of coconut palm sugar.

    It turned out amazingly good and surprisingly not pumpkin-y. Crumbly, but tasty. Perfect for us because I can’t eat eggs and we don’t eat gluten.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  75. Laura W. says

    This cornbread turned out PERFECT!! I used it to make a cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving today, and everyone loved it. My boyfriend even went back for seconds! So glad to find a recipe that my taste buds and my stomach are in agreement about, delicious!

  76. Katie says

    My fellow Katie, I love your blog and have made many of your recipes over the past year. Tonight I made the cornbread to go with my chili. As usual, when I halve a recipe, I halved some things and forgot to halve others so it was a bit salty! This is a great recipe; I left out the sugar and kept it crumbly. It totally reminded me of my grandma’s true southern cornbread.

    I also made your fudge daddy brownies sugar-free tonight (I added about 20 drops of stevia) and added some peanut butter to the batter. I used 1/4 cup raw cacao powder and added 2 tablespoons of unprocessed cocoa powder. I’m a bit of an angry munchkin, myself when it comes to chocolate.

    Lastly, I made the crustless pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and I cut the sugar in half. It was so tasty. And yes, I ate the whole thing! Keep ’em comin’, girl.

  77. Lola says

    Totally addictive is right! This is super yummy! I left out the corn kernels, just because I dont like the texture, and it was fantastic- especially warmed with a little melted earth balance.

  78. Kathy says

    I tried this last night and it was yummy except not moist enough. I had previously made a yummy cornbread with Jiffy mix, cottage cheese, corn, eggs, etc. Since I am trying a vegan diet, I tried this one. Jiffy mix also contains animal fat FYI. So if I add more applesauce would that make it more moist? Thanks.

  79. Kristin says

    I have a similar recipe but use ripe banana instead of applesauce. It’s a weird combination, but it tastes fantastic.

  80. Emma says

    I just made this cornbread from some local corn meal we got at the farmers market and it is incredible! I am new to your blog but it is amazing and whenever I have a sweet craving, I come here. Thank you for all that you do! ( I can’t wait for my family to try this bread with some chili later 🙂 )

  81. Hania says

    Well … can you believe I have never tried cornbread before?
    First try tonight- and and and… I love it 🙂 Totally in love 🙂

    Thank you!!!! 🙂

  82. Ginger says

    Hey Katie,

    I keep thinking of this as a single-lady thing, coming out of my microwave perfect for breakfast within a minute… Call me crazy, but maybe even with some blueberries thrown in…
    Do you think that could work? Any tips? I think I’ll just try it tomorrow, whatever the consequences! 🙂

    • Ginger says

      I did it. Of course, I’m less meticulous than you, and I think I may have reduced the grain amount much more than the other things… I also used banana instead of apple sauce, and more baking powder instead of soda (because I didn’t have any). And a 2:1 ratio of cornmeal and spelt flour. And then I microwaved.

      Well, it was — perfect! I nominate the single-lady corn bread as the next single-lady addition to CCK! Bonus points if you can somehow involve chocolate in the mix 😀

  83. Vienna says

    ALL STEVIA VERSION: I used 2 packets of stevia and no other sweetener. I am not sure what others’ feedback would be, but for one who is reducing sugar in her diet this tasted great! Funny, it tasted really buttery too. I used 9 oz. of frozen corn that was half-blended, so no defined kernels. It was extremely moist – and extremely crumbly. I’ve never had southern-style so I am not sure if what I made has the correct texture, but Katie says it supposed to crumble.

  84. Marisa says

    Just wondering if you knew that vinegar actually contains gluten, thus making this recipe NOT actually gluten-free.

  85. Mary Beth says

    I just made the fabulous corn bread but I didn’t have a can of corn. Instead of using sugar I used ‘Agave Nectar’ (raw)which is a natural sweetener. Ooh it’s so yummy!!

  86. Melissa says

    Hi Katie,
    I LOVE your site and use it ALL the time! I had a question about the cornbread… my family loves it and I make it alot, but whenever I try to make it with almond milk, the middle falls. It only rises when I use regular milk. Suggestions?
    Thanks for all of your great recipes – I’m addicted to so many of them!

  87. Katherine says

    Made this recipe yesterday, halved (since it’s just my mom and I eating it), as you listed it with 1/8 cup sugar and used coconut oil. It turned out delicious, and my mom used inspiration from your sweet potato chili to make a stew, which is wonderful as well. Love all your recipes and how easy and customizable they are, Katie! 🙂

  88. Lilly says

    This is a recipes I’ve been looking for! I love to make chili and this is an accompaniment I have been living without because of a wheat allergy 🙁 I’ve tried other recipes and have received thumbs down from my family on taste. Used maple syrup instead of white or cane sugar.

  89. Alli says

    Just made these as muffins. The recipie made 16 muffins and after just 12 minutes I had delicious cornbread perfection! I’ve used this recipie in a pan too; honestly, the muffins might be better. Wonderful recipie!

  90. Esther says

    This recipe sounds great! I’d like to make it with real milk as my son has nut allergies, but I’m not sure it’s a good idea given that it has to be combined with vinegar. Won’t the milk curdle? Please let me know, I’d like to make it today, if possible. Thank you very much!

  91. angela says


    I’ve been making a lot of your recipes recently. I just made the cornbread. Fabulous!!! I used creamed corn and a bit more applesauce. It was moist and delicious. Thank you!!!! Blessings~~angela

  92. Tanya says

    The cornbread I grew up on had zero sugar. Also didn’t have the kernel corn in it. Just cornmeal, egg, oil and milk. So I pretty much followed that with this recipe. Wish me luck.

    • Tanya says

      Not only was it amazing with my okra, tomato, corn succotash and sauted chard with hot sauce…I then tested it with just a little salt and some almond milk! AMAZING! Thank you, Katie!

  93. Melanie says

    Great Cornbread! It came out perfect. I only had Vanilla Almond milk on hand and I used a whole can of creamed corn instead of the applesauce.
    Good Eats.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  94. Mariah says

    I used this recipe to make corn muffins. They were so good with chili! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! 🙂

  95. Katherine says

    i made the cake-like cornbread, using sweetened applesauce so i omitted the maple syrup. I used white flour. they were so delicious! even my mom who is very picky when it comes to healthy dessert-type things said she really liked them, and didn’t even say it with a high voice that she uses when she lies 🙂 very good Katie! thank you!

  96. Katherine says

    Omg Katie this cornbread was DELICIOUS! Believe it or not, this was my first time ever trying cornbread, so I might not have anything to compare it to, but I don’t think I need to!
    And for the record, I used the “crumbly recipe”, and made it into muffins and they completely held their place!! They didn’t fall apart like I was expecting based on other reviews! Very impressed 🙂

  97. Barbara says

    Made this tonight with White Chicken Chili and LOVED it! I followed the recipe exactly except I added 2 TBSP honey instead of the stevia. It turned out delicious! Definitely addictive!

    • Tanu says

      I used a frozen bag of corn. I washed it with warm water to thaw, squeezed out all the water and just threw it in the mix. It was perfect. I don’t think you need to add anything before pulverizing in my opinion.

  98. Erin in AK says

    I’m late to the party, but wanted to take a moment to thank you for this great recipe. After many attempts at a GF/DF cornbread, even succumbing to a mix at one point, with a variety of failures…we’ve finally found a winner! The crumblyness is perfect, yet the bread is still moist. We all had seconds. Thank you!

  99. Robin Ferguson says

    You’re right! It is totally addictive! I milled some cornmeal today from organic popcorn in my Nutrimill and went in search of a healthier cornbread recipe and found yours. Being diabetic, I have to be careful about the carb count. The only change I made was that I used Featherweight no sodium baking powder. It really cut down on the sodium content. Being from Texas, I left the “sweet” out. Next time, I’ll add some jalapeno heat. I loved the density and the corn kernels in it! According to my calculations, it made 9 servings with each one being 166 calories, 299 mg of sodium, and only 30 g of carbohydrate (which counts as 2 starches) per serving! And it is a nice portion…not a thumbnails worth! I will be making this on a regular basis for sure! Meanwhile, I have 8 more portions in the freezer…(had to get them there fast ’cause I really wanted to fall face forward a la Garfield into the lot!). Now to look at your other recipes since you did such a great job with this one!

  100. Tanu says

    I made this yesterday and it turned out pretty good. One of the best gluten free vegan baking I have done! So thank you for the recipe!!

    It was a bit in the drier side for me and I felt it could have been more moist. Any suggestions?

  101. Rexxie says

    My boyfriend made this the other day (I was planning to but he offered to do it for me because I was busy). It was AMAZING! We finished the tray in about 24 hours and I may or may not have eaten 2/3 of it 😉 In my defence I have several food intolerances and this was the only bread I’ve had in over a month (aside from some coconut paleo bread that was super dense and I’m just really not a fan of). It was so awesome to have some kind of real bread again, and it tasted so good! Thanks for sharing this, and I hope you don’t mind me mentioning it on my new blog (I’ll give you credit of course) 🙂

  102. Leah says

    Because I dislike the texture of kernels in cornbread, I put all the liquid ingredients in my blender before mixing them into the dry. Turned out great!!

  103. Jaime says

    I just made this to go with my (vegan) chilli. I added a minced, fresh jalapeño to the batter. It was freakin’ FABULOUS!!!!! A keeper!!!!!!!

  104. grace says

    Excellent cornbread. I subbed 1/3 cup ground flaxseed for part of the cornmeal and did not use any corn or stevia. It is the best gluten free cornbread I have ever had. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  105. Kerri says

    This looks great, I am fruit intolerant however and wonder if you have a suggestion for swapping out the applesauce with something non-fruit?

  106. laura says

    Way too salty! And no, we didn’t confuse baking soda and powder. with some tweaking, this would be an excellent recipe!

  107. Toni says

    Hi Katie, stumbled upon this recipe and had a couple of questions: can I substitute vegs butter for the oil and can I bake the recipe in muffin form?

  108. Carlena says

    Never mind it’s the best cornbread I’ve ever had it’s the best I’ve ever made thank you so much for sharing this recipe Ive been going through hundreds of vegan recipes for cornbread and by far this one is the most delicious thank you so much Katie.
    And I wanted to ask is the batter supposed to me in between thick and thin or thick

  109. jo says

    I need a marriage of this and a single lady cupcake. A whole pan is a dangerous thing to have in my house. (even the freezer, even something healthy.)

  110. Luci says

    I just made this. I inadvertently left out the Stevia, but to be honest, the cornbread doesn’t need it. I thought it tasted delicious!

  111. Brit says

    This cornbread is amazing! I only had maybe 3 tbsp of applesauce left so I added just a little extra oil. But really, it couldn’t have come out any better. This southern girl gives this recipe 5 stars!

  112. Lisa says

    Dear Katie,
    Thank you so much for the recipe of this delicious cornbread! I made the cornbread for the birthday party of my little child. We had it with pumpin soup and everybody loved it (I think they all had cornbread for the first time)! It was moist and had perfect consistency. I made it with one half corn flour and the other half polenta.
    Greetings from Berlin!


  113. Geselle says

    I will be trying this recipe today, but I just wanted to throw my two cents in about something. I noticed the concern about the taste with applesauce. I discovered, by chance, many years back, that pear sauce (like the ones in baby food jars), is an excellent replacement. I can’t stand the taste left behind by apple sauce, but pear sauce I can’t taste. Just a thought for those who might want to consider it.

  114. Kate says

    I just made this and it came out fantastic! I didn’t include the salt because I was a bit wary of others comments, but I’m sure it would of been fine with it (perhaps mixing up baking soda and baking powder is easy to do? Or there’s salt in the canned corn already?) I stuck the corn, apple sauce, oil in a food processor instead of using just whole corn kernels. I also added a little flax seed to the milk mixture to add a little more binding power. It came out perfectly corn bread crumbly and not fall apart crumbly. I used just plain sugar for all the call for sugar and probably would half it next time because it doesn’t need to be that sweet, (says a girl with a huge sweet tooth) but it is definitely still excellent. This is a really great recipe I’m really glad I found it! My celiac roommate is psyched.

  115. Tina says

    Cornbread is baby stufff, Katie…..come on!
    Healthy up those King’s Hawaiian Rolls if you want to impress us!
    (I’m just kidding. This is a great recipe. I just figured you couldn’t turn down a challenge and if anyone could conquer the mystery of that pineapple-y bread, it would be YOU!)

  116. Hannah S says

    This sounds delicious and so much healthier then the one I make now with buttermilk. Would this recipe keep the cornbread still moist if I use a cast iron pan to bake it?
    And I agree with you, I like my cornbread without the sugar, I think it makes for a well rounded side for lunch or dinner and it seems healthier.
    Thank you for the new recipe. Happy holidays!

  117. Claire says

    Just made this for my (healthy tastebud free) family & was met with their enthusiastic approval!
    I subbed the 1/4C of sugar with 1/4C of maple syrup and 2TBS honey instead of the extra sugar…It really is super super addicting. I just had two large pieces and I think I’ll go for some more as soon as I finish writing this;)
    Thank you for another scrumptious and deliciously wholesome recipe!

  118. Holly says

    I LOVE this cornbread. I have made so many cornbread recipes in the past and haven’t found the perfect one. This has great texture and the perfect sweetness. One mistake I made the first time I made it was I thought it was done and the middle sank, so I have found it works best if I cook it for about 30 minutes and at about 20 minutes I cover the top with tin foil. Thanks Katie for a great recipe!

  119. Dana says

    I’ve been looking for a vegan cornbread recipe that I like! I like the idea of adding a tiny bit of sweetness to it, but would like to try maple syrup instead. Katie, how much maple syrup do you think will be needed to substitute for the sugar? Thank you!

  120. Jayni @ FitandLivelyMom says

    Just made this with the kids tonight, and we loved it! We substituted the sugar with honey used all applesauce instead of the oil. It was a little moist in some places (my guess is from the applesauce), but still turned out wonderful! I may try using the oil next time, but plan on keeping the honey instead of the sugar.

  121. Sarah Hernandez says

    Could I substitute the regular sugar for coconut palm sugar or xylitol? If I do would it be the same measurement?

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      Yes but if using coconut sugar, you should use 1 packed cup for every 1 regular cup sugar.

  122. Grace says

    Finally found organic cornmeal that agrees with my diet and was so excited to try this! I can’t eat apples so I used honey instead of sugar and omitted the applesauce. Turned out great!

  123. Morgan says

    Just made this, it only took me 45 minutes!
    – counting the clean-up in between ingredients
    It’s delicious covered in honey in a bowl of chilled almond milk!

  124. Christina says

    Hi! So happy to have found this! Thank you! The vinegar is to activate the baking soda/powder? Could I use an almond buttermilk instead? Something I stumbled upon a fews ago i.e. one squeezed lemon
    for every cup of almond milk. Happy holidays!

  125. Megan says

    I made these on New Years Eve (VERY delayed review…I know) to accompany a black eyed pea cauliflower dish and my friends loved them! The whole pieces of corn make a big difference and add a wonderful texture to accompany the delicate crumb. I’m thinking maybe some jalapeno or diced green chile would add a nice touch for future versions!

  126. efa says

    hi katie.. did the recipe called for 2 tablespoon baking powder?
    i got a bit bitter after tasted…other than that its just awsome!

  127. Jennifer says

    This was really yummy. I’ve been looking for a gluten-free cornbread without crazy flours in it. Thanks! I also made the muffin version but we liked this one much better.

  128. Gina says

    Katie, you’ve done it again! I love every recipe of yours that I’ve tried. I’m making my favorite turkey chili this weekend and gasped when I saw the nutrition facts in boxed cornbread, so I came here to see if you have a recipe and OF COURSE YOU DO! I cannot wait! You’re a genius.

  129. Sarah says

    Is it possible the recipe was supposed to have 2 teaspoons of baking powder, not 2 tablespoons? My bread had an off flavor about it and I wonder if that was the problem.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hmm I’ve made them without an issue, and it looks like other commenters here have as well, so was it maybe an ingredient that was bad or old or something?

  130. K says

    I made this and it was literally inedible because there was waaay too much baking powder/soda indicated. And I followed the recipe exactly

  131. Eden says

    I made this cornbread yesterday and it was the BEST cornbread I’ve ever made, hands down! ??
    My family LOVED it! It was absolutely delicious! I used coconut sugar as my sweetener of choice. Thank you, Katie, for always sharing such great recipes!

  132. Lauren Migdon says

    I really want to make this tonight but I only have enough cornmeal for about 1 cup. Can I use something else for the other cup? Whole wheat flour or almond flour? Trying to avoid a trip to the store if I can! 🙂 Thanks for all your great recipes!

  133. Teresa says

    It’s in the oven, but in very WORRIED!! Was it supposed to be
    2 teaspoons baking powder?? becuz it says
    2 tablespoons baking powder. 😬

  134. Julie says

    is there is typo in calling for 2 tbsp of baking powder rather than 2 tsp? i’m planning to bake this and that amount seems much higher than usual

  135. Kathryn says

    I made this last night. I didn’t have any corn to add, though, so I just went by the texture and hoped for the best. Annnd this morning I realized I forgot to add the oil 🤦🏼‍♀️ But I came to say that it was still delicious and paired perfectly with my chili! I will definitely make it again, though properly!

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