Vegan Cornbread

5 from 20 votes

Quick and Easy to make, this made from scratch dairy-free vegan cornbread recipe is soft and fluffy - makes an excellent addition to any meal

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There’s no need to miss out on cornbread this Thanksgiving if you are dairy-free or following a plant based lifestyle. Made with almond milk and maple syrup, this homemade vegan cornbread is wonderfully soft and fluffy and is so easy to make.

Small plate with 4 vegan cornbreads
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Skip the box mix this year and make your vegan cornbread from scratch. As well as being so much more flavorful, it also doesn’t contain the preservatives and hydrogenated fats that are often found in store bought mixes. It takes about the same time to make your own with natural ingredients, and the results are so good!

How to make vegan cornbread

  1. Add the dry ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Whisk together to combine,
  3. Add the wet ingredients to another bowl and whisk together.
  4. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet. Feel free to add turmeric for a bright yellow color!
  5. Pour the cornbread batter into a prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake until done.
6 image collage to show how to make the recipe from mixing in bowl to baking

Tips for making homemade cornbread

  1. Switch out the milk to any plant-based milk of your choice. Cashew or other nut milk is preferable, but oat milk also works to keep the cornbread vegan.
  2. Make the cornbread more savory by adding more paprika or sweeter with more maple syrup. I recommend increasing the paprika to one teaspoon for a more savory quality or increasing the maple syrup to two to three tablespoons for a sweeter bread.
  3. Use fine ground cornmeal if you can find it. If you use fine cornmeal, you can reduce the milk by ¼ cup and you don’t need to let it sit and absorb. The medium ground can be coarse so letting is set before baking creates a softer texture.
  4. Allow the cornbread to cool in the pan before removing and slicing it. If you cut it into squares too early, it will likely fall apart.
Small tray with the homemade baked cornbread after baking

Frequently asked questions

Can you make it gluten-free?

Cornmeal itself is gluten-free, but we do use flour in this recipe. I would wager that you can use a 1:1 gluten-free flour in the place of the all purpose flour, but I haven’t ried it myself. If you do, I would love to hear in the comments below!

Can you make this recipe in a skillet?

Traditional cornbread is made in a cast iron skillet, but I know not everyone has one. The cornbread baked in a pan came out wonderfully! If you have a cast iron skillet, you can of course use that. Spray the skillet with cooking spray and pre heat it in the oven. Once your batter is ready you can pour it in.

What do you serve with it?

This vegan cornbread is perfect to serve as a side for your Thanksgiving meal, and it’s amazing to serve with soups, chilis and stews. try it with:
Sweet Potato Chili
White Chicken Chili
Easy Beef Stew

Vegan cornbread stacked on a plate with tray of cornbread in background

This delicious vegan cornbread is such a wonderful accompaniment to your Thanksgiving meal, and you won’t miss the buttermilk or eggs for sure! Wonderfully soft and fluffy and it’s so simple to make, and I can’t wait for you all to try it!

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Vegan Cornbread

Quick and Easy to make, this made from scratch dairy-free vegan cornbread recipe is soft and fluffy – makes an excellent addition to any meal
5 from 20 votes
Servings 9 servings
Course Side Dish
Calories 265
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
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  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease an 8” x 8” pan. For extra easy removal, add strip of parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine corn meal, flour, baking powder, salt and paprika. Whisk to evenly distribute everything.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, water, avocado oil and maple syrup. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, whisking until everything is smooth. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes.
  • Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 33-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing and cutting.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 1-2 days at room temperature and up to 5 days in the fridge. 
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of almond milk, you can use any other plant-based milk or regular milk.
  • Instead of maple syrup, you can use another liquid sweetener or granulated sugar.
  • Instead of vegetable oil, you can use coconut oil, butter or plant-based butter.


Calories: 265kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 188mg, Potassium: 258mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 55IU, Calcium: 115mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Side Dish
5 from 20 votes (20 ratings without comment)

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  1. Chemaly Maria says:

    Can I bake it in muffin cups?

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      I have yet to try that, but I think it could!