Vegan Cornbread –The BEST Easy Recipe! (2024)

Soft, sweet, buttery, and consistently delicious every time… this is the only vegan cornbread recipe you’ll ever need.

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Easy vegan cornbread recipe

Say hello to your new favorite cornbread.

The recipe is super easy to make, with just a few basic ingredients you can always keep on hand. No eggs, no milk or butter, and no flax seeds or expensive specialty flours.

It’s the perfect plant based healthy comfort food for serving alongside a bowl of homemade tortilla soup or vegetarian bean chili.

Also try this Vegan Mac and Cheese

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This homemade cornbread recipe is suitable for multiple special diets, as it can be made egg free, dairy free, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, and oil free.

The recipe reminds me of the famous Jiffy cornbread mix I grew up on, just without all the preservatives and hydrogenated lard.

With a tender and moist texture and soft buttery flavor, it has all the homestyle goodness of the classic Jiffy version and yet is much healthier for you (and secretly vegan!) at the same time.

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What do you eat with cornbread?

Vegan cornbread is the perfect side for a main dish of Vegetarian Chili or a thick and hearty soup, such as my favorite Lentil Soup Recipe.

It’s also delicious smothered in gravy (try this Mushroom Gravy) or served alongside roasted vegetables, sweet potato salad, vegetable stew, baked beans, mango salsa, or crumbled into milk and topped with berries or sliced banana and peanut butter for a filling and healthy breakfast.

And of course it’s a great recipe for any holiday party or big event, including Christmas, Easter, New Years Day (where cornbread is thought to represent good luck and prosperity thanks to its golden color), or a vegan Thanksgiving dinner feast.

I brought it to Super Bowl Sunday one year – along with these Buffalo Cauliflower Wings – and people couldn’t get enough!

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What type of cornmeal is best?

Typically, cornbread from scratch is made with either fine or medium ground cornmeal.

Course cornmeal (the kind used to make polenta) technically works here, but the texture of the finished product will be somewhat gritty.

For this recipe, feel free to use either white or yellow cornmeal. Regular cornmeal should be available at grocery stores in the same section as flour; or whole grain cornmeal is often at health food stores or Whole Foods. Either will work here.

Healthy cornbread ingredients

This simple cornbread is made with pantry staple ingredients, including flour, cornmeal, vinegar, salt, baking powder, and sweetener of choice.

Feel free to use fresh, frozen thawed, or canned and drained corn.

Cornbread is great topped with vegan butter spread, peanut or almond butter, strawberry jam, or even coconut butter.

Or stir a handful of blueberries, raisins, or jalapeños into the batter just before baking. You can also use it to make stuffing or as the base for a savory southern style cornbread casserole.

While I like to use nondairy butter spread, oil or even almond butter also work. Or if you need a low-fat version, you can replace the fat with an equal amount of applesauce. The resulting texture will be a bit gummy, but if you’re used to fat-free baking, that shouldn’t be a problem as long as you’re not serving the low-fat version at a party where the guests are expecting traditional cornbread.

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How to make vegan cornbread

To make the cornbread, start by whisking together all liquid ingredients.

Let the batter sit for at least 10 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line or grease an 8×8 pan.

Combine all ingredients, pour into the prepared pan, and bake for 25 minutes on the oven’s center rack.

The recipe texture is much better the second day, so let sit overnight—very loosely covered—before tasting if possible.

This easy cornbread recipe is great for meal prep.

You can cook it in a square or round pan or cast iron skillet, or you can even turn it into vegan corn muffins if you’d prefer.

Leftovers can be loosely covered an refrigerated for 2-3 days, or you can also slice and freeze them for a rainy day!

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Vegan Cornbread

A soft and delicious homemade vegan cornbread recipe.

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Cook Time 25 minutes minutes

Total Time 25 minutes minutes

Yield 9 large squares

5 from 22 votes


  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp white or cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 3 tbsp buttery spread, oil, almond butter, or additional applesauce for fat-free
  • 1 1/3 cup corn
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup spelt, white, oat, or gf ap flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar or your favorite sweetener of choice


  • To make the cornbread, whisk together all liquid ingredients and let sit 10 minutes or more. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Line or grease an 8×8 pan. Combine all ingredients, pour into the pan, and bake 25 minutes. The recipe texture is much better the second day, so let sit overnight—very loosely covered—before tasting if possible.

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*See recommendations earlier in the post if unsure what type of cornmeal and fat sources will yield best results. If turning the recipes into muffins, shorten the baking time to 17 minutes. And if you’re a visual person, be sure to check out the recipe video above!

The vegan cornbread recipe was adapted from these Applesauce Muffins.

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Vegan Cornbread –The BEST Easy Recipe! (2024)


Which cornbread mix is vegan? ›

The Cotton Creations Vegan Honey Pecan Cornbread mix has the perfect balance of sweet and buttery. It's so moist you won't know if you're eating cornbread or cake. The mix includes a package of candied pecans and vegan honey (inside the bag of mix).

Why is my vegan cornbread crumbly? ›

Cornmeal gives cornbread its classic color and flavor, but too much can make your bread crumbly. Try replacing a little bit of cornmeal with flour. The specific measurements will depend on how much cornmeal and flour is in your recipe, but you should try to have more flour than cornmeal in your batter.

What is a substitute for egg in cornbread? ›

Applesauce is an excellent substitute because it has pectin, a naturally occurring substance that helps ingredients stick together and remains stable. Pectin will also prevent your cornbread from becoming too dry. One egg is equivalent to a quarter cup of applesauce in a substitute.

Is Bob's Red Mill cornbread mix vegan? ›

Much like chia seeds, flaxseeds can be ground into meal and turned into an egg substitute within minutes. They are also great to use when turning traditional bread, such as cornbread into a vegan treat. Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix, is a vegan blend and works amazingly when combined with flaxseed eggs.

Why is Jiffy not vegan? ›

Jiffy cornbread mix is not vegan because it contains lard, a clarified fat derived from the belly of a pig.

Is Krusteaz cornbread vegan? ›

This product is not vegan as it lists 1 ingredient that derives from animals and 2 ingredients that could derive from animals depending on the source.

Will an extra egg make cornbread less crumbly? ›

Eggs, or egg substitutes help add structure to the cornbread. Without an egg or substitute, the cornbread may crumble and fall apart easily.

What can I add to cornbread to keep it from crumbling? ›

I want to keep the cornbread taste, just less crumbly! I recommend extra egg yolk, adding corn, and using cast iron to bake. Also, try a little lower temperature.

Can I use mayo instead of eggs? ›

Mayonnaise. Eggs are a key ingredient in mayonnaise, so it makes sense that it can be a perfect substitute when you're out of eggs. Use 3 tablespoons of mayo as an egg substitute.

What is the best substitute for 1 egg? ›

Egg replacers
  • Vinegar & baking soda. Replace 1 egg with: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar. ...
  • Unsweetened applesauce. Replace 1 egg with: 1/4 cup applesauce. ...
  • Plain or vanilla soy yogurt. Replace 1 egg with: 1/4 cup yogurt. ...
  • Silken tofu. ...
  • Ripe banana. ...
  • Ground flaxseed.

Is there a substitute for 1 egg? ›

You can whisk 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of water and 2 teaspoons of baking powder together to replace each egg in baked goods like cookies, brownies or quick breads. This substitution won't impact a recipes' flavor profile the way egg substitutions like mashed banana or flaxseed might.

What is vegan cornbread made of? ›

How to Make Vegan Cornbread. The base for this recipe is a mixture of fine cornmeal and all-purpose flour. We prefer using fine cornmeal over medium grind for best texture, but either will work. For a “buttermilk” effect, we combined almond milk and lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar).

What cornmeal is vegan? ›

Cornmeal is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, which makes it perfect for Celiacs or those with gluten allergies or dairy intolerances!

What is a non dairy milk substitute for cornbread? ›

“JIFFY” mixes can also be prepared with water or plant-based milk alternatives like soy, almond or coconut milk. Pineapple or orange juice may be substituted for flavor variation in the corn and fruit muffins.

Is Jiffy vegetarian cornbread mix vegan? ›

It was affordable, easy to make, and they tasted great! The regular Jiffy corn muffin mix contains lard, so it's not vegetarian. But this new vegetarian one is vegan, and you can keep it vegan by using your own egg replacer and non-dairy milk, as I did.

What is a substitute for eggs in Jiffy cornbread mix? ›

Common Egg Substitutions:
  • Packaged egg substitutes.
  • 3 Tbsp. aquafaba (canned chickpea liquid)
  • Unsweetened applesauce. 1/4 cup in 7 oz Fruit Muffin Mix. 1/3 cup in 8.5 oz Corn Muffin Mix.
  • Flax Egg: 2 tsp. ground flax seed and 3 Tbsp. warm water (let sit 15 minutes before using)

Is Martha White cornbread vegan? ›

No. This product is not vegan as it lists 2 ingredients that derive from animals and 3 ingredients that could derive from animals depending on the source.

Is Jiffy cornbread mix dairy free? ›

Jiffy Honey Corn Muffin Mix Bakes Into A Sweet Golden Muffin Or Cornbread. This product is likely dairy free.


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