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Perfectly Fluffy Cornbread Recipe

This Fluffy Cornbread Recipe is my absolute favorite! Moist and full of cozy corn flavors, it’s a great pairing for soup or stuffing. It’s made with pantry staple ingredients and ready in under an hour! Totally vegan. 

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How to Make Cornbread Moist

  • Be sure to use a high enough ratio of liquid to dry ingredients. Cornmeal is very absorbent so it can take on a lot of milk and oil.
  • Do not over bake your cornbread. This may seem obvious, but it’s important to keep an eye on your bread while it is baking so that it does not dry out in the oven. Many ovens are not fully calibrated to their exactly set temperature, so yours may run hotter or colder than mine. Begin checking for doneness around the 30 minute mark (and sooner if you make a half batch).
  • Use medium grind cornmeal. This may be a personal preference, but whenever I use fine cornmeal the texture is never ideal (likely because it absorbs so much of the liquid in the blending process).

slice of fluffy cornbread on a plate with a pour of maple syrup

How to Make Fluffy Cornbread

  • As this is a vegan recipe, we are not relying on eggs for lift in the bread. Instead, we use combination of baking powder (2 TBS) and vinegar will achieve the lift we’re looking for.
  • Bake at a high temperature, about 400 degrees F. This will ensure our mixture begins rising immediately when added to the oven.
  • Do not over mix your batter. Be sure to combine the dry and wet mixes until just integrated.

pat of butter on top of a vegan cornbread slice

What can I do with leftover cornbread?

Cornbread can be easily frozen and reheated for later enjoyment. However, I like to use leftover cornbread in this Cranberry Cornbread Crisp, which also uses leftover cranberry sauce!

I will be using this particular recipe in place of croissants in this stuffing recipe.

I would also imagine that leftover cornbread makes for delicious croutons, specifically atop black bean soup!

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Perfectly Fluffy Cornbread (Vegan)


  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 20 slices 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Fluffy Vegan Cornbread Recipe is my absolute favorite! Moist and full of cozy corn flavors, it’s a great pairing for soup or stuffing. It’s made with pantry staple ingredients and ready in under an hour! This recipe is easily halved***


Ingredients

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  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups medium yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (use 1.25 cups if you prefer a sweeter bread)
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 TBS baking powder
  • 1 TBS apple cider or white vinegar
  • 2/3 cups canola oil
  • 2.5 cups unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1.5 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and oil a 9×13 baking dish.*
  2. To a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder and mix to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, canola oil, and almond milk. Pour wet mixture into dry and fold together until no dry spots remain. Carefully fold in corn kernels if using. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, checking for doneness around the 30 minute mark. To test this, stick a small knife inside the center of the bread. If it comes out clear with no crumbs, the bread is done. Let cool completely (it will continue to firm up as it cools).

Notes

If making a half recipe, use an 8×8 square dish or a cast iron skillet instead instead.

Recipe inspired by Nora Cooks.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 213 calories
  • Sugar: 10.7 g
  • Sodium: 43 mg
  • Fat: 8.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7. 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: cornbread, corn, bread, side, stuffing, Thanksgiving

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This Fluffy Vegan Cornbread Recipe is my absolute favorite! Moist and full of cozy corn flavors, it's a great pairing for soup or stuffing. It's made with pantry staple ingredients and ready in under an hour!

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About the Author

Hi, I'm Emily! Garlic Head is a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets. My recipes focus on entertaining-style cuisine, perfect for celebrating all of life's little moments! Meet me here.

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