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Vegan Cornbread

Vegan Cornbread

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Cornbread was a staple in the house I grew up in. Living in Alabama, cornbread was something everyone had on the table at almost every meal. It was cheap and easy and went with everything. We only got the fancy yeast rolls at restaurants or on special occasions. 

As an adult, I still love the taste of both the sweet and regular buttery versions of this recipe. When I still drank milk, I used it in buttermilk. It’s not for everyone, but that tang with the cornbread was so yum! And even now, when I make beans or stew or certain kinds of soups, cornbread is my go-to instead of crackers. And since cooler weather is almost here – soup and stew time is coming up! 

That’s why I’ve veganized this standard recipe for my family and yours…

You can cut it up in the pan or take it out or if you’re like me you’ll pop it out of the pan onto a plate. But then again, I use an iron skillet and the bread doesn’t stick if I oil the bottom and sides and heat the skillet and oil for five minutes before adding the actual bread batter.

Vegan Styled Cornbread

Vegan Cornbread

This recipe can be used to make plain cornbread or for the sweet cornbread for a hearty treat.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cornbread, Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Rachel Adams


  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar if you want it sweet
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease an 8 x 8 pan, or a 9 inch round cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder and stir.
  • If you don’t want sugar in your cornbread, leave it out, but adjust the batter so that when you add liquid ingredients it’s thick but not doughy. It should still pour slowly from the bowl.
  • Now pour in the almond milk and canola oil. Stir until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


You may use white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour in place of all purpose flour if you wish. I haven't tested it with a gluten-free blend but it may work.
Add ⅔ cup sugar if you want it to be a sweeter bread.
For oil-free, replace the canola oil with applesauce (works best with the sweetened version)
I'd love to see what you whipped up! Post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag @noobcuisine or use the hashtag #noobcuisine!

I’d love to see what you whipped up! Post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag @noobcuisine or use the hashtag #noobcuisine!

I have no idea what I’m doing. There. I got that out of the way. When it comes to cooking, I have no idea what I’m doing - EXCEPT… that I was taught by my mama, my nanny, my granny, and my aunts how to make the basics, very Southern style (Southern U.S./ Heart of Dixie style). I also have learned to handle things on my own, from how to eat on a tight budget when we were a struggling family, to how to spoil myself with the fanciest of dishes when I could afford it. I love food, and because I was so limited when it came to food preparation and design as a child and young woman, I love to explore new options as a middle-aged mother. So, if you were looking for a food expert - sorry. But if you prefer a practical person who admits she’s been a noob to cooking and has learned from good people and through trial and error? I’m here for ya!

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We are James and Rachel Adams. Welcome to our happy space. We have always been foodies at heart so we created this blog to share our love of food with you and hopefully inspire fellow noob cooks to pick up that spatula and make something amazing.