Delicious Gluten-Free Cornbread Recipe for All Occasions

Are you tired of bland and tasteless gluten-free options? Look no further than this easy-to-make gluten-free cornbread recipe! With just a few simple substitutions, you can enjoy this classic Southern dish without any gluten. Trust me, even those who aren’t avoiding gluten will love it. As a nutritionist and food blogger, I have made it my mission to create flavorful and healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy. This recipe for gluten-free cornbread is no exception.

The recipe ingredients include naturally gluten-free ingredients such as yellow cornmeal, gelatin, water, baking powder, salt, and granulated sugar. And don’t worry if you don’t have all the special gluten-free ingredients on hand. This gluten-free cornbread recipe uses easy-to-find substitutes like rice flour, sour cream, and gluten-free purpose flour blend from Trader Joe’s.

Cornbread is a versatile dish that can be served as a side for dinner or as a breakfast treat with syrup or honey. And the best part is that this recipe is not just gluten-free; it is also dairy-free, making it an excellent option for those with lactose intolerance.

Whip up a batch of this delicious cornbread for your next meal, whether it calls for shrimp pasta or chicken breast. You won’t be disappointed – this recipe is such an easy and tasty way to make sure everyone at the table can enjoy bread without worrying about gluten!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cornbread (Gluten Free)
Cornbread (Gluten Free)

Picture this: you’re sitting down for dinner with family and friends. The table is set, and steaming hot dishes are being passed around. In front of you is a freshly baked, warm and buttery cornbread. You take a bite, and immediately feel the comforting sensation of home-cooked food.

Now imagine that same experience, but gluten-free and dairy-free. It may seem impossible, but fear not! This cornbread recipe is naturally gluten-free, making it a perfect option for those with dietary restrictions or anyone looking to incorporate more whole foods into their diet.

But don’t let the absence of gluten fool you – this recipe is just as delicious (if not more!) than traditional cornbread recipes. Made with ingredients like yellow cornmeal, baking powder, eggs, and water, this dish is both easy to make and incredibly satisfying to eat. And did I mention it’s dairy-free too? Swap out buttermilk for a nut milk or vegan yogurt to create a completely dairy-free version.

Whether you’re serving it alongside a hearty bowl of soup or chili, or enjoying it as a breakfast option with some honey or jam, this cornbread recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, its simple ingredient list allows for easy substitutions and variations – try adding in some jalapenos or green chilis for a spicy kick or mixing in some cheese for an extra indulgent twist.

All in all, this naturally gluten-free cornbread recipe offers a delicious and satisfying alternative to traditional cornbreads without sacrificing any flavor or texture. Give it a try – your taste buds (and stomach) will thank you!

Ingredient List

“This gluten-free cornbread is ready for dinner!”

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this delicious gluten-free cornbread recipe:

  • 1 cup of gluten-free cornmeal
  • 1 cup of gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of gelatin mixed with ¼ cup of warm water
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of buttermilk

Note: for a dairy-free version, use almond or coconut milk instead of buttermilk. Also, make sure that all your ingredients are naturally gluten-free.

Some good brands to look for include Trader Joe’s, Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur Flour. If you can’t find these brands at your local grocery store, check online or at health food stores.

With these ingredients on hand, you’re ready to make a tasty and easy gluten-free cornbread.

The Recipe How-To

“You won’t believe it’s gluten-free!”

Now it is time to get into the nitty-gritty of making this delicious and easy Gluten-Free Cornbread recipe. Follow these step-by-step instructions, and you’ll have a perfectly crafted cornbread in no time.


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup gluten-free purpose flour blend
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease a cast-iron skillet or an 8-inch square pan.

Step 2 – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, gluten-free purpose flour blend, baking powder, and salt.

Step 3 – In another mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and buttermilk. Then gradually mix in the melted butter.

Step 4 – Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir them until they are combined but don’t overmix it to maintain its crumbly texture.

Step 5 – Pour the batter into your greased pan, filling it about three-quarters full.

Step 6 – Bake your cornbread for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top and lightly crusty around the edges.

Step 7 – Let it cool for at least ten minutes before slicing it into wedges. Enjoy it with some Sour Cream or honey on top!

This recipe is relatively easy to make, so you won’t put too much effort into making this gluten-free cornbread recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

“The perfect side dish to any meal”

This gluten-free cornbread recipe is already fantastic as is, but if you’re feeling adventurous or need to make some substitutions based on dietary restrictions, I have a few suggestions for you.

Substituting cornmeal: The main ingredient in this recipe is cornmeal, which gives it its deliciously gritty texture. However, if you don’t have cornmeal readily available or just aren’t a fan of its texture, you can easily substitute it with equal parts of fine-grain almond flour, chickpea flour or coconut flour. Just bear in mind that the texture and flavor profile of the cornbread might differ slightly.

Gluten-free flours: For those with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, this recipe is naturally gluten-free. However, if you’re having trouble finding gluten-free cornmeal or want to switch things up, you can use an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend instead. Try using brands like Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF Flour or King Arthur’s measure-for-measure gluten-free flour for best results.

Dairy-free substitutions: This recipe already calls for water instead of milk, making it a great option for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant. Still, if you want to add some creaminess to your cornbread without using dairy products like butter or sour cream, I recommend substituting the water with unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk instead. These non-dairy substitutes will give your bread added moisture without overpowering the other flavors.

Sweetening options: If you’re looking to add some sweetness to your cornbread without using granulated sugar, there are plenty of options available! Try replacing the sugar with honey, maple syrup or agave nectar instead. These natural sweeteners not only bring added sweetness to your bread but also provide a unique depth of flavor compared to plain white sugar.

Overall, this recipe is incredibly versatile and open to substitution, allowing you to play around with different ingredients and personalize the recipe to your liking. Whether you’re vegan, keto, or just looking for a gluten-free option, this cornbread recipe is sure to satisfy your craving.

Serving and Pairing

“Simple ingredients, amazing taste”

Nothing beats the comfort of biting into a warm and crumbly cornbread straight from the oven. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal – breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This gluten-free version of cornbread is a great option for those with dietary restrictions; you can enjoy without sacrificing taste.

Pairing-wise, there are endless options to take this dish to the next level. Serve it with butter and honey for a sweet taste, or pair it with savory options like pulled pork, chili or hearty vegetable stews. You can also cut it up into tiny pieces and roast them until crispy for an addictive and versatile snack.

For breakfast, try pairing your cornbread with bacon and eggs or even serve them as waffles topped with fried chicken breast for an ultimate Southern-inspired brunch.

This recipe is also a great addition to your keto or grain-free diet plan; enjoy with shrimp scampi or creamy pasta carbonara to balance out flavors and textures. And for dessert lovers, adding chocolate chips to the recipe could turn this cornbread into a moist and delicious cake.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this easy gluten-free cornbread recipe is sure to please all tastebuds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Southern comfort food made healthy”

There is nothing better than a freshly-baked cornbread, but if you don’t have time to make it the same day or if you’ve made way too much, don’t worry – this gluten-free cornbread recipe can be easily adapted for make-ahead meals and storing.

To prepare the cornbread ahead of time, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. If you want to keep it for longer or if you live in a humid climate, you can put it in the fridge. Just make sure to bring it back to room temperature before reheating.

Reheating the cornbread is simple and easy. You can pop it in the microwave oven for 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on your microwave power. For a crispier texture, heat up your oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake until golden brown which should take about 10 minutes.

If you’re looking for a portable and convenient snack, cut your cornbread into small pieces and pack them into airtight containers or even Ziploc bags. These little bites are perfect for road trips, picnics, or even as a snack at work.

Although freshly baked cornbread tastes best, storing and reheating gives you the opportunity to enjoy this deliciously healthy bread on the go or at any given moment of your liking.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Gluten-free never tasted so good”

Now, let’s make sure you get the perfect gluten-free cornbread every time. These tips will help you ensure your cornbread is fluffy, moist, and delicious!

1. Use High-Quality Gluten-Free Ingredients

The key to a great gluten-free cornbread recipe is using high-quality ingredients. Always use naturally gluten-free cornmeal and a good gluten-free flour blend to get the perfect texture.

2. Measure Your Ingredients Precisely

While baking gluten-free, measuring the ingredients precisely is crucial, and this recipe is no exception. So make sure you measure your ingredients with care.

3. Don’t Overmix the Batter

Overmixing the batter can create a tough textured bread, so avoid overdoing it. Once all the ingredients are combined well, stop mixing to keep your bread light and airy.

4. Let It Cool Before Slicing

I know it’s tempting to dive right into that freshly baked cornbread but take a deep breath and let it cool for at least 10-15 minutes before you slice it.

5. Store It Properly

To keep your gluten-free cornbread moist and fresh, store it in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months.

With these tips in mind, you’re on your way to mastering this delicious gluten-free cornbread recipe!


As a nutritionist and food blogger, I get a lot of questions from readers about specific ingredients, substitutions or dietary preferences. That’s why I’ve added this FAQ section to address some of the most common concerns and inquiries that I’ve been asked regarding this gluten-free cornbread recipe. So, if you have any doubts or uncertainties about how to make this recipe work best for you, keep reading for some helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions!

Why is cornbread not gluten-free?

Although corn is inherently free from gluten, traditional cornbread recipes often include wheat flour, which contains gluten. To prepare gluten-free cornbread, it is necessary to use gluten-free substitutes like gluten-free cornmeal and gluten-free measure-for-measure flour, which we employ in this recipe.

Can gluten-free people eat cornbread?

It is certainly feasible to prepare gluten-free cornbread. However, it may take some effort to locate gluten-free cornbread at the supermarket or dining establishment. Nevertheless, it is crucial to be cautious and examine the ingredients on the label as most store-bought cornbread may include a mixture of wheat flour and cornmeal.

Does Jiffy cornbread contain gluten?

Unfortunately, Jiffy cornbread mixes cannot be considered gluten-free due to the presence of wheat flour in their ingredients.

Is Trader Joe’s cornbread gluten-free?

Looking for a gluten-free version of the classic cornbread mix that has the same taste and texture? Look no further than Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Cornbread Mix. This mix delivers the classic moist texture and sweet, buttery corn flavor that cornbread is known for, using brown rice flour as a substitute for wheat flour.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free cornbread recipe is the perfect addition to any meal. With its easy-to-follow instructions and customizable ingredients, it’s perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a delicious cornbread without worrying about gluten or dairy.

Whether you’re serving it with dinner, enjoying it for breakfast, or using it to make a keto-friendly stuffing, this recipe is versatile and delicious. And with several variations and substitutions available, you can truly make it your own.

So why not give this gluten-free cornbread recipe a try? You won’t be disappointed! Enjoy the taste of homemade cornbread that’s naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. Impress your friends at your next gathering with the perfectly baked golden cornbread that everyone will be talking about. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you.

Cornbread (Gluten Free)

Cornbread (Gluten Free) Recipe

This is a recipe adapted from the Purity cornmeal package recipe. It is delicious! It is also dairy free.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Depends on size of muffin cups
Calories 323.4 kcal


  • 3/4 cup purity cornmeal
  • 1 cup boiled water, cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon knox gelatin
  • 1 cup rice flour, mix (I use 1/3 rice flour, 1/3 sweet rice flour, and 1/3 tapioca flour)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  • Combine cornmeal and boiled water. Stir the resulting mush and cool slightly (it does not have to be warm).
  • Separately, combine flour, sugar, gelatin, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add oil and eggs to cornmeal mush. Mix well. Add to dry ingredients, stirring well but for no more than two minutes. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 regular or 6 jumbo muffins.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 63gCalories: 323.4kcalCarbohydrates: 50.2gProtein: 5.2gFat: 11.7gSaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 70.5mgSodium: 405.6mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 16.9g
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