Delicious Gluten-Free Cornbread Recipe For Everyone To Enjoy

Welcome to my gluten-free cornbread recipe! As a nutritionist and food blogger, I always strive to create healthy and delicious dishes that cater to different dietary needs. This cornbread recipe is no exception.

Cornbread is a staple side dish in Southern cuisine, often served alongside hearty meals such as chili, BBQ, or fried chicken. However, traditional cornbread recipes may contain gluten, which can be problematic for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

That’s why I decided to develop this naturally gluten-free cornbread recipe using only the best ingredients. This easy-to-make recipe uses a combination of gluten-free flours to achieve the perfect texture and flavor.

Not only is this cornbread free of gluten, but it’s also dairy-free, making it suitable for vegans or individuals with lactose intolerance. I promise this recipe will satisfy your craving for fluffy, moist, and scrumptious cornbread without containing any harmful ingredients.

Get your cast iron skillet ready and let’s bake some deliciously healthy gluten-free cornbread!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

My Favorite Gluten Free Cornbread
My Favorite Gluten Free Cornbread

Are you tired of bland gluten-free baked goods that taste like cardboard? Look no further than this delicious gluten-free cornbread recipe!

One bite of this fluffy, moist cornbread and you’ll forget all about the gluten-filled versions of the past. The perfect balance of sweet and savory makes it a crowd-pleaser for any occasion. Plus, it’s naturally gluten-free, so no more substituting random flours that just don’t quite work.

This recipe is also dairy-free, making it a great option for those with lactose intolerance. Don’t worry, the absence of butter or margarine does not sacrifice flavor in the slightest. Instead, we use tapioca flour to create a similar texture that will leave your taste buds satisfied.

Not only is this recipe easy to make – only requiring simple ingredients like yellow cornmeal and baking powder – but it also has the option for various substitutions and variations. Want to make it vegan? Swap out the egg for a plant-based alternative like a flax or chia egg. Need it to be sugar-free? Replace granulated sugar with a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup.

The flexibility of this recipe allows for personalization while remaining foolproof for even the most novice bakers. So get ready to impress your dinner guests or just simply treat yourself to some warm, homemade cornbread – this recipe is sure to become a new favorite in your kitchen.

Ingredient List

 Moist, crumbly and delicious, this gluten-free cornbread is perfect for any occasion!
Moist, crumbly and delicious, this gluten-free cornbread is perfect for any occasion!

Let’s dive into the ingredient list for my favorite gluten-free cornbread recipe! Don’t worry, there are no complicated ingredients that you won’t be able to find in your local grocery store. All the items on this list are naturally gluten-free, but make sure to double-check that the brands you use are certified gluten-free if you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. Here’s what you’ll need:

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup soymilk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted and cooled)

Note: if you are dairy intolerant, replace the butter with a non-dairy alternative like vegan margarine or coconut oil.

The Recipe How-To

 Looking for a flavorful twist to your regular cornbread? Try this recipe now!
Looking for a flavorful twist to your regular cornbread? Try this recipe now!

Now that we have gone through the ingredient list, let’s dive into how to make this delicious gluten free cornbread recipe step by step.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C). While your oven is heating up, get your baking dish out and grease it with either butter or margarine.

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients together until they are well combined. In this bowl, add 2 cups of gluten-free cornmeal, 1 cup of gluten-free all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt.

Step 3: Mix Wet Ingredients

Grab another bowl and mix the wet ingredients together. In this bowl, add 2 eggs, ¾ cup of soymilk, and ½ cup of melted butter or margarine. Make sure to mix these ingredients thoroughly.

Step 4: Combine Dry and Wet Mixtures

Now, it’s time to mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry mixture, stirring until well combined. Your goal here is to create a thick batter — so extra liquid isn’t required, but if it’s too stiff, add more milk or water as needed.

Step 5: Bake in Oven

Pour the cornbread batter into your greased baking dish and smooth the top using a spatula. Bake it for around 20-25 minutes or until a fork or toothpick comes out clean from the center of the bread.

Step 6: Rest Cooling & Enjoying

After taking it out of the oven,, let your cornbread sit for a few minutes to cool down to room temperature before slicing it up into smaller pieces. Now that you’ve baked your own delicious gluten-free cornbread, all that’s left is enjoying it with your family or friends!

This cornbread recipe makes for a perfect side dish to accompany any meal!

Substitutions and Variations

 One bite of this gluten-free cornbread and you will never go back to the regular version.
One bite of this gluten-free cornbread and you will never go back to the regular version.

Cornbread is a versatile dish, and there are numerous ingredient substitutions and variations to experiment with based on your taste preferences or dietary restrictions. Here are some suggestions to consider:

– Flour substitutions: If you don’t have gluten-free purpose flour, you can use rice flour or almond flour instead. It’s important to note that using wheat flour will make the recipe no longer gluten-free.

– Milk substitutions: You can use any dairy-free milk like almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk instead of soy milk.

– Egg substitutions: You can use flax eggs or chia eggs, which are made by soaking 1 tablespoon of flax or chia seeds in 3 tablespoons of water for 5 minutes until it forms a gel-like consistency, per egg. Alternatively, you can swap out the egg with unsweetened applesauce for an egg-free option.

– Sugar substitutions: You can replace granulated sugar with coconut sugar or maple syrup for a less refined sweetener.

– Cornmeal variations: Instead of yellow cornmeal, you can use blue cornmeal, fine-grind cornmeal, or even polenta to add different textures and flavors.

– Flavored cornbread: You can add in diced jalapeno peppers, chopped scallions, shredded cheese (if dairy is allowed), or canned corn kernels for an extra burst of flavor.

When making these substitutions and variations, be aware that they may affect the texture and moisture level of the cornbread. It’s best to experiment with small batches first before making larger quantities.

Serving and Pairing

 This cornbread is so delicious and moist, everyone in my house fights over it!
This cornbread is so delicious and moist, everyone in my house fights over it!

Now that you have made this delicious gluten-free cornbread, it’s time to serve it with your favorite dishes. This fluffy, moist and naturally gluten-free cornbread is a great addition to any meal! It can be served as a side dish, or as the main attraction with a slab of butter on top.

This recipe pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes like chili, soups, roasted vegetables or grilled chicken. You can also use it to create some new and exciting meals like cornbread muffins for breakfast or a southwestern style skillet cornbread.

If you’re looking for a unique way to serve this gluten-free cornbread, try serving it with apple butter or sour cream for added flavor. And if you’re vegan or dairy-free, you can still enjoy this delicious cornbread by pairing it with some coconut-based margarine or soymilk.

For those who want to add more texture and flavor to their dish, try mixing some toppings into the batter before baking. Corn kernels, jalapenos or crumbled bacon are great additions that will take your gluten-free cornbread to the next level.

Trust me; this recipe will become your go-to recipe when making cornbread that is both naturally gluten-free and delicious at the same time.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Say goodbye to dense and dry gluten-free cornbread with this easy recipe.
Say goodbye to dense and dry gluten-free cornbread with this easy recipe.

One of the great things about this gluten-free cornbread recipe is that it can easily be made in advance and stored for later use. To make-ahead, simply follow the recipe directions as usual and allow the cornbread to cool completely. Once cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If you plan on storing your cornbread for an extended period of time, you can freeze it instead. Wrap the cooled cornbread tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. The cornbread will last up to 3 months in the freezer.

To reheat your stored or frozen gluten-free cornbread, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Remove the plastic wrap or aluminum foil from the cornbread and place it on a baking sheet. Reheat the cornbread in the oven for 10-15 minutes until warm throughout.

For a quicker reheating method, you can use a microwave instead of an oven. Place a slice of cornbread on a microwave-safe plate and cover it with a damp paper towel. Microwave the cornbread for about 30 seconds on high power until warm throughout. Be careful not to overheat the bread as this can result in a tough texture.

Whether you choose to make-ahead or reheat later, this gluten-free cornbread recipe will surely impress your guests with its fluffy moist texture and Southern-style taste.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Why settle for dull and boring when you can have this perfectly moist and delicious cornbread?
Why settle for dull and boring when you can have this perfectly moist and delicious cornbread?

Who doesn’t want to nail the recipe on the first try? Here are my top tips for making the perfect gluten-free cornbread.

1. Use quality cornmeal: I cannot stress this enough – use a high-quality, naturally gluten-free cornmeal that is not cross-contaminated with wheat flour. Trader Joe’s Yellow Cornmeal or Arrowhead Mills Organic Yellow Corn Meal are great options.

2. Use a combination of gluten-free flours: I find that using a mixture of gluten-free all-purpose flour and tapioca flour produces the best results in terms of texture and moisture.

3. Measure ingredients accurately: To ensure consistent results every time, accurately measure all ingredients using measuring cups and spoons.

4. Mix the batter well: Mix the wet and dry ingredients well, but be careful not to overmix as this can lead to tough and dense bread.

5. Preheat your baking dish: For picture-perfect crust, heat your cast iron skillet or baking dish in the oven before adding the batter.

6. Don’t overbake: Gluten-free baked goods tend to dry out quickly if overcooked, so keep a close eye on your cornbread while it bakes. When it’s done, it should have a golden crust and slightly moist interior.

7. Let it rest before slicing: Allow your gluten-free cornbread to cool for about 10-15 minutes before slicing to prevent crumbling.

8. Experiment with flavor variations: Feel free to play around with different spices like chili powder, paprika or even swap some of the sugar for honey or maple syrup for added sweetness.

Follow these tips and you’ll have perfect fluffy and moist gluten-free cornbread every time!


As a nutritionist and food blogger, I understand that when it comes to trying out new recipes, you may have some questions and doubts. That’s why in this section, I’ll be addressing some of the frequently asked questions regarding this gluten-free cornbread recipe. From ingredient substitutions to dietary restrictions, I want you to feel confident in making this recipe your own while staying true to your personal preferences and health goals. So, let’s dive into these commonly asked questions!

Is Trader Joe’s cornbread gluten-free?

The gluten-free cornbread mix from Trader Joe’s boasts a classic moist and grainy texture, with a sweet buttery corn flavor, similar to the traditional version. This version uses brown rice flour instead of wheat flour, making it gluten-free.

Why is cornbread not gluten-free?

Although corn itself doesn’t contain gluten, traditional cornbread recipes usually include a mix of cornmeal and regular flour, making it not suitable for those who need to avoid gluten. To make cornbread that is safe for gluten-free diets, it’s essential to use gluten-free ingredients like gluten-free cornmeal and a gluten-free flour substitute.

Is Marie Callender cornbread gluten-free?

Unfortunately, this product cannot be considered gluten-free as it contains four ingredients known to have gluten and one ingredient that has the potential to contain it depending on the source.

Can gluten intolerant people eat cornbread?

Gluten can be found in cornbread depending on the type of flour that is utilized in the recipe. In the event that the ingredients comprise wheat flour, then the resulting cornbread is not gluten-free. Nevertheless, you can modify the recipe by utilizing certified gluten-free flour.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free cornbread recipe is a must-try for all cornbread lovers out there who are sensitive to gluten, dairy or who simply prefer a healthier version of this classic dish. With easy-to-find ingredients and step-by-step instructions, you can make a fluffy and moist cornbread that will knock your socks off. Not only is it gluten-free and dairy-free but it also has a subtle sweetness that complements any meal.

What I like about this recipe is its versatility. You can tweak it to your liking with variations like adding honey, jalapeños or swapping soy milk for almond milk. The possibilities are endless. Best of all, it’s perfect for vegans and vegetarians as it contains no animal products.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the game, this recipe is simple enough to make you feel confident in the kitchen while producing amazing results. With these tips and techniques, making perfect gluten-free cornbread will be a walk in the park.

Incorporating organic and naturally gluten-free ingredients into our diet has never been more vital than now. So why not start small with this indulgent gluten-free cornbread? You’ll not only enjoy the delicious taste but also the health benefits of consuming easy-to-digest foods.

Don’t wait any longer! Head to your local grocery store and pick up some certified gluten-free flour, some cornmeal, and other staple ingredients, and get baking! Trust me; once you try this recipe, you’ll love it as much as I do.

My Favorite Gluten Free Cornbread

My Favorite Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe

Simple, easy, good gf cornbread. Make sure you don't use more than 1/4 cup of the tapioca flour. The mixture and texture doesn't work well if you do. This has become a staple in my kitchen since I've had to be gluten-free and dairy-free. I usually use Earth Balance instead of the butter and it works well in the recipe.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 99.5 kcal


  • 1 cup fine-ground cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup soymilk or 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine, softened


  • Sift together dry ingredients into a bowl.
  • Add egg, milk and butter. Beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Do not overbeat!
  • Bake in a greased 8-inch square pan for 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees.
  • Serve warm with honey and butter.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 39gCalories: 99.5kcalCarbohydrates: 14.6gProtein: 2gFat: 3.8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19.2mgSodium: 203.6mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 2.2g
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