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If you want an easy recipe for homemade cornbread this is it. This dairy free cornbread recipe needs only 8 ingredients and 1 bowl for a side dish that is warm, crumbly, and bursting with corny flavor. This simple cornbread recipe without milk is moist, fluffy, and something the whole family will love!

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Dairy Free Cornbread Recipe

Can you make cornbread without milk? Yes!

Imagine enjoying the deliciousness of freshly baked cornbread. The outside has a slight crunch, and the inside is both moist and fluffy, thanks to the perfect blend of corn meal and simple ingredients. A hint of sweetness makes this vegan cornbread even better. Whether you eat it with savory dishes or on its own, this cornbread is irresistible and pairs perfectly with your favorite dishes like this Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili Recipe or this White Vegan Chili

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Dairy-Free Cornbread Recipe

Before I lost 125 pounds I always made the boxed Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. I liked how sweet the cornbread muffins were. 

Now, that I eat healthier and watch what I put into my body, I skip the box mix and make this vegan cornbread recipe instead. The store bought stuff has more than 2 teaspoons of sugar per muffin, hydrogenated lard, and BHT. Definitely things I don’t want in my body and aren’t necessary for delicious cornbread.

Why you will love this dairy-free cornbread

  • No Lactose Worries: 
    Dairy-free cornbread is great for folks who can’t handle lactose or have issues with dairy. This recipe uses plant-based milk as a substitute for milk in cornbread.
  • Vegan-Friendly Option: If you’re following a vegan diet this dairy-free option is a fantastic addition to your meals. It skips the dairy but keeps the classic cornbread taste and texture, making it a yummy choice for those who prefer plant-based eating.
  • Healthier Pick: Choosing dairy-free cornbread can also be a healthier option. It cuts down on the saturated fats and cholesterol usually found in dairy, making it heart-healthy. You get to enjoy the traditional flavors of cornbread while making a smart choice for your health.

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Ingredients for this Dairy Free Cornbread Recipe 

You can find the full recipe card, including ingredient quantities, full step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information below.

  • Yellow Cornmeal – I used a medium grind cornmeal.
  • All-purpose flour – I used all purpose white flour, but whole wheat flour would work as well. If you want gluten-free cornbread you can try to use a straight 1:1 ratio.  I haven’t tried it, but let me know if you do.
  • Plant-based Milk– you can use your favorite dairy-free milk as a substitute for milk in cornbread. Choose from almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, or soy milk.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon juice- we’ll use it to make a vegan buttermilk.
  • White Sugar – I used organic cane sugar.
  • Baking powder – This will cause your cornbread to rise and will act as an egg replacer. 
  • Applesauce – is also an egg substitute and will add a little sweetness.
  • Salt – pinch
  • Vegan butter or oil – I used Earth Balance vegan butter, but you can use avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, or any vegetable oil.


How to Make This Dairy Free Cornbread Recipe

Good news! You can make this great recipe with just 8 ingredients and have this simple cornbread recipe without milk in minutes.  

  • Preheat the oven 400 F. Grease a baking  pan, muffin pan, or cast iron skillet.
  • Next, make the buttermilk substitute. In a small bowl add the apple cider vinegar to the plant-based milk. Allow it to rest for about 5 minutes. The milk mixture should slightly thicken and split.
  • Now in a large bowl, add all your dry ingredients and mix together.
  • Finally, mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Pour the milk mixture and melted vegan butter or oil into the dry ingredients and mix just until everything is combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Pour the cornbread batter into your baking dish and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.

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Storing Suggestions

To store cornbread and keep it fresh, follow these guidelines:

  1. Room Temperature:
    • If you plan to consume the cornbread within a day or two, you can store it at room temperature. Place it in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.
  2. Refrigeration:
    • For longer storage you will want to refrigerate the cornbread. Again, use an airtight container or wrap it well. Before serving, bring it back to room temperature or warm it in the oven for a few minutes.

How long does cornbread last in the fridge?

This dairy-free cornbread, when stored properly in the refrigerator, typically remains fresh for about 3 to 5 days.

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Can you freeze cooked cornbread?

Yes! Cornbread freezes well. Wrap individual slices or the whole loaf tightly in plastic wrap or parchment paper, followed by aluminum foil or a freezer bag. Cornbread can last in the freezer for about 2 to 3 months without significant loss of quality.

Pro Tips: 

Slice: If you’ve baked a large batch, consider slicing the cornbread before freezing. This allows you to thaw only the amount you need, reducing the risk of unnecessary thawing and refreezing.

Avoid Moisture: Moisture can affect the texture of cornbread. Ensure it is completely cool before storing to prevent condensation inside the container.

Remember that cornbread is best enjoyed fresh, so try to consume it within a week for optimal taste and texture.


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How to reheat cornbread

Reheating cornbread is a simple process. Here are a few methods you can use:

  1. Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to around 350°F (175°C).
    • Wrap the cornbread in aluminum foil to prevent drying out.
    • Place the wrapped cornbread in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
    • Unwrap and allow it to cool slightly before serving.
  2. Microwave:
    • For a quick individual serving, place a slice of cornbread on a microwave-safe plate.
    • Heat on medium power for 20-30 seconds at a time until warmed to your liking. Check regularly to prevent overcooking.
  3. Skillet:
    • Cut the cornbread into slices or cubes.
    • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a small amount of oil or vegan butter.
    • Place the cornbread pieces in the skillet and cook for a few minutes on each side until warmed and slightly crispy.

Regardless of the method you choose, keep an eye on the cornbread to prevent it from becoming too dry. Reheating times may vary depending on the thickness and initial temperature of the cornbread. 

What are the best meals to serve with cornbread?

Vegan chili, vegan soups, or cornbread stuffing are all delicious options.

  1. Classic Side Dish:
    • Serve this sweet cornbread as a classic side dish alongside hearty soups, stews, or chili. Its slightly sweet and savory flavor pairs exceptionally well with the bold tastes of these comforting dishes.
  2. Cornbread Stuffing:
    • Use this egg-free, dairy-free cornbread to make a delicious stuffing for holiday meals. The crumbly texture and cornmeal flavor add a unique twist to traditional stuffing recipes.
  3. Cornbread Croutons:
    • Cube leftover dairy-free cornbread and toast the cubes to make cornbread croutons. These can be used to top salads or soups, adding a crunchy and flavorful element to your favorite dishes.
  4. Cornbread Pudding:
    • Turn this cornbread into a sweet treat by making cornbread pudding. Combine it with non-dairy milk, sugar, and spices, then bake until golden brown. Serve warm with a dollop of vegan whipped cream for a delightful dessert.
  5. Cornbread Sliders:
    • Cut this vegan cornbread into small squares or slices to use as a base for sliders. Top with your favorite ingredients like pulled jackfruit, black beans, salsa, or avocado for a unique and tasty twist.
  6. Breakfast Casseroles:
    • Incorporate it into breakfast casseroles. Combine it with vegetables, vegan cheese, and plant-based sausage or tofu for a hearty morning meal.
  7. Grilled Cornbread:
    • Slice cornbread and grill it for a delightful smoky flavor. Serve alongside barbecue dishes or enjoy with a drizzle of barbecue sauce for a sweet and savory experience.
  8. Cornbread Muffins:
    • Bake cornbread batter in a muffin tin to create individual cornbread muffins. These are perfect for serving at brunch or as a convenient grab-and-go snack.

Feel free to get creative and experiment with different serving ideas to discover your favorite way to enjoy this cake like cornbread recipe!


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Can I use gluten free flour?

I have not tested it, but you could try Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour.

What’s the difference between Southern Cornbread and Northern Style Cornbread?

The main differences between lie in the ingredients, texture, and sweetness:

  1. Ingredients:
    • Southern cornbread typically uses white cornmeal and buttermilk. Some recipes may include a small amount of sugar, while others stick to savory variations. In the South, it’s common to use bacon drippings or lard for added flavor.
    • Northern cornbread often includes a mix of cornmeal and wheat flour. It might use regular milk instead of buttermilk, and it’s generally sweeter than Southern cornbread. Northern recipes may also incorporate sweeteners like sugar or a touch of honey.
  2. Texture:
    • Southern cornbread tends to be denser and crumbly, with a coarser texture. It’s often baked in a cast-iron skillet, resulting in a crispy crust.
    • Northern cornbread is usually softer and cake like cornbread, with a finer crumb. It might be baked in a square or round pan and has a smoother texture compared to its Southern counterpart.
  3. Sweetness:
    • Southern cornbread traditionally leans towards a more savory profile, with minimal or no added sugar. This allows it to complement and soak up the flavors of savory dishes like collard greens or chili.
    • Northern cornbread is sweeter, thanks to the inclusion of sugar or other sweeteners. This sweetness makes it a more standalone snack or accompaniment to soups and stews.

If you want a cornbread that isn’t as sweet you will love this Egg Free Cornbread Recipe.


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The Best Dairy Free Cornbread Recipe

If you want an easy recipe for homemade cornbread this is it. This dairy free cornbread recipe needs only 8 ingredients and 1 bowl for a side dish that is warm, crumbly, and bursting with corny flavor. This simple cornbread recipe without milk is moist, fluffy, and something the whole family will love!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword cakelike cornbread, dairy free cornbread recipe, simple cornbread recipe without milk, vegan cornbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 136kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter or oil
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven 400 F. Grease a baking  pan, muffin pan, or cast iron skillet.
  • In a small bowl add the apple cider vinegar to the plant-based milk. Allow it to rest for about 5 minutes to create vegan buttermilk.
    1 cup plant-based milk, 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  •  In a large bowl, add all your dry ingredients and mix together.
    1 1/4 cup cornmeal, 1 cup all purpose flour, 3 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt
  • Pour the milk mixture, melted vegan butter or oil, and applesauce into the dry ingredients and mix just until everything is combined. Be careful not to over mix.
    1/4 cup vegan butter or oil, 6 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • Pour the cornbread batter into baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Fiber: 1g

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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