The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread

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Growing up, cornbread was one of my favorite side dishes, especially alongside chili. My mom would serve it with butter and maple syrup and I would go nuts. It’s no wonder – I’ve always loved carbs.

Whipping non-dairy milk and chickpea brine for the best vegan gluten-free cornbread recipe

Origins of Cornbread

Cornbread is a hotly debated topic and we don’t claim to be experts on its origin! But based on our research, it seems that the concept may have originated from a Native American dish called cornpone that was made with simple ingredients like cornmeal, water, and salt (source).

During the colonial era, cornmeal was an important ingredient and source of sustenance for enslaved individuals. It likely grew in popularity during these times and recipes evolved based on personal preferences and ingredient availability. It’s now popular throughout the US, but is especially associated with Southern cuisine.

The following is our plant-based, gluten-free version resembling what we grew up knowing cornbread to taste like!

Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread

In the past few years I’ve attempted vegan cornbread with success. However, I had yet to crack the code on vegan, gluten-free cornbread.

Without eggs, gluten-free baked goods tend not to rise and miss that crumbly texture necessary in cakes and quick breads.

However, recently I hopped on the aquafaba bandwagon and things have changed. Unless you’ve been napping for the last year, you’ve likely heard of aquafaba – the starchy brine left behind in a can of chickpeas (or other beans, such as white and kidney beans).

The brine has the protein and wizardry necessary to mock an egg and even whip up and bake into things like meringues and pavlova! It’s kind of amazing.

While I haven’t perfected my meringue or played around much with aquafaba as a stand-alone ingredient (yet), I have been loving it as an egg substitute in gluten-free baking.

Whisking wet ingredients into dry for crumbly gluten-free vegan cornbread

This recipe is easy, requiring just 10 basic ingredients. Plus, it’s extremely simple if you know how to turn on a hand mixer and whip up egg whites.

Aquafaba behaves the exact same as egg whites, creating a stable base and binding agent for this fluffy, perfect cornbread.

Whisking batter for gluten-free vegan cornbread for an easy fall recipe

I know some of you may be tempted to sub out the organic cane sugar for a more natural sweetener, but I would beg you not to do so.

The texture and flavor of the cornbread is compromised when things like coconut sugar or maple syrup are subbed in and I know this by experience. The only thing that might work is subbing stevia for 1/4 cup of the sugar. Otherwise, I hope you’ll try it and love it as is!

Wood cutting board with perfect gluten-free vegan cornbread ready for cutting

I hope you all LOVE this cornbread! It’s:

Perfectly sweet
Easy to make
& Ideal for fall + winter!

This is the perfect hearty comfort food to have on hand this fall and winter to pair alongside dishes like 1-Pot Vegan Chili, Vegan ‘Pulled Pork’ Sandwich, and Vegan Sloppy Joe’s! In my opinion, it’s almost undetectably vegan and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy (but no one will be able tell the difference). If not gluten free, try my Best Vegan Cornbread for 2!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Squares of tender crumbly perfect cornbread for a gluten-free vegan fall dessert

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread

The BEST vegan gluten-free cornbread made with 10 ingredients! Fluffy, crumbly, perfectly sweet, SO delicious! Pair with chili for the ultimate fall and winter treat.
Author Minimalist Baker
Using a fork to cut a corner off of a slice of Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread
4.8 from 87 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 (slices)
Course Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Native American-Inspired, Southern-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2-3 Days



  • 1/3 cup chickpea brine (whipped until fluffy and soft peaks form // aka aquafaba)
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar* (as original recipe is written, you can sub up to 1/4 cup with 1 packet or tsp of stevia extract)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grape seed or canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour*
  • 1 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

FOR SERVING optional

  • Vegan butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Chili


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and lightly grease a standard 9-inch round cake pan or 8×8-inch baking dish and dust with gluten-free flour. Shake out excess and set aside. (I also think you could use an 9-inch cast iron skillet, but it wouldn’t come out as easily and will likely have to be served directly from the pan).
  • In a liquid measuring cup, measure out non-dairy milk and add vinegar or lemon juice. Set aside.
  • Add chickpea brine to a medium mixing bowl and begin whipping until loose peaks form. Then add sugar in a little at a time and beat until the texture is glossy and white and semi-firm peaks form.
  • Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Then add almond milk mixture and oil and whisk once more. Lastly, add the whipped chickpea brine (with sugar) and gently whisk/fold in until a thick but pourable batter is formed.
  • The batter should be thick but pourable. Add more cornmeal or gluten-free flour if too wet or almond milk if too thick. I added 1 Tbsp more cornmeal and 2 Tbsp more light gluten-free flour blend (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • Add batter to prepared cake pan and bake on a center rack for 25-35 minutes, or until the edges are light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out completely clean.
  • Let cool completely in the pan – set on a wire rack to speed cooling process. To remove, run a dull knife around the edge of the cake pan to loosen, then slice and serve. Alternatively, place a plate on top and quickly invert. It will be upside down so flip onto another serving platter to get it right side up.
  • Serve with vegan butter and maple syrup. Pairs extremely well with hearty dishes like Vegan Lentil Chili.
  • Store covered at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Freeze up to 1 month.



*For the gluten-free flour, I tried Fork and Bean’s Light Gluten-Free Blend and loved it! However, I’m also pretty confident that the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF Blend would work here, as well as my DIY Gluten-Free Blend!
*Some of you may be tempted to sub out the organic cane sugar for a more natural sweetener, but I would suggest not doing so. The texture and flavor of the cornbread are compromised when things like coconut sugar or maple syrup are subbed in and I know this by experience. The only thing that might work is subbing stevia for 1/4 cup of the sugar (as noted). Otherwise, I hope you’ll try it and love it as is!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without toppings.

Nutrition (1 of 10 servings)

Serving: 1 slices Calories: 201 Carbohydrates: 33.9 g Protein: 2.5 g Fat: 6.7 g Saturated Fat: 0.6 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 78 mg Fiber: 1.9 g Sugar: 10.2 g

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  1. Megan says

    I’m hoping to make this today, but I’m wondering if I could use different type of beans to make the aquafaba? I’m planning to make chili, so I’d probably use pinto or black beans. Would they work for the aquafaba? Thanks. 🙂

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Megan! Unfortunately other beans do not produce the same results, at least not in our experience. Hope this helps!

  2. Tori says

    I tested this recipe in preparation for vegan yoga retreat I am cooking for. I was a little skeptical, but it was so good!! I had never baked with aquafaba before and was shocked at how it transforms into a beautiful meringue. I will say, when I folded in the meringue, the batter started bubbling and foaming and got really thin–I was certain it was ruined. But sure enough, it rose in the oven and was thick, moist and a little cakey. I will bake it a little longer next time. Such a great option for vegans–I can’t wait to bake this for my upcoming retreat!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lauren! We haven’t tried it ourselves, but other readers have had success using applesauce in place of oil. Hope this helps!

  3. Amanda says

    I’m hosting a friend soon who can’t eat gluten or dairy, and I’m really excited to try this recipe. One question: do you measure the aquafaba before or after whipping? I’m assuming before? Thanks so much!

  4. sadie says

    This looks great! It’s ticking all the boxes. I love that it’s freezer-friendly. Thank you for this. :D Quick question (as I am new to baking)–I’m interested in making muffins instead of in a cast iron skillet. Any suggestions for time or temperature modifications? Again, many thanks for all your hard work.

  5. Mara says

    I have made this cornbread many times – it’s easy and delicious! My 4 year old LOVES it and wants me to make it again “using all the same ingredients” hahaha

    Thank you!

  6. Kelly says

    I decided I wanted cornbread while at the grocery store on New Year’s Eve. As a gluten-free vegan the only option I could find was Bob’s corn flour. I followed the recipe exactly other than that. It turned out amazing but it’s more like a corn cake. My kids loved it as did I so I’ll definitely make it again.

  7. Tasie says

    Can you please tell me which brand of cornmeal you use or suggest? I am having a very difficult time finding a “Gluten Free” Fine Cornmeal. I’m in Canada.


    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tasie, we used Bob’s Red Mill, but it looks like they might have discontinued the product. Other readers have reported success with medium grind cornmeal. Hope that helps!

    • Nicole Turner says

      I am begging for a modification to make it without sugar. Please please please. My family absolutely hates sweet cornbread with our southern meals like fried cabbage, stewed potatoes, and black eyed peas. I’ve successfully made everything they make vegan, and they’ve loved it. I’ve searched online through hundreds of recipes and can’t find one that is gluten free, vegan, and completely without sweetener. You could change a lot of lives with that modification 😂.

      • Bonnie says

        I agree. I hate, hate, hate sweet cornbread (as I grew up with the unsweetened kind.) Thanks for requesting this for the rest of us!

  8. Mia says

    Outstanding recipe! Seriously delicious. I didn’t have all the exact ingredients but subbed in buckwheat flour as the other flour, medium grind cornmeal instead of fine, Swerve granulated sugar, avocado oil and threw in a cup of corn niblets. I baked it in a cast-iron 10″ skillet (oiled then heated in the oven while the oven was preheating) for 25 minutes and it turned out AH-MAY-ZING! The texture was exactly as you describe; fluffy, tender, crumbly and perfectly sweet. This will become a staple in my house for sure. Everyone loved it! Thanks for an amazing recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! So glad to hear you enjoyed this, Mia. Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications!

  9. Cynthia says

    Thank you for this excellent recipe! I did not have chickpeas on hand and I ran out of flax seed (my other go-to egg replacer) so I subbed a duck egg for that ingredient. I am avoiding sugar so I did use 1/4 cup of maple syrup– I found that it was plenty sweet with that amount. I used the Bob’s Red Mill GF blend and kept everything else the same. The cornbread was delicious — just a tad dry, but that was probably all the substitutions. Still, my kids and husband liked it — which says a lot!

    Thank you for an excellent recipe.

  10. Jeanette says

    What can I substitute for Aquafaba? I don’t want to open a can of beans just for the aquafaba. I was just treated for allergy to corn by my naturopathic doctor and am craving cornbread. Thank you so much for this healthy recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jeanette! The aquafaba is quite important here for the correct texture and we cannot guarantee that the recipe will work with substitutions. You could try it with 2 flax eggs instead (skip step 3), but we don’t know if it will work!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cre! We haven’t tried it and we aren’t sure it would work, as the sugar is important for achieving the correct final texture. Other readers have had success reducing it to 1/4 cup, though! Let us know if you give it a try!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sandy! Those oils have a very neutral taste, which is ideal for this recipe. Avocado oil would also work!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tori! Rice milk should work great. We haven’t tried this recipe with the King Arthur GF blend, but we think it should work, too!

  11. Cynthia Pierce says

    I’ve made this before with amazing success, but this time I realized too late that I had run out of almond/soy milk. I had a can of coconut milk in my pantry, so I decided to give it go with that instead. The cornbread came out much more moist and fluffy, almost to the point of sponge cake! I ate it with your black bean pumpkin soup (delish), and then again for dessert with a spoonful of jam on top. SO GOOD. I’ll try the leftovers tonight with some honey and cinnamon. Happy accident, indeed–thanks for the wonderful recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yum! This is so good to know! We might have to try it… thanks so much for the lovely review, Cynthia!

  12. Josephine says

    This was so delicious! My mind is officially blown by chickpea brine. My boyfriend and I made this together and followed the directions to the t. But instead of a cake tin we did 12 muffins. Those cooked perfectly at 350f for 20-25 min. Looking forward to trying this again!

  13. Kay says

    I cannot believe how good this was!! I was super nervous because of a gluten free/vegan cornbread disaster I had earlier, but now this is my go-to recipe! I’m thinking about adding a bob’s red mill egg sub as well as the chickpea brine next time to see if I could maybe make it more fluffy. I also accidentally used medium-ground cornmeal, but everyone in my house liked the extra texture! If there was a 6th star, then I’d give it to ya! Thank you so much for the recipe!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      This is so kind! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Kay, and we’re so glad everyone enjoyed! We appreciate you!

  14. Melanie Carr says

    I made this recipe as written, except I used olive oil and for organic cane sugar I figured sucanat would work well, and it did! I baked this in my Bundt pan that fits in my air fryer, so the kitchen stayed cool to boot. This bread is phenomenal. I could do without any other bread so long as we had this. THANK YOU!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great! We’re so glad to hear it turned out well. Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Melanie! xo

  15. Cynthia says

    Perhaps the best cornbread I’ve ever made! I used homemade aquafaba–it got very airy/foamy and light-colored but I couldn’t get it to stiffen up into peaks. I also used all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and baked it in a hot cast iron. Despite the modifications, it came out beautifully! Crusty, chewy, moist, gone in a flash!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! Thanks for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Cynthia! We’re so glad you enjoyed! xo

    • Sherri Neil says

      Cynthia, I have found that adding a little cream of tartar to mu cold aguafaba helps a lot to stiffen it. I also make sure to blend in glass bowl. Hope that helps in the future

  16. Justyna says

    This was so good! I’m allergic to gluten, eggs and dairy so finding a cornbread recipe that I can have and that actually works has been challenging. I’ve never seen one quite like it and glad I gave it a go.

    I didn’t have chickpea liquid, but I was making the cornbread to go along with a very spicy chili so I used the liquid from a can of Great Northern beans. I don’t know if the chickpea melds faster, but the Great Northern took seven minutes to get close to soft peaks, but it worked beautifully as it was. (I didn’t get all the way there; my arms were tired! Next time I’m using the KitchenAid instead of the handheld.) Thank you for another great recipe!

    • Erica says

      Made this the other night and have some questions…. Probably best for an email but couldn’t find one listed.

      I’ve been eating gf baked goods for over 8 years and sometimes – but not all the time – when there is chickpea flour or aquafaba in it there is a really bad and overpowering after-taste. Over the years I think I have narrowed it down to that ingredient. But can’t figure out why- is it old flour? Not sure what it would be with the aquafaba. I have seen this in my own baking and some store bought. More often when baking at home and buying at less experienced gf shops.

      For the first time ever with a minimalist baker recipe, this happened with this cornbread (it’s not the first time I’ve used aquafaba- I baked the vegan choc chip cookies for a friendly competition once and won!). I have NEVER had a minimalist baker recipe not be top notch, so I’m assuming it was my fault and still gave it 5 stars. But would really like some help in figuring out what this is for my future baking….any ideas??

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Erica, chickpea flour contributes to a beany flavor, so we typically avoid it in baking. We’re thinking it’s possible you’re only tasting it when there’s a larger amount of it in a recipe. What GF flour blend were you using? Is it possible it had a bean flour in it?

        • Erica says

          Thank you! Yea I just looked at the gf flour blend I used (Bob’s Red Mill) and the first ingredient is garbanzo bean flour… that I think of it I also have used Cup 4 Cup and maybe that’s when things turn out better haha.

          Still not sure why the aquafaba tastes fine?

          But this is very helpful advice. I will steer clear of the flour in baking from now on. Thank you!

      • Marisa says

        Hi Erica,
        I get this with gluten free baked goods sometimes too. Is it possible there is xanthan gum in your flour blend? I find it gives quite a bitter/unpleasant aftertaste. If I use just a teensy bit, I can get away with it. But some pre-made gf flours use more than I can handle. Just wanted to throw this out there as a possibility!

  17. Nancy Steed says

    I made your RedLentil Chili lastnight for dinner. As always, your recipes are fantastic! This has quite a bit of kick but that’s what hubby and I like! IMPRESSIVE!!!

  18. Loretta Winters says

    Absolutely amazing flavor. Too sweet, so I only use 1/4 c sugar without comprising the outcome. That makes it perfect.!

  19. Chery says

    I’ve never baked w/ aquafafa before. Can’t wait to try it!

    And you can definitely make this in a cast iron skillet. Preheat the skillet in the oven first. That way when you pour in the batter, it will form a golden crust. Yum!!! (The crust will not be as crispy after refrigeration so it’s better to eat it hot) And it’s not that difficult to remove from the skillet, either.

  20. Mary Araneo says

    I was looking for a recipe that used whole wheat flour and aquafaba as an ingredient, not necessarily gluten free. Most non-GF cornmeal recipes use all-purpose flour. I used this recipe but used whole wheat flour in place of gluten-free flour. I used the metric measurements. Whipped up the aquafaba with a small hand mixer. That worked great! The cornmeal came out wonderful, soft and tender! Thank you for another great recipe!

  21. Nicole says

    My family loves this cornbread! I have made it multiple times and every time it comes out great! I took a chance and I did substitute the 1/2 cup of cane sugar for 1/2 cup of maple syrup and the texture still came out great. The second time I made it I went with 1/4 cup of maple syrup and it was still good. The first batch of course was sweeter, but the second batch was good and had a hint of sweetness. I also made one batch with masa because I was out of cornmeal…it was still good and works in a pinch, but using cornmeal is best. I also used a store bought one to one gf flour and it all worked out great. Thank you for another great recipe! We are new to a plant based life and you are helping us tremendously with your recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad our recipes are helpful, Nicole. Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  22. Robyn Brower says

    I loved the cornbread. The only thing I would do is cut down on the sugar. I have cut out quite a bit of sugar in my diet and I find that I naturally like things much less sweet. I used a bit less then 1/2 cup, next time I will only use 1/4 C sugar.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for the feedback, Robyn! Other readers have reduced the sugar by half with success. Glad you enjoyed it otherwise!

  23. Becky Elmore says

    I made this tonight and was GREAT. It’s a little sweeter than I prefer, but from reading other reviews it sounds like you can cut the sugar in half for a more savory version. I used Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Flour and avocado oil. Just beware that it’s super crumbly! Perhaps this was because of the paleo flour? Other than that, it’s pretty perfect. Thanks, Minimalist Baker crew!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Becky! Thanks so much for sharing! It is crumbly as written (in a good way), but we could see the paleo flour making it extra crumbly.

  24. Jen says

    I’ve made this recipe multiple times, with all sorts of variations, and it never disappoints! It is definitely my favorite cornbread recipe. Tonight, I doubled the recipe and baked in a 9×13 cake pan. I used 1 cup of canned coconut milk + 1/2 cup of water instead of 1.5 cups of almond milk, and 4 small/medium eggs instead of 2/3 cup of aquafaba. I added the egg yolks to the milk/oil mixture, and whipped the whites (incorporating the sugar as instructed). I also used all purpose flour (not GF). It was delicious, and a little fluffier than when I’ve made it with aquafaba. It held together very well.

  25. Allergy Life Mom says

    Really good corn bread! I can eat it by itself. It is sweet, but I like it like that. Used Ripple plant based milk as opposed to almond milk due to a nut allergy in my family, but no other substitutes.

  26. Janice Quade says

    Is there something I can sub the aqua faba for? I cook my own dried beans, so don’t keep canned on hand. By the way, I finally ordered your cookbook and I am SO glad I did! I have been using your recipes from this site for a few years and they are all so solid! Thank you for sharing your passion! <3

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, so kind, Janice! For the aquafaba, you could try using the bean liquid from homemade. If not vegan, you could try chicken eggs. The aquafaba gives it a fluffiness and rise that other egg alternatives don’t.

  27. Stephanie says

    Hi — any vegan cornbread casserole recipes? (Maybe as a riff off of this one). Looking for a healthy alternative to the Jiffy style cornbread casserole dish?

    Thanks so much!

  28. L says

    Thank you for this great recipe! I used the DIY gluten-free flour blend, and despite the warning, I did end up using 1/2 cup of agave instead of organic cane sugar. I whipped it into the aquafaba, which meant it didn’t form any peaks. Next time, I’ll just mix the agave into the batter at the same time as the oil, then fold in the whipped aquafaba. The overall consistency once everything was mixed together was a little runny. I added some more flour and cornmeal as suggested to even it out. Once baked, it was a bit more dry and crumbly, but I still loved it. I might try keeping the batter runny next time and see how it bakes. The flavour was amazing. Served hot with vegan butter and a drizzle of agave, it’s a perfect breakfast or dessert!

  29. Jackie says

    Two questions-
    1- if I can’t find aquafaba can I use the liquid straight from a can of chickpeas?
    2- what about putting some kernels of corn in the mix too?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jackie, you’ll need to whip the chickpea brine to make it fluffy before adding. Corn kernels sound delicious though =) Just know that it might not hold together quite as well.

  30. Emma says

    I can confirm this recipie is amazing. Moist, crumbly, tender… not dense… considering is GF AND vegan- yum!!! One thing i need to ask though is it meant to be really sweet? I’m from Australia so its not a dish that I’m custom to… but it almost tastes like cake! albiet… increidbily delicious… is this normal? haha :) thanks for the awesome recipe!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Emma, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! There’s a lot of debate over whether cornbread is supposed to be sweet =) We prefer it sweet!

  31. Sigfried says

    Minimalist Baker,

    This was incredibly delicious! I served this at a function with several non-vegan and non-gluten free guests who also raved about it! The cornbread had near-perfect moisture, a light and fluffy crumb, and really wonderful sweetness (not overly) and savory-ness. I can’t recommend this recipe enough!

    The ONLY negative thing I have to say is that my forearms were rather exhausted after the ~15mins of hand-whipping the aqaufaba. But I think that’s on me for not having an electric mixer. It IS possible with an appropriate amount of determination, though!

    I’ll certainly be checking out more of your recipes.


    I made this in a 9″-diameter cast iron pan with essentially no modifications to the recipe (the original measures work perfectly for that size). The cornbread came out of the pan rather nicely in 8 slices but would have been an absolute feat to take out whole. Maybe I’m just not clever enough? At any rate, here’s what I did different:
    > Before preparing the above ingredients, place the cast iron pan onto a stovetop burner set to low-to-medium-low heat with 1tbsp or 2tbps of oil (I used grapeseed, in line with the recipe) and maybe a sprinkling of salt grains.
    > After completing the batter preparation, pour it into the pan, enjoy the sizzle and smell for a few seconds, then put the whole cast iron pan into the oven at 350F (175C) for 25-35min (which is the same as described in the original recipe) or until a toothpick comes out clean. That happened exactly at 25min with my full-sized convection oven, so I definitely recommend testing promptly at that mark.
    > Badabing, badaboom. Slice and serve as you may!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Sigfried! We are so glad everyone enjoyed it! Way to stick with it on the aquafaba- a hand mixer will definitely be helpful for next time!

  32. Kelly says

    This recipe is way better than what’s on the back of the cornbread mix. I don’t even know why I didn’t make this one first! I made the lentil chili to go with it, such a great suggestion.

  33. Simone says

    Hi! Is the sugar essential? I’m planning to make this diabetic friendlyn and can’t include sugar. Will excluding the sugar alter the recipe (other than not being sweet?)


  34. Sara Zebovitz says

    Hi! I would like to make this tonight but am wondering if there is anything I can substitute for the oil, as I can’t have any oils. I have seen some recipes suggest soymilk instead of oil — would that work? Thanks!

  35. Marie says

    Instead of the egg replacement with chickpea water, could one not use grinded up linseed and water? Not just for the cornbread but eg for your avioli?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Marie, it depends on the recipe, but for the aioli, we think that would result in an unpleasant texture. For this cornbread, the aquafaba gives it fluffiness and rise that flax doesn’t.

  36. Anna Skavronsky says

    I have made this time and time again…and I love this beyond words.. it is actually in the over right now. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes

  37. Jenny says

    Hi thanks for yet another amazing recipe! I made the one on the back of the cornmeal package and was like yikes I gotta go back to the Minimalist Baker one I saw! My first time working with aquafab. I LOVE it. I made this recipe with coconut oil and found it to be too dense and heavy in the consistency. So I will get grape seed oil for the next round. Other than that part of my cornbread experience, due to my own experimentation, this recipe is flawless and delicious! I would never know it is vegan AND gluten free. Thank you so much!

  38. Joyce says

    I followed the recipe exactly. Not knowing the consistency I needed, I didn’t add anything. If I were to try it again, I would add more liquid. It is a very heavy bread that did not rise at all. It tastes ok but it is too dense for my liking. I will try another recipe next time.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Joyce, we’re so sorry to hear that was your experience! It should be light and fluffy. Is it possible your baking powder was old? What type of gluten-free flour did you use?

  39. Katie says

    I made a handful of modifications, and this still turned out so well! I subbed erythritol for the sugar and oatmilk yogurt for the oil. For the GF flour I used half brown rice flour and half millet flour. I also baked them as muffins instead of in a pan. Will definitely make this (modified) recipe again!

  40. Kaelyn says

    soooo good! I used regular flour and it worked like a dream. can’t wait to have another slice for breakfast tomorrow morning!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sandra, We haven’t tried it, but think 1 large or 2 small eggs would work. Let us know if you give it a try!

  41. Susan Watson says

    Best I’ve ever made. I sub ground flax because I can’t eat chickpeas. Delicious every time I make it.

  42. Carrie says

    This was my first time trying a recipe from this site. My vegan daughter swears by you and sent me here! I am a vegetarian and my husband is gluten-free, which makes it hard to cook for us both. This cornbread was delicious! Much better than some other gluten-free cornbread recipes I’ve tried.
    I did notice it was a bit dense. It was very thick before I poured (scooped) it into the pan, so maybe I need to add more liquid so it’s “pourable“ like the recipe said. Even so, it was the best gluten-free cornbread I’ve ever made. I will be making it again soon!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Carrie! Did it look thicker than the photo? If so, maybe add a little more liquid next time? But if the end result wasn’t try, just use caution so it doesn’t go too far the other way =)

  43. Faith says

    I prepared exactly as posted except I used unsweetened soy milk and baked a dozen muffins instead of one round pie. Excellent! My husband ate 4 with our chili. ? Thank you for this great recipe. So easy to make.

  44. Mallory says

    This will be my new go-to! I used 2 eggs in place of the aquafaba (as I tolerate them better), and the tast and texture turned out great!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michelle, Whisking it by hand takes quite a long time and does not produce as good of results.

  45. Lydia says

    This recipe came out very moist and tasty even though I forgot about it in the oven and let it cook longer than recommended. I added frozen corn and green chilies to the batter and served it with veggie jambalaya. I used the recommended gf flour and you would never know it’s gf.

  46. Karen Mawyer says

    Made this gluten free vegan cornbread for a church dinner this evening. It came out great! Light and fluffy. The aquafaba made all the difference.

  47. Fifi says

    Thank you for the recipe!
    It’s really good! My family love it!! I will make it again tomorrow for a friend.

    I substituted almond milk with coconut milk.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Fifi. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  48. Kristi says

    I made a big mistake when making this recipe with my husband. I forgot to tell him that we only needed to whip 1/3 cup of aquafaba, so he used an entire can’s worth. I’m not sure exactly how much that is, but it was more than 1/3 cup.

    Other modifications I made: I used avocado oil because I didn’t have the other two options on-hand, and I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten-free flour. I also made them into muffins using a silicone muffin pan. The recipe made a perfect 12 muffins! I took them out after 25 minutes, and unfortunately they were still undercooked in the middle- I’m assuming the excess aquafaba affected the cooking time.

    Considering my aquafaba mistake, the cornbread still turned out pretty great! Thanks for the awesome gluten-free vegan recipe.

  49. Anna says

    Does omitting the sugar/Stevia negatively affect the outcome? I was raised with cornbread without sugar (aka The Great Debate)?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sheila. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Pat! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  50. Jenna says

    I’ve made these twice. They were gone in minutes both times! The first time I followed the recipe exactly and they were so good! The second time I used regular flour since I am out of gluten free. I also accidentally added the sugar before whipping the aquafaba, so I whipped it with the sugar in it and it worked out fine doing it that way. My family and I love these and will continue to bake them again and again! ?

  51. TE says

    Thanks for the recipe. I’m hoping to make this for friends tomorrow who are dairy/gluten/egg/nut free.

    So, I want to use coconut milk instead of almond milk. Do I buy the carton or the can type as they are very different. Also, how much chia or flax seeds do I use if I want to substitute that for the brine?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We would recommend canned for more flavor. We wouldn’t recommend subbing chia or flax in this recipe. The aquafaba gives it fluffiness and rise that the others won’t

  52. Jeanette says

    Any other ideas for the Aquafaba? My son is allergic to chickpeas so we can’t use that. Any other suggestions?

    I think someone said something about using the brine of another bean. He is also allergic to white beans (Navy bean) so maybe I could try another bean brine?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jeanette, We haven’t tried other options in this recipe. If not vegan, chicken eggs may be the best alternative. Let us know if you give it a try!

  53. Nicole says

    This was fabulous! I used it as the base to make a spicy cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it. I quadrupled the recipe since I was cooking for a large crowd and it turned out great! Five stars!

  54. Vanessa says

    Very dry and crumbly, sadly. The flavor is wonderful! Not sure if maybe chia would be better for binding (instead/in addition to flax)? Usually MB recipes are perfect every time! So I made a double batch for a party and now I have two trays of very crumbly cornbread (sweet cornmeal!) – any suggestions of what to do with it??

  55. Mallory says

    Is this considered a double batch with the 10 servings? Looking at making the cornbread stuffing so wanted to check!

  56. Sandy says

    Ok, first attempt. And I totally forgot to add the oil -so I poured it in after all other ingredients were well mixed together. But I have to say it wasn’t bad at all. However, after reading all the amazing (supportive)comments, I am definitely giving it another try!Power to the Cornbread People!

  57. Erica says

    Amazing! Chewy and a little crunchy on the outside, soft and dense on the inside. Not too sweet- but doesn’t need anything on it. We used Bob’s 1:1 and avocado oil. Made muffins and they came out of the pan no problem! I haven’t had a minimalist baker recipe not work out yet! Thank you so much.

  58. Elaine says

    The cornbread is delicious! I made this in advance and will freeze it for Thanksgiving. Thanks for yet another great recipe!!

  59. Nicci says

    My gluten eating crowd couldn’t tell the difference!
    I used Oatly milk, olive oil and Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour, doubling the recipe each time I’ve made it. Typically on one round pan I pour melted honey on the top before baking, but this recipe doesn’t even need butter, honey or maple syrup!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whoop! So glad to hear it, Nicci! Thanks so much for sharing! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Amira says

      Thanks for giving the idea to use oatly milk. Do you like it more then almond milk? This gf cornbread is my go to for my son and I the last year. This sight has been a life saver with all his allergies combined with toddler pickiness. Now he being iffy with what he will drink so if oatly is an option might have to try that soon. By the way this recipe is a solid keeper. Heavy heavy rotation in my house even with my. Non GF husband That’s says a lot!

      • Colette Henley says

        Delicious! Made as written, doubled. Used oat milk with great success. As per a previous comment, chilled aquafaba and it whipped up very quickly. Was a little sweet for our liking so will reduce sugar next time and believe me , there will be a next time!! Thanks for the great recipe.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Thanks so much for the lovely review, Colette. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

          • Colette Henley says

            Delicious! Made as written, doubled. Used oat milk with great success. As per a previous comment, chilled aquafaba and it whipped up very quickly. Was a little sweet for our liking so will reduce sugar next time and believe me , there will be a next time!! Thanks for the great recipe.

  60. Heidi says

    What can we use as GF flour subsitute. Need it to have no rice or potato and most gf flour blends have them. Would chickpea flour work?

  61. Angelique says

    Made this recipe today!! Didn’t need it to be GF so i just used regular all purpose flour. I like a little bite to my cornbread so I did 3/4 cup fine cornmeal and 1/4 coarse cornmeal. I also used unsweetened coconut milk instead of almond and cocunut oil as opposed to the canola. It actually came out pretty good!! My non-vegan grandmother absolutely ADORED it!! Hopefully this is the first step to a (painstaking) conversion. She doesn’t think she can give meat and dairy up; I hope to prove otherwise?
    PS: I must have been mixing the aquafaba for what felt like 15 minutes. It did come together eventually, but it was quite a workout lol

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Angelique. So glad she enjoyed it! We find it works best to use an electric hand mixer for the aquafaba. Hope that helps!

  62. Maryann says

    Amazing! I had every can of bean in the house except Chickpea. I used the brine of a can of cannellini beans and it turned out great.

  63. Katie says

    I love this recipe!
    Wondering if it can be done with a maple/vegan butter bottom… to give it the sweet/decadent layer and omit the sugar cane…. Thoughts?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I think it will affect the texture (too moist / dense). But let us know if you give it a try!

  64. Fern L Ebeling says

    This cornbread was great! I would make an addition to the instructions by warning folks to not lose faith that the aquafaba will EVENTUALLY whip into peaks! It took by Kitchen Aid a full 9 minutes! But worth the wait :-)

  65. Tola says

    This looks amazing. We are trying to make a gluten-free, dairy-free cornbread but actually would prefer to use eggs – how many would be equivalent in this recipe? Thanks!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried it, but think that would be about 1 large or 2 small eggs. Let us know if you give it a try!

  66. Marissa says

    I made this twice and wanted to share what I’ve learned. The first time was kind of a flop, but I had a hankering for cornbread so tried again and the second time was INCREDIBLE. Like best cornbread I’ve ever had, let alone made. Here’s what I think made the difference:

    1. Aquafaba. It’s weird the first time you meringue it. I am fairly certain I under-whipped the first time – the end product was aerated, but not peaky like a true meringue. The second time, my aquafaba had been in the refrigerator for 24 hrs, so was chilled, and I really whipped it with a high speed handheld mixer. By the end it had stiff peaks and stuck to the bowl when flipped upside down – true meringue style. You can do it. Keep whipping!

    2. When it came time to mix in the aquafaba meringue I was obsessively careful not to over mix and squash all the air out of the batter. Be. Gentle.

    3. Medium grain corn meal. I used fine grain cornmeal the first time and the end product was a dense, stiff, dry mixture. The second time the texture was perfect. A little grainy, moist, almost fluffy.

    3. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour. This blend is the most flour-like for baking IMHO.

    4. I can’t have almonds, so I subbed Oatly oatmilk. The first time I had subbed coconut milk (from a carton, not the can). I think the Oatly added to the flavor and texture of the cornbread.

    5. Grapeseed oil instead of canola. Came out super moist. Doesn’t need butter.

    If you botch it the first time don’t give up! This recipe has now trumped all other recipes I’ve tried. AND it’s compliant with my food sensitivity needs. So dope.

    Good luck!

  67. Lynn says

    Just made it for the first time. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a 9×11. Turned out AMAZING! Thank you so much for all your trial and error efforts. I couldn’t be more happy.

    I nearly cried when I ate it. Texture is awesome, flavor is there. I slathered mine with vegan butter and used some honey rather generously. Super deeeelish!

    Thanks again

  68. Joel says

    Just made this for my son who can’t eat eggs and my wife who can’t do wheat! Great idea using whipped bean juice (who knew). Not vegan tho… we used milk and yogurt. The sugar quantity made mine come out too sweet. If I cut back the sugar by a half, do I need to substitute or change anything else?

  69. Dawn says

    This turned out great! I really struggle with gluten free vegan baking and this recipe fulfilled my desire for chili with cornbread! I subbed the oil for applesauce to make it whole food plant based. And I used Jovial brand GF bread flour which worked well.

  70. Mary says

    I’ve made this recipe before and LOVED it, huge hit. I’m going oil free though and was wondering what I could substitute for it, or if I could leave it out and increase another ingredient? Thank you!

  71. Regina Moolenschot says

    Maybe I missed the subject matter of my question due to your popular and positive feed back of your cornbread…you suggest “fine cornmeal”, I have Bob’s Red Mill Corn Flour, will that work?

  72. Shelley Perry says

    Made this last night and it was amazing! Perfect texture and flavor. Definitely going to make this a regular.

  73. Karyn says

    I would rate this higher, but I just made this and I realized I did not add the oil. There is nothing in the instructions that says when to add it in, and so I completely forgot. The flavor is really good, but the texture is weird..

  74. Anna says

    This was so delicious, THANK YOU for the recipe! I used half the sugar and a teaspoon of stevia. Next time I will try omitting the stevia since I prefer the sweetness to be just barely there.

  75. Lauren says

    YUM!! I didn’t need my cornbread to be vegan this time so I used 2 large eggs in place of the aquafaba and regular milk in place of the almond milk. It turned out delicious!

  76. Susanne Moreland says

    I really prefer savory cornbread. Is there anyway to omit the majority of the sugar and still retain the texture? Could I possibly add more starch or add more flour?
    Thank you for any notes…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Corey! While you may be tempted to sub out the organic cane sugar for a more natural sweetener, we wouldn’t suggest doing so. The texture and flavor of the cornbread are compromised when maple syrup are subbed in and we know this by experience. The only thing that might work is subbing stevia for 1/4 cup of the sugar (as noted). Otherwise, I hope you’ll try it and love it as is! Hope this helps!

  77. Jillian says

    The cornbread is in the oven now, but my batter was very dry and I followed the recipe exactly. Maybe I didn’t beat my aquafaba enough so there wasnt enough volume but I did it well past 6 minutes. I had to add a lot of almond milk at the end and my batter still didn’t look like the picture. Any thoughts? Fingers crossed!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Jillian, how did it turn out? Different brands of ingredients can be more dry or wet so perhaps that’s what happened. But the batter is meant to be on the thicker side. However, it sounds like adding more almond milk was a smart move! Let us know.

  78. Elizabeth says

    Fantastic recipe Dana, thank you! This was my first time making cornbread – it came out of the oven perfectly fluffy and was so comforting! I didn’t need it to be gluten free, so just substituted the gluten free flour for all purpose – easy!

  79. Amy says

    Wow, this was AMAZING!! So tasty – as good as any non-gluten free, non-vegan corn bread I’ve had. I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free General Purpose Flour – the one that is mostly chickpea based – Bob’s has a few different mixes, flax seed milk, only 1/4 cup of sugar – coconut palm sugar – which seemed to make it plenty sweet, and added 1/2 cup of canned corn. My batter wasn’t “pourable” even after adding a few extra tablespoons of flax milk but it turned out fine nevertheless. Thanks for the great recipe, and the introduction to aquafaba!

  80. Margarita says

    I made mistakes/substitutions but this still turned into fantastic cornbread. The chick pea brine whipped up nicely and then became liquid when I added the sugar—I missed the part about not using coconut sugar. I didn’t have almond milk on hand so I substituted soy milk. I used coconut oil instead of canola or grape seed oil. The bread came out moist, slightly sweet, and oh-so delicious. It didn’t turn into a mass of crumbs after the first bite. In fact, I was able to cut slices and make sandwich bread out of it. I can’t wait to see what it’s like when I follow the directions to the T. Thanks for another great recipe!

  81. Danusia Lucia says

    Thank you Dana,

    This is a wonderful blessing of a recipe. It turned out nice and fluffy, I did make some minor adjustments:
    Sucanat/Rapadura Sugar instead of refined cane.
    2 t. Baking powder, no baking soda
    Medium grind cornmeal
    Gluten-free flours used:
    Whole grain brown rice
    Potato starch
    Rice flour
    Tapioca flour
    Garbanzo flour
    Added 1 T. Each of cornmeal and flour to thicken a little.
    Loved the opportunity to creatively use the garbanzo meringue, always wanted to. Many thanks! ✨?

  82. Emily Clements says

    Made this last year to turn into your vegan cornbread stuffing and LOVED it! Planning to do the same this Christmas, but wondering if substituting (unsweetened) coconut milk would work in place of the almond milk? Thank you!!

  83. Laura Buckley says

    I made this with blue cornmeal and mixed in chopped Hatch green chile for a New Mexican twist, and served with vegan butter and local honey.. it was AWESOME, thank you sooooo much!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yeah, the reason that’s added is to make a vegan “buttermilk.” But omit and it should be fine!

  84. Debbie says

    I followed this to a T except for the last few instructions. I don’t know what it’s like at other homes but there’s no way my crew would wait for the pan to cool lol. It was devoured straight from the oven!
    I made my own gf flour blend with 1/3 cup each of buckwheat, quinoa & rice flours. It was fabulous – thanks very much ?

  85. Michelle says

    This recipe is great!!! I have a 6 year old whose eczema flares badly when she eats wheat, dairy, egg white or soy. I made this to take to a chili potluck so she could eat cornbread, too. I doubled the recipe and was skeptical that it would turn out well because so many of the “usual” ingredients had to be replaced. But I am very happy to say that this cornbread was really delicious, and in fact, I actually prefer it to regular cornbread because it wasn’t as dry or crumbly as regular cornbread! It was moist yet not too dense. At the potluck, there was a lot of the regular cornbread left over, but the cornbread I brought from this recipe was GONE by the end. I will definitely be making this again!

  86. Doria Joyoue says

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This recipe worked perfectly. My little boy is egg free, dairy free and gluten free but can’t have rice flour. I used your recipe with two different flours – buckwheat & almond flour – to make a moist delicious cornbread. He said yummy after each mouthful and swung his little feet the whole time he was eating it as happy as can be. This one is a definite keeper.

  87. Ashley says

    I made this last night, and I didn’t care for it. The flavor was good, but the texture was nonexistent. Almost like eating pudding for lack of a better word. It looked good, and held up pretty good, but when I bit into it there was nothing there to chew. Maybe it’s the southern girl in me that’s grown up on cornbread, but this recipe didn’t cut it. My daughter seemed okay with it, but I think she was just being nice ;)

  88. Rachel F. says

    Wow! This recipe came out amazing! I did not have high hopes for this as I had to sub Olive oil for the grapeseed oil, and also the aquafaba didn’t make the peaks as you described it should in the recipe. It seemed like i was beating them forever! But I went ahead and baked it anyways and wow! I even forgot about it on the counter for like 5, 6 hours afterwards and it was still soft! I baked it in that amazing brownie pan that has a metal insert that cuts it in even pieces, but next time maybe I’ll make muffins! Thank you so much for this recipe! My daughter is allergic to gluten, dairy, and eggs so it’s nice to have a great recipe like this so she doesn’t have to go without! ?

  89. Eleanor says

    I powdered coconut sugar in a spice (clean coffee) grinder and the texture was fine to me. Good recipe.

  90. Natashya says

    I made this last night and it was demolished!! I have a good sensitivity to cane sugar and stevia so despite you saying not to use coconut sugar I had to or I couldn’t make them. So I subbed coconut sugar and used ottos cassava flour and they turned out perfect!! Because of the darker coconut sugar they were not the typical corn bread color but still tasted just like it. My Aquaba didn’t peak up like I saw a few other people mentioned but regardless turned out fine!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Maple! I am not sure that it would work very well without oil. If you give it a try, report back on how it goes!

  91. katie says

    Was wondering what I could replace the oil with? We follow Dr. Mcdougall’s plan. I usually replace oil with applesauce or prune puree but wondered if you might have a suggestion.

  92. Jen says

    I made this recipe last night, and it turned out very well! I used a 1:1 sub of enriched white flour, as I didn’t need it to be gluten-free. I also doubled the recipe, and baked it for about 30 min in a 9×13 cake pan. It was delicious!!

  93. Alyssa says

    I LOVE your recipes – as I’m gluten & dairy free, but my family isn’t. My husband actually trusts your recipes! :) I CAN eat eggs, however, and was hoping to make this later this week WITH eggs. Do you know how many I should substitute? Thanks so much!

  94. Cindy says

    Thank you for this recipe!! I made this tonight to go with our chili because my youngest and I can’t do gluten or eggs. Who knew you could make a meringue with garbanzo bean liquid? That was so cool!! My son was quite happy to lick the whisk and I was shocked that it didn’t taste like beans at all. Anyway, I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great! My oven is wonky so I had to cook it a lot longer, but that is fairly typical for me. :) The cornbread was the perfect consistency, great flavor, and not too sweet. Now I need to see what other great recipes you have…

  95. Dana A. says

    Thank you for the recipe…delicious! My first attempt to bake with aquafaba. I was able to use rice milk instead of almond (I had an open container on hand), xylitol instead of cane sugar (husband is avoiding sugar at the moment), King Arthur GF all purpose flour, and kidney bean aquafaba. Your recipe made a dozen cornbread muffins, baked for 15 minutes. Absolutely perfect. I have already passed it along to others.
    Thanks again!

  96. Caren says

    Forgot to mention that I doubled the recipe and made them into cornbread muffins – baked for around 30 minutes. Turned our just right! – Caren

  97. Caren says

    Thanks so much for this recipe Dana! I typically make vegan cornbread but needed to make a batch for some GF co-workers. This came out AMAZING! I was scared of the aquafaba at first, but it foamed up just like it was supposed to.

    Thanks for saving the day! -Caren

  98. Bonnie says

    I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds delicious. We have vegan, gluten-free guests coming for Christmas lunch, and I’ve made a vegan tamale pie. The corn bread topping for that recipe is not gluten free, so I’m thinking of using your recipe instead. Have you ever used it as a topping for tamale pie rather than stand-alone cornbread? Also, I’m wondering if I can make the batter tonight and refrigerate it so there is less work to do before guests arrive. Have you ever refrigerated the batter before baking the cornbread?

  99. Lisa says

    I baked this for Thanksgiving – cut it into cubes and made a vegan+gf stuffing that was loved by all. Excellent recipe, thanks. I also made your DIY gf flour blend you cite in the recipe. Outcome: this was the best v/gf baked thingie I’ve made to date. My gf cousin says THANK YOU.

  100. Denise says

    This cornbread turned out wonderfully. My family loved it. I added it to my stuffing recipe. It worked amazingly!!!!

  101. Tiffany Rodriguez says

    I learned to make cornbread from my Grandma who is from Arkansas, she never made sweet corn bread, but this Thanksgiving 2016, I am trying to make the dressing for the family dinner while not killing my little neice who is allergic to eggs, dairy, and gluten. This is not an easy task, as even most gluten free bread or bread recipes call for eggs dairy or both. I found this recipe and decided to give it a try. First the aquafaba thing, SO cool! I had not heard of it before and I think it will be super fun to play with. I also messed up and mixed the sugar with the dry ingredients so I put a little cream of tartar in the aquafaba fluff, and used Bobs 1:1 Gf flour. I cooked it in my cast iron pan, oiled and preheated as usual. It came out really good! My kids loved it. It was fluffy and light and very good for sweet corn bread. I made a double batch next for the dressing, I have high hopes for it! Thanks for the great recipe, I will be giving it to my sister, I think it will be a big hit in her house.

  102. Ingrid says

    It’s the day before Thanksgiving!! I made a batch this morning thinking I would use half to eat with chili for dinner tonight and half for a small batch of cornbread dressing…I had a slice straight from the oven and AM SOOOOO IMPRESSED! Aquafaba is soooo interesting and this bread is soooooo good! I going to make another batch with maybe just a tbs of sugar for our Thanksgiving dressing (along with a bowl of hummus for snacks)!

    My word…thank you for the ability to eat good cornbread, again!!!

  103. Meredith Horowitz says


    For a gluten free version….but not VEGAN, can I sub in real egg instead of the aquafaba?
    How many eggs or egg whites do you suggest?


  104. Emily says

    I made these, while they were delicious and all but they came out a bit more dense and not fluffy and crumbly. Could it be that I over whipped the chickpea brine? I also added the oil last minute because I forgot.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, it is a more sensitive batter than most, so adding the oil at the end may have affected the fluffiness.

  105. beth says

    Would prefer a less sweet cornbread to use as the base for a cornbread stuffing. Can I omit or reduce the sugar with no ill effects?

  106. Cathy says

    First time using aquafaba, worked great, amazing stuff. I used polenta that I ground in my Vitamin. Also used 1/4 cup xylitol, it was plenty sweet enough. So good!

  107. Kary says

    My husband and I recently learned we are intolerant of dairy & gluten. We can have eggs. So I was delighted to see your cornbread recipe because we just expressed sadness at the thought of not being able to eat it again for a while. We hope it’s not never! One question, we can have eggs. So I plan to try your recipe but we cannot have rice or oats. Would you recommend a another gluten free flour? And lastly before we knew we were intolerant we experimented with using only stone ground corn meal and no flour. Only we used 3 eggs to the recipe. We also omitted the baking powder. He so I wonder if the recipe you provide using almond milk with the vinegar might actually still work with the 3 eggs. Our recipe is an old family favorite which does have sugar and salt and melted fat. My friends and I decided to just try it without any flour and increase the eggs from 2 to 3.

    • Kary says

      Sorry I didn’t really get to finish. What do you think about the flour mix of I can’t eat rice flour. Any subs? Also do you know if coconut milk or a blend would work just as well?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kary! I think another gluten free flour would work, perhaps a blend of cornmeal, cornstarch, and almond flour?

  108. Muna Kenny says

    Picture #5 is perfection! This Cornbread looks moist and delicious. I never had a vegan version before and curious to find out how it would taste.

  109. J Schiesser says

    I love this cornbread!!!! I’ve been on AIP for 4 months, eating this is like Christmas!!!
    I changed it up and made it with Bobs Red Mill GFree cornbread mix. I used sweetened, the only one I had, coconut milk. I though it would be enough sugar to be okay with not adding any to the bean juice. I also added hammock broth to make it runny. Turned out great!
    I was raised on very unsweetened cornbread so for me it’s amazing without the added sugar.? Thanks for the recipe
    J Schiesser

  110. Han says

    Hello! I want to make this the day before serving it. Do you think it would be better to bake it and reheat it or to make the batter and bake it the day of? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Tough call! I think either would work, but nothing beats fresh cornbread so I’d say make the batter ahead of time and then bake the day of!

      • Han says

        Okay, thanks so much, Dana! I’ll be sure to post how it turns out! :) (Also, thanks for the crazy-fast response!)

  111. Molly Moroney says

    Oh my goodness! I made this tonight and it is so good! I used Nutivia’s butter flavored coconut oil, and used half Xylitol, and 1/2 cane suger. I accidentally added the sugar to the dry ingredients instead of blending into the chickpea brine and it still came out excellent. My husband devoured it as well and said it’s the best cornbread I’ve ever made. And so moist, not dry at all. I did not add anymore cornmeal or flour to the recipe. Better than gluten and non vegan versions for sure!!! Thank you so much! I served this with chili for my family and a Lentil Mushroom stew for me!

  112. Julie says

    I couldn’t find an organic cornmeal so I bought Bob’s GF cornbread mix. Then I did this terribly unplanned mix of follow parts of your recipe and parts of the recipe on his bag to make a GF Vegan version (I basically used his mix as my meal + flour). I also had no oil so I melted my Earth Balance “buttery” spread. It was a pretty scary experiment but by some miracle (and a little extra bake time) it turned out really well. And it’s practically gone. Thanks for giving useful egg free alternatives for baking!

  113. Zoe says

    I’m guessing you don’t have this issue but the brine left over in the canned beans always makes me gassy so I always discard it. I never thought of using it as an egg replacer either. Do you think it would still have the same affect in baking? I guess it’s worth a try but it might not be if you know what I mean ;)

  114. Helen says

    Loved it! I admit I was a little hesitant to try the Aquafaba, but it worked out really well. The end result was super yummy and was a real hit with my family. Thanks for challenging us to try new things! Can’t wait to have a piece for breakfast!

  115. Allison says

    Made this last night and had to stop myself from eating every last crumb! I absolutely love cornbread, but haven’t had it in years (I’m vegan and my husband is gluten-free) so this was so exciting! I had a leftover piece today and it wasn’t as good as it was fresh, but it was still delicious. I also spent a good amount of time whipping the aquafaba (10 minutes or more) and didn’t get the peaks, but the bread still turned out delicious!

  116. Cassie says

    I unfortunately RARELY had cornbread growing up, and I wish I had it more! It’s SO good. This looks absolutely stunning!

  117. Tina says

    Thanks for a great recipe. I’ve been struggling to find a good gluten free cornbread recipe but I made this last week and my three kids just requested it again today :-)

  118. Veronique says

    These turned out great!!! FYI – I made the chickpea brine without the sugar and it turned out great. I blitzed it up in my mini food processor until I got a thick enough consistency. I also grated in some vegan cheddar cheese for good measure. A+ recipe!

  119. Marie O says

    I made this last night… and did struggle a bit with beating the aquafaba (it took forever) but the cornbread turned out to be AMAZING nonetheless. PS: I didn’t have cornmeal so I used the almond pulp from my homemade almond milk: delicious!

    Another fabulous recipe :) Thanks!

  120. Anne Oliver says

    I was so excited to make this recipe as I love cornbread. I hadn’t used the aquafaba before (always used flax eggs). I, too, had the experience of using a hand held mixer to whip the aquafaba and beat it for about 20 minutes. When adding the sugar, it did firm up a bit but never to any kind of peak. The cornbread did turn out crumbly and we had it with a curried red lentil and cauliflower stew. That was a great combo although I found the cornbread was overly sweet. Will try again using less sweetener.

    I love your blog and your cookbook! Thank you for all of your creative ideas and wonderful recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much! Aquafaba is new and unchartered territory for me so sorry I’m not able to offer more troubleshooting or guidance! All I can say is that using organic canned chickpeas has worked best for me thus far!

      • Kelsey Breda says

        I just discovered something when this just happened to me. I thought that maybe I had whipped it too much and broken it so I put it in a mug and started to make another batch. I go back to the mug and it has become much more foamy and thick. So if you’re having trouble getting it to be Peaks I suggest pouring it into another vessel and letting it set

  121. Kristine says

    Just a heads up, in the directions it says “add more almond flour” if it’s too wet but almond flour isn’t a listed ingredient! Can’t wait to make this!

  122. Carmen says

    Hello Dana: I just wanted to let you know I tried your recipe and it was soooo goood!!!!. I actually like my corn bread savory, so I used 1/4 of the amount of sugar asked, added double the amount of salt, plus 1 t of oregano, some cayenne flakes, 1/3 of a cup of chopped olives, and used half grape seed oil and half olive oil. Everyone loved it! I had not tasted corn bread for years! Thanks for this treat!

  123. thebriang says

    Hmm, I guess my granny’s cornbread is and has always been gluten free. Corn meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and buttermilk, mix and pour into a hot well seasoned cast iron skillet. White cornmeal is hard to find here on the west coast but yellow will work and no one I know in the South puts sugar, eggs or flour in cornbread, but to each their own. Maybe some butter and honey after its cooked but IME true southern cornbread isnt sweet, probably because sugar makes it stick.

    • Marlene says

      I love the simplicity of the 4 ingredients. My mom was from Tennessee and I know her’s was simple and delicious. I wonder if you can list a recipe here? Thanks a bunch! I know it’s been a long time since you posted here.

  124. Monisa says

    I have been too intimidated to aquafaba with the chickpeas in my pantry. Please please please keep trying. In the meantime, I will cornbread :)

  125. Alexa says

    Okay this turned out PERFECT!! Now I’m wondering if I can use aquafaba as an egg substitute in all baking…have you used it outside of cornbread?

      • Ashley says

        I’m hoping to make this tonight for a friend who is vegan and gluten free. I have everything accept the GF 1:1 flour, I just have Bob’s GF AP flour. I do not have xanthum gum and don’t reaaaaly want to pay $15 for a giant bag since I don’t do a ton of GF baking.

        Would I need to make any other changes to the recipe to sub regular GF flour?


        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Ashley, This recipe doesn’t require xanthan gum. We don’t love the taste of the Bob’s GF AP as it leaves a beany aftertaste. But if that doesn’t bother you, it might work. We haven’t tried using it in this specific recipe, but another reader mentioned doing so with success. Let us know if you try it!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think that works, actually! And by the way, I kept mine in the refrigerator for 10 days and it was fine. It’s pretty resilient.

      • Fredda says

        This cornbread is in the oven right now topping the bean chili to make tamale pie. It’s looking good and the batter was lovely using the aquafaba that’s been in my fridge for weeks. In my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, it formed soft peaks in minutes and worked like a charm. Thanks for the recipe.

  126. Chelsey @ Chelsey Crafts says

    What timing! I just got back from traveling around the U.S for a few weeks and while my friends were raving about cornbread I couldn’t try it as it wasn’t dairy and gluten free. Now I can try it too! Thanks for the recipe :)

  127. Kelly says

    Hi! I tried to make this tonight and I whipped the chickpea brine for about 20 mins on high with a handheld electric mixer, and it was just very foamy. It didn’t thicken at all. Do you think it may have to do with the chickpea brand? I used Great Value organic canned chickpeas.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, perhaps. It might’ve stilled worked in the recipe though despite not thickening though. Did you still try it? Also, did you remember to add the sugar? Not sure if there’s variance in brands. I’ve been using organic chickpeas from Trader Joe’s. Hope that helps!

      • Kelly says

        I didn’t add the sugar because it never got to the soft peak stage. I didn’t finish making it, but I ended up making the simple cornbread recipe from your cookbook. Which is amazing! :)

        I’m going to try a different name brand to see if that makes a difference and will let you know!

        • Lindsy says

          I just had the same issue with the chickpea water (canned) not frothing. I did add the sugar. I am attempting it regardless! I saw another recipe for aquafaba that uses cream of tartar as a thickener.

      • Kelly says

        I wanted to update that I have finally tried making this again with a different brand of chickpeas, and it whipped up to the semi stiff peaks in about 10 mins! I did add 1/8 tsp of cream of tartar like you have written in your new vegan mayo recipe. The brine in the great value brand was very liquid, so it seems to work better with a thicker brine. Hope this will help anyone else! :)

  128. Tina says

    Hi Dana,

    Could you please include a recipe for Aquafaba? I make my own chickpeas and don’t buy the canned version…

    Thank you!

    • Joey says

      Aquafaba is just the liquid that you cooked your beans in! Hopefully you’re throwing out the soaking water (a toxin that makes some people bloated/gassy is released during soaking) and using fresh water to cook. Just save that cooking water, and to use it, heat it on the stove until it’s about as thick as dish soap. Unless it already is. Then you’re all set! You can keep it in the fridge for a pretty long time, or pour it into ice cubes trays and then store in a sealed Ziploc once they’re solid, indefinitely.

  129. Abygail says

    How would I alter the recipe to use non gf flour and what flour would be best? Also I plan to use polenta as that’s all I have…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Not sure about how polenta will work. If subbing non gf flour, I’d recommend unbleached all purpose for all of the GF blend!

  130. Shirin says

    I made the vegan cornbread for 2 (and baked them in muffin tins so we had 12 of them) and my omni husband and i loved them. He was a bit suspicious at first (as he is with all vegan food), but ate them up! Thank you for the delicious recipe, it’s going to be in regular rotation.

  131. Melissa Merlino says

    Hi there!

    I’ve got the cornbread in the oven and have high hopes!! But, I was wondering when the 1/4 cup (60 ml) grape seed or canola oil goes in? I’ve read the recipe 5 times now…. I put it in just before folding in the whipped chickpea brine.

    Thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes!!!


    • Melissa says

      It’s DEEE Licious! I used corn grits/polenta instead of finely ground cornmeal so it had a heartier texture but it turned out great! I’ll make again with cornmeal soon. I guess I added the oil at the right time.

  132. Sara @ Last Night's Feast says

    Oh! I’m making vegetarian chili tonight! This will go along just perfectly. Thank you so much for the great recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi there! You’re essentially looking for a semi-thick liquid that the can usually leaves behind. If you’re cooking at home, I’ve heard you can just cook the leftover water down until it’s semi-thick. Google aquafaba and you’ll be able to find a ton of resources! For me, canned is more reliable and easiest.

  133. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says

    Agreed! Baking gluten-free and vegan is nearly impossible. I’ve messed up so many times, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. But chili and cornbread is a must-have! Will have to try this to spiff up my skills in the area. Never have been the best baker, you have to be so precise and I’m not that good at being precise. I just throw thing casually in the bowl, cross my fingers and hope for the best.