5 from 3 reviews

Vegan cornbread muffins are lightly sweet with a little bit of heat, and a perfect side for chilis and baked beans, or eaten as a snack with butter or jam.


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  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour (light spelt, all-purpose, pastry flour or GF 1-1 blend)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup light flavored olive oil, use your favorite oil*
  • 1/3 cup packed light or dark coconut sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, room temperature
  • juice of 1 small lemon or 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 12 chopped jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and diced, optional


Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with liners or spray with nonstick spray.

Vegan buttermilk: In a 2 cup measuring cup, add the milk and lemon juice/apple cider vinegar, let rest for 5 – 7 minutes to curdle and make vegan buttermilk.

Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Wet ingredients: To the vegan buttermilk, add the oil and coconut sugar, mix until combined.

Combine: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Fold in the peppers. Avoid overmixing.

Bake: Spoon batter into muffin tin holes, filling about 3/4 full. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Use a toothpick to test for doneness. If it comes out clean, the muffins are done. Let muffins cool a few minutes before removing them.

Makes 12 muffins

Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 4 – 5 days. To store longer, keep them individually wrapped in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. Reheat in the microwave.


*Use your favorite neutral oil, even coconut oil in it’s melted state would be delicious. Vegan butter would work well too (I recommend Miyoko’s).

Optional add-ins: Not feeling the jalapeno, instead try 1 cup corn (fresh, canned or frozen), 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese, or 1/2 cup crumbled coconut bacon. Feel free to mix and match using your best judgement. Add in after mixing the batter.

Skillet Cornbread: Baking cornbread in a skillet gives it an even heartier, crunchy crust. Bake this cornbread in a 9-inch or 10-inch oven safe greased skillet at the same temperature for the same amount of time.

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