Just the best vegan cornbread, perfect for serving with chili. It’s wonderfully moist, perfectly sweet and only requires one bowl!

Cut up squares of vegan cornbread

Every time we have chili, I have to make some cornbread to go along with it. The whole family loves it, and it makes a pot of chili go a lot further! My kids have recently decided that they love chili, and demand it often. I’ve tried several vegan cornbread recipes out there, and haven’t been perfectly happy until this one!

Now, I know people like to get all picky about their cornbread. So let me tell you what this one is all about.

It’s quite sweet, but not overly so. If you don’t like sweet cornbread, you may want to look elsewhere, or just lower the amount of sugar called for. It’s not a savory cornbread though, that’s not what I’m used to, and it’s not my preference!

It’s very moist, with the perfect amount of cornbread texture. I’ve made some cornbreads that have too much “grit” in them. I don’t like that. This one is just perfect in texture, in my opinion. Not totally cake like, but not super gritty either.

It’s made with just one bowl! This is a super easy recipe: dump, mix & bake! Perfect every time.

vegan cornbread in a glass pan on a wood cutting board

Serve cornbread with this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili , Instant Pot Baked Beans, or Ultimate Vegan Chili for optimal results! 🙂

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili- A delicious and easy vegan chili full of nutrients and flavor.

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Cut up squares of vegan cornbread
4.96 stars (542 ratings)

The Best Vegan Cornbread

This is it. The BEST Vegan Cornbread. Just like mom used to make, but vegan! Soft, tender and sweet with just the right amount of cornbread texture.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a 8 x 8 pan, or a 9 inch round cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder and stir.
  • Now pour in the almond milk and canola oil. Stir until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Notes

  1. Whole grain or gluten free - You may use white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour in place of all purpose flour if you wish. A quality gluten free flour mix works as well.
  2. For oil-free - replace the canola oil with applesauce.
  3. Make cornbread muffins - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin pan with oil (or use liners) and fill 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  4. Less sweet - This a sweet cornbread, but feel free to make it less sweet if you want. You can cut the sugar in half, or even use just a few tablespoons of sugar for a barely sweet cornbread.
  5. Adapted from allrecipes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. This cornbread is perfect! So easy and just the right amount of sweetness. I used to use the bag of Marie Callendars cornbread but this is SO much better! You’re a good cook Nora and thank you for sharing your delicious vegan recipes with us.

    Sincerely,
    Denise

  2. Hi Nora, just made your Best Vegan Cornbread recipe, it turned out lovely. The only changes I made was 1tbls apple cider vinegar added to the almond milk so it would cuddle, reduced the baking powder to 2tsp and used light tasting extra virgin olive oil. I like a little tang to the sweetness. All your recipes that I’ve tried so far are delicious and easy to follow. I’m new to cooking Vegan. So glad I found your website.
    Thank you and I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

    1. Hi Jen, and welcome to Nora Cooks! I’m thrilled you loved the cornbread recipe! Thanks for your wonderful review! I hope you enjoy your journey through my recipes! Please reach out with any questions you may have. Wishing you happy cooking!

  3. OUTSTANDING !! We made it with King Arthurs Gluten Free measure for measure flour. My wife absolutely loved it. You now have a new follower Nora, thanks so much for this recipe.

    1. I’m excited you loved the cornbread recipe! Thank you, Albert, for sharing your wonderful review and feedback!

  4. I made this last week, and I’m about to make it again. So good! I used canned coconut milk and melted coconut oil, and added a can of drained/rinsed corn. We ate it hot like cake, topped with butter and agave nectar. Delicious!!!

  5. This is an excellent recipe and has become a family favorite. Is it possible to eliminate processed sugar in the recipe and substitute something else? I see that some have substituted maple syrup, but syrup still has quite a bit of processed sugar. We are just trying to reduce or eliminate as much processed sugar as possible. Thanks for your thoughts.

    1. This recipes adjusts well to different amounts of sugar. I’ve never baked it without sugar, however, would say to use a minimal amount of 1/4 cup, or less, if desired. I hope this helps. Let me know how it works for you with reduced sugar. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      1. Using 1/4 cup of sugar worked great as you suggested. The texture of the bread was excellent and we didn’t miss the sugar. I’ve tried this a couple of times using baking cups. The cornbread doesn’t dry out as quickly and the cups provide an easy way to serve leftovers. Although, this bread doesn’t last long in our home! Thanks for your suggestion.

    2. Bob, I make this recipe frequently and use date sugar instead of processed sugars/syrup. Date sugar is a nutritious sweetener; it’s dried powdered whole dates so it’s actually quite good for you! You can substitute it 1:1 for the sugar in the recipe, though I usually adjust for how much sweetness I want.

    1. Other commenters have said maple syrup works instead of sugar, so honey should be fine. I recommend using half the amount of honey if you try it. Happy baking!

  6. I make this around once or twice a week. Everyone loves it. I started by following the recipe exactly but now I make a few modifications, namely substituting soy milk for the almond, subbing in more cornmeal for 30g of the sugar, and subbing in sesame oil for 15g of the canola. Sometimes I add onion powder or curry powder depending on what I’m making. Again, all to my taste. The recipe is immaculate as is. Delicious and moist. Best cornbread I’ve ever made, and I send this recipe to everyone. This and Nora’s banana bread got the omnis throwing out their eggs, lol!!! Thank you!!!!

  7. This has been my go-to cornbread recipe ever since I discovered it two years ago!

    It makes absolutely PERFECT vegan cornbread dressing, and we love it on its own with chili or whenever we want a quick side.

    I always double it and make it gluten-free, and it’s always moist and rich tasting. Because of my husband’s food sensitivities, I use soy milk and also cut the sugar in half and use coconut sugar rather than granulated. (In the gluten free flour mix I also use half a cup of coconut flour which helps add a little sweetness, too.) When I’m not using it for stuffing/dressing, I usually throw in some frozen corn. Tonight I added half a cup of wild blueberries (to my double recipe), and it was sooo good.

  8. OMG, Nora – I have just been put on a vegan diet for my brain health As a corn bread lover, I am so grateful for this recipe. It is DELICIOUS. It is as DELICIOUS as any of the traditional recipes I have used in the past. So thank you. This gal with some southern roots needs her corn bread.

  9. Hi Nora! Will these work baked in a standard muffin tin? Any recommendations on adjustments to temp/cooking time? Thank you!

  10. I’m made this multiple times though usually as corn muffins instead of bread. Always comes out great. I add a flax egg to the recipe which I think helps make it a little more moist and does boost the nutrition. Also sub a little whole wheat flour for the white.

    1. Hi AJ. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review and baking experiences with the cornbread recipe! I’m thrilled you are loving it!

  11. Do you know the cholesterol amount per serving? I’m looking for a low cholesterol cornbread recipe, whether it’s vegan or not. Thank you.

    1. It’s 0. There is no cholesterol found in plant foods, so if it’s vegan, there is no cholesterol. Not to say some vegan foods can’t affect your cholesterol levels, but I’m not a doctor or nutritionist and would not be the person to ask about that. But there is no cholesterol in this recipe anyhow. Hope that helps!

  12. I made this a couple weeks ago and it was a huge it with everyone in my family! I did sub almond milk for oat milk and canola oil for avocado oil because that’s what I had on hand. I will probably half the sugar next time, it was really good but just a little too sweet for me. All in all this is a wonderful recipe and I definitely recommend it!

  13. I made it for my brother and his family because they are vegan. They LOVED it! My children tore it up too. They couldn’t tell it was vegan. Great recipe. Thank you for sharing

  14. I made this cornbread about a month ago and I love the flavor but it was extremely dry. I am not a baker so I assumed it was something I did wrong. I made it again yesterday following the recipe exactly and again, it is so dry- It crumbles apart. I hate to throw it away but I can’t bring myself to eat this! Any idea what could be causing this?

    1. Hi Kelly, sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you. It’s hard to know exactly what went wrong but if it’s dry and crumbly, then the cornbread is likely being overbaked.

  15. Delicious recipe! Best cornbread ever. So moist and fluffy. I cut back on the sugar in my batch (1/2 a cup) and I added a 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast. It turned out beautifully! Thank you Nora!

  16. Excited to try this! Unfortunately I only have regular whole wheat flour so a bit nervous what the texture will be. Hopefully I can make it again with the right flour. I’m new to vegan recipes, so I’ve bookmarked your blog. Everything looks SO good.

    1. It should work quite well with whole wheat flour, just expect it to be more dense and wheaty tasting, of course. I hope you find many recipes to love here!

  17. I wasn’t sure I’d like this version of cornbread. I usually opt for the Southern version without any sugar and bake it in a cast iron skillet. This time I decided to try this recipe even though the sugar content was scary. I followed the recipe exactly and baked it in an 8×8 glass dish. The texture was perfect, the taste was great, a little sweet but not too sweet. My 7-year-old granddaughter loved it too, and she’s picky. It’s a great cornbread recipe, easy to make and delicious. I will definitely make it again. (and again!)

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Michal! Thanks so much for giving it a try and for your feedback and review 🙂

  18. Best cornbread I’ve ever had, vegan or otherwise. I did switch the almond milk to oat, no one in my house will drink almond milk so it’s a waste to buy.
    Regardless, incredible.

    1. Hi Kenzie. I’m glad everyone loved the cornbread! Any plant based milk is fine for the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review!

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