This vegan cornbread is seriously the BEST. It’s perfectly sweet, moist and tender and makes a perfect side. Ideal comfort food!
This vegan cornbread fits perfectly into the category of vegan comfort food!
If you wanted to make it at the same time as other vegan comfort foods like a nice big bowl of vegan chili well that would be just fine!
I wanted it to be a little bit sweet so there is some brown sugar added which adds just the right amount of sweetness. It’s perfectly sweet but not overly sweet.
I mean it is cornbread after all. And cornbread isn’t a totally savory thing, it is meant to be slightly sweet.
How To Make Homemade Vegan Cornbread
You will find full instructions and measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a summary of the process to go along with the process photos.
- Add some yellow cornmeal (also called Polenta in some parts of the world like Australia and South Africa) to a mixing bowl along with some all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add apple cider vinegar and soy milk to a measuring jug and let them curdle together. Then prepare a flax egg (a simple mix of ground flaxseed meal and water) and let it sit for a minute.
- Add some vegan butter to a pot on the stove and let it melt and then add in some brown sugar and whisk it up with the melted vegan butter until the brown sugar has dissolved.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add some maple syrup along with the soy milk and apple cider vinegar mix and whisk it up together.
- Now add your wet ingredients in with your dry and mix them together. Add the flax egg.
- Lastly add in your whole corn pieces and stir in.
Square Dish Or Loaf Pan
There are two ways to make this cornbread and the recipe is the same either way, the only thing that changes is the baking time. You can either make it in a 9×9 square dish, or you can make it in a loaf pan.
The more usual way to make cornbread is to make it in a square dish and then cut it into squares. But I also like it as a loaf, so you can do whatever you prefer.
If you bake it in a square dish the baking time is a bit shorter, so if you’re wanting to make it as quick as possible, then a square dish is going to be the best bet. Instructions for both methods can be found in the recipe card below.
Spread with some vegan butter or drizzled with some maple syrup, or just eaten as is (as Jaye preferred it), this cornbread is fabulous all ways.
Vegan Cornbread Q&A
Yes! This recipe adapts wonderfully to 12 delicious cornbread muffins. Check out our vegan cornbread muffins recipe.
I’m not entirely sure since I haven’t tried it yet. Your best bet would be to use a gluten-free all purpose flour blend that can be used as a direct replacement for wheat flour in baking. If you do that, it will likely work out fine.
Vegan butter is just a way of referring to a vegan ‘buttery’ product. This could be a brand like Earth Balance in the USA or Nuttelex in Australia or Vitalite in the UK. You might not have a product like this available but might still have a brand of margarine that isn’t labeled vegan but is vegan by ingredient. Alternatively you can make your own homemade vegan butter using our recipe, it works great in baking.
Storing and Freezing
Keep leftover cornbread stored in an airtight container where it will stay fresh for 2-3 days. It is at its absolute best though when fresh from the oven.
It is also freezer friendly if you’d like to freeze it. Let it cool completely before freezing and then freeze for up to 3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge and then heat up in the microwave or in the oven at 300°F for 10 minutes.
More Delicious Vegan Breads
- Our vegan zucchini bread is so fluffy and moist you’ll never suspect it’s hiding some green vegetables in there!
- Our vegan chocolate chip banana bread is so decadent you’ll hardly believe it and our vegan chocolate banana bread is for chocolate lovers everywhere.
- Our vegan pumpkin bread is deliciously spiced, packed with pumpkin flavor and topped with pumpkin seeds. A must try.
- Also check out our whole wheat bread, the easiest white bread and our vegan soda bread.
- 1 cup + 2 Tbsp Yellow Cornmeal (176g)
- 1 cup + 3 Tbsp All Purpose Flour (150g)
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Soy Milk (240ml) or Almond Milk
- 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Flax Egg 1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed Meal + 3 Tbsp Hot Water
- 1/2 cup Vegan Butter (112g)
- 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar (100g)
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 and 1/2 cups Whole Sweet Corn Kernels Canned, Drained
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and spray a 9x9 inch square dish with non-stick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.*
- Add the yellow cornmeal to a mixing bowl and sift in the all purpose flour. Add the baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the apple cider vinegar to the soy milk and set aside.
- Prepare your flax egg by mixing 1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed Meal with 3 Tbsp Hot Water and allowing to sit for a minute.
- Melt the vegan butter in a pot on the stove and then add the brown sugar and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
- When the sugar is dissolved into the butter, remove from the heat and whisk in the maple syrup, and then add in the soy milk and apple cider vinegar mix. Add the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients. Then add in the flax egg. Use a hand whisk briefly to remove any lumps.
- Lastly add the whole sweet corn pieces and mix in.
- Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish.
- Cook for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Yellow cornmeal is also called Polenta in Australia and South Africa.
- For the best accuracy in this recipe - weigh your flour and yellow cornmeal using a food scale.
- Canned corn - 1 and 1/2 cups is the amount you'd get from one 15-ounce (425g) can of drained corn.
- You can make this in a 9x5 loaf pan for a loaf of cornbread that you can cut into slices. All the directions stay exactly the same, just spray your loaf pan with non-stick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Bake for around 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- This recipe was first published in February 2016 but has been updated with new photos and text.