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Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Recipe

by Capri Lilly

Skip the store-bought mix. Making cornbread from scratch is super easy, especially with this gluten-free honey cornbread recipe! Make fluffy, moist, buttery cornbread with perfect golden crispy edges, filled with sweet honey and bits of corn! (Gluten-Free with Dairy-Free Option)

If you love making delicious gluten-free bread from scratch, you’ll definitely want to check out my Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits, Easy Homemade Foccacia, or Sweet Potato Bread next!

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Homemade Cornbread

Making cornbread from scratch is easy as pie! However, most people tend to avoid doing so because it can easily become dry, dense, or completely flavorless. The key to avoiding that from happening is using the proper ratio of ingredients.

This cornbread recipe gives you incredibly fluffy, flavorful cornbread that is not only completely gluten-free but can easily be made dairy-free by using vegan butter instead of regular butter! The cornbread is perfectly sweetened with natural sweeteners: honey and coconut sugar, which means it’s refined sugar-free and just a bit healthier without compromising on the flavor!

3 pieces of  gluten free cornbread stacked on one another to show texture

Keys To Making The Best Gluten-Free Cornbread:

Butter: The richness of the butter gives the cornbread its signature flavor! It also helps to make the bread insanely tender and fluffy! You can use vegan butter if you would like to make this cornbread both gluten-free and dairy-free.

Applesauce: This isn’t typical in most cornbread recipes, but it should be! The applesauce helps bind the ingredients while adding a bit of sweetness to the bread. More importantly, it helps so that the bread does not dry out when baking. If you want perfectly moist cornbread, do not skip adding the applesauce!

Cornmeal and Gluten-Free Flour: Cornmeal is, of course, the main flavor and key ingredient. To make the best cornbread you want to add the flour and cornmeal in equal parts. One cup of cornmeal and one cup of gluten-free all-purpose flour will give you stunning results! This is the gluten-free flour I use: King Arthur Flour, Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Mix | Amazon NOTE: If you are not sensitive to gluten, you can use regular all-purpose flour.

Coconut Sugar: Coconut Sugar is one of my favorite natural sweeteners. Just a bit of coconut sugar, plus the honey (and applesauce), gives this cornbread the perfect amount of sweetness. If you do not have coconut sugar you can use brown sugar. Here is the coconut sugar I use: MADHAVA Organic Coconut Sugar | Amazon.

Corn: Yes, this is a cornbread recipe with corn, which means bits of sweet corn are folded into the cornbread batter before it is baked. Each bite of this buttery sweet cornbread is filled with tasty pieces of corn. I LOVE the added texture and flavor it gives the cornbread!

Baking Powder: The baking powder helps the cornbread rise while helping to create the perfect fluffy texture. One tablespoon is necessary for this recipe and gives you the best results.

Ingredients to make gluten free honey cornbread

Substitutions:

Want Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread?

Instead of eggs, use flax egg to bind the ingredients (2 tbsp ground flax + 5 tbsp water) and vegan butter instead of regular butter. To replace the honey, use more coconut sugar, about 1/2 cup or 1/3 cup maple syrup.

Want Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Cornbread?

Simply use vegan butter instead of regular butter.

How to Make Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread

Steps To Make Gluten-Free Cornbread From scratch
  1. Sift together the gluten-free flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Combine the honey, non-dairy milk, melted butter, egg, applesauce, and sugar.
  3. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. DO NOT OVERMIX
  4. Fold in the sweet corn.
  5. Lightly coat a 9×9 (or 8×8) baking sheet with butter
  6. Pour the batter into the baking dish.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread pan comes out clean.
  8. Let the cornbread cool for 5-10 minutes. Then cut into squares. Serve with butter and more honey.
Sliced Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread in baking dish

Common Questions:

Does Cornbread Contain Gluten?

Gluten is in most cornbread, typically in the flour used to make cornbread. There can be other gluten-containing ingredients as well. If you are using a cornbread mix, unless it is labeled gluten-free, it is safe to assume it contains gluten.

Luckily, this recipe is completely gluten-free and super easy to make with 10 simple ingredients!

Is Cornmeal Gluten-Free?

Cornmeal is made from ground corn, making it naturally gluten-free. However, cross-contamination during the manufacturing process can occur. Be sure to purchase cornmeal that is labeled gluten-free, if necessary.

What Type Of Cornmeal To Use To Make Cornbread?

The type of cornmeal you use will impact the texture of your cornbread. If you use finely ground cornmeal, your cornbread will be smooth and cake-like. Medium grind will make the cornbread cake-like with a bit more crunch, especially along the edges and crust. Coarsely-ground cornmeal will give you dense crunchy cornbread.

NOTE: I use medium-grind cornmeal. Bob’s Red Mill Medium Grind Cornmeal | Amazon

How To Store This Cornbread?

You can store the baked cornbread covered at room temperature for up to two days or the fridge for 5 days. You can also place the cornbread slices in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the cornbread overnight in the fridge first.

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Wild Rice Mushroom Soup | GF + Vegan

close up slice of gluten free cornbread to show texture

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slice of gluten free honey cornbread
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5 from 15 votes

Gluten-Free Honey Cornbread Recipe

Skip the store-bought mix. Making cornbread from scratch is super easy, especially with this gluten-free honey cornbread recipe! Make fluffy, moist, buttery cornbread with perfect golden crispy edges, filled with sweet honey and bits of corn! (Gluten-Free with Dairy-Free Option)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornbread, cornmeal, dairy-free, gluten free cornbread, gluten-free, honey cornbread, southern cornbread, vegan option
Servings: 9 pieces
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Equipment

  • 9×9 or 8×8 Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour (can sub with regular flour)
  • 1 cup Yellow Cornmeal (I use medium-grind cornmeal)
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup Nondairy Milk
  • 5 tbsp Butter, melted (can use vegan or regular butter)
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup Applesauce
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar (can sub with brown or cane sugar)
  • 1 cup Sweet Corn (fresh, thawed, or canned, drained well)
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F
  • Sift together the gluten-free flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the honey, non-dairy milk, melted butter, egg, applesauce, and sugar.
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. DO NOT OVERMIX. Then, Fold in the sweet corn.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean
  • Let the cornbread cool for 5-10 minutes. Then cut into squares. Serve with butter and more honey.

Notes

Want Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread?
Instead of eggs, use flax egg to bind the ingredients (2 tbsp ground flax + 5 tbsp water) and vegan butter instead of regular butter. To replace the honey, use more coconut sugar, about 1/2 cup or 1/3 cup maple syrup
Want Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Cornbread?
Simply use vegan butter instead of regular butter. 

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29 comments

Megan Ellam October 27, 2021 - 12:20 am

5 stars
This dish is everything and more. You had me at cornbread! Thanks for sharing.

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Capri Lilly October 27, 2021 - 5:35 pm

You’re welcome, Megan! GLad you liked it!

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Andrea White October 27, 2021 - 12:35 am

5 stars
love a good cornbread recipe! how yummy!!

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Alexandra October 27, 2021 - 1:32 am

5 stars
This homemade cornbread is so superior to store-bought and has such great flavour from the honey. SO many delicious ways to serve and enjoy this!

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Capri Lilly October 27, 2021 - 5:35 pm

Thank you so much, Alexandra! From scratch is always ten times better, right!? I am glad you enjoyed the recipe

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Jean October 27, 2021 - 2:08 am

5 stars
I tried and use maple syrup and turn out great! My sister in law who has celiac enjoyed the gluten-free version. Thank you

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Capri Lilly October 27, 2021 - 5:37 pm

I am so glad to hear it! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Stewart Makhaya October 27, 2021 - 2:48 am

5 stars
This was a perfect addition to my chili recipe. So delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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Capri Lilly October 27, 2021 - 5:37 pm

Yumm! I love cornbread with chili! Glad you liked the recipe!

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Amy October 27, 2021 - 11:59 am

5 stars
This came out so moist and fluffy! We loved the honey flavor and the real corn mixed in.

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Capri Lilly October 27, 2021 - 5:39 pm

I am so happy you liked it! I love bites of corn in my cornbread but I know not everyone does. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it

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Marta October 28, 2021 - 12:57 am

5 stars
This cornbread had just the right chew and the perfect amount of sweet. Thanks for sharing!

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Capri Lilly October 28, 2021 - 1:42 am

You’re welcome, Marta! It’s my pleasure!

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Robin November 1, 2021 - 7:02 am

5 stars
I love how you take the classics and convert them into gluten free masterpieces.

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Capri Lilly November 1, 2021 - 9:36 pm

Awe! Thank you so much Robin!!

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Katrina November 1, 2021 - 12:51 pm

5 stars
This cornbread was so good and the perfect addition to chili night!!

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Capri Lilly November 1, 2021 - 9:36 pm

I love cornbread and chili! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

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Crystal November 1, 2021 - 1:11 pm

5 stars
Love the addition of the corn without it being overpowering!

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Capri Lilly November 1, 2021 - 9:35 pm

I am glad you like the corn in the bread! I think it adds a nice texture!

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Tamara Johnson November 3, 2021 - 2:06 pm

5 stars
I am obsessed with this cornbread recipe! It is so most and delicious. The perfect balance of sweet and savory. I can’t wait to make it again soon.

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Capri Lilly November 3, 2021 - 5:48 pm

Hi Tamara! I love to hear it!! Thanks for leaving a review

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Kaluhi November 3, 2021 - 6:21 pm

5 stars
The maple syrup made this so delectable!! I loved each bite!

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Capri Lilly November 3, 2021 - 7:52 pm

I am so glad you liked it! Maple syrup is such a great alternative to honey!

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Mila November 9, 2021 - 4:14 pm

5 stars
I always know I can come to you for a great gluten-free recipe! This was no exception! So yummy! I did the vegan version and subbed flax eggs.

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Capri Lilly November 9, 2021 - 8:18 pm

Hi Mila! I am happy you enjoy my recipes! And glad you enjoyed the vegan version of this cornbread 🙂

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Eden November 9, 2021 - 8:54 pm

5 stars
Absolutely delicious! Had to make two batches, it was gone within a day.

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Capri Lilly November 10, 2021 - 7:00 pm

Hi Eden! Glad you liked the recipe!! Thank you for leaving a review

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Jazz November 10, 2021 - 4:45 pm

5 stars
Loved the use of applesauce in this cornbread and it came out perfectly moist. Thanks!

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Capri Lilly November 10, 2021 - 7:01 pm

Thanks Jazz! Glad you liked!

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