Fluffy Gluten-Free Cornbread! This is the BEST gluten-free cornbread recipe we’ve ever tried. Fluffy, a bit sweet, and so easy to make!
Fall is allllllmost here! Can you feel it?
Okay, I know it’s mostly wishful thinking since we’ve got at least another 2 months of heat where I live, but the *idea* of fall is almost here, which means it’s almost time to roll out the soup & chili recipes! That means, it’s cornbread time!
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to cornbread. Some like theirs super sweet, while others like savory cornbread with barely a hint of sugar. I’m more in the middle, but I tend to lean sweet. (Sweet = more northern-style cornbread, while not sweet = southern-style cornbread)
This easy gluten-free cornbread recipe mixes up in minutes, has a light, moist, fluffy texture (THE BEST TEXTURE!), and gently sweet flavor. It’s delightful as a side dish to soup, salad, chili, and more.
Here’s what you need to make our favorite gluten-free cornbread…
Here’s What You Need To Make Our Gluten-Free Cornbread From Scratch:
- Gluten-Free Measure-For-Measure Flour. To keep this cornbread gluten-free, we’re using a simple gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend. We prefer this one from King Arthur Flour, but if you use another brand, just be sure it contains xanthan gum.
- Gluten-Free Cornmeal. Next up is gluten-free cornmeal. We usually use Arrowhead Mills or Bob’s Red Mill (Their GF Option!). Be sure that the cornmeal you use is certified gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination! (More on this in the FAQ below) Yellow cornmeal works best!
- Sugar. We’re making sweet gluten-free cornbread, so we’ll need sugar. I don’t recommend any substitutes here (like honey) because you’ll throw off the proportion of wet/dry ingredients.
- Baking Powder. Plenty of baking powder gives this cornbread its signature light, fluffy texture.
- Salt. Last, but not least is some salt! This balances the flavor beautifully.
- Milk. Any kind you drink will work great here, whether that’s dairy or dairy-free milk. (We usually use unsweetened almond milk!)
- Eggs. Just enough to hold the cornbread together.
- Butter. Melted butter blends into the cornbread batter easily and keeps this gluten-free cornbread moist and fluffy. I much prefer the flavor! (You can use vegan butter, if you prefer.)
Mix It Up! Try Adding Some Goodies For Extra Flavor:
My favorite way to enjoy this easy gluten-free cornbread is as written, but if you’re looking for a few ways to mix things up, try adding:
- Sliced Jalapeño
- 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons Snipped Chives or
- 1/2 cup Crumbled, Cooked Bacon Bits
How To Make gluten-Free Cornbread, Step By Step:
- Preheat The Oven & Prep Your Pan. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8″ metal pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Combine The Dry Ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine gluten-free flour blend, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
- Mix In The Milk & Eggs. Add milk and eggs to the dry ingredients and begin to stir.
- Whisk In The Melted Butter. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter, whisking until just incorporated. (A few small lumps are ok–just no large dry patches)
- Bake. Pour the cornbread batter into your prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs. The top will likely just begin to turn golden brown
- Cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting into slices. Store leftover cornbread in an airtight container 2-3 days.
Serve It Up! Yummy Things To Serve With Gluten-Free Cornbread:
- Whipped Cinnamon Butter. If you want to elevate one step beyond just plain butter, our whipped cinnamon butter is restaurant-quality delicious. The sweet cinnamon honey flavors melt into every nook and cranny of a slice of warm, fluffy cornbread and the end result is beyond fantastic. SO GOOD.
- Honey Butter. Or, opt for a classic honey butter! You only need a few ingredients, and it combines the best of both worlds.
- Jam. We’ve got a soft spot for freezer jam at our house. A dollop of strawberry or raspberry freezer jam (my favorite!) can be just the ticket on gluten-free cornbread.
- Soup Or Chili. Is there a more delightful pairing than chili and cornbread!? Yum! We love how this cornbread tastes with Simple Slow Cooker Chili, Chipotle Black Bean Chili, or this 20-minute Salsa Verde Chicken Chili (SO GOOD!!!). Or, pair it with Pumpkin Taco Soup or Vegan Black Bean Soup.
- Salad. We often bake up a batch of this moist cornbread to go with a big salad or salad bar for dinner. It’s light, fresh, and lovely in every way.
- Cornbread Stuffing. Try cutting the cornbread into cubes & drying to make gluten-free cornbread stuffing!
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Gluten-Free Cornbread
Can I Use This To Make Corn Muffins? If you’d prefer to bake this as gluten-free cornbread muffins, you can scoop it into a muffin tin lined with parchment liners or greased with cooking spray or butter. (Fill the cups 3/4 full) Bake 18-20 minutes per batch.
What’s The Best Way To Store Gluten-Free Cornbread? Reducing air exposure is the name of the game when it comes to keeping your cornbread from drying out. Cover the cornbread and store in the refrigerator 2-3 days, or wrap leftover gluten-free cornbread in plastic wrap/food wrap and tuck into a freezer-safe bag to freeze up to 2 months.
Is Cornbread Normally Gluten-Free? While corn is naturally gluten-free, most cornbread is NOT gluten-free. Most corn bread recipes use a combination of cornmeal and white flour. To make gluten-free cornbread, you must use gluten-free ingredients, such as gluten-free cornmeal and gluten-free measure-for-measure flour, as we do here.
Is Cornmeal Gluten-Free? Corn and cornmeal are naturally gluten-free. However, they’re usually processed in a way that can cause cross contamination or cross contact (i.e. made on shared equipment with gluten-containing flour, etc.). If you have gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, it’s important to buy certified gluten-free cornmeal.
What Brands Of Cornmeal Are Gluten-Free?
You want to look for the “certified gluten-free” or “gluten-free” label to be sure your cornmeal is free from cross contamination or cross contact with gluten. Our favorite brands of gluten-free cornmeal are:
- Bob’s Red Mill (Gluten-Free Variety Only) – Amazon, Vitacost, iHerb
- Arrowhead Mills – Amazon, Kroger, iHerb, Sprouts, Vitacost, Walmart, Whole Foods
- P.A.N. – Amazon (Check near the Latin/Hispanic foods section at grocery stores!)
Many common brands of cornmeal, like Martha White cornmeal, Quaker cornmeal, and Albers cornmeal are NOT considered gluten-free, as they’re made on shared equipment with gluten. Look for the “certified gluten-free” designation to be sure you’re buying gluten-free cornmeal.