This Vegan Sweet Cornbread is a fluffy sweet holiday side dish perfect for sharing and can be enjoyed year-round. It's the perfect family staple that can be whipped together in a short period of time, only requires one bowl, and is absolutely delicious on it's own! Gluten-free option.
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I've been anticipating sharing Thanksgiving recipes this month and specifically this cornbread. I'm truly excited about this Vegan Sweet Cornbread because it pays the most homage to my childhood. Growing up, I remember my Grandmother always whipping together Jiffy's cornbread and that being one of the few things that I actually consumed as a child. I was an extreme picky eater, but that's a whole other explanation. Haha.
Anyway, I just loved how deliciously sweet the boxed cornbread was, yet at the same, it's fluffy and soft texture and little savory notes. That's why I chose to recreate this vegan-friendly version and although it only requires a minimal amount of ingredients----it definitely lives up to my childhood nostalgia.
Get ready for your entire family to love this recipe and the awesome part is that you know the ingredients that you put into this cornbread and there's of course a gluten-free option for those who need it.
Rest assured, if you're a lover of cornbread and want to switch things up a bit, I have this Vegan Sweet Potato Maple Herb Cornbread for you as well as this Brown Butter Pumpkin Cornbread. You definitely don't want to miss these!
To make this cornbread, you'll literally be whipping together this easy batter using a handful of ingredients which include all-purpose flour, yellow cornbread, cane sugar, etc. Once the batter is combined and smooth, you'll add it to your greased skillet, bake, and serve. Don't forget to brush a bit of melted butter for that extra pizazz!
Here's what you need to make the most flavorful Vegan Sweet Cornbread:
Follow these tips to make your vegan sweet cornbread perfect every time:
Yes, you can use any dairy-free milk you like to make this vegan sweet cornbread. Here are some easy recipes to make your own milk that’s cheaper and so easy!
Here, I’ve curated a list of cooking + baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods or cooked meals, especially with this Vegan Sweet Cornbread. Everything from my fave baking sheet, skillet, mixing bowls, high-powered blender, cooking utensils, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
Of course, if you don't want to make your cornbread from scratch or you just have a box of Jiffy mix lying around that you'd like to use, here's an easy way to make everything vegan with just a few tweaks:
Grab 1 box of Jiffy Mix. Start with a standard box of Jiffy corn muffin mix and add it to a bowl.
Substitute the milk. Per the instructions, add the amount of milk requested by substituting whole milk for your fave plant-based milk like Almond milk, etc.
Replace the egg. Instead of using an egg as the box suggests, substitute it with an egg replace like 'flax eggs'. As a rule of thumb, 1 flax egg equates to 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsps water. You just mix them together and let it sit for 5 minutes or so until it thickens and becomes "paste-like".
Replace the butter. If you enjoy adding butter atop your cornbread, then simply substitute it with melted vegan butter.
Just mix everything together per the box's instructions, bake, and wallah!
Baking is such a science, but more importantly because certain ingredients like your leaveners (aka baking powder + baking soda) are completely fresh so that your vegan cornbread (and other baked goods) fully rises and bakes through nicely.
Incase you weren't aware, there's an easy to double check both the baking powder and baking soda. Here's what you need:
BAKING SODA HACK:
-Add 1 teaspoon baking soda with ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking soda needs to be replaced.
-Add 1 teaspoon baking powder with ¼ cup Hot tap water in a bowl and if it's fresh, the mixture should "bubble/fizz". If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking powder needs to be replaced.
Common Vegan Baking Substitute Ingredients + How to Use Them—I can now happily say that there are a lot of vegan baking substitute ingredients out there. A few decades ago, buying milk replacement only meant soy milk and vegan butter meant margarine. Today, there are so many different ways to make vegan baked goods just as delicious (or better!) as their non-vegan counterparts:
This sweet cornbread recipe is a must have for my Thanksgiving menu. Here's what I'll be serving it with this year:
You can store your leftover cornbread in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days for optimal freshness. Simply reheat cornbread in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit when ready to serve again. In addition, you can freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Just thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven when ready to serve.
Absolutely! To make this cornbread entirely gluten-free, simply ensure that the cornmeal is GF-friendly as well as the flour. I like to use Bob's Red Mill GF 1-to-1 baking flour.
If you make this Vegan Sweet Cornbread, tag me on Instagram @orchidsandsweettea!
Vegan Sweet Cornbread.