Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins

These cornbread muffins are heavily inspired by Minimalist Baker’s gluten-free cornbread. However, I love cornbread in muffin form, prefer coconut sugar over cane, and don’t use oil when I bake. Which means I changed it up a bit and absolutely LOVE it. Even my nonevegan/non-GF parents love these muffins! So, if you’re interested–even if you’re not vegan or gluten-free!–you should check this recipe out. The end result is worth working with the aquafaba, in my opinion.

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I love making them when Husband makes a big batch of chili, but they’re also a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. They’re super impressive though. The pickiest of eaters in my family love them, and if they do, most people will. So give these a shot. They’re so yummy!

Oil-free, vegan, and gluten-free cornbread muffins that are delicious! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #cornbread #muffins

Let me know if you try this recipe! Rate it, comment below, or take a photo and tag me @fruitsohard on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations. Happy eating!

Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Soft, moist cornbread muffins made gluten-free, vegan, and without oil! These muffins are delicious and easy to make. They're definitely a crowd-pleaser!
Course: Side
Cuisine: Vegan | Gluten-Free
Servings: 12 -18
What you'll need:
  • 3/4 unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup aquafaba
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar*
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp fine cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt (pink Himalayan recommended)
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
What you'll do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and ready your cupcake/muffin tins. I have silicone muffin cups, so I don't use nonstick spray or parchment paper, but feel free to do so. Alternatively, you can bake these in a 8x8 pan** instead.
  2. Add non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Pour aquafaba into a medium mixing bowl and beat with mixer until small peaks form. Add sugar a little at a time and keep beating until it's glossy and firmer peaks form. Then set aside.
  4. Mix dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. To the dry ingredients, add the milk/vinegar mixture and the applesauce and stir to combine. Then add the aquafaba/sugar mixture and gently mix until combined.
  6. Add batter to prepared muffin tins and bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly and then enjoy!
Recipe Notes
*Or you can use 1/2 cup cane sugar (total) for a more traditional cornbread muffin and leave the coconut sugar out.
**For an 8x8, bake for 25-35 minutes. **Inspired by Minimalist Baker.

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