Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on November 2, 2016

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Gluten free cornbread is big in my family, especially come holiday season. But really, any time (especially according to my g-kid Julian) is the right time for cornbread.

At the beginning of this year we did an article in Simply Gluten Free Magazine on cornbread mix and match – we provided three basic gluten free cornbread recipes (classic, vegan, and grain and corn free) with add-ins so that one could create their own cornbread masterpiece.

When testing the recipes, I decided I should give them to my own cornbread aficionado Julian to see if they came up to his high standards. I already knew he loves my classic cornbread recipe and I felt pretty safe with the vegan version, as it still contained cornmeal, but the grain free, corn free recipe had me a little nervous.

I did not tell him it had no corn, I just gave him some and waited. Bottom line – he loved it!

This is a protein-rich recipe thanks to cage-free eggs (I like Nature’s Yoke) and almond flour and is a really great cornbread alternative for anyone giving up grains. It is also really simple to make!

Note: Commercial baking powder contains cornstarch, so for a truly corn free cornbread you need to make your own, but fear not, it is really simple. Just combine 2 parts cream of tartar, 1 part baking soda, and 1 part starch of your choice (such as arrowroot powder or tapioca starch). Whisk all ingredients together and put in a jar to store. Use as a one-to-one substitution whenever baking powder is called for in a recipe.


Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread Recipe


Gluten-free nonstick cooking spray
½ cup unsalted butter or dairy-free butter, melted
3 tablespoons honey
3 large cage-free eggs
1½ cups blanched almond flour
½ cup tapioca starch or arrowroot starch
2 teaspoons grain-free baking powder (see note in blog post above)
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8- or 9-inch baking dish generously with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned and the top feels firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Cut into squares and serve.


A gluten free, Paleo friendly recipe that serves 8 – 10.

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