Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on November 2, 2016

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Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread Recipe

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.


This Paleo friendly Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread recipe serves 8 – 10.

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Donna October 9, 2017 at 3:07 pm

This GF Corn-free Cornbread is my families favorite. No ones stomach bothers them and very tasty. Plus very, very easy to make. Love this Cornbread


Carol Kicinski October 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

Thanks, Donna! Glad you and your family like it!


Susie November 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm

I’m looking for a recipe to make cornbread to use for Thanksgiving dressing. I noticed this recipe calls for honey. Will it be too sweet to make dressing, and if so, could I just omit it? Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Carol Kicinski November 20, 2017 at 9:40 am

Hi Susie,

I don’t think it will be too sweet, especially once you mix the cornbread with other ingredients to make your dressing. If you’d like, you could cut the amount of honey by a little bit but I wouldn’t omit it altogether or it might not be as flavorful. I hope you enjoy the recipe and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!



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