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.


5 from 1 vote
Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Cooling time
10 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 235 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
  • Gluten-free nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ cup unsalted butter or dairy-free butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 large cage-free eggs
  • 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
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8- or 9-inch baking dish generously with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut into squares and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Potassium 99mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Calcium 8%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  3. Donna
    October 9, 2017

    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

    1. Carol Kicinski
      October 11, 2017

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

  4. Susie
    November 17, 2017

    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!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      November 20, 2017

      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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