Vegan Cornbread Muffins (Soft and Fluffy)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

These Vegan Cornbread Muffins are moist and tender and made with jalapeños! They have a delicious spicy kick, are vegan and are made with healthier ingredients!



A stack of gluten free cornbread muffins covered in honey.

Friends, I’m in full-blown Thanksgiving vegan recipes mode by now. It’s almost two weeks away (what?!) and having all your delicious recipes in your arsenal is key. These vegan cornbread muffins for example, and definitely happening on Thanksgiving for me.

I’m talking moist, tender, fluffy and with an insanely delicious light kick of spice thanks to the addition of the jalapeño. You need to make these.

A batch of gluten free cornbread muffins on blue check cloth.

We aren’t going to get into any unnecessary chit chat (…right) but dive right into these vegan cornbread muffins. I’ve always loved cornbread, and have always loved making it. This time around I wanted to try something a bit different – making them vegan, gluten-free and into muffins. Whoa, pull out the drawing board.

Transforming regular cornbread into vegan and gluten-free cornbread is actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I sat down with my usual stack of papers and millions of measurements and worked away until I found a great recipe combination. I referred to my trusty Williams-Sonoma cooking book for basic ingredients and went working from there.

After a few successful trials and ahem, numerous amounts of taste testing, I was ready to share these beauties with you.

 Gluten free cornbread muffins in a muffin mold.

I have to warn you: these muffins are incredibly addictive. The cornbread is not at all grainy, and works perfectly with the gluten free flour. The mix of maple syrup and cane sugar give a slightly sweet taste to give you that sweet cornbread taste we all know and love. The vegan buttermilk helps to lighten it all up. The pumpkin puree, OH the puree, helps to keep it beautifully moist even with 1 ¼ cup of cornmeal.

Then there’s the jalapeños. I may never make cornbread again without jalapeños. That kick of spice is unbelievably appealing. It’s not even that spicy, no worries, but it’s such a beautiful hint that you know these aren’t any regular ‘ole gluten free cornbread muffins. If you want to cut down the spice, just remove the jalapeños from the tops of the muffins. I put them there more for presentation that anything, but they definitely up the spice factor.

These are definitely going to be a favourite at your Thanksgiving table. Thanks to the ingredients, everyone can enjoy them despite dietary restrictions, while also knowing that they are also healthier than normal at just 118 calories each. Remember to serve these up with some vegan butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. It’s cornbread custom.

A stack of gluten free cornbread muffins in front of a bowl of corn bread muffins.



Surprise! There are actually health benefits to these muffins!

  • Pumpkin puree – these muffins have lots of fiber and bursting with Vitamin A thanks to the pumpkin puree.
  • They are much healthier than your standard cornbread thanks to cutting down on the oil, replacing fat with pumpkin and reduced sugar.
  • Jalapeños – the spice from the jalapeños actually aids digestion.
  • Almond milk – the almond milk boosts the calcium levels of these muffins.


Q: Can I make these without gluten free flour?

A: Yes, you can!


P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:



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These Gluten Free Cornbread Muffins are moist and tender and made with jalapeños! They have a delicious spicy kick, are vegan and are made with healthier ingredients!
A pile of three gluten free cornbread muffins drizzled with honey.

Vegan Cornbread Muffins

These Vegan Cornbread Muffins are moist and tender and made with jalapeños! They have a delicious spicy kick, are vegan and are made with healthier ingredients!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American

Gluten Free Cornbread Muffins – Vegan

  • 1 1/4 cups fine grain cornmeal 150g
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (148g) OR All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix (NOT Baking Mix)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk any vegan milks
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup melted vegan butter (44g)
  • 3 tablespoons cane sugar or coconut sugar or organic brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (69g)
  • 2 jalapeños de-seeded and finely diced plus slices for the tops


  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. If not using liners, grease lightly with coconut oil or spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Mix the almond milk and apple cider vinegar together. Let sit for at least 3 minutes to create a vegan buttermilk.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. Set aside.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together slow to incorporate, then a bit quicker to mix together properly.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the wet and mix until combined.
  • Add in the diced jalapeños and mix gently.
  • Spoon equally throughout the 12 muffin cups.
  • Add a thin slice of jalapeño to the top of each and press down gently.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes. The muffins are done when they bounce back slightly to touch.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!
This recipe is vegan and gluten free.
These cornbread muffins can be stored in an airtight tupperware container on the counter for up to 5 days. You can also use them as a base for your cornbread stuffing recipe.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1084IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. phew, Jessica – you’re killing me with that drizzle!! These look fantastic, and I can’t ever get enough of jalapenos. I had cornbread for the first time in ages last week, and now I’ve got the taste for it! Saving to try for later

  2. Frank says:

    So we guess at what temp to cook at?

  3. Sue L. says:

    I made the cornbread today and it was fantastic! I didn’t have jalapeños but I had everything else in my pantry. So fluffy and light.

  4. Maeve Watkins says:

    I’m thinking about making this for our potluck on Thanksgiving but the host has a nut allergy. Have you ever made this with coconut milk instead of almond milk? (I’m also making your vegan gf pumpkin pie with your crust!)

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Maeve,

      I haven’t tried it with this but it should work! I would use a lite coconut milk, but also double check that they don’t have a tree nut allergy too! If they do, you can also use rice milk. I hope that helps and enjoy!!

      • Maeve Watkins says:

        Thank you! Yes, she has a tree but allergy but can have coconut! Thank goodness! Everything we are bringing is gluten free (I have celiac and avoid dairy), my daughter is vegan and we generally use a lot of almond milk. We are glad we can use coconut for this occasion since we have to avoid all other tree nuts. Thank you…I’ll let you know how it turns out!

        • Jessica says:

          Hi Maeve,

          Okay, fabulous!! You’re so welcome and I hope you enjoy!! Happy Thanksgiving when it comes!!

  5. crystal herndon says:

    I just go should the batter be pretty thick? I’m making this with homemade cashew milk.

  6. Nuffy says:

    I would like to make these savoury, can you help me with this please? I would be most appreciative, many thanks…

    Love your site also…


    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Nuffy! first of all thanks for the site love! The cornbread muffins are definitely savoury already! We hope you enjoy!!

  7. THANK YOU! I’ve always wanted to make cornbread but never have, and I decided to finally give it a shot for a potluck I’m going to tonight. I only had one shot to get it right, and it turned out perfectly. Perfect.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lauren,

      You’re so very welcome and I’m so happy that you enjoyed it so much!

  8. Teresa says:

    Oh my making beans and cornbread for family. These are so good that I have a second batch in because I know they will go fast! Thank you

    • Jessica says:

      Aww thank you so much Teresa!! You just reminded me that I need to make this again!

  9. SouthernChickPea says:

    Another winner! I was looking for a vegan cornbread recipe to go with my black-eyed pea soup for New Year’s and once again, one of your recipes came to my rescue! I did end up making a few substitutions since that’s what I had on hand. I used sweet potato instead of pumpkin, medium grain cornmeal and regular all-purpose flour. But it still came out great! I’m secretly hoping that we run out of cornbread before we finish the soup so I can make it again! Thanks again for another great recipe!

  10. Nikki says:

    Thank you for this delicious recipe. I’m currently on a Low FODMAP diet and these include ingredients that I can eat. Plus they are so good and pretty easy to make! Thank you so much!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      You are so welcome Nikki! We’re happy that you like the recipe! Thank you for reading!


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