Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cornbread

As promised, here’s a new recipe to add to your Thanksgiving collection! What better way to ring in a Thanksgiving feast then pulling out a cast iron pan to make my (gluten-free) Pumpkin Cornbread! And it just feels so right to marry these two together. Just a disclaimer here, I didn’t end up using a full can of pumpkin puree because it made the cornbread a bit dense. But if you like that or you don’t want to save the excess pumpkin in your fridge, by all means, go for it.

And since usually when we all look up recipes online, we skip the text and scroll right to the recipe, so here ya go! Keeping this short and sweet, because well, pumpkin cornbread doesn’t need all the extra fanfare. We all know it’s delish. Just add some honey (or honey butter) on top, and it’s autumn perfection.


Check out some other MYV Thanksgiving recipes here! And one of my personal favorites…

Ginger Lime Cranberry Sauce

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cornbread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Course: Side
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 1 1/2 cups Cornmeal
  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • Dash of Cinnamon I didn't measure here, I just sprinkled some in! You could also add in some ginger too for a kick!
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree Not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/3 cup Oil I used Avocado oil for its neutral flavor but you can also use olive oil or (refined) coconut oil. The refined coconut oil tastes less "coconutty". Or you could use butter if you're making this dairy
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix all of of the dry ingredients together

  3. In a separate large bowl, mix the wet ingredients together

  4. Add the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and make sure not to overmix

  5. Lightly grease a cast iron pan and pour in the batter and smooth around the pan using your hands or the back of a spoon

  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes

  7. Cut into slices and drizzle with honey if desired. I like it best served warm, especially because the honey sinks into the cornbread, YUM! Or, if you're making this dairy, you could mix a little softened butter with honey and add a pat of honey butter to the top of your slice!

Low Carb Vegan Cornbread

New Inspiration

A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine said to me in passing, “I have some news for you. Oh don’t worry, it’s nothing bad, I just think you’ll find it interesting.” Well, glad she made a mention that this wasn’t anything to worry about, phew! And she was right, I DID find it interesting. She had recently gone vegan (not cold turkey, but at her own pace) and wanted to pick my brain on recipes and ideas for making her cooking life easier. Granted, she’s not low-carb, but making this recipe keto-friendly was an added bonus for me!

And… this is the time in the story where the wheels in my brain start turning furiously. First, I mentioned all of the vegan recipes I had in BOTH of my blogs, Riskyveggie and of course, the vegan recipes here in MYV. Then I suggested the fantastic Megan Gilmore of Detoxinista – WOW does she have a huge repertoire of vegan recipes galore!

The wheels in my brain came to a screeching halt. And born was my Low Carb, (Keto-Friendly), Vegan Cornbread! And don’t worry, it’s still delicious, even without the dairy. Of course eggs are not vegan-friendly so I made a chia egg. It sounds weird, but the texture imitates that of an egg – really! I already had a bag of ground chia seeds (you can use flax seeds too), but if you don’t, I recommend grinding your own. Not that you can’t use chia or flax in your cornbread but it might have a strange texture, so I use ground.

Not Vegan? No Problemo!

The nice thing about this recipe too is that you can totally mix it up to what YOU like! Add in some diced jalapeno for a nice kick, or if you’re not vegan, go ahead and add some shredded cheddar and real eggs too (3 in this case). I love using nutritional yeast in vegan recipes because it gives that cheesy flavor with no dairy but added in Vitamin B6! And for those Keto fans out there, this is a great option for you – with or without the baby corn.

This side dish is a perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal, as an addition to your chili while watching football, or really, any time of year! Even for a picnic, it’s great to serve since it doesn’t require refrigeration.

This is for you, Sarah! ENJOY! Happy vegan-cooking!

Catch ya’ll in 2020!

3.25 from 4 votes
Low Carb Vegan Cornbread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cornbread
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 2 cups Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt (or Pink Himalayan Salt, for those electrolytes!)
  • 1/2 cup Avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds, preferably ground Or you can use flax seeds
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Water
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk Or any non-dairy milk you like!
  • 25 drops Liquid Stevia
  • 1 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2/3 can Baby Corn, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno, diced, seeded and ribs removed Optional - but a good kick!
  1. Make the chia egg (egg substitute): Mix the chia (or flax) seeds, preferably ground, with the 2 1/2 tbsp water in a small bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes to thicken

  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350F and grease a 9-inch casserole dish with avocado or olive oil

  3. In a medium-sized bowl. combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk to remove any clumps and and set aside

  4. In a another (large) bowl combine the chia or flax egg, avocado oil, almond milk, liquid stevia, diced jalapenos (if using) and nutritional yeast. Whisk until full no lumps. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet so you have 1 thick batter

  5. Fold in the chopped baby corn and transfer all to the casserole dish

  6. Bake for 37-40 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes and slice into squares. Garnish with some green onions and non-dairy sour cream - or serve alongside chili for a hearty meal!