Vegan Cornbread Muffins | Feasting At Home

Simple and delicious, these Vegan Cornbread Muffins are so tender and light! Made in one bowl with just 15 minutes of hands-on time.

vegan cornbread muffins in serving dish.

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Whether following a vegan diet or simply looking for a delicious, plant-based treat, these Vegan Cornbread Muffins will hit the spot! With a moist tender crumb, and a subtle hint of sweetness, these muffins are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a side for your favorite soups, chilis, and stews. Looking for a classic Cornbread recipe? Try this!

The deliciousness of these wholesome muffins lies in the combination of applesauce and cornmeal. Not only does it enhance the corn flavor, but it also creates a delightful moist, and light texture. With no need for flax eggs, these corn muffins hold together beautifully. The best part? They’re super quick to make, allowing you to easily add them to any meal hassle-free.

Why You’ll Love This

  1. So many ways to enjoy them! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a side dish for soup, chili, or stew.
  2. Vegan and wholesome. Dairy-free! Made with applesauce and cornmeal.
  3. Quick and easy to make. Only 15 minutes of hands-on time. Made in one bowl!
  4. Unbelievable texture. Light, fluffy, and moist!
ingredients for vegan cornbread muffins laid out on table - cornmeal, flour, applesauce, vinegar, soy milk, sugar, avocado oil.

Ingredients

  • Cornmeal: For a softer texture and a denser crumb, use a fine grind. For rustic chewy texture use medium grind.
  • Unsweetened applesauce: Enhances the corn flavor and creates moist texture. No need for a flax egg!
  • All-purpose flour: Weigh out or spoon and level. Whole wheat pastry flour will work for a heartier texture.
  • Sweetener: granulated sugar or coconut sugar. Also can be substituted with maple syrup, see recipe notes.
  • Plant-based milk: Soy milk, cashew milk or almond milk are nice! The richer the milk the more tender the muffin.
  • Oil: Use avocado oil or olive oil, or substitute with vegan butter for even more of a buttery flavor.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Acts with baking soda to help rise and lighten the corn muffins.

How to Make Vegan Cornbread Muffins

Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Spray oil into a 12-cup muffin tin.

In a large mixing bowl add flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and whisk to combine the dry ingredients. For perfect results, we recommend using a scale to weigh the dry ingredients.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add milk, oil, applesauce, and apple cider vinegar. Fold together carefully until just combined, do not over stir! Let the batter sit for 15- 30 minutes. This helps the gluten relax and makes the muffins more tender, moist, and light.

Scoop the batter into the muffin tin to about a 1/4 inch of the top. 

vegan cornbread muffin batter in muffin tins with 1/4 inch of space left at the top of each.

Bake for 15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean or the internal temperature is around 205 degrees.

Let cool on a wire rack and serve.

vegan cornbread muffins stacked on top of a cooling rack with a split muffin in front.

What to Serve with Vegan Cornbread Muffins?

Any of these yummy dinner recipes would taste great with them!

FAQs

How do I create a tender and light texture?

Be careful not to over-mix the batter! Combine until the dry and wet ingredients are just combined. Let batter rest for 15-30 minutes before scooping into the muffin tin.

How long do Vegan Cornbread Muffins keep for?

The muffins keep for 3 days at room temperature in an airtight container, or up to 1 week in the refrigerator. If you want to eat the muffins warm, reheat in a toaster oven or warm in the microwave.

Can I freeze Vegan Cornbread Muffins?

Yes! Store the muffins in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or reheat in the microwave.


Can these be made Gluten-free?

We have not tested this, but are fairly confident gluten-free flour blends may work nicely here.

vegan cornbread muffins on cooling rack with one split in half to show light and chewy texture.

Serving Suggestions and Storage

Drizzle warm cornbread muffins with this maple tahini sauce:

Leftover cornbread muffins can be frozen or will stay wrapped tightly on the counter for up to 3-4 days.

We hope you enjoy these Vegan Cornbread Muffins! Let us know what you think in the comments. 🙂

If you liked this recipe, check out some of our other cornbread recipes below, like our favorite classic cornbread!

More Favorite Cornbread Recipes

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Description

Simple and delicious these Vegan Cornbread Muffins are so tender and light! Made in one bowl in 15 minutes hands on time.



  1. Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Spray oil into a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, whisk to combine the dry ingredients.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add milk, oil, applesauce, and apple cider vinegar. Fold together carefully until just combined, do not over stir! Let the batter sit for 15- 30 minutes. (This helps the gluten relax and makes the muffins more tender, moist, and light.)
  4. Scoop the batter into the muffin tin to about a 1/4 inch of the top. 
  5. Bake for 15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean or the internal temperature is around 205 degrees.
  6. Let cool and serve.


Notes

Fine ground cornmeal will have a softer texture and denser crumb. Medium grind gives more of a rustic chewy texture.

Tips for a tender and light vegan muffin: Do not over-mix the batter! Combine just until the dry and wet ingredients are just combined.  Let batter rest for 15-30 minutes before scooping into the muffin tin.

You can use maple syrup as a replacement for the sugar. Replace with the same 3 tablespoons or less. Measure the applesauce and syrup together so that the combined volume equals 1/2 cup, this is to ensure muffins don’t get too wet.

Storage- Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 222
  • Sugar: 4.2 g
  • Sodium: 185.6 mg
  • Fat: 10.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.1 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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