Cornbread is a delicious bread that goes with any dish. This gluten free cornbread recipe has a very simple old-fashioned twist in how you make it. I took my Grandmother’s cornbread recipe and converted it to gluten free!

A cornbread muffin cut in half with butter spread on it.

Eating these little gluten-free cornbread muffins with melted butter is my favorite way to eat these! These cornbread muffins are great for Thanksgiving or with any family meal.

If you love muffins as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my delicious gluten free muffin recipes!

Why I love this cornbread:

  • My Grandma’s recipe is special. The steps you take to make this use a classic old-fashioned technique that adds so much softness and flavor.
  • Cornbread is one of those comfort bread that goes with any meal.
  • This old-fashioned gluten free cornbread recipe is very easy, with no yeast or rising, making this a great recipe for a busy school night.
  • You can dip it into soups and stews or enjoy it on the side.
  • Make this gluten free muffin recipe in a double batch and freeze some for later.

Great recipe! Very light and airy! I added ¼ cup of feta cheese to it.”

Judit E., Pinterest user
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This recipe takes full advantage of the sweetness of the corn. If you love corn, you will also want to try this Gluten Free Cornmeal Biscuits recipe!

You will find this homemade gluten free cornbread recipe takes an unusual step. Here is my Grandma’s recipe card:

Corn Bread Recipe Card image.
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Ingredient Notes:

The cornbread muffins ingredients photos.
  • Gluten Free Corn Flour – I prefer corn flour to cornmeal as it makes fluffier muffins.
  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I have tested this recipe with several gluten free flour blends. I advise avoiding gluten-free flour blending with bean flour because it will make this cornbread bitter.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free. I did add some baking powder to my grandma’s recipe to add more rise.
  • Eggs – Use large eggs.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter. you can substitute plant-based butter if you are dairy-free.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Whisking the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend. To this, you will add the hot water and melted butter. Mix.

Egg whites and egg yolks in a bowl.

Step 2: After you mix up your dry ingredients, whip your egg whites with an electric hand mixer until they form stiff peaks. Beat the yolks separately and add them to the egg whites. Mix gently so you don’t remove the air.

Adding whipped egg whites to the cornmeal.

Step 3: Gently fold the whipped egg mixture into your cornbread dough. I know this has extra steps, but trust me, it makes your cornbread nice and fluffy!

🔑 Sandi says: Mix the batter and egg whites very gently. This helps keep these cornbread muffins light and fluffy!

Corn bread batter in a muffin tin ready to bake.

Step 4: Once your batter is mixed, add the batter to a lightly greased muffin tin. Bake at 350º F for

I made this gluten free cornbread as muffins, but you can also make it in an 8×8 pan and cut it into slices. I prefer gluten free cornbread muffins because they are portioned out evenly and look pretty on a table.

Serve With:

You can enjoy this easy Instant Pot Chicken Stew or even these BBQ Pork Ribs with these muffins! I love to serve these at Thanksgiving.

Variations:

If you love homemade cornbread from scratch, you can modify the recipe easily or drizzle honey on top! Gluten free corn muffin lovers can add:

  • Add shredded cheddar cheese to your cornbread dough.
  • If you like spice, adding green chiles is a great way to add spice and flavor to this recipe!
  • Add bacon and cheese for a filling gluten free cornbread muffin!
  • Drizzle honey on top!
  • Try cornmeal in a scone with this easy Gluten Free Cornmeal Scones recipe.
Gluten Free Cornbread muffins on a cutting board with a stick of butter.

You may also love this Gluten Free Maple Pumpkin Cornbread recipe.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can you make this gf cornbread recipe dairy-free?

You can easily make this cornbread recipe dairy-free by using vegan butter.

Is cornbread gluten free?

Many people ask this question because cornmeal and flour are gluten-free. The problem is that most cornbread also contains flour, so you need to read the ingredients to ensure cornbread doesn’t contain wheat flour.

Is cornmeal gluten free?

Cornmeal is technically gluten-free, but much of it is processed on shared equipment, so the potential for cross-contamination is high. It is best to purchase a gluten free cornmeal like Bob’s Red Mill (they make both gluten free and regular, so make sure to look for the gluten free label!)

Are cornmeal and corn flour the same?

Cornmeal and corn flour are very different because of their texture. Cornmeal is a much thicker cut of the grain, adding graininess to your baking and polenta. Corn flour is very finely ground and has a much smoother texture in baking.

More Gluten Free Muffin Recipes to Try:

a gluten free cornbread muffin cut open on a plate

Gluten Free Cornbread

Sandi Gaertner
This is my Grandma's old-fashioned cornbread recipe that I converted to gluten free. It is light and fluffy and perfect for dipping into stew, or eating with melted butter and honey.
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Gluten Free Bread Recipe, Gluten Free Muffins Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 142 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¾ cups cornmeal Ensure it is gluten free
  • ¼ cup gluten free flour blend * see note
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder aluminum-free
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 large eggs
  • optional cheddar cheese or green chiles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk to blend.
  • In another bowl, separate the eggs and add the egg whites only to the bowl. Whip with an electric mixer until you see stiff peaks form. Then add the egg yolks and mix gently.
  • Add the butter and boiling water to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Fold in the egg white mixture gently.
  • Grease the muffin tins and add batter to fill each section ¾ full.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the muffins are done. Baking time will be longer if you bake in an 8×8 pan.

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Notes

  1. Make sure your corn flour is labeled gluten free. Although corn is gluten free, there is a high risk of cross-contamination, so make sure to look for the gluten free label on the package you purchase.
  2. To test to see if the cornbread is done baking, insert a toothpick into a muffin. If the toothpick comes back clean, the cornbread is done baking. You will need to bake it longer if you see crumbs or batter on the toothpick.
Fun Variations: 
  • Add shredded cheddar cheese to your cornbread dough.
  • If you like spice, adding green chiles is a great way to add spice and flavor to this recipe!
  • Add bacon and cheese for a filling gluten free cornbread muffin!
  • Drizzle honey on top!

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 235mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 156IUCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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This post was updated from an older February 2017 post with more details.

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18 Comments

  1. I am a little confused on the recipe ingredients. 1 3/4 cups cornMEAL – Did you mean corn FLOUR instead, as was suggested in your earlier instructions. And if I use corn FLOUR, do I also use 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend? Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! We are sweet cornbread people so I added a little honey into the batter too. Really great and I was surprised gluten free cornbread would taste this good.

  3. 5 stars
    Love all the variations and especially seeing the original recipe card. We love cornbread around here – this recipe will be on repeat!