Light & Easy Cornbread

By Fran Costigan
Making cornbread from scratch is super easy, plus you’ll avoid the refined ingredients found in boxed mixes. My vegan version is southern-friend certified, cholesterol-free and tastes like corn! Do use fresh cornmeal for the best flavor.


    • aluminum-free baking powder
    • Fine sea salt
    • fresh yellow cornmeal
    • organic canola oil
    • organic soymilk or rice milk
    • pure vanilla extract
    • white all purpose flour
    • whole wheat pastry flour


    1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 425º F. Oil a 9 x 9-inch baking pan.
    2. Place a wire mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Add the cornmeal, whole wheat pastry flour, white flour, baking powder and salt to the strainer and sift into the bowl. Mix with a wire whisk.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk the milk, maple syrup, oil and vanilla until well blended. Pour into the dry mixture and whisk only until the batter is smooth. Pour into the prepared pan.
    4. Bake for 14 to 15 minutes until the sides have started to pull away from the pan and the top looks set. Do not over-bake or the cornbread will be dry. A tester inserted into the center will be clean or holding just a few moist crumbs. Cool the pan on a wire rack for 8-10 minutes before cutting.
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