The Best Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe

(Vegan and gluten-free pumpkin cornbread! This post is sponsored through my partnership with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze.)

It can be difficult to think of an intro for a recipe when you’re still in the process of eating and swooning over it. I thought about creating an air-tight defense for my arguably overeager use of canned pumpkin before fall’s official arrival, but I realized it’s not needed. Just try it, and I think you’ll see things my way.

vegan, gluten-free pumpkin cornbread

I thought we would need a go-to, make-along-with-everything-especially-simmering-chili-in-the-slow-cooker-on-a-cool-evening kind of side. This is the one!

Pumpkin cornbread vegan gluten-free

Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe

This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and sweetened with brown sugar and honey. It has a light warmth from cinnamon, and the texture is from the pumpkin instead of added fats or oils.

pumpkin cornbread ingredients

By adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the Almond Breeze, it transformed it into a tangy vegan buttermilk.

making buttermilk with almond milk and vinegar

The batter took about 5 minutes to mix together,

pouring pumpkin cornbread batter into a baking dish

and 40 to bake until it was golden brown, and absolutely perfect with a little butter on top. (Vegan butter would be lovely, too.)

fresh-out-of-the-oven pumpkin cornbread

Even though I’m in no hurry for summer to leave, I’m definitely excited for a little more pumpkin around here 😉

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try! <3 

a slice of pumpkin cornbread with vegan butter


Vegan pumpkin cornbread

The “make with everything” side dish for fall. Gluten-free, lightly sweetened, and no added oils.

  • Total Time: 50
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk mixed with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking sode
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/3 cup almond meal
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with olive oil or nonstick spray.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, honey, almond milk mixture and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking soda, cornmeal, almond meal, and salt.
  4. 4. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until smooth and fully combined.
  5. 5. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 38-40 minutes, until golden brown and set.
  6. 6. Allow to cool slightly before serving, if you can wait that long 🙂


  • Feel free to use any whole grain flour instead of the almond meal!
  • Some vegans include honey in their diet, while others choose to skip it. If you prefer to nix the sugar, try maple syrup instead.
  • This tastes even better the next day 🙂


  • Serving Size: 6

More pumpkin recipes to try this fall:

Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Pumpkin-Banana-Oat Pancakes

Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake



This post is sponsored through my partnership with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, my favorite almond milk. As always, all opinions (and pumpkin obsessions) are my own.

Blue diamond almond breeze logo

It’s survey time! Earlier in the year, I asked my newsletter subscribers and Facebook friends for some feedback on the blog. I write this for all of you, so I’m always interested to hear more about what you’d like to see. Now that the revamp is mostly up (with a few tweaks here and there), I figured it would be a perfect time for a blog survey. This survey is in partnership with Almond Breeze, and I’m excited to learn about your preferences and requests for the blog. If you wouldn’t mind taking a couple of minutes to answer, I would appreciate it so much. After you complete the survey, please let me know in the comments below. One lucky winner from the comments section will receive a $100 Visa gift card as a token of appreciation. xo

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  1. Paula on August 29, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Survey complete! I’m a researcher, so I am always happy to provide data for others. 🙂 And I never would have thought to make pumpkin cornbread! I’m definitely giving this a go.

  2. Emily on August 29, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Survey completed! Also, I need to start stocking up on pumpkin for these types of yummy recipes!

  3. Lindsay on August 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Mmm, this recipe looks so yummy…I’ve been craving fall-ish comfort foods lately.

    Survey complete. 🙂

  4. Debbie on August 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Just took your survey! Love the recipe!!

  5. Vivi on August 29, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Love the new layout, survey complete!

  6. Lauren on August 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Took the survey! Worked perfectly on my mobile too!

  7. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on August 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

    This sounds amazing!! I am excited to try it 🙂 Do you think they will turn out just as well in muffin form?

  8. em on August 29, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Took the survey! Just an FYI for anyone using Chrome – the “drag and drop” ranking questions wouldn’t work for me. I had to switch to Internet Explorer and then it worked fine 🙂

  9. Dyanna on August 29, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I can’t wait to make this and chili and watch football with some pumpkin beer…. WAY too excited about football season……… I took the survey super quick and easy

    • Carrie on August 29, 2014 at 10:12 am

      I was thinking the same thing! Perfect for some football this weekend. 🙂

      I also took the survey!

  10. jenny l. on August 29, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Took the survey. Thanks for the recipe! Fingers crossed!

  11. Carolyn on August 29, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Took the survey. Can’t wait until fall to try this recipe!!

  12. Nele Vandevenne on August 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Just took the survey 🙂 x

  13. Catlin on August 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Survey complete 🙂 And that looks amazing. I am going to have to try that out soon 🙂

  14. Nicole F. on August 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

    So so very excited to make this. I love the simple ingredient list. And I just took your survey!

  15. Laura on August 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Survey done!

  16. Karen on August 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I took the survey and I love pumpkin cornbread too!

  17. Krista on August 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Survey done!

    I don’t comment often, but I read every post…..and have my friend hooked on your fitness page. 🙂

  18. Paige Callahan on August 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I filled out the survey and love this recipe!

  19. Heather J on August 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I took the survey

  20. Vanessa De La Rosa on August 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Done! 🙂

    And I have already saved this recipe to go along with my veggie chili.

  21. stepfanie on August 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Just pinned this! However, it’s not vegan since it contains honey.

  22. Ali S on August 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Survey = complete!

    I am very looking forward to more pumpkin happening in my life asap! This is a recipe I think I’ll try!

  23. Allison on August 29, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Survey is done! So glad to see someone else besides me is already in the Fall spirit with the pumpkin!

  24. Michelle Rae on August 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Completed the survey! I have been dying to make something pumpkin!

  25. amber conger on August 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Survey done! Love the blog 🙂

  26. Alexandria on August 29, 2014 at 11:23 am

    survey complete. this recipe looks YUMMY! thanks for having so many gluten free options. 🙂

  27. Sarah on August 29, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I took the survey!

  28. Chantelle Welp on August 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

    This pumpkin cornbread sounds amazinggggg! Definitely saving for when Louisiana drops below 80 degrees 😉 Survey complete!

  29. Charlotte on August 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Did the survey! Loved getting to share my opinions!

  30. Sam on August 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

    All done! This cornbread looks great – cornbread is one of my favourite foods, so I can’t wait to try it!

  31. Jessica on August 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Done the survey. Definitely looking forward to trying out the cornbread!

  32. Jennifer L on August 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I took the survey!
    I have never thought of a pumpkin cornbread. I am intrigued!

  33. Allison Galassie on August 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Took the survey!

  34. Amanda M. on August 29, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Survey Done! Hooray for pumpkin!!

  35. LJ on August 29, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Unfortunately I am very unlikely to try the cornbread. No one else in my family likes pumpkin (they are so weird) and I’d just end up eating it all…

    I did the survey, I hope it helps you, Gina. You are doing such a fantastic job with the blog. I just love it. One thing to include in maybe a future survey: I read your blog via RSS and it was not mentioned in the options for reading frequency. I visit the blog mostly only to mark the recipe posts as favorites or print them or to comment. But I read everything you post!

  36. Yvonne on August 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

    There is no shame in my game.. I will always invite the pumpkin and sweet potato in early 🙂 Survey taken! Thanks for this wonderful blog..

  37. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Baking with almond meal flour is the best! Going to pin and make this one later for sure. Have a good one!

  38. Alyssa on August 29, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Survey complete! Thanks for the recipe inspiration–I may try to make a more Paleo-friendly version!

  39. Amber Schumann on August 29, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I am soooooo stoked for fall and EVERYTHING pumpkin (i stocked up on fall cozies in the last Nordstrom sale). My favorite annual adventure is the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival in October (which always falls of the week of my birthday). This year it’s ON my 30th birthday, and putting the cherry on top by running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in SF the day after. FALL PLEASE GET HERE SOON!!!!!

    In other news, survey done 🙂

  40. Emily on August 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Survey complete! I always forget how much I love cornbread, and how delicious it is alongside chili. Will definitely try this next time!

  41. ErikaMC on August 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I completed the survey.

    I love cornbread and I love pumpkin so I bet the two together are amazing!

  42. Julie on August 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Took the survey.

  43. Katie on August 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Survey completed!

  44. Amanda on August 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I completed the survey!

  45. Kalynn C. on August 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I took your survey!!

  46. april on August 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    pumpkin cornbread sounds SO delicious! it would pair perfectly with a batch of veggie chili.

    i completed the survey. 🙂

  47. Erin on August 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    The cornbread sounds so good! Will definitely be making! And I took the survey.

  48. katelyn on August 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm


  49. Kari F on August 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Survey completed!

  50. Maryz on August 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Just added all ingredients to my shopping list…can’t wait to make it!
    Survery completed!

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