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

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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

Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  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 🙂

Notes

  • 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 🙂

Nutrition

  • 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

xoxo

Gina 

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

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