I wanted to make a cornbread to go along with my 3 Bean Vegan Chili that was sweet and contained no oil. Not an easy feat, but I think it turned out pretty good!
I have discovered coconut flour and if you tried the Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake recipe, you know the “icing” calls for adding it to create a coconut flavor.
The secret ingredient is….coconut flour
So I wondered if I used coconut flour, would it give it the save sweet flavor?
Yes, yes it does!
Coconut flour is pretty easy to find – I get mine at Kroger. But it is also available online if you can’t find it in your area.
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Use ground flax seed instead of eggs
Also, since this is a vegan recipe, I did not use eggs. Instead I add ground flax seed to help bind it together. You can mix ground flax with water to create a gooey texture to use as egg, but I just threw in the flax and mixed it all together. I’m lazy….
I also used coconut milk (refrigerated, not canned) to add more sweet coconut flavor. I did find that when using coconut flour & coconut milk, it required a lot more liquid to get to the desired consistency for baking. I’m not sure if that was because of the ground flax or coconut flour, but I just had to keep adding coconut milk until it was right at about 3 cups.
I also did not add salt, so if you desire a little salt to taste.
I used no-salt added canned corn because that’s what I had on hand, but you can definitely use frozen corn kernels instead.
Another good recipe to have with this cornbread is Southern Style Greens! Check out the recipe for Instant Pot Turnip Greens – delicious!
Vegan No-Oil Sweet Cornbread
- 1 cup corn meal
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 3 cups coconut milk (refrigerated kind)
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 375º F. Lightly spray an 8X8 baking dish with olive oil cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Pour mixture into baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and it is a light golden color.Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
There are chunks of corn in it? Can you leave that out? I don’t like mixing textures, lol. Unwholesome surprises.
Yes you can definitely just leave out the chunks of corn!
We have but allergies, any other kind of milk or flour you’d use? Cornbread is one of the things we really miss.
There are many types of plant-based milks out there. Oat milk is really popular with people who have allergies!
This sounds amazing! I’m wondering though, what could be used in the place of the ground flax seed? Applesauce maybe?
No the ground flax seed is really for the health benefits of the omega-3s and to kind of hold it together like an egg would. If you don’t have any, you could just try leaving it out. Ground chia seeds could work too.