gluten free grain free corn free cornbread

Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread Recipe

Gluten free cornbread is big in my family, especially come holiday season. But really, any time (especially according to my g-kid Julian) is the right time for cornbread.

At the beginning of this year, we did an article in Gluten Free & More Magazine on cornbread mix and match – we provided three basic gluten free cornbread recipes (classic, vegan, and grain and corn free) with add-ins so that one could create their own cornbread masterpiece.

When testing the recipes, I decided I should give them to my own cornbread aficionado, Julian, to see if they came up to his high standards. I already knew he loves my classic cornbread recipe and I felt pretty safe with the vegan version, as it still contained cornmeal, but the grain free, corn free recipe had me a little nervous.

I did not tell him it had no corn, I just gave him some and waited. Bottom line – he loved it!

This is a protein-rich recipe thanks to cage-free eggs (I like Nature’s Yoke) and almond flour and is a really great cornbread alternative for anyone giving up grains. It is also really simple to make!

Note: Commercial baking powder contains cornstarch, so for a truly corn free cornbread you need to make your own, but fear not, it is really simple. Just combine 2 parts cream of tartar, 1 part baking soda, and 1 part starch of your choice (such as arrowroot powder or tapioca starch). Whisk all ingredients together and put in a jar to store. Use as a one-to-one substitution whenever baking powder is called for in a recipe.

gluten free corn free grain free cornbread recipe

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gluten free grain free corn free cornbread
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Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • Gluten-free nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ cup unsalted butter or dairy-free butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 large cage-free eggs
  • cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch or arrowroot starch
  • 2 teaspoons grain-free baking powder see note in blog post above
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8- or 9-inch baking dish generously with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned and the top feels firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Cut into squares and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Grain Free Corn Free Cornbread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 217mg9%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  3. Donna
    October 9, 2017

    This GF Corn-free Cornbread is my families favorite. No ones stomach bothers them and very tasty. Plus very, very easy to make. Love this Cornbread

    1. Gluten Free & More
      October 11, 2017

      Thanks, Donna! Glad you and your family like it!

  4. Susie
    November 17, 2017

    I’m looking for a recipe to make cornbread to use for Thanksgiving dressing. I noticed this recipe calls for honey. Will it be too sweet to make dressing, and if so, could I just omit it? Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      November 20, 2017

      Hi Susie,

      I don’t think it will be too sweet, especially once you mix the cornbread with other ingredients to make your dressing. If you’d like, you could cut the amount of honey by a little bit but I wouldn’t omit it altogether or it might not be as flavorful. I hope you enjoy the recipe and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!


  5. Kristin
    October 18, 2019

    I might try this recipe with cassava flour for a sub for the almond flour. I need a recipe that is nut free. Any other suggestions?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      October 21, 2019

      Are you nut-free and grain-free? If not, I suggest one of my other cornbread recipes that uses gluten-free all-purpose flour. I’m not sure how cassava flour works in place of almond flour, I haven’t really tried it. You’re welcome to try it though, and if you do please share with us whether it worked well or not! Here’s a link to the other cornbread and cornbread related recipes I have:

  6. Donna
    November 3, 2019

    I’ve made this recipe many times . I have an allergy to grains and this a wonderful recipe !

  7. Elise Matthews
    February 7, 2020

    If you can’t have corn, this recipe is super easy and delicious. I follow exactly except I cut the honey to 2 TBSP. Makes great muffins too!

  8. Karen Hudson
    May 14, 2020

    I have recently started a Gluten-free and do not eat corn unless it is organic and we grow it ourselves. My husband used to love the cornbread I made when we were first married. I haven’t been able to duplicate the texture of cornbread until I tried your recipe tonight. We both love it. In fact, he asked if I’d make it again next week. I made some changes that I’ thought I’d share. I am allergic to bee products so instead of 3 Tbs of Honey I used 2 Tbs. of 100% pure maple syrup. We try to avoid dairy and don’t use butter alternatives, so I replaced that with olive oil (about 5). I also added 1/4 red and green bell pepper diced, and 1 diced green onion. It was yummy, and was great with my homemade chili recipe.

  9. Crystal
    May 31, 2021

    This was super yummy! Easy to follow instructions and tastes great. So excited to be able to eat “corn”bread again.

  10. Deb
    November 14, 2021

    My son-in-law is allergic to corn and has really missed cornbread. He loves this recipe. I can honestly say that if I didn’t know it was corn free I would never be able to tell. It was delicious!!!

    I did make a 1-1/4 size recipe for the 9″ pan and would probably make a 1-1/2 increase if I make it in my cast iron skillet like I usually do with cornbread.

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