Saturday, January 18, 2014

Grain Free, Gluten Free, Paleo "Cornbread" (with No Corn!)

Here's a little something I cooked up this week that turned out *great* so I wanted to share it. We were having chili for dinner, and I often make either cornbread or corn muffins for the family to go with chili. However, I knew this would be terribly tempting for me, as I *love* cornbread with chili but I am currently trying to eat not only gluten free (no wheat flour) but also grain free (no corn, no rice flour, etc). I searched online until I found a recipe here that looked good and adapted it slightly (less honey, and subbed butter for coconut oil... which, if you are Paleo, you'd want to stick with the coconut oil, but I knew the kids would be more likely to eat it with less coconut taste and more familiar butter flavor). Here's the recipe:

Grain Free "Cornbread"

1 1/2 c almond meal/almond flour
1/3 c arrowroot flour
1/3 c plus 1 Tbsp coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt

Mix all of that together in a bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, mix the following:

1/4 c melted butter
2 Tbsp honey
3/4 c unsweetened almond milk (I used Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla)
3 beaten eggs

Then combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing just until combined and not over mixing. Pour into a greased 8 by 8 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, until the edges are golden and a knife stuck in the center comes out fairly clean.

Cut into 16 pieces and serve warm.

grain free cornbread gluten free Paleo

Looks like real cornbread, right?? I put it on the table and the kids dug in. They are used to me changing up my recipes and adding 'weird things' like zucchini in their brownies so they did ask me if it was different. I told them it was a new recipe. All of them ate it, one said it was "too moist" (he prefers dry, crumbly cornbread) and another ate half the pan and loved it. I personally thought it was amazing! I could not believe you could get something this similar to cornbread without any corn or flour. It was moist and had a nice texture and crumb and went very well with the chili. No, it is not exactly like cornbread, but it is close enough for me! The only thing I might change is I may use half plain almond milk next time. The vanilla was a bit much, even though I do often sometimes add vanilla extract to my cornbread.

Here's the stats for one square made as directed:

128 calories
4 g protein
9 g fat
9 g carbs
2.5 g fiber

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!


Jessica Snyder said...

This sounds so yummy! I can't wait to try it! I miss corn bread since switching to a clean eating lifestyle!
Jessica from

Primal Gwen said...

I'll be honest. I've stayed away from grain-free 'flours', because I'm afraid they could become slippery slopes for me. That said, I'm looking at this as a lifetime change, so I might change my tune down the line. LOL Thanks for a recipe, just in case! I love corn bread!

Lyn said...


oh I could totally have a problem with this kind of stuff. The only way this works for me is if there are not leftovers bothering me. And for this, there weren't! I was planning to freeze a piece for later but one of the kids took it in his lunch to work. Nothing left to tempt me :)

Anonymous said...

Mmm, that looks fab! I so miss cornbread after going GF and DF. I'd take out the eggs and use applesauce. Then I'd bake them in a muffin tin so any leftovers get immediately frozen so I won't be tempted. Then again, the husband would probably take care of the left overs for me. Carbs bounce right off him. Lucky bugger. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

It looks wonderful and I bet it tastes great...BUT...I can assure yo that I would not, not, not, not be able to stop at 1 two inch square.

I'm better off abstaining altogether. :{

Your recipes are always great, tho, so don't stop posting them. I've used several. Loved the yogurt, for instance.


Diana Swallow said...

This looks really good

Lori said...

That looks good. I'll have to try it. I've been making my own almond milk & flour. This will be a good test of them.

Thanks for sharing your recipes. I always enjoy trying them myself.

I hope your pain is gone.