Nothing pairs better with Vegan Chili comfort food than a warm piece of Vegan Maple Cornbread! Cornbread was a favorite of mine growing up, so knowing how to make a plant-based version has become essential! 

Vegan Maple Cornbread | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt

Using Maple Syrup Instead Of Granulated Sugar

     Your average cornbread recipe is going to call for using granulated sugar. I really wanted to find a better alternative to that for this recipe. Granulated sugar is highly processed, and contains absolutely nothing beneficial for you.  Maple syrup, however, contains higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals. In moderation (small amounts), it can lower inflammation, supply nutrients, and better manage blood sugar. 

     In addition, not only is maple syrup better for you, it also creates a fantastic taste for this cornbread recipe! I love how the maple compliments anything spicy and savory (particularly when paired with our Vegan Lentil Chili). 

Vegan Maple Cornbread | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt

Vegan Egg Replacers For Baking

     Vegan egg replacers can be tricky. Sometimes, they don’t yield the right consistency that we need, which can be frustrating! 

     For this cornbread recipe, I tried a new (to me) technique using ground flax. If you are familiar with baking, you may be familiar with creating ‘Flax Eggs’. 

A Flax Egg is 3 Tablespoons Water to 1 Tablespoon Ground Flax Seed

     In this recipe, I first boiled the water, then I added the ground flax seed and stirred while the mixture simmered. It quickly congealed into an egg-white texture that was perfect for the cornbread! I believe the heat helped give the flax a good stickiness that is hard to achieve without heat. 

     If you have a sensitivity to flax, or would prefer using chia seeds, the same technique can be applied using ground chia seeds. I have never seen ground chia sold before, but you can easily put your chia seeds in a blender and process them into a ground mixture first. Do not use whole seeds for this. They must be ground! If you only have whole flax seeds, you can easily grind them in a blender or food processor (which is what I had to do for this recipe). 

Vegan Maple Cornbread | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt

Gluten Free?

     If you are gluten free, you can easily replace the flour in this recipe with Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. I would not recommend subbing in nut flours for this recipe, because it will become too dense. All of the rest of the ingredients are gluten-free.