Who else loves corn bread?

In my small hometown in Connecticut, there was a nearby restaurant called The Shack (If you are ever in South Eastern CT, PLEASE look it up and go because it is amazing). They make the best corn bread! I love it. But I know it is smothered in butter, oil and fat.

I always loved to make corn bread and pulled pork for the super bowl. Begin vegan, I can’t have that pulled pork anymore (which is totally fine), but I can still have and enjoy my corn bread! This year I’m thinking I will have corn bread, my eggplant buffalo dip and a huge heap of vinegar coleslaw! Yes, that will satisfy me for game day 🙂

This corn bread is a much healthier, lightened up version using just a few simple ingredients. I really wanted to keep it as simple as possible and use many ingredients I’m sure you already have lying around your house.

We start with corn meal- stone ground I like and make sure that the only ingredient is corn! Organic is best. The recipe is equal parts corn meal and any other flour will do. I usually use all purpose flour, but you can use spelt, gluten free, whatever you want.

Add all your dry ingredients in a bowl and then simply add in the wet which is just unsweetened applesauce and plant based milk. I used almond and it adds a nice sweetness to the bread. Mix it all up and add it into a pan and pop it in the oven. In about 18 minutes you will have some delicious, oil-free corn bread that is ready to eat!

Easy Oil-Free Corn Bread

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Melissa Crowe


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk


  1. Add all the dry ingredients into a medium bowl and mix to combine.

  2. Add in the wet and stir until it just comes together.

  3. Pour into a lightly greased or parchment lined 8x8 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  4. Slice it up into 9-12 pieces and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I always keep the little apple sauce containers on hand (the ones you'd give your kid to in their lunchbag). Tt is a perfect thing to have on hand for quick desserts and they last a long time in the pantry. Oh, and they are perfectly measured for 1/2 a cup of applesauce!


Xo, Melissa

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