If you’re a fan of cornbread, you’re going to love these vegan cornbread muffins! They’re insanely easy to make—we’re talkin’ just a few minutes of active work—and are very budget friendly. They store beautifully in the freezer so they’re also great for weekend batch cooking and meal prep. And did we mention they’re absolutely delicious? They’ve been tested in many kitchens with 5-star reviews across the board.
These are a spicy spin on the basic vegan cornbread recipe from The Friendly Vegan Cookbook (the cookbook I wrote with my dear friend Toni Okamoto from Plant-Based on a Budget). My husband always calls dibs on the corner pieces of cornbread, so I thought I’d try spooning the cornbread batter into muffin tins so every one could be like a corner piece.
And guess what? The vegan cornbread batter transitioned from bread to muffins perfectly. It even makes a perfect dozen muffins. And they got even better with an added kick of spice from diced jalapeño.
These vegan jalapeño cornbread muffins check every box, so gather up the ingredients and let’s start baking!
Flaxseed Meal – Instead of eggs, we’re using our go-to alternative: ground flaxseeds mixed with water. You can find ground flaxseed meal at the grocery store and it’s one of those staple ingredients I always have in my kitchen (store them in the fridge). This recipe calls for two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds mixed with water, and when you let that sit for several minutes, it will thicken and gel up slightly and will act just like eggs in the recipe.
Cornmeal – This is cornbread after all, so of course we’ll need cornmeal! Cornmeal is essentially ground up dried corn. It’s a more course grain than flower, but combines beautifully with all-purpose flour in this recipe (1:1 ratio) to create the perfect vegan cornbread muffins.
Jalapeños – Jalapeños kick up this cornbread with a nice dose of spice! Definitely remove the seeds before dicing up your jalapeños though unless you want really spicy bread. The majority of the spice of these peppers reside in the seeds—but even with the seeds removed there’s a good amount of spice the muffins!
Corn Kernels – These are optional but they do add a nice textural element to the muffins, so I prefer adding them in. You can use frozen corn kernels or canned corn. If using canned corn, strain them fully before adding (you can even pat them dry so they don’t add extra liquid to the recipe).
If you’re not a jalapeño lover, simply leave them out. I’ve made this recipe without jalapeño many times and it’s absolutely delicious! The recipe (minus the jalapeño) stays the same.
Have a hankering for some cheesy goodness? If you can get your paws on a some vegan cheddar cheese, feel free to shred it up and mix it in with the jalapeño and corn kernels in Step 4.
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