Beans and cornbread, beans and cornbread! Ok, there’s no beans. Just cornbread. But I can’t think cornbread without thinking beans n’ cornbread.

What? No Tosh fans? Pssh.

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There’s still a good reason for thinking of beans and cornbread together- they were pretty much made for each other.

A while back I posted a recipe for vegetarian chili and served it along side some cornbread muffins. And then I didn’t post a recipe. {Ok, I used a box. But I DO have a recipe for you.}

vegetarian beans and cornbread

So here’s my recipe for vegan cornbread.

how to make cornbread

Now, you think cornbread would be simple- as in just one basic variety, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Sure they all start with cornmeal and some kind of liquid, but then there’s sweet cornbread, savory cornbread, spicy cornbread, Southern cornbread, Northern cornbread, cornbread with corn, cornbread with cheese…you get the idea.

cornbread recipe

My favorite kind of cornbread is the kind that’s slightly sweet; moist, but somehow a little dry; and soft.

But that kind of cornbread is best eaten plain- it doesn’t pair up so nicely with a big bowl of chili.

This cornbread recipe is what you want to serve with chili- it has a hint of sweetness, but it’s barely noticeable. It doesn’t compete with the spicy flavors of the chili. It’s a little dense, to make it perfect for scooping up a bite of chili without it crumbling to pieces, and it’s hearty enough to stand up next to a big bowlful of beans.

Vegan Cornbread

Vegan Cornbread


  • 1 cup cornmeal {stone ground if you have it}
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 6 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil


  1. Place cast iron skillet in oven and preheat to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix together flax meal and water; set aside.
  3. Stir vinegar into soymilk; set aside.
  4. Mix dry ingredients.
  5. Mix wet ingredients, then gently stir into dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix.
  6. Remove skillet from oven and coat with cooking spray or non dairy butter.
  7. Pour batter into skillet and spread evenly.
  8. Bake for ~16 minutes until edges start to turn golden brown. Tester should come out clean.

skillet cornbread

If you don’t have a skillet, you can use a regular pan, but a skillet will get you those nice crunchy edges.

vegan cornbread












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What kind of cornbread do you prefer? And more importantly, do you watch Tosh?