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Recipe for Cornbread Muffins

The secret to making this recipe for Cornbread Muffins both delicious and nutritious is from using plant-based milks. Our recipe also calls for whole grain gluten free flour. More on that in a moment.

recipe for cornbread muffins

 How to Make the best recipe for Cornbread Muffins

Conventional cornbread muffins call for quite a bit of white sugar to sweeten the dough, white flour and lots of dairy-based milk. Here at Clean Cuisine, we are always look for ways to convert conventional recipes to clean eating.

Thankfully most of our substitute ingredients are one-for-one replacements. However, in this recipe we add some hemp seeds to boost the nutrition.

Hemp Seeds are the Secret to Making the Healthier Cornbread Muffins

The secret to making super healthy whole grain cornbread muffins that are dairy-free but still ultra-moist is to puree hemp seeds into the batter and to use hemp milk instead of milk or buttermilk. The hemp milk is so much healthier and “cleaner” than cow’s milk and the pureed hemp seeds contribute a rich and velvety texture.

Hemp Milk is also super easy to make using our homemade Hemp Milk recipe. If you would prefer to buy instead of make, you now have an incredibly tasty option. Check out the ready-made, such as Goodmylk Co. Hemp Milk. It is so tasty, creamy and nutritious.

hemp seed benefits

Hemp is High in Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fats

In case you are not an avid or even part-time hemp seed eater or hemp milk drinker, it is worth knowing that hemp is an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. It is also ultra rich in vitamins and minerals and a super clean source of protein.

Unlike low-fat or skim dairy milk, hemp milk has a rich and creamy taste. This is because unlike skim milk hemp milk contains fats—but it’s the “good” fats you want. The creamy-rich taste of hemp milk makes it the perfect substitute for just about any recipe where you would otherwise use watery-tasting skim milk.

Look for hemp milk in the non refrigerated boxed milk section of your supermarket or natural foods store.

recipe for cornbread muffins

Recipe for Cornbread Muffins Includes Hemp Seeds AND Hemp Milk

To make the absolute moistest and best recipe for cornbread muffins you will want to add pureed hemp seeds to your batter in addition to the hemp milk. You will need to use a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix or Luvele Blender) for the absolute best results when pureeing hemp seeds.

Want to learn more? Check out our Top 4 Hemp Milk Health Benefits here.

The Best Flour for the Best Recipe for Cornbread Muffins

It’s also important to use a whole grain flour for the best-tasting recipe for cornbread muffins. To read about the nutrition and culinary benefits of choosing whole grain flour plus our top 4 picks, click HERE.

gluten free flour

Most flour is derived from whole grains. Which to us, it is better to eat the whole grains themselves rather than eating the whole grain once it’s been refined into flour.

Sure, using whole grain flour is a far superior choice compared to the highly refined “enriched” flour most processed foods are made from. But all flour is going to be metabolized by your body differently than the unprocessed whole grain.

Our go-to measure for measure replacement flour is King Arthur Gluten Free Flour. It simply has the best replacement, tastes delicious, primarily whole grain ingredients and easy to find at your local market.

recipe for cornbread muffins

One Final Tip…

When making your recipe for cornbread muffins be sure to use stoneground cornmeal rather than the less nutritious regular cornmeal called for in the typical corn muffin recipe. Personally, I like Bob’s Red Mill brand stoneground cornmeal.

Ok, on with the recipe!


Recipe for Cornbread Muffins

Recipe for Cornbread Muffins is easy to make and whole grain nutritious. Plant-based milk paired with natural sweeteners is the perfect blend.

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 2 tablespoons raw, unfiltered Honey from Nature Nate’s
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds, like our favorite from Manitoba
  • 1 cup water
    • OR use 1 cup hemp milk to replace both the seeds and water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, such as Kirkland’s
  • 1 pastured organic egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup stoneground yellow cornmeal, such as Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1 cup 1-for-1 gluten free flour, like this one from King Arthur
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven 400 degrees. Liberally oil 8 muffin tins with extra virgin olive oil.
  2. In a high-speed blender, add the honey, hemp seeds, water, lemon juice, olive oil and egg. Process until smooth and creamy.
  3. In a medium-size bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the wet ingredients. Mix until moist.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake or they’ll be too dry!
  5. Remove cornbread muffins from muffin tins and serve warm with fresh honey.

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