Wholesome Gluten and Dairy Free Cornbread

slice of gluten free cornbread held up above the skillet of hot cornbread
Cheri Moore

Written by Cheri Moore

February 11, 2024

Make your own gluten and dairy free cornbread, baked goods, and fried foods with freshly milled grains like cornmeal.

bowl of gluten free cornbread sticks

My gluten and dairy free wholesome cornbread has a texture so light, moist, and sweet that my husband calls it corn cake. In the past, I baked cornbread using organic cornmeal that was a bit large and gritty. After I purchased the Mock Mill, I was thrilled to learn that it was powerful enough to mill corn grits, polenta, into a fine flour. Now after just one bite, I find it almost impossible to stop eating this delicious bread.

Wholesome Gluten Free Cornbread

Eat all you want of this wholesome gluten and dairy free cornbread with just the right amount of sweetness. Wholesome because according to WebMD, one ear of corn has 7 milligrams of vitamin C; lutein and zeaxanthin protect the lens of your eyes helping prevent cataracts.

Since making up my mind these past few months to only eat organic, I was relieved to find organic 100% corn tortillas made by LaTortilla Factory. I am looking forward to someday creating my own.

If you would like to make your own tortillas and can tolerate some gluten, try this delicious Einkorn sourdough tortilla recipe.

Ingredients for Gluten and Dairy Free Cornbread

1/3 cup high-heat oil (grapeseed, sunflower, safflower)

2 eggs

1 cup dairy free milk (almond cashew is high protein)

2/3 cup of organic cane sugar

1 cup of gluten free flour such as millet or oat flour

1 cup of organic cornmeal

3 & 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder

1 tsp sea salt 

Directions for Gluten and Dairy Free Wholesome Cornbread

Before you start making this gluten and dairy free wholesome cornbread, read through the whole recipe because the very first ingredient, oil, is measured first but is used last. That tip gives this cornbread the perfect texture.

Measure 1/3 cup of high-heat oil like Grape seed oil or safflower oil.


Pour 1/3 cup of oil into a cast iron skillet or oven safe pan and set aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

1/3 cup of oil poured into cast iron skillet

While the oven is preheating, mix the ingredients in a metal bowl. You must use a metal bowl because hot oil is poured into the cornbread mixture at the end of the recipe.

Break 2 eggs into a metal bowl.

2 eggs in a metal bowl

Add 2/3 cup organic sugar.

2/3 cup of sugar measured out into a measuring cup

Measure 1 cup of dairy free milk. If you need additional help keeping your blood sugar stable, almond cashew milk has 10 grams of protein.

1 cup non dairy milk

Now, pour the 1 cup of milk into eggs. Then, mix with a whisk or fork.

Pour milk into a metal bowl

Pour in 1 cup of milled cornmeal flour into the metal bowl.

1 cup cornmeal

Since I add sugar to this delicious gluten and dairy free cornmeal batter, oat flour’s high fiber content is the best choice for keeping your blood sugar more stable. I have also had success with millet flour. If you use a store bought gluten free flour, the texture will be a bit heavier.

Experiment to learn what your family prefers.

Measure 1 cup of gluten free flour. Then, pour the cup of flour into the cornbread batter and mix.

1 cup gluten free flour

Preheat Your Cast Iron Skillet

Before adding the rest of the ingredients into the cornbread batter, put your cast iron skillet filled with 1/3 cup of oil into the preheated oven.

Set timer for 4 minutes. Now, continue making your cornbread batter.

Warm oil and cast iron skillet in the oven

Continue Combining Ingredients

Now, add 1 tsp of salt to the gluten free cornbread batter.

1 tsp salt

Add 3 & 1/2 tsp baking powder and mix until the cornbread batter looks creamy.

3 & 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

Put the metal bowl on the stove or a cookie sheet, because the bottom of the metal bowl gets hot. Carefully pour hot oil into the gluten free cornbread batter. Then, put the hot cast iron skillet back down on the stove. Immediately mix cornmeal batter with a whisk or fork until the oil is thoroughly mixed into the batter.

add hot oil to gluten free cornbread batter

Do you see how the hot oil expanded the batter activating the baking powder?

While pouring the cornmeal batter into the hot skillet, be careful to hold the top of the bowl. Use a rubber spatula to remove all the batter.

Pour the gluten free cornbread batter into the hot skillet.

Now, put the hot skillet of cornmeal batter into the oven. The hot pan gives the crust of the cornbread an amazing texture sealing in the moisture.

Set the timer for 20 minutes.

gluten free cornbread baking in the oven in cast iron skillets

You know the cornbread is done when it has pulled away from the edges of the pan. The top of the cornbread should look golden brown with a few small cracks.

I like to keep the gluten free cornbread hot throughout the meal by leaving it in the cast iron skillet. After we eat, I allow it to cool for an hour or longer on a cooling rack.

slice of gluten free cornbread

There is nothing like the flavor of hot buttery, sweet cornbread on a cold winter day with a bowl of soup or delicious chili. In our family, gluten and dairy free cornbread is a must with a plate of fried fish or crab cakes.

meal of cornbread, fish, carrots, and steamed squash

Printable Recipe Card

slice of gluten free cornbread held up above the skillet of hot cornbread

Wholesome Gluten and Dairy Free Cornbread

Cheri Moore
Wholesome, freshly milled grains in this light and moist gluten free cornbread is perfect with just about any meal all year long.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 People


  • 1 Metal or glass bowl
  • 1 Cast iron skillet


  • 1/3 cup high heat oil grapeseed, sunflower, safflower, etc.
  • 1 cup dairy free milk almond cashew milk is high in protein
  • 2/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup gluten free flour millet, oat, or an GF all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup organic cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoons aluminum free baking powder


  • Measure out 1/3 cup of high-heat oil and pour into a cast iron skillet or an oven safe skillet. Then, set aside
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Farhenheit
  • While the oven is preheating, break 2 eggs into a metal or glass bowl
  • Add 2/3 cup of organic cane sugar
  • Add 1 cup of dairy free milk
  • Mill 3/4 cup of course cornmeal to create 1 cup of freshly milled cornmeal flour. Then, add cornmeal flour to the bowl.
  • Measure out 1 cup of your chosen gluten free flour and add it to the mixing bowl.
  • Once your oven has preheated, place your oven safe skillet(s) on the middle oven rack to preheat for about 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add 1 teaspoon of salt to the mixing bowl.
  • Now, add 3½ teaspoons of baking powder and mix all ingredients together until batter looks smooth and creamy.
  • Remove the hot skillet from the oven and pour the hot oil into the mixing bowl. Immediately whisk oil into mixture. You will see the mixture expand as the hot oil activates the baking powder.
  • Once the oil is fully incorporated into the mixture, pour the gluten and dairy free cornbread batter into the hot skillet.
  • Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until golden on top

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