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Summer Vegetable Cornbread

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A delicious vegetable cornbread utilizing Summer and Fall produce.  It is the perfect dinner side dish.

vegetable cornbread 3I know the title says “Summer,” but hear me out.

vegetabe cornbread 6This cornbread recipe utilizes fresh produce from your Summer garden, but it also happens to be produce that is available year round.  Anything “Summery” just sounds extra appealing to me.  Plus, we still officially have a good week left of Summer, right? 😉

vegetable cornbread 7I am a major cornbread lover, especially when paired alongside chili and my favorite soups.  The only problem, though, is that it is actually quite difficult to find a good boxed or homemade cornbread recipe that is both vegetarian and vegan.  Many boxed recipes contain animal lard, while homemade recipes almost always call for milk and/or honey.

vegetable cornbread 5Not this one!  This homemade cornbread is both vegetarian and vegan, is made with minimal ingredients, and is a bit jazzed up with the addition of two of my favorite Summertime vegetables: zucchinis and green peppers!

We eat zucchini bread for breakfast and dessert, so why not eat it in our cornbread?  And I am sure you have heard great things about jalapenos in cornbread.  This one is slightly different with the utilization of green peppers- though I am sure both jalapenos or serranos would be delicious too!

vegetable cornbreadSummer Vegetable Cornbread
Adapted from this recipe. 

Servings: 9


1 cup cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 TB coconut sugar
1 TB baking powder
1/2 cup shredded zucchini (about 1/2 of a small zucchini)
1/8 cup green bell pepper, finely diced
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup unsweetened natural applesauce
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.  Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder.  Mix well.

3. Stir in zucchini and bell pepper.

4. Add milk, applesauce, and maple syrup.  Stir until well-combined.

5. Pour into baking dish and bake, uncovered, for approximately 20 minutes.  Ensure that a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.  Set aside to cool or eat it right out of the oven (highly recommended).

vegetable cornbread 4As I mentioned above, this is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite bowl of soup.  And now that Fall and Winter are right around the corner, soup and cornbread are something that I want to be eating on a weekly basis.  I love me some good ‘ole original cornbread, but it is nice to mix things up every now and then.

vegetable cornbread 10Normally I would recommend eating one slice at a time.  But hey, if you want to go for three then that is totally your business.  I definitely won’t judge!

vegetable cornbread 9Is anyone else a major lover of the edge pieces?  It’s strange because I really don’t like edge pieces for cake or brownies.  But give me an edge piece of cornbread and I am a happy girl!

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles September 16, 2014, 6:11 am
    Ohh I like this! And my son will too. And, I have all of the ingredients right now (aside from needing the vegetable part which is easy enough to grab). I would have to use regular skim milk since I am allergic to almonds but that's just fine. I must try this out soon. Love corn anything. I absolutely love corn bread pudding at Thanksgiving. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Organize Your Life To Organize Your MindMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 16, 2014, 3:22 pm
      I have never had corn bread pudding.. do you have a recipe you recommend??
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine September 16, 2014, 6:45 am
    Ummm yum!!! Cornbread is basically a staple food item in our house and I love that you snuck in some veggies ;) Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...#53 Treat Yourself TuesdayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 16, 2014, 3:24 pm
      After I made this I wondered why I do not make cornbread more often. It is super easy and SO delicious. I could eat it with every single meal ;)
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 16, 2014, 8:57 am
    Cornbread is a favorite of mine, especially when the weather gets colder. I love the added veggies in this recipe!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 16, 2014, 3:57 pm
      Cornbread is a MUST with cold weather... that and soup!
  • Joanna @Makingmine September 16, 2014, 10:18 am
    Oh how I love cornbread! I have always gone the easy way out with a Jif mix - this sounds amazing though! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...the best parenting advice i’ve ever receivedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 16, 2014, 3:58 pm
      I used to do that... until I realized that has animal lard in it :(
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul September 16, 2014, 12:52 pm
    I just had some cornbread at Wheatfields the other day. It has made me really want to make my own. Thanks for the recipe! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Fall Fashion PicksMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 16, 2014, 4:02 pm
      Oh I bet their cornbread is SO good!!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien September 16, 2014, 5:14 pm
    I LOVE the thought of zucchini in cornbread! I'm gonna make this and pretend summer will never end!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 17, 2014, 10:27 am
      Yes, I figured zucchini is great in bread and muffins, so why not in cornbread??
  • Linz @ Itz Linz September 16, 2014, 9:18 pm
    i loooove me some cornbread! Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted...$75 Kmart Gift Card Giveaway | Kmart LayawayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl September 17, 2014, 10:30 am
      You and me both!! It is a MUST for the Fall/Winter months.

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