Pumpkin Cranberry Cornbread

pumpkin cranberry cornbread

I tried making Pumpkin Waffles from a cookbook I have. I opened a giant can of pureed pumpkin for the 1/4 cup of pumpkin I needed for the recipe. So naturally when the recipe flopped I was kind of disappointed and felt like the whole can was a waste.

So then I used another cup of pumpkin puree in this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. I brought those to work so that I didn’t have the temptation to eat them all myself. I think they were a hit at work. Either that or everyone didn’t want to hurt my feelings so they choked them down. (Doubt that.)

Even after making those blah waffles and those tasty cookies I still had a lot of pumpkin puree left.

Meanwhile I’d decided that I wanted to make cornbread with the fresh cranberries I’d picked up the day before on a whim. So then I got to thinking …

cranberries + cornbread + pumpkin = deliciousness

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like all kinds of amazing to me.

I found this basic cornbread recipe on AllRecipes.com and ran with it.

pumpkin cranberry cornbread

Pumpkin Cranberry Cornbread
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The perfect fall dinner bread - cranberries, pumpkin, cornbread.
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup whole fresh cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease an 8x8 baking pan with oil.
  3. Combine cornmeal, gluten-free flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Toss in whole fresh cranberries.
  4. Add vinegar to the almond milk. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add baking soda to the soured milk.
  5. In a smaller bowl whisk pureed pumpkin with grapeseed oil. Add milk/soda mixture and whisk.
  6. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring to combine.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes until golden brown and when tested, a pick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

This was a nice and fluffy cornbread recipe, thanks to all that baking powder. The original recipe I based this on called for one egg but I didn’t bother using egg replacer because I was adding in pumpkin and sometimes pureed pumpkin is used as an egg replacer in recipes anyway. It worked out. I would have liked to use more than just one quarter cup of pumpkin puree but I was worried it would make the bread too moist and dense and I am glad I stuck to my instincts. The whole fresh cranberries brighten up this bread and aren’t too tart.

gluten free pumpkin cranberry cornbread

I attempted making this recipe with a different cornbread recipe to start from. It was from a vegan cookbook. And it was horrible. *sad face* I really wanted it to turn out but it didn’t. It was almost like firm polenta but worse. Levi ate it with maple syrup and without complaint. Then, because I’m super stubborn, I made it again the same day using this recipe above. When Levi saw it come out of the oven he was impressed – then he felt ripped off that he’d filled up on the ‘crappy cornbread’. I probably shouldn’t laugh at his expense but I found that really hilarious. He should be more picky, no?

The above recipe though is pretty dang awesome. No crappy cornbread there. I hope you all enjoy it.

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21 Responses to “Pumpkin Cranberry Cornbread”

  1. saskgatz
    October 22, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    He’s just being smart. Smart husbands don’t criticize their wife’s cooking!

    • October 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

      Bravo Steve. You know how it works! ;-)

  2. October 22, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I didn’t grow up eating a sweet cornbread, but this recipe makes me think I should give it a try! Mmm!

    • October 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      You know what, neither did I! I always had cornbread with chili growing up. You could easily reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe too and it would still be very good.

  3. October 26, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    This sounds amazing! I’m going to try swapping liquid stevia for the sugar. I just found a bag of cranberries in the freezer. (They were tucked behind my container of leftover pumpkin puree! Go figure!)

    • October 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      How perfect is that! I guess this recipe was meant to be made in your kitchen. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Cheryl Anne
    October 26, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I love finding new recipes to incorporate favorite ingredients like cranberries. Bonus that they’re part of a cornbread recipe. Looking forward to baking this for my family. Cheers!

    • October 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      Happy you found this recipe Cheryl Anne. I hope it’s one your family enjoys. :)

  5. Laurie
    November 8, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Made this and loved it! Am not a huge cornbread fan, but this is one I will be making again.

    • November 8, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Awesome to hear Laurie!

  6. Jackie
    November 17, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    Made this today and it came out great! I swapped out the sugar for agave nectar and it tasted great. All of my staff at the restaurant I manage gobbled it up before realizing it was gluten free/vegan/sugar free. Tehehe. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • November 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      That’s awesome to hear Jackie! Did you use the same amount of agave nectar as sugar when swapping?

      • December 25, 2012 at 2:38 am #

        I see on the side bar there that you got the test back for your daetghur. I had my daetghur done as well and just got the results last Friday. She was also positive, but she was DQ 8. I was DQ2. That means she got her gene from her father even though he has not really showed any symptoms. It just gets more interesting. Are you and your husband going to test? Maybe you both have the gene as well. We are testing our son next.

  7. Susan
    November 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I couldn’t find gluten-free all-purpose flour. Can I use gluten-free brown rice flour instead? Thanks!

    • November 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      You can. It might make for a more dense bread. If possible, I’d use a bit of cornstarch or tapioca starch too. Say do 2/3 cup of brown rice flour and 1/3 cup of cornstrach or tapioca starch. That should help with the texture a bit. Hope that helps. Enjoy!

  8. Jackie
    November 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi, Megan,

    I used the same amount of agave nectar. When I sub agave nectar for sugar in recipes I use the ligher syrup, though, instead of the amber. Usually this works just fine. And the bread didn’t taste overly sweet, though perhaps it was more moist than intended. New favorite recipe! Making it for Thanksgiving!

    • November 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      Excellent – thanks for letting me know the amount of agave nectar was the same. I am going to try it myself this week. :)

  9. Alyssa
    November 21, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Has anyone tried any other fruits besides the cranberries?


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