Paleo Pumpkin “Cornbread”. (Gluten/Grain/Corn/Dairy Free)

Paleo Pumpkin  “Cornbread”.  (Gluten/Grain/Corn/Dairy Free)

So, let's talk about cornbread. Cornbread is hands-down one of my favorite things. I don't know what it is about it... slightly sweet, slightly salty...I just love it! Now that I'm mostly grain-free, I limit how much corn I eat.. which most of us know is also a common allergen for a lot of people. But, never fear! There's always a solution.

This recipe was honestly a happy accident. I was making a basic pumpkin muffin recipe and the first thing I thought of when I pulled them out of the oven was that they smelled a lot like cornbread....lightbulb! After a little tweaking, the Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread was born!

If you're like me and love cornbread, I promise you will love this recipe! It's a wonderful alternative and super versatile for flavor variations.

Paleo "Cornbread"


  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 2 Tablespoons of coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • big pinch of black pepper (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and pour into baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30-32 minutes until firm to the touch and lightly browned on the top.


Brittany Angell

18 comments | Leave your own

  1. Lisa Rybka

    Hi Brittany–I know you usually recommend substitutions if there are some…but in addition to wheat, tree nuts, shellfish, dairy and all spices–I had an anaphylactic reaction to eggs a week ago. Do you have any recommendations on subs for the eggs? I normally sub 1 tbsp baking powder mixed with 1 tbsp vinegar/lemon juice per egg. Just wondering how that might impact the recipe since it uses coconut flour and I am new to baking with coconut flour and egg free. Thanks!

  2. Lisa

    :-(. Thanks Brittany. I am finding paleo baking pretty daunting since I’m allergic to tree nuts…and now eggs too. Argh!!!

  3. Nicole

    Hi Brittany – Any subs for the coconut palm sugar? I’m on a strict no sugar diet (of any kind) – would Xylitol or a stevia baking blend work? Thanks for all you do!

    Lisa – Have you tried duck eggs? I’m allergic to chicken and chicken eggs, but have no problems with duck eggs. It’s been a life saver for me as I’m gluten and dairy allergic too! I get them at my co-op.

  4. Jackie

    Thank you for this recipe! I try not to use a lot of nuts as they don’t agree with me, and I’ve been looking for an easy, coconut flour-based “cornbread”. This looks absolutely perfect – can’t wait to pop it in the oven! I would love to see more coconut flour recipes from you as everything you post always looks so delicious 🙂

  5. Laurie

    NIIIIIICE!!!!! I’m putting this at the top of my week-end baking list! Love your blog! 🙂

  6. JoeM

    This is exactly what I was looking for. The only thing that turns me away is the addition of starch. I wonder how it would do if I just omitted it? Also, what honey would do to the flavor? Thanks.

  7. Lana

    I had my doubts about this one, made it tonight with soup. Unbelievable!! Three of us ate the whole pan and it did taste like cornbread~you’re a genius 🙂

  8. Kelli @ Confections + Coffee

    I have a question! I was wondering if you could replace the arrowroot with corn meal? I know that would take away the “paleo” aspect, but my diet is not as strict when it comes to corn grain.

    Thanks! This recipe looks great! Can’t wait to try it!

  9. Stacey

    Can almond sub for coconut? My son is allergic to corn and coconut. I’m hoping we gain coconut back this week with his allergy testing.

  10. Jeannette

    Really good substitute for corn bread. I used honey, because that’s what I had, it was a little sweeter than I would have liked, but really good

  11. Lisa

    This sounds delicious! Just pulled some sweet potatoes out of the garden and boiled and mashed them up this past weekend. Might use some instead of pumpkin and see how it turns out.

  12. Aisha

    OMG!!!!! I made this last night and just about ate the whole thing. I used honey since it was the only thing I had on hand and omitted the sage and it was SO GOOD. My southern sensibilities have been satisfied to the point where I think I am a little obsessed. I have to make another loaf tonight. Thank you, thank you, and keep the recipes coming.

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