Vegan Caramelized Onion Cornbread Recipe

Caramelized onion vegan cornbread recipe via alignyo
Recipes by Jenne Claiborne

Here’s a tasty vegan cornbread recipe from chef Jenné Claiborne of Sweet Potato Soul to serve alongside your favorite cold weather soups and stews. This delicious Caramelized Onion Cornbread would go perfect with a big bowl of hearty black bean chili. Jenné suggests making the caramelized onion ahead of time.

Caramelized Onion Vegan Cornbread

Makes 12 muffins or a standard 9x9 baking pan

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup caramelized onions (recipe below)
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or local honey
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil

Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease & flour a muffin pan. Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl; stir in the applesauce, onions, soy milk, and sweetener. Slowly add the oil while stirring. Pour the mixture into the muffin pan or baking pan. Gently drop a bit more caramelized onion on top of the batter.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the crown of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.  

Balsamic Caramelized Onions 

  • 2 Yellow Onions, cut lengthwise in thin strips
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar 

In a large skillet heat the Olive Oil on high heat and tilt pan to make sure the entire bottom is coated with oil. 

Add the onion, and with a spatula stir to coat. Reduce fire to medium-low. Add sugar and a few pinches of salt, stir, and cover the onions for about 3 minutes to speed the cooking process. Remove lid and stir a bit. Do not cover the onions. Stir the onions lightly every 10 minutes. 

After about 30 minutes you'll have a pan of golden brown onions reduced significantly. Move the onions to one side in the skillet. Pour a bit of Balsamic Vinegar onto the pan and scrape with the spatula to deglaze, then stir the onions into the glaze.

About the Author

Jenne Claiborne

Jenné Claiborne is a health coach, vegan chef and cooking instructor based in New York City. She helps her clients unleash their inner vegan- that vibrant, confident and healthy part of themselves- with delicious, beautiful and nourishing food. On her vegan food blog, Sweet Potato Soul, she shares delicious healthy recipes inspired by her Southern upbringing and world travels. She also has a vegan cooking show on Youtube. Follow Jenné on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Pinterest.


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