Cheddar Butternut Squash Cornbread [Gluten Free]

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Cornbread is my secret weakness. Actually, all corn-based products are my secret weakness: grits (I KNOW, surprising to me, too), polenta (I am Italian, after all), grilled corn (duh) and of course… cornbread.

Cheddar Butternut Squash Cornbread [Gluten Free] | almost getting it together

Load this baby up with peanut butter and almond butter, duh.

My first foray into cornbread was probably a Jiffy box mix. I think I loved eating cornbread because I loved eating butter. (I actually can only think of two times in the past two years I’ve eaten butter on something.) My next foray into cornbread was recreating Magnolia Bakery’s cornbread which was amazing because it involved like a cup of sugar. I would add a can of creamed corn to be extra fancy.

Cheddar Butternut Squash Cornbread [Gluten Free] | almost getting it together

This cornbread goes perfectly with my Vegan Two Bean Pumpkin Chili.

This is the first time I’ve gotten cornbread right in a while with my own recipe. I am just not good at breads. Very every bread you see on this blog (which I think is maybe two, my Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread and Chocolate Chip Blueberry Banana Bread), there are about 10 failed bread recipes. A once asked if there was anything I wasn’t skilled at making – bread is one (pesto is the other).

Cheddar Butternut Squash Cornbread [Gluten Free] | almost getting it together

Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free & Oil Free Cornbread!

I don’t know what made me decide to throw cheese in this recipe but I am so glad I did. I was just thinking about cheesy bread and thought about cheesy grits and suddenly, I was over the bowl, grater in hand. I cannot get enough of this Cabot cheese right now. (I’ve also been eating it in a lot of kale salads and with apples for a snack – see guys, I’m not vegan!) Is cheesy cornbread wrong? If so, I don’t want to be right.

Cheddar Butternut Squash Cornbread [Gluten Free] | almost getting it together

Cheddar Butternut Squash Cornbread


5.0 from 2 reviews
Cheddar Butternut Squash Cornbread [Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 12 pieces
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup butternut squash purée
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 oz + 1 oz Cabot Legacy White Oak Cheddar Cheese, shredded.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp pink Himalyan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together cornmeal, gluten free flour blend, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, almond milk and maple syrup.
  5. Pour egg mixture into the well of the cornmeal/flour mixture. Add pureed butternut squash, applesauce and 5 ounces (that's five servings!) of the cheese to bowl and fold until combined.
  6. Pour mixture in prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until top begins to brown or a fork inserted comes out clean.

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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55 comments on “Cheddar Butternut Squash Cornbread [Gluten Free]

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on January 26, 2015 9:18 am

I so love the applesauce and butternut squash puree added into this loaf – which, by the way, looks and sounds FANTASTIC!

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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:54 am

That is such a compliment coming from you!

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Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite on January 26, 2015 9:19 am

This looks so yummy! Cheese and cornbread seems like the perfect combo!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:53 am

It definitely is, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner!

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Alanna on January 26, 2015 9:26 am

Craving cornbread like no other lately!! Loving this healthier recipe and with cheese?? Yes, please!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:51 am

Let me know if you try it!! Guilt-free cornbread… heck, cornbread that is GOOD for you!

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Farrah on January 26, 2015 9:43 am

Andddd…now I really want cornbread and chili. ._. This looks delicious!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:48 am

It makes me want to make it again!!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on January 26, 2015 9:59 am

This sounds so good. I really need to post my famous jalapeno cheddar cornbread recipe, don’t I??? #southerngirl
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:48 am

Um yes please, ASAP!

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Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog on January 26, 2015 10:00 am

This looks delicious! I’ve been craving soup lately. Just might have to give this a try! =)
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:48 am

Definitely give it a try, it makes soup night way more exciting.

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on January 26, 2015 10:17 am

Oh my gosh, I bet this is SO good!!! I love that you added butternut squash. I bet that tastes great and helps make it extra moist :)
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:48 am

Yes to both!! It was super moist… even if I hate that word haha.

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on January 26, 2015 10:25 am

I am 150% making this with my chedda. I love this Cabot love drop so much – I forgot how much I missed cheeeeese (I eat it about as often as you eat butter… just sayin).

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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:44 am

This Cabot love drop was the best. I cannot stop with the cheddar!!

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Janelle @ Run With No Regrets on January 26, 2015 10:49 am

This looks so amazing! I love cornbread, always have – but I need to learn to make it from scratch! Love this recipe!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:43 am

I promise it’s the simplest thing ever to make!

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Kim on January 26, 2015 12:21 pm

This recipe looks amazing!!! I hate chili, but I LOVE corn bread!!!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:43 am

Cornbread used to be the only reason I liked chili haha

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on January 26, 2015 12:22 pm

Wow. Delish! I do love a good cheesy carb. And the addition of squash? Nice work!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:43 am

Cheesy carbs are the best! Totally agree :)

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Jess @hellotofit on January 26, 2015 12:46 pm

I love cornbread!! This recipe looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing.
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:30 am

Hope you try it!

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Deanna Segrave-Daly on January 26, 2015 12:52 pm

So clever to add butternut squash puree to the mix – I bet it taste divine!

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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:29 am

I love adding hidden veggies :)

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Kay @ Kay Bueno on January 26, 2015 1:01 pm

This looks amazing, but you’re such a liar. :) All the breads I’ve eaten at your place have been delicious, but maybe some were a little less photogenic than others. Corn bread though, yum.
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:29 am

I really need to get my life together and either buy two more chairs or buy a bench like I planned and have you and Jon over for dinner lol.

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Olivia Schwab on January 26, 2015 1:07 pm

This looks incredible! I’m 100% going to try this recipe!! I love corn bread!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:25 am

Let me know what you think :)

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Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen on January 26, 2015 2:07 pm

I am OBSESSED with cornbread! And obsessed is an understatement…I love how healthy you made this and I never would have thought to use butternut puree…totally happening asap!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:25 am

I couldn’t eat the old Magnolia recipe… I’m sure it has 4348956798 calories.

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Debbie @ Live from La Quinta on January 26, 2015 5:24 pm

I do love cornbread but rarely eat it. I do think cornbread and cheese sound like a perfect match.
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:20 am

I rarely eat it too so making it was such a treat!

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Jessica @Myhealthypassion on January 26, 2015 9:25 pm

YUM!! These look so delicious!!!!!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:20 am

They were great!

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Rachael@AvocadoADayNutrition on January 26, 2015 10:17 pm

I love that you used applesauce and butternut squash to sweeten this! I live in the South where adding sugar to cornbread is considered off limits, but this looks like a delicious compromise.
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:20 am

Really? I would have thought the south would add it!

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Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating on January 26, 2015 11:59 pm

As a fellow cornbread addict, I approve! Never have I ever seen butternut squash in a cornbread recipe. But I’ve had a pumpkin cornbread before that was out of this world.
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:16 am

I just had a can and thought it would be a good add… I was right!

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on January 27, 2015 2:19 am

I love cornbread, too! I love it with butter and honey, or dipped in a bowl of chili. Soooo good!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:16 am

Yes butter and honey for sure!

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Cindys Recipes and Writings on January 27, 2015 7:00 am

This cornbread sounds amazing!
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Cassie on January 27, 2015 9:16 am

It definitely was!

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Jo @ Living Mint Green on January 27, 2015 3:28 pm

Mmmm, I could SO go for some of this right now. MAIL ME SOME?
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Whitney Carney on January 28, 2015 8:03 am

Love how you sneak veggies in everything! Totally making this this weekend.
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Simi @ The Micro Harvest on January 28, 2015 9:54 am

I cannot wait to try this recipe! YUM!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien on January 28, 2015 8:44 pm

Peaunut AND almond buttah…duh! Looks amazeee :)
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Arman @ thebigmansworld on January 29, 2015 5:16 pm

Mmmm I could use a loaf or ten of this right now. Damn paleo.
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 4:15 pm

Hmm… I guess corn isn’t paleo, right? I was trying to think of substitutes but literally this is all paleo all the time haha.

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Regan @ Cabot Creamery on January 30, 2015 9:23 am

I’m an absolute sucker for quick breads and cheese… this is the perfect blend of the two!!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:12 am

Me too… my cheese consumption is out of control since moving to SF but no part of me minds :)

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Kevin on February 11, 2015 8:32 am

Hmmmm that looks really yummy. Gonna have to give it a try . :)

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