Johnny Cake Muffins from The Mommy Bowl

Johnny Cake Muffins from The Mommy Bowl

Johnny Cake Muffins from The Mommy Bowl


Today for our March Muffin Madness event, I have the pleasure of sharing my friend Deanna’s (The Mommy Bowl) Johnny Cake Muffins! They’re gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian, with a refined sugar-free option.

Deanna is another blogger who I’ve admired for a long time and then had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with her in real life. And how that happened is pure serendipity. It’s what I call blogger serendipity, something which I’ve experienced a good number of times over the years and hope to keep experiencing in the future!

Shortly before Christmas 2 years ago, Deanna left a comment on my Key West Trip Report  (a summary of an earlier trip) saying that she was going to be in Key West the following week and had searched “Key West gluten free” and my post had popped up. She was so surprised that my post popped up and I was even more surprised to read her comment because we were also going to be in Key West the following week. Plus, I had just learned that another good gluten-free blogger friend, Johnna (In Johnna’s Kitchen), would be there as well. Needless to say, the three of us simply had to get together while we were in Key West. So we did and had a fantastic time! (Our family members were also in tow, including Deanna’s “the kiddo” who offers commentary and reviews on her blog.)

Deanna Schneider The Mommy Bowl

Deanna Enjoying Other Travels

What I love about Deanna and her blog is first and foremost her gift at creating delicious treats. Her treats often tend to be pretty healthy, but a while back she decided to not focus on “the rules” so much. I love her for that! (Gosh, we get so hung up on rules sometimes.) I also am always in awe of her ability to say so much with so few words. She is the queen of short posts that say exactly what they need to! Whenever I tell her that though, she dismisses the compliment, saying that she is simply brief out of necessity. So she’s humble, too, which is still a lovely personality trait in my book.

As far as Deanna’s recipes, I absolutely love her Banana Peanut Butter Bites (I make them using almond butter) and her Snickerdoodles  (swoon!). Oh and there’s her Pina Colada Smoothie! And Deanna’s Sugar Crunch Coffee Cake is one of the most popular posts on All Gluten-Free Desserts. A lot of her recipes came from her gluten-free spins or total re-creations of others’ recipes when she participated in the Secret Recipe Club. And she has terrific recipes other than sweets, too. I love her Super Concentrated Stock concept!

Enjoy Deanna’s recipe (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, and a 12-cup food processor—PLUS a Blendtec! Thanks you folks at Blendtec!!! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway, so if you’ve missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.)

And now let me turn it over to Deanna with her MMM contribution!

March Muffin Madness

First off, thanks to Shirley for hosting a whole month of muffins! I know I’ll be watching her blog to see what we have in store. The kiddo loves muffins, and I’m always looking for the next great recipe. I’m sure we’ll see tons of them this month!

On to the Story (and the Recipe)

When my mom was a young girl, her family did not have a lot of money to spare. Sweets and treats were the exception, not the norm. But, every year, right around March, the maple sap would start to flow, and great Uncle Johnny would get to work in the sugar shack. Of course, maple syrup was poured on pancakes. But, as a special treat during sugaring season, maple syrup would be drizzled all over Johnny cake. Now, Johnny cake is really just cornbread. And, my family certainly didn’t coin the name. But, I like to think we call it Johnny cake because of great Uncle Johnny and the maple syrup he shared with the family.

In my house, we don’t wait until March for our Johnny cake or our maple syrup splurges. We enjoy both year-round. And, with this simple recipe, you can, too.

Deanna’s Johnny Cake Muffins Recipe

Johnny Cake Muffins Close-up from The Mommy Bowl

Johnny Cake Muffins from The Mommy Bowl
Recipe type: Bread, Breakfast
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (palm or cane)
  • 1 cup (132 g) gluten-free cornmeal
  • ½ cup (45 g) blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup (60 g) sweet rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, coconut oil, eggs and sugar. Add the dry ingredients and stir until no lumps remain. It will be quite runny.
  3. Pour evenly into the muffin cups. (You may have a little leftover, depending on the size of your muffin cups.)
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  5. Break a warm muffin into pieces in a bowl, and pour on the maple syrup. Heaven, no?
Shirley here: I use gluten-free cornmeal from

This recipe is linked to Gluten-Free TuesdaysGluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, Whole Food Fridays

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77 Responses to “Johnny Cake Muffins from The Mommy Bowl”

  1. Ina gawne on March 6th, 2014 10:25 am

    Shirley – lovely johnny cake muffins – an easy recipe that sounds delicious too!

  2. Brenda on March 6th, 2014 1:18 pm

    Wow! These look delicious!

  3. Jeanne on March 6th, 2014 5:06 pm

    This looks like a delicious recipe and a site I’d like to follow! Thanks, Shirley!

  4. Sharon on March 6th, 2014 6:03 pm

    Those look so good to make with a bowl of chili as well!

  5. Kat on March 6th, 2014 6:23 pm

    Your recipe looks delicious. I have never really liked corn muffins etc. However your recipe has enough other flavors I think I just might love it. Thank you

  6. julie on March 6th, 2014 8:44 pm

    I had no idea they were cornbread muffins-now I want them even more!!

  7. Amanda (amethystjean) on March 6th, 2014 9:54 pm

    I have not tried Johnny Cakes or really corn bread but this looks better than I imagined and am excited to try it.

  8. Margaret on March 6th, 2014 10:50 pm

    The recipe sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

  9. Mari on March 7th, 2014 6:09 am

    Those look delightful. I am going to have to buy a mini muffin pan now. I can’t think of a time that wouldn’t be good for eating one or two of these. In my husband’s case, he wouldn’t be able to think of a time when eating six or eight would be a bad thing!

  10. Lynn on March 7th, 2014 11:36 am

    We tried these this morning. It reminded of the potato chip commercial… you can’t eat just one. Super-delicious.

  11. Lindsay Ham on March 7th, 2014 4:40 pm

    These look so great. I miss a good corn bread recipe!

  12. Jennifer Werstein on March 7th, 2014 5:45 pm


  13. Sarah on March 7th, 2014 6:38 pm

    Those look delish!

  14. Linda S on March 7th, 2014 9:45 pm

    Just read the recipe and can’t wait to make these. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Sheila S on March 7th, 2014 10:23 pm

    I’ve been looking for a GF cornbread muffin recipe. I will need to try this! Sounds yummy!

  16. Lorri T on March 7th, 2014 11:15 pm


  17. Kristen on March 7th, 2014 11:34 pm

    Those look great! I’m going to have to check out some of her other recipes as well!

  18. April on March 8th, 2014 12:02 am

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. Janis S on March 8th, 2014 3:38 am

    This recipe sounds good, and I have all the ingredients!

  20. Kelly Schaefer on March 8th, 2014 7:52 am

    Oh my goodness! This picture actually made me start drooling in anticipation of eating one. I have all the ingredients and, as soon as I take care of some errands, I’ll be coming into my kitchen to try these out. Thank you so much! Yummy! Kelly

  21. Tessa@tessadomesticdiva on March 8th, 2014 10:15 am

    These look great Deanna! I might try these with millet meal instead of corn!

  22. Ellen Aittis on March 8th, 2014 10:39 am

    Looking forward to trying to make these muffins all look really delicious

  23. michelle on March 8th, 2014 10:40 am

    Has anyone tried recipe with egg substitutions?

    • Deanna on March 11th, 2014 11:46 am

      Hi there,
      I’ve not tried these with egg substitutes, but my gut says they won’t work as is. 2 eggs tends to be my limit for doing subs.

  24. Karen on March 8th, 2014 1:43 pm

    Ok. These are going on the menu for the next ‘soup day’. Look wonderful!

  25. Emily on March 9th, 2014 12:52 am

    I’m already trying to figure out what to serve with these for dinner tomorrow night!

  26. mysweetiepiepie on March 9th, 2014 11:31 am

    Gotta give these a try!

  27. Laureen on March 9th, 2014 2:30 pm

    I like the shorter list of ingredients. They look simple and yummy!

  28. Venessa F. on March 9th, 2014 2:55 pm

    My family loves corn bread, so I’m sure these will be a hit!

  29. insiya on March 10th, 2014 4:49 am

    I too like recipes with shorter list of ingredients. Else, have to travel from one place to another for different ingredients. I never happen to get everything at one place! These look great.

  30. Heather on March 10th, 2014 12:34 pm

    this looks tasty and so easy to make. Thanks.

  31. Carina on March 10th, 2014 3:58 pm

    I’ve been looking for a gluten free recipe for corn bread/johnny cake. I am definitely going to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Carina on March 10th, 2014 5:18 pm

    Sounds yummy!

  33. Elise on March 10th, 2014 7:34 pm

    Can you sub out the eggs? they sound yummy.

    • Deanna on March 11th, 2014 11:47 am

      It’s unlikely that this recipe will work with egg substitutes. Sorry!

  34. wendy brazeau on March 10th, 2014 7:41 pm

    look out chili..

  35. Tracey on March 11th, 2014 10:52 am

    Would love to try them too if there is a egg substitution.

  36. Deanna on March 11th, 2014 11:50 am

    Thanks for the lovely comments, folks.

    I’ve not tried this recipe without eggs, but I don’t think it will work as written with egg substitutes. I’ve not personally had great luck with muffins made without eggs without adding something else super moist – like pumpkin or banana. It might work with applesauce, but you could end up with a fairly apple-intensive corn muffin.

  37. Rebecca Bowen on March 11th, 2014 4:07 pm

    These look great! I can’t wait to make them!

  38. Heather on March 12th, 2014 9:08 pm

    As one of those heathens that likes sweet cornbread I would be tempted to add some extra sweet in the bread (and on later of course!). I will definitely have to try this later!

  39. clarissa west on March 12th, 2014 10:39 pm

    These would be so yummy I’m sure! I love johnny cake!

  40. Andrea Padgett on March 13th, 2014 12:02 am

    These look delicious! I will be making them as soon as I restock my almond flour. Thanks for a great recipe!

  41. Teufelchen on March 13th, 2014 2:01 am

    They look so lovely. Like the definition of a muffin.

  42. Bev maiers on March 13th, 2014 8:51 am

    These look great and not too complicated. I’m intrigued by a some of her other recipes you mentioned in the blog too.

  43. Laurel on March 13th, 2014 11:13 am

    So perfect looking. They make me wonder if I could replace the cornmeal with millet? Cornbreads are definitely a challenge worth pursuing especially when they make me salivate like this. Hmm… 3 eggs and cornmeal… beware, you are in my cross hairs.

  44. Terisa on March 13th, 2014 4:25 pm

    Oh these would be good for breakfast or with a bowl of chili for lunch

  45. Cheryl Harris on March 13th, 2014 10:26 pm

    Love maple,but I’ve never had it “fresh” from the sap. And the muffins are so cute!

  46. Mary Tokar on March 14th, 2014 12:15 am


  47. Susan on March 15th, 2014 11:28 am

    Mmm! I can’t wait to try this recipe – it looks easy and quick, which helps me in the morning to get breakfast on the table.

  48. Donna B on March 15th, 2014 10:43 pm

    These look great!

  49. patricia on March 15th, 2014 10:59 pm

    Love the Johnny cake story. These sound good to go with a bowl of chile.

  50. Christa on March 16th, 2014 11:05 am

    Make sure its GMO/GF free corn. Love some Hot corn bread with chili… YUM!!!

  51. Paula Scaramozzi on March 18th, 2014 1:19 pm

    These look delicious and easy. Both my son and I have to be gluten free, and my husband is gluten free by choice. I will have to try these muffins soon.

  52. Lisa Rago on March 18th, 2014 1:27 pm

    Love the story. And I love Johnny cakes.

  53. Katie on March 18th, 2014 1:30 pm

    These look super simple, thanks for sharing!

  54. Michelle Cantwell on March 18th, 2014 9:57 pm

    Will definitely be trying these, grew up the same way

  55. Kinsey on March 20th, 2014 1:26 am

    look delish

  56. Heather on March 20th, 2014 3:21 pm

    I like to grind up my own grains and I’m still new to GF, but what’s the different between sweet rice and regular white or brown rice?

  57. Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats on March 20th, 2014 11:23 pm

    Another great Muffin recipe!
    Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats

  58. Linda on March 21st, 2014 2:04 pm

    These look perfect for a simple school day breakfast. Thanks.

  59. Kay on March 22nd, 2014 12:14 am

    Looks good!

  60. Helen V on March 22nd, 2014 6:35 pm

    Sounds good!

  61. Kathryn on March 22nd, 2014 9:37 pm

    I always love Deanna’s posts and have made several of her desserts. Almost Elvis cookies are amazing and Bossk Brownies got me hooked on baking with dates.

  62. Erin on March 25th, 2014 3:34 pm

    These look amazing!

  63. Wendy on March 28th, 2014 8:47 pm

    Simplicity. Lovely!

  64. susan reed on March 29th, 2014 8:01 pm

    on my list for next week

  65. Lewann Rice on March 29th, 2014 11:40 pm

    I am a corn bread fanatic! It is really bad! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  66. Tracy Mann on March 31st, 2014 1:13 am

    Yum!! I’ll need to find this gluten free cornbread! I tend to avoid corn too but this can be an exception!

  67. Megan on March 31st, 2014 7:48 pm

    I’m not great at baking but these sound simple enough that I might actually be able to pull them off!

  68. Melanie Binkley on March 31st, 2014 10:29 pm

    so cute!

  69. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 11:01 pm

    Oh goodness, these look amazing! And easy to make! Thanks for the recipe!

  70. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:09 pm

    These look fantastic!

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