Today for our March Muffin Madness event, I have the pleasure of sharing my friend Deanna’s (The Mommy Bowl) gluten-free 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.)
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 divine. 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!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Enjoy Deanna’s recipe and see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here.
And now let me turn it over to Deanna with her MMM contribution!
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 Gluten-Free Johnny Cake Muffins Recipe
Gluten-Free Johnny Cake Muffins
Sweet gluten-free muffins with a sweet story!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (coconut] 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups.
- 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.
- Pour evenly into the muffin cups. (You may have a little leftover, depending on the size of your muffin cups.)
- Bake for 30 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
- Break a warm muffin into pieces in a bowl, and pour on the maple syrup. Heaven, no?
Originally published March 6, 2014; updated August 29, 2019.
Ina gawne says
Shirley – lovely johnny cake muffins – an easy recipe that sounds delicious too!
Wow! These look delicious!
This looks like a delicious recipe and a site I’d like to follow! Thanks, Shirley!
Those look so good to make with a bowl of chili as well!
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
I had no idea they were cornbread muffins-now I want them even more!!
Amanda (amethystjean) says
I have not tried Johnny Cakes or really corn bread but this looks better than I imagined and am excited to try it.
The recipe sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it!
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!
We tried these this morning. It reminded of the potato chip commercial… you can’t eat just one. Super-delicious.
Lindsay Ham says
These look so great. I miss a good corn bread recipe!
Jennifer Werstein says
Those look delish!
Linda S says
Just read the recipe and can’t wait to make these. Thanks for sharing!
Sheila S says
I’ve been looking for a GF cornbread muffin recipe. I will need to try this! Sounds yummy!
Lorri T says
Those look great! I’m going to have to check out some of her other recipes as well!
Thank you for the giveaway!
Janis S says
This recipe sounds good, and I have all the ingredients!
Kelly Schaefer says
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
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These look great Deanna! I might try these with millet meal instead of corn!
Ellen Aittis says
Looking forward to trying to make these muffins all look really delicious
Has anyone tried recipe with egg substitutions?
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.
Ok. These are going on the menu for the next ‘soup day’. Look wonderful!
I’m already trying to figure out what to serve with these for dinner tomorrow night!
Gotta give these a try!
I like the shorter list of ingredients. They look simple and yummy!
Venessa F. says
My family loves corn bread, so I’m sure these will be a hit!
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.
this looks tasty and so easy to make. Thanks.
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!
Can you sub out the eggs? they sound yummy.
It’s unlikely that this recipe will work with egg substitutes. Sorry!
wendy brazeau says
look out chili..
Would love to try them too if there is a egg substitution.
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.
Rebecca Bowen says
These look great! I can’t wait to make them!
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!
clarissa west says
These would be so yummy I’m sure! I love johnny cake!
Andrea Padgett says
These look delicious! I will be making them as soon as I restock my almond flour. Thanks for a great recipe!
They look so lovely. Like the definition of a muffin.
Bev maiers says
These look great and not too complicated. I’m intrigued by a some of her other recipes you mentioned in the blog too.
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.
Oh these would be good for breakfast or with a bowl of chili for lunch
Cheryl Harris says
Love maple,but I’ve never had it “fresh” from the sap. And the muffins are so cute!
Mary Tokar says
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.
Donna B says
These look great!
Love the Johnny cake story. These sound good to go with a bowl of chile.
Make sure its GMO/GF free corn. Love some Hot corn bread with chili… YUM!!!
Paula Scaramozzi says
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.
Lisa Rago says
Love the story. And I love Johnny cakes.
These look super simple, thanks for sharing!
Michelle Cantwell says
Will definitely be trying these, grew up the same way
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?
Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats says
Another great Muffin recipe!
Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats
These look perfect for a simple school day breakfast. Thanks.
Helen V says
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.
These look amazing!
susan reed says
on my list for next week
Lewann Rice says
I am a corn bread fanatic! It is really bad! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Tracy Mann says
Yum!! I’ll need to find this gluten free cornbread! I tend to avoid corn too but this can be an exception!
I’m not great at baking but these sound simple enough that I might actually be able to pull them off!
Melanie Binkley says
Lori Lewis says
Oh goodness, these look amazing! And easy to make! Thanks for the recipe!
These look fantastic!