Gluten Free Cheddar Honey Cornbread

Cheddar Honey Cornbread on parchment paper. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

There is no better combination than salty and sweet.  This Cheddar Honey Cornbread brings that combo to life spectacularly – particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It’s the perfect holiday meal side, whether it’s breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

 

Every year we go to my husband’s family for Thanksgiving in Maryland.  Therefore, I contribute 1-2 recipes, but I’m not the one in charge of the full Turkey Dinner.  This year, I decided to make Cheddar Honey Cornbread!  I love cornbread, but usually don’t eat it because it is not gluten free and I save my gluten intake for the stuffing!  So, this recipe is my contribution.  It’s a warm, comforting, scrumptious must-make recipe this Fall and Winter!

Cheddar Honey Cornbread pieces stacked with crumbs around. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

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MAKE YOUR CHEDDAR HONEY CORNBREAD

For this recipe, I used a 9×9 Pan.  You could certainly use a round pan as well or even a muffin pan. I also recommend using parchment paper to line the pan, as it makes it so easy to remove the cornbread when it’s cooked.

Making this cornbread follows the typical dry-ingredient bowl and wet ingredient bowl instructions.  Combine them and then fold in the shredded cheese.

Wet ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Wet ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Wet ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

mixing in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Ingredients mixed in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Adding cheese to ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Folding cheese into ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.Folding cheese into ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Folding cheese into ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Pour the cornbread mixture into the parchment paper lined pan.  Spread it evenly with the spatula, but don’t worry that it isn’t smooth on the top as you will love those peaks and valleys when it cooks and as you spread butter or drizzle honey on to eat it.

Adding raw batter to pan for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Raw batter to pan for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Then, it’s a quick 20 minute bake in a 400 F degree oven.  Remove and let cool for 15-20 minutes, then ull the cornbread out of the pan using the parchment paper.

I love to break the cornbread apart with my hands as opposed to clean cuts with a knife as I love the rustic look, but of course, cutting allows you to get the exact number of pieces you need, so do what works best!

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Cheddar Honey Cornbread pieces stacked with crumbs around. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

 

Gluten Free Cheddar Honey Cornbread

Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, cheddar, Cornbread, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients Bowl

  • 1 1/4 Cup Cornmeal
  • 3/4 Cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Add 1 tsp Xanthan Gum if it does not already have it
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbls Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Wet Ingredients Bowl

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Softened Butter unsalted
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbls Honey

Other

  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup Honey for drizzling on top optional Optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. Line a 9×9 Pan with parchment paper.

  2. Mix all Dry ingredients in a bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients.

    Wet ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
  4. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet with a whisk until fully combined and smooth. Then using a spatula, fold in the shredded cheese.

    Ingredients in bowl for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
  5. Pour the cornbread mixture into the parchment paper lined pan. Spread it evenly with the spatula, but don’t worry that it isn’t smooth on the top.

    Raw batter to pan for Cheddar Honey Cornbread piece in hand with more in background. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.

  7. Remove and let cool for 15-20 minutes. Pull the cornbread out of the pan using the parchment paper. Break apart or cut, serve, and enjoy!

    Cheddar Honey Cornbread pieces stacked with crumbs around. It brings the salty and sweet combo to life spectacularly - particularly when the aromas from the honey, corn, and cheddar fill your house.  This Gluten Free version is moist, slight salty from the cheese, slightly sweet from the honey and cornmeal.  It's the perfect holiday meal side, whether it's breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

 

 

5 Make Ahead Freezer Meals for Busy Families

2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish and slow cooker pot in background. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

All ingredients in a labeled freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Make Ahead Freezer Meals can be a dinner saver for busy families!  You know those days that you are racing home from a late meeting or going from piano to gymnastics and not getting home with the kids until 7pm?  Well, Make Ahead Freezer Meals are great for those nights!  These are frozen meal kits where you put all of the raw ingredients into a freezer storage container or bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.  Then thaw the day before and either pour into the slow cooker the morning of or onto a sheet pan when you get home.  That’s it, one bag, one cooking vessel, one hot dinner ready to go!!!

“I feel like we are in a dinner rut with 3-4 easy dinners in the rotation”

Sound familiar?  Of course it does!  You are freaking busy!!!!  Do you have a job, kids, activities, or all of the above?  Yes!  You have LIFE going on!  So, you likely turn to what you know and what is easy when it comes to dinners.  However, if you spend 10 minutes throwing all ingredients in a freezer bag, you can try something totally new!!!  I have covered family-friendly flavors across Asian, Moroccan, Mexican, Italian-ish, and American cuisines.

These Make Ahead Freezer Meal recipes meet the most important criteria for busy families:

  1. EASY TO MAKE – Easy to new put the Make Ahead Freezer Meal together in 10 minutes
  2. NEW FAMILY FRIENDLY FLAVORS – the kids will enjoy them too!!
  3. BALANCED MEALS – with protein and veggies
  4. EASY TO COOK – Cooking is either done in a slow cooker so it’s ready when you are or takes 30 minutes on 1 pan in the oven.

Do you have a slow cooker?

Actually, just before I share the recipes with you, I wanted to make sure I shared what I used to cook many of them.  I absolutely love love love my easy and simple (and not expensive) Crock-Pot.  I have the 6-Quart version with 5 settings (low 4-hour, low 6-hour, high 8-hour, high 10-hour, and warm).You can order this today and have it in a few days to start your Slow Cooker Cookin’!

5 MUST-TRY MAKE AHEAD FREEZER MEALS

(Clicks links for full recipes)

1.  Sheet Pan Hoisin Chicken with Ginger & Red Peppers

Hoisin Chicken over rice on a plate with a fork. In back is pan with spatula. This Freezer Hoisin Chicken with Red Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Ginger, and Soy sauce is delicious and so easy to make. You get sweet and savory all in one dish and it's perfect for kids because it's sweet, not spicy at all. Just freeze ahead, thaw, then cook on a sheet pan!

All raw ingredients in freezer bag for Freezer Hoisin Chicken with Red Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Ginger, and Soy sauce is delicious and so easy to make. You get sweet and savory all in one dish and it's perfect for kids because it's sweet, not spicy at all. Just freeze ahead, thaw, then cook on a sheet pan!

This Make-Ahead Freezer Hoisin Chicken with Red Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Ginger, and Soy sauce is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. You get sweet and savory all in one dish and it’s perfect for families with kids because it’s sweet, not spicy at all. All ingredients go into a freezer bag, you thaw the night before, and then cook on a sheet pan…so EASY! Of course, you don’t have to freeze this, you can just make it, but let’s face it, we could all use some meals ready for us on those insanely, crazy, busy nights!

2.  One Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Chicken and Spinach

Creamy Tomato Soup in a soup pot on napkin on counter with wood spoon on side. It has Ground Chicken and Spinach is creamy and chunky and has a ton of deep flavor. AND it is healthy! It uses all white meat ground chicken that you cook until it is incredibly browned for some serious flavor. Then tomato paste adds the flavor back drop for the soup and a flour roux plus broth creates the amazing creaminess! Finally Spinach is your veggie boost.

This Prep-Ahead Freezer Creamy Tomato Soup with Ground Chicken and Spinach is creamy and chunky and has a ton of deep flavor. AND it is healthy! It uses all white meat ground chicken that you cook until it is incredibly browned for some serious flavor. Then tomato paste adds the flavor back drop for the soup and a flour roux plus broth creates the amazing creaminess! Finally Spinach is your veggie boost. So delicious and so EASY!

3.  5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup with Veggies

5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup in a bowl with spoon and crockpot in background. This soup is thick, creamy, and hearty. It's filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies. You can prepare all of the ingredients ahead and freeze them until you are ready to cook. Then, thaw, pour into the Slow Cooker, set and forget.

5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup ingredients in a labeled Freezer Bag. This recipe is thick, creamy, and hearty. It's filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies. You can prepare all of the ingredients ahead and freeze them until you are ready to cook. Then, thaw, pour into the Slow Cooker, set and forget.

This 5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup is thick, creamy (but, no dairy!), and hearty. It’s filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies. But, this version is also the easiest ever because you prepare all of the ingredients ahead (even months ahead) and freeze them until you are ready to cook this wonderful meal. Then you thaw, pour all of the ingredients into the Slow Cooker, set and forget. Forget until those amazing and comforting aromas remind you that you have a Homemade Chicken Soup waiting for you!

4.  Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew

2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish and slow cooker pot in background. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

All ingredients in a labeled freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

This Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew is creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. This Stew is a Prepped Freezer Meal recipe, which means it’s a great option to prep ahead and easily make for dinner on a busy weeknight. Ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It’s a stew because it’s thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for spice, cumin, garlic and lots of tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

5.  Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas

Moroccan Chicken Chili in bowl over white rice with a dollop of Cilantro Lime Yogurt on top and in a bowl to the left. The slow cooker is in background with chili. Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Final labeled freezer bag of all ingredients for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas and a Cilantro Lime Yogurt is loaded with comforting, healthy, and even healing ingredients and spices. You get the warmth from the Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Tons of flavor comes from really browned ground chicken and Shallots. And you get creamy heartiness from the Carrots and Chickpeas. Finally, you get the cool and tangy balance from the Cilantro Lime Yogurt. This Moroccan Chicken Chili has so many warm spices and flavors, it will become a favorite. I like to serve this over white rice, but you can definitely eat it by itself.

I hope you try these Make Ahead Freezer Meals and if so, please let me know what you thought in the comments!

😍 Carrie