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3 June, 2015

Spicy Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins for DFT

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Diabetes Friendly Thursdays goes Mexican this week!


I’ve always wanted to make cornbread, a spicy version. The “Mexican” theme for DFT this week gave me that opportunity, and I happily put on my baking hat!

Here area few facts about the different variations of dried corn in powdered form:

Corn meal or corn grits/ polenta is a coarse form. It is blue/yellow/white in color. It is a whole food; go for stone-ground cornmeal.
Corn flour is finely ground cornmeal. It appears white and is sometimes store bought versions are given an alkaline processing.
Corn starch is just the starch portion of corn. Not a whole food.
What I needed for making muffins was not very coarse cornmeal; that would be like making muffins out of broken wheat, the texture shows up in the baked good. I cannot use corn flour either, it is too fine and makes dense baked products. So I ground up some corn meal and sifted it for a uniform, medium texture.


These whole grain cornbread muffins are the perfect diabetic friendly snack, very easy to make and delicious. This is the first time I’ve made a savory muffin and my family loved it! Packed with spice from jalapenos and onions, and just a hint of cheese on the top, we had a taste of Mexico at home.
If jalapenos are not available, a pickled version can be used. The onions are just my own addition, not sure if it is added in authentic Mexican cornbread.  Since my kids do not like peppers, I had to introduce that flavor so that they liked it. And it worked!


Spicy Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins (gluten-free, vegan)

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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organic cornmeal- 3/4 cup; 103 g

oat flour- 1 cup; 83 g (I used gluten-free)

tapioca starch- 1/4 cup; 26 g

xanthan gum-1/4 tsp.

baking powder- 2 tsp.

baking soda- 1 tsp.

light brown sugar- 1/4 cup

salt- 1 1/2 tsp.

chili powder- 1/2 tsp.


unsweetened almond milk- 3/4 cup

vinegar- 2 tsp.

organic canola oil- 1/3 cup + 1 tsp. for roasting peppers

ground chia seeds- 1 tbsp.

water- 4 tbsp.

add ons:

chopped and roasted jalapenos- 2 tbsp.

chopped green onions- 2

vegan cheddar cheese- to sprinkle


1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.

2. In a little bit of oil, roast chopped and de-seeded jalapenos. Set aside.

3. In a bowl, combine ground corn meal, oat flour and tapioca starch. Add baking soda, baking powder, gum, salt and chili powder.

4. Combine ground chia seeds with water and allow it to stand for 5 minutes. Combine it with the other wet ingredients. Add brown sugar, stir and then add the dry ingredients to this bowl.

5. Mix well, then stir in jalapenos and onions. Spoon batter into a muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. Sprinkle some cheddar cheese on each.

6. Bake for 28 minutes or till a knife inserted in the middle comes out dry. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Sharing this at Swathi’s Hearth and Soul Blog Hop this week. Also sharing at Deborah’s Plant Based Potluck Party Link Up #48.

Check the other DFT recipes from my friends this week:

Sonal: Vegetable Fajitas Platter

Shailja: Tex Mex Black Beans Brown Rice Veggie Bowl 

Anupama: Curried Sweet Potato Fajitas

Prachi: Sopes Vegetarian

Srividhya: Zero Oil Vegetarian Chili

Swati: Quinoa and Bean Bites

Suchitra: Tacos Made Healthy

Chaahat: Creamy chicken Enchiladas

Parvathy: Lime and Cilantro Quinoa




36 thoughts on : Spicy Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins for DFT

  • June 4, 2015 at 12:19 am

    This sounds really exciting Apsara ! I have never tried cornbread at home but i do want to try ur muffins now. YUMMY !

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you, Prachi. These bite sized cornbread are a good start at baking savory muffins, at least for me!

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  • Parvathy V Nair
    June 4, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Yummm . I love anything with Jalapeno . Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      I’m very glad you like this, Parvathy.

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      I’m very glad you like this, Parvathy.

  • Sonal
    June 4, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Loved the spicy cornbread Apsara! Amazingly done! Would love to try it sometime❤️.

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you, Sonal. ♥

  • Shailja
    June 4, 2015 at 2:11 am

    This is simply awesome Apsara . Never thought of muffin corn breads … Love it …

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      thank you, dear. Each DFT theme inspires to create something different. ♥

  • June 4, 2015 at 2:51 am

    I love jalapeno and this looks yummy!I am going to try this out. Its unique

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      thank you, Kushi. Thank you for visiting my blog. Off to see yours…

  • June 4, 2015 at 3:14 am

    wow cornbread muffins that too spicy.. super innovative.

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Very glad you like this, Sri. These are super easy to make!

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  • June 4, 2015 at 8:52 am

    What a brilliant recipe again Apsara! Your recipes are always so full of goodness for one thing and the other thing, the thought of jalapenos and onion!!!YUM!! Ever since I heard about them have been thinking about them! wanted to comment last night but my phone went into ‘upgrade’ mode, leaving me dreaming about the muffins. I will definitely try making these. Tnx Apsara. Love the pictures too- nice and bright! especially the last one, the muffin calling to be grabbed and gobbled up 🙂

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Such a warm comment, Anu. Thank you! My pictures are still not as bright as yours, still learning some techniques…

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      thanks, Chitra.

  • June 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Muffins are always my fav To-go breakfast. Making a batch every week for upen’s breakfast.This is one recipe which I will surely make. Lovely pic & explanation. Hats off gal 🙂

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Oh yes, these would be great for breakfast. Even I prefer spicy breakfast over a sweet one. Let me know if you make them!

  • June 4, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Healthy and yummy muffin.. Perfect for breakfast.. What s xanthan gum Apsara, its new to me haven’t tried or heard about it

    • apsara
      June 4, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      thanks, Vidya. Xanthan gum is a plant based gum that acts as a binder in baked goods in place of gluten from wheat.

  • June 4, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Apsara, this is superhealthy! Love the fact that it is vegan and GF!! Goes into my “to try” list!

    • apsara
      June 6, 2015 at 1:35 am

      Sure, Suchitra. This is quite easy. Hope you give it a try!

  • Jen
    June 5, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Your pictures are fabulous and really make me want to try this recipe! I’m a huge fan of corn muffins AND jalapenos and I’m thinking these would go perfect with a nice bowl of veggie chili!

    • apsara
      June 6, 2015 at 1:37 am

      That is a wonderful way to have these cornbread muffins, Jen. Thanks for visiting and the comment. I love your blog too. Hope to see you often.

  • June 7, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks Apsara for this delicious sounding recipe I saw at the Plant-based Potluck Party Link Up #48. I will pass it along to my hubby, who does the baking in our house. If you can, please check out my post at the hop. It’s Vividly Colored Plant-Based Dish Has Eye and Taste Appeal. Warm regards, Nancy Andres, Health & Lifestyle Writer, Author of “Colors of Joy: A Woman’s Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss,” Blogger at http://obloggernewbie.blogspot.com and http://www.nancyandreswriter.com/colors-of-joy-blog/

    • apsara
      June 7, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      thank you so much for visiting, Nancy. Hope you try this recipe. Glad to connect with like-minded bloggers. I’m off to see your site now!

  • June 8, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

    • apsara
      June 9, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Thank you for the opportunity, Swathi. Glad you like them.

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  • June 12, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Hi Aspara,
    How delectable! Adding jalapeno to corn muffins really takes the flavor up a notch! I am delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious Spicy Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I appreciate it and I can’t wait to try your recipe. I’m pinning and sharing.

    • apsara
      June 13, 2015 at 2:59 am

      Thank you so much for featuring it and sharing it in media, this week. I’m lucky!

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