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High-Altitude Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread

High-Altitude Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread

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This decadent Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread is a little spicy & sweet with cake-like & crumbly textures. This recipe has High-Altitude & Sea-Level instructions.

Cornmeal was out of stock at my local grocery store, so I decided to experiment with making cornbread with Masa Harina. The result was fantastic and the addition of chipotle & adobo created a nice lingering heat-spice that plays well with the sweetness of this cornbread!

As a shortcut I like to use my small food processor to mince things, like chipotle & adobo for this recipe.

Chipotle & Adobo minced in a small food processor
Chipotle & Adobo minced in a small food processor

How is Masa Harina different from cornmeal?

Masa Harina is a type of cornmeal or cornflour. Masa Harina has been soaked in lime water before drying, giving it a distinct sour flavor. Also, Masa Harina is more finely ground than cornmeal. More on that here.

High-Altitude or Sea-Level

I live in Denver, which is a mile high so I go with high-altitude, which is the elevation for which the recipe is written. To make this at sea-level, omit the teaspoon of water, bake at 400 degrees F and decrease the bake time to approximately 25 minutes, checking on them at 20 minutes and baking until they are light golden brown.

Gluten-free or not Gluten-free

If you need this to be gluten-free, just sub out your favorite gluten-free flour blend. Otherwise, AP or bread flour is recommended if you don’t need this to be gluten-free.

Muffin Tin or Baking Pan?

This recipe makes 9 muffins or can be made in an 8″ x 8″ baking pan or a 9″ round cake pan. The choice is yours, all are delicious.

Corn Kernels or No Corn Kernels

I really like the fresh texture that adding some corn kernels brings to this cornbread. If you don’t have corn around or this doesn’t appeal to you –leave it out. Either way, it’ll be fantastic. 

Baking Tip

You can turn the broiler on if you want for a more golden brown top to your cornbread or cornbread muffins. Be sure to watch carefully to avoid burning the cornbread or cornbread muffins.

High-Altitude Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread under the broiler, on the 2nd shelf from the broiler
High-Altitude Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread under the broiler, on the 2nd shelf from the broiler

Remove from the baking vessel or serve from pan

Twist the muffins with your fingers to loosen and lift them out of the muffin pan. If you used parchment paper, just pull up on the paper and set the cornbread onto a cutting board or a plate. For removal from a greased baking pan, run a butter knife around the edge of the pan to loosen, then slice and serve. To remove the entire cornbread from the pan, run a butter knife around the edge and place a plate on top and quickly invert. It will be upside down so flip onto another serving platter to get it right-side-up.

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Prepped ingredients for High-Altitude Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread
Prepped ingredients for High-Altitude Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread

Preheat oven to 375° F and grease an 8″ x 8″ square baking dish or 9 of the 12 muffin tin cups with Earth Balance or Vegan Butter. For oil-free cornbread, place a sheet of parchment paper in an 8″ x 8″ baking dish or fill 9 muffin cups with liners. You can also use 9″ round cake pan.

In a cup or bowl combine plant-milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside.

Measure flour, Masa Harina, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.

Whip the aquafaba until creamy, then add sugar gradually while continuing to whip. When you pull up the beaters, two peaks should form. If you can’t get the peaks, it will still be fine if you’ve got white, creamy meringue-looking stuff.

Stir applesauce into the plant-milk and vinegar mixture. If high-altitude, mix in the teaspoon of water. Then stir this mixture into the dry mixture.

Stirring applesauce into the plant-milk and vinegar mixture for egan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread
Stirring applesauce into the plant-milk and vinegar mixture

Using a spatula, transfer the whipped aquafaba and sugar into the large mixing bowl with everything else (including chipotle & adobo) and stir together or lightly go at it with the mixer until well combined and consistent. Please do not over mix.

Fold in frozen or drained canned corn if using. If desired you can save some kernels (~1/4 cup) to sprinkle on the top.

Bake

Pour the batter into the baking dish or pan or scoop into muffin cups. The muffin cups will be full. I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to fill the muffin cups and then I top them off with the remaining batter. If using muffin liners, you may want to make ten smaller muffins so that you don’t have to overfill them. If you set some corn kernels aside, place them on top of the poured batter. Bake for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Place on a wire rack to cool. If you made muffins they only need to cool for about 10 minutes. If you made cornbread, let cool about 20 minutes. Remove or serve from pan. See Notes below for removal options.

High-Altitude Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread cooling on a wire rack
High-Altitude Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread cooling on a wire rack

Serve or store covered at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Freeze up to 1 month.

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High-Altitude Vegan Chipotle & Adobo Masa Harina Cornbread

This delicious Cornbread is a little spicy & sweet with cake-like & crumbly textures. This recipe has High-Altitude & Sea-Level instructions.
Course Basics, Breakfast, Dipping Vessel, Side Dish, Sides, Snack
Cuisine American, Classic, Southern, Vegan
Keyword applesauce, aquafaba, Comfort Food, decadent, low oil, oil-free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 pieces or muffins
Calories 141kcal

Equipment

  • Muffin tin, 8" x 8" square pan, cast iron skillet or 9" round cake pan
  • Mixer or hand mixer
  • Large and small mixing bowls

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chickpea brine aka aquafaba, whipped until fluffy and peaks form
  • 1/4 cup sugar or substitute sweetener or your choice.
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened plant-milk I've used oat and almond, unsweetened and unflavored plant-milks for this recipe.
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup AP flour or AP gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup Masa Harina
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp water omit if sea-level, see notes below for sea-level instructions.
  • 2 – 3 peppers from a can of chipotle & adobo and some spoonfuls of the sauce; mince or process in a small food processor
  • 3/4 cup frozen or drained canned corn optional/recommended

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375° F and grease an 8" x 8" square baking dish or 9 of the 12 muffin tin cups with Earth Balance or Vegan Butter. For oil-free cornbread, place a sheet of parchment paper in an 8" x 8" baking dish or fill 9 muffin cups with liners. You can also use 9" round cake pan.
  • In a cup or bowl combine plant-milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside.
  • Measure flour, Masa Harina, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Whip the aquafaba until creamy, then add sugar gradually while continuing to whip. When you pull up the beaters, two peaks should form. If you can't get the peaks, it will still be fine if you've got white, creamy meringue-looking stuff.
  • Stir applesauce into the plant-milk and vinegar mixture. If high-altitude, mix in the teaspoon of water. Then stir this mixture into the dry mixture.
  • Using a spatula, transfer the whipped aquafaba and sugar into the large mixing bowl with everything else (including chipotle & adobo) and stir together or lightly go at it with the mixer until well combined and consistent. Please do not over mix. Fold in frozen or drained canned corn if using. If desired you can save some kernels (~1/4 cup) to sprinkle on the top.
  • Pour the batter into the baking dish or pan or scoop into muffin cups. The muffin cups will be full. I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to fill the muffin cups and then I top them off with the remaining batter. If using muffin liners, you may want to make ten smaller muffins so that you don't have to overfill them. If you set some corn kernels aside, place them on top of the poured batter. Bake for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool. If you made muffins they only need to cool for about 10 minutes. If you made cornbread, let cool about 20 minutes. Remove or serve from pan. See Notes below for removal options.
  • Serve or store covered at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Freeze up to 1 month.

Notes

Nutrition information is approximate.

High-Altitude or Sea-Level?

I live in Denver, which is a mile high so I go with high-altitude, which is the elevation for which the recipe is written.
To make this at sea-level, omit the teaspoon of water, bake at 400 degrees F and decrease the bake time to approximately 25 minutes, checking on them at 20 minutes and baking until they are light golden brown

Gluten-free or not Gluten-free

If you need this to be gluten-free, just sub out your favorite gluten-free flour blend. Otherwise, AP or bread flour is recommended if you don’t need this to be gluten-free.

Muffin Tin or Baking Pan?

This recipe makes 9 muffins or can be made in an 8″ x 8″ baking pan or a 9″ round cake pan. The choice is yours, all are delicious.

Oil-Free or Low-Oil?

This decision about oil refers to how you prepare the baking vessel.
If you want this to be completely no-oil, line your baking pan with parchment paper or if you are making muffins use 9 muffin cup liners in your muffin tin.
If you are okay with a small amount of oil, then use a little Earth Balance or your favorite vegan butter to grease the pan or 9 of the muffin cups in your muffin tin if you are making muffins..

Corn Kernels or No Corn Kernels

I really like the fresh texture that adding some corn kernels brings to this cornbread. If you don’t have corn around or this doesn’t appeal to you –leave it out. Either way, it’ll be fantastic. 

Baking Tip

You can turn the broiler on if you want for a more golden brown top to your cornbread or cornbread muffins. Be sure to watch carefully to avoid burning the cornbread or cornbread muffins.

Remove from the baking vessel or serve from pan

Twist the muffins with your fingers to loosen and lift them out of the muffin pan.
If you used parchment paper, just pull up on the paper and set the cornbread onto a cutting board or a plate.
For removal from a greased baking pan, run a butter knife around the edge of the pan to loosen, then slice and serve.
To remove the entire cornbread from the pan, run a butter knife around the edge and place a plate on top and quickly invert. It will be upside down so flip onto another serving platter to get it right-side-up.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1piece or muffin | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg

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