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Strawberry Cornbread Muffins {Gluten-Free & Vegan}

May 29, 2014

Lately I have been having the hardest time focusing on the blog. Not because of the cookbook or because I’ve finally detached myself from technology, but because of my newfound love for hockey.

As a born and bred Canadian, I’m supposed to LOVE hockey, right? Well up until 2 weeks ago, I didn’t. I blame the one season where my Dad signed me up to play on “The Peanut Power” (<–yes that was the actual name of the team) and I was so terrible I was only played once. This is also why I stuck to figure skating.

I’ve always been able to tolerate hockey, as in I am okay with it being on in the background and I won’t complain if I’m sitting front row at a Leafs vs. Penguins game, but it’s just never been my thing. That is until I had a complete revelation a few weeks ago.

Strawberry Cornbread Muffins // #vegan #gluten-freeC and I both realized that we didn’t feel any kind of connection to our “home teams”. Mine being The Toronto Maple Leafs and his being The Minnesota Wild. Most of this has to do with the fact that neither team is superb. Not bad per se but not in the Stanley Cup playoffs. We both decided to adopt new identities and cheer on the city where we both met, The Montreal Canadiens (or Habs). I do fear slightly that true Habs fans will judge me for not being a real Montrealer, but I figure since my Dad is from there I should be considered legacy…uhhh maybe?

Well if any of you have ever seen a Habs game on home ice or even watched them play on TV in Montreal you know how die-hard Canadiens fans are. I dare say they might be the ultimate hockey fans. Sort of like how I felt about my Pumpkin Cornbread Loaf, which I ate religiously last fall. Nothing else matters when they are playing and don’t even bother trying to get work done because you won’t. In fact I started writing this post last night while watching The Habs crush the Rangers and got as far as writing the title of the post.

Strawberry Cornbread Muffins // #vegan #gluten-freeI’ve discovered emotions I didn’t know I possessed while watching hockey. I’ve come close to crying (I’m not prepared to cry over sports just yet…) when they pulled Carey Price from the rest of the series, I’ve jumped for joy while watching Galchenyuk’s overtime goal in game 3, and I’ve been prepared to rip my hair out after watching the Habs lose their 3 goal lead in game 6.  Watching hockey is like PMS on steroids.

I was going to attempt to compare these Strawberry Cornbread Muffins to cornbread on steroids but that might be a slight stretch of the imagination. True, strawberries certainly take cornbread up a notch (as does drowning it in a copious amount of honey, for the record), but they don’t quite possess the same amount of intensity as the Stanley Cup playoffs. They do however make an awesome companion to hockey or at the very least are a somewhat healthier alternative when you find yourself needing to stress-eat during the game. I didn’t write this post but I managed to still eat two of these during game 6. Priorities…


Strawberry Cornbread Muffins {Gluten-Free & Vegan}

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


  • 2 flax eggs (2 T ground flax mixed with 6 T water)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour*
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum**
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk


  1. Make flax eggs by combining ground flax with water. Set aside for at least 5 mins.
  2. In a large bowl combine brown rice flour, cornmeal, baking powder, xanthan gum, sea salt and coconut palm sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl combine banana, almond milk and flax eggs.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine.
  5. Add in strawberries.
  6. Line a muffin tray with liners or grease well with coconut oil and divide batter evenly between 12 muffins.
  7. Bake for 18 mins or until top springs back when pressed.
  8. Let cool for at least 20 mins before removing from tin to cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Will keep in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.

*Or regular flour.
**if using regular flour, omit. These are not too sweet as I like drizzling honey on top, which I highly recommend.

Strawberry Cornbread Muffins // #glutenfree #veganAre you a hockey fan? If not, what’s your favourite sport to watch? 


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    May 29, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I never watched hockey until I did my semester in NY! Ever since my first match, I loved it….purely in the hopes of appearing on kiss cam or singing those silly songs. I actually have cornmeal with me with the intention to make pumpkin cornbread….but I somehow forgot.

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    May 29, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Delish! I wish I could take one of these on the plane with me. Instead I’ll be eating pretzels for breakfast this morning. I’ve never watched hockey because, Louisiana, but I admire your passion. College football is my thing!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    May 29, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Hokey is the one sport I like! My brother played all through high school and it was pretty “intense” to watch. I actually was always jealous and wanted to play myself 😛

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    May 29, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Hockey was once my entire life. Those emotions you speak of? Welcome to my world. Not that my Islanders have been so fabulous as of late but they do have an incredible past and I recall many double overtime playoff games when I was in high school that kept me at games super late which allowed me to sleep in and either not go to school or just arrive late…I of course at the moment am a true Canadian. They must win tonight. They just must!

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    May 29, 2014 at 6:51 am

    That looks delicious!

    And like you, I was never a fan of hockey. But unlike you, I’m still not a fan! I’m a terrible Canadian.

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    May 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

    You said it so beautifully…watching sports ISSSSS like PMS on steroids. Being from Pittsburgh I’m supposed to be a huuuuge sports fan but I’m not. My entire family is and I kinda used to be but these days I’m out of the loop. Back in high school though I used to watch football games and lots of screaming at the TV would occur.

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    Tina Muir
    May 29, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I cant believe this, but I have all the ingredients for these! Yes! I can make them! Wooohooo! I used to like Hockey as my alma mater was a HUGE hockey school, but do not pay much attention recently. Other than the obvious (for me) track, I love to watch basketball 🙂

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    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    May 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I’ve never been a hockey fan; it wasn’t a sport played in our area, nor does my home state have a team, so I didn’t get much, if any, exposure to it. BUT, now we live in St. Louis, where people are DIE HARD about the Blues, almost as much as they are about Cardinals Baseball. I really, really want to attend a game and see what all the fuss is about 🙂

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    May 29, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I’ve never been a big hockey fan, but I’ve watched a lot of games this year with JZ and found I actually enjoyed watching them. He’s a Leafs fan though, and to be honest I haven’t picked where my loyalties lie yet… maybe the Leafs, but maybe not. 😛

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    May 29, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I’m not a sports fan in any way shape or form. J is, but watching sport on TV bores me. Unless it is Wimbledon, the athletics or something like the Olympics. James has got us tickets for us to watch the hockey (field hockey that is) at the Commonwealth Games in July. I’ve never been to any sort of sports match ever before, so we’ll see how it goes.

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    Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair
    May 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I’ll admit I’m a Leafs fan despite them being a pretty awful team. I can’t help but jump on the bandwagon! But I agree that the Habs being in the playoffs has been really exciting. I’m happy to cheer for any Canadian team. PS – Muffins look amazing! I’ve never made cornbread muffins. I’m going to have to change this.

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    May 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

    My husband would love these muffins!!!
    When we lived in Dallas we were hockey fans (The Stars!!!) but now that we don’t have a team to follow I never watch it.

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    May 29, 2014 at 8:33 am

    You got the post done in the end, and that’s the main thing! AND enjoyed your game. AND did some testing of your wonderful-sounding muffins. I figure that’s a result! 🙂

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    May 29, 2014 at 8:56 am

    So, I cannot stand watching hockey and basically refuse to do it. That, combined with the fact that the only pro sport I’ll watch is football (and of course, there’s no Canadian NFL teams) basically just makes me a horrible Canadian. Oops.

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    May 29, 2014 at 9:47 am

    HA! Your new found love for hockey is awesome. I actually really like hockey, and am not usually a big sports fan. I’ve always loved watching soccer, but that’s because I played for like allllllaa my younger years. If I go to an actual sporting game I dig it, but that’s mainly because I just love the atmosphere. I have always loved hockey though. We don’t have a team nearby in my state so I usually just go when I visit my dad in Arizona. I love when they fight….

    I was just cleaning through my pantry the other day when I found a bag of cornmeal that I bought a while back!! I NEED TO USE, aka I NEED TO MAKE THESE BOOYA!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    May 29, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Strawberry cornbread- love this idea! I’m not a hockey fan, or a big fan of most sports. Football, however, is one sport I can get into. I get sooo excited for the Redskins to play and football is definitely one of my favorite things about fall.

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    May 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

    You know I’m a hockey fan. I’ve cried over many a hockey game. I’ve yelled and screamed and thrown things across the room. I am rooting for the Habs now because I seriously don’t want the Rangers to win (obvi) and I’m sick of the Blackhawks winning everything and the Kings just had their time. Also I want them to win and for Thierren to come coach the Pens. We should plan a PGH-MTL game trip next year 🙂

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    May 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

    C is from Minnesota?? Awesome! I can relate to the pressure to be a hockey lover, I definitely grew into it since i’m from MN. And I went to a D1 hockey college…so yeahhhh no way around that one! These muffins look fab though, never made homemade cornbread muffins. Adding strawberries makes them so seasonal! I would eat one right outta the oven with a big dollop of butter 😀 Thanks Davida!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      yup! He’s from Edina 🙂 I’ll be there in a few weeks!

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    May 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I can’t say I’m really a hockey fan. My brother played when we were younger and I remember having to go watch the games and sit in that cold, cold arena. Brrrr….still gives me the shivers! I am a big tennis fan and I also love watching the Tour de France, which most people probably think is the most boring thing ever but I like the views and the strategy involved and since I cycle, it is interesting to me.

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    May 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    My relationship with hockey is the complete opposite of yours. I used to LOVE it, which I totally blame on my dad and his obsession with it while I was growing up, but it completely died for me the year the Oilers made it to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and lost. Dead. Doesn’t exist. Out of sight, out of mind.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Ah I was at a cottage this past weekend with an Oilers player! Luke Gadzik. He’s great 🙂

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    May 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I think Canadians definitely win for most dedicated hockey fans. I would not dare to get in the way of a Canadian and their hockey! I also understand not having a connection to your home team. I was never a big sports fan (except Tennis but people don’t care about it as much as other sports) until I dated a guy from Boston. If you’ve ever met a true Bostonian, you know that they live and breathe sports. So after spending my college years plus a few on the East Coast, I am now a diehard Boston sports fan. The Celtics are my team and no we’re not going to talk about this season (because I might cry), but all my Colorado friends get kind of upset when I’m rooting against teams like the Broncos (now I have a reason to because they were an embarrassment at the Super Bowl) and the Rockies. Ok that was a long message. Anyway, these muffins look awesome and come at the right time because I’ve been craving cornbread lately! I bet these would be perfect with the salad you just posted!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    May 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Cornbread and strawberries and hockey all in one post?! Amazing! I’ve never had an NHL team that I religiously follow (I suppose I should adopt the Bruins now?) but Vermont is like Canada in that hockey is our jam. It was also huge at my college (I went to school in NY near the Canadian border, actually) and I cheered like a crazy person while smugly flaunting my superior hockey knowledge over all the boys who were clueless about anything other than football.

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    Selena @
    May 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Davida your recipe develipment is genious! These look delicious and it blows my mind how healthy they are! I am SO pinning these making asap! I just bought a fresh batch of strawberries and blueberries so they both may make it into the batter! I may even make it into a bread loaf pan…will let you know how it comes out! 🙂
    And p.s I am not a major hockey fan but I can totally relate to the stress eating that comes with sports! I constantly need a bowl of popcorn nearby or chocolates when I am watching baseball or basketball!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    May 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Yay I have all the ingredients for these at home! How do you think frozen strawberries would fair? I suppose I could just quickly defrost them. These look fun and tasty. Can’t wait!

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    Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite
    May 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I’ve never been into hockey but I went to my first hockey game when I lived in Minnesota…..the game ended with 2 players being carried out on a stretcher. It was traumatizing.

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    May 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    GO KINGS GO!! I’m a huge hockey fan, if you couldn’t tell 😉 Loveeeee my boys to pieces. These muffins however? Are literally making me drool. Gosh cornbread is one of my favorite things, and then you had to go and stuff berries in them, the one thing that I’ve been craving non-stop lately!

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    May 29, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I cannot say I’m a lover of hockey. Anything that is cold weather is not my thing. I moved from WI to AZ for a reason. I love corn bread. I made some last weekend with pomegranate and it was terrible. These sound glorious especially with the honey.

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    May 29, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I didn’t really care about hockey until seeing a UofA IceCats game last year here in Tucson and now am at least open to it. I love the emotions of the fans…and of course the fighting!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    May 29, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Dude- this has become my life with baseball. It’s absurd and I LOVE it 🙂

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    May 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    The only— and I mean ONLY— time my family is interested in hockey is when it’s USA against Canada. Like at the Olympics when my mom went absolutely insane over the USA losing their lead in the last 2 minutes. I was scared of her at the moment.
    Strawberry cornbread muffins? GREAT call.

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    May 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I’m not a sports girl but hockey would definitely have to be my favorite if I had to choose. Easiest to follow and the most action!

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    May 29, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I’m another Canadian who probably should love hockey but doesn’t.. I’ve never played, and never really watched it on TV. I once sang the national anthem on the ice before a game, if that counts for anything? 😉 I really love soccer, and get super excited for the FIFA World Cup – I can’t wait to watch that this summer!

    Also, these look amazing! They sound perfect for breakfast with a smear of almond butter – and honey, of course! 🙂

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    May 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Mmm…. I definitely don’t love sports but I could for sure get down with these muffins! Chicago is a little hockey crazy right now too. I should probably try to get into it 😉

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    May 30, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I’ve never been a hockey fan but I love watching football! Your strawberry muffins looks so good! I like how they are gluten free and vegan! Yum!

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    May 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

    i’ve been to one hockey game. all the fighting got me on a rage, is that normal? haha!! love this combo!

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    May 30, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I feel like I am the one token Canadian that does not like hockey… or watching hockey… or really anything hockey-related ;p
    I will admit though – there must be something in my genes that makes me root for the Habs =)
    These muffins sound delicious!!!

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    May 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I can not for the life of me get into any sport. Teach me your ways!

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    Mary Frances
    May 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    How did I miss these babies?? Gluten free, dairy free, egg free … I’m convinced, there is nothing you cannot do Davida! Well, except cheer for the Rangers 😉

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    May 31, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Everything you post is so freaking beauttiful, just like yew. So much lurve. GORGEOUS.

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    June 5, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I feel like I turned my back for three seconds and already you have 7 new blog posts up. How is that possible? You are a blogging machine or I’m missing some days; maybe both.

    I adore strawberries. I adore corn bread. This is a match made for Meghan or in heaven; maybe both.

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