Vegan Cornbread + Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway

Vegan Coconut Oil Cornbread by An Unrefined Vegan

Here’s how it went. I entered a giveaway for a quart of Tropical Traditions coconut oil over at Blissful Britt. I wasn’t feeling particularly lucky, but you can’t win if you don’t play.  Then a few days later, I received an email from Tropical Traditions asking if I’d like to review their product and give away a bottle to boot. I was on it like brown on rice! Hot on the heels of this invitation, Brittany announced that I’d won the coconut oil – talk about the universe aligning!

Tropical Traditions An Unrefined Vegan

I was a slow convert to the ways of coconut oil, but I’ve found that I love using it in variety of recipes from savory dishes to breads and sweets. This product has staying power in my kitchen, though I have vowed to use it sparingly as I do all oil products. One of the great things about using coconut oil is that it adds an unmistakable and (in my opinion) welcome flavor to every recipe; the smell alone has me hooked.

Snickerdoodles An Unrefined Vegan

You can find the recipe for my snickerdoodles here.

Granola An Unrefined Vegan
I made a modified version of the Coconut Peanut Butter Granola recipe found on the Tropical Traditions website.

The Kelvis sandwich (pictured above) with Maple Whole Wheat Waffles. And now for the cornbread…

Hands down this is the best cornbread I’ve made. The coconut oil gives it an almost buttery flavor and the texture is moist with the perfect amount of crumbliness. You don’t taste the orange juice in this – it just mellows out the whole wheat – a little trick I learned from King Arthur Flour. This comes together fast so it’s perfect for a quick side. You can find a treasure trove of coconut-oil recipes on the Tropical Traditions website.


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Vegan Cornbread

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35


  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup corn meal
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup almond or other non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp. water (whisk together until frothy)
  • 12 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn


  1. Preheat the oven to 400-degrees F and lightly oil a 9-inch pie plate or 9-inch x 9-inch square baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, corn meal and baking powder. In a smaller bowl, mix together the milk, orange juice, coconut oil, flaxseed meal mixture and maple syrup.
  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry and add the corn. Stir until thoroughly combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing.


  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 299
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 5
  • Fat: 15
  • Saturated Fat: 7
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 38
  • Protein: 6
  • Cholesterol: 0


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Cornbread An Unrefined Vegan

Legal stuff and – – how to win!
Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. 

Enter for a chance to win a gigantic quart-sized jar via Rafflecopter! Important: in order to be eligible you MUST subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter – so be sure to make this one of your entries!

179 thoughts on “Vegan Cornbread + Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway

  1. gin

    good stuff, great uses. everything from exotic dishes to skin care and it’s got medicinal and antiseptic properties. virgin coconut oil is wonderful! \o/

  2. tearoomdelights

    That cornbread looks amazing! I’ve never used coconut oil for anything other than putting on my hair, perhaps I should try eating it. I like the granola idea, too.

    On a different topic, what does ‘brown on rice’ mean? I’ve been wracking my brain, but coming up with nothing.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Lorna, it’s a play on the saying “white on rice;” the color white is “on” the rice – since I’m all about unrefined, I say brown on rice…does that help a little?? It’s another way of saying, I’m ALL over it!

  3. Karista

    I’ve used this oil for years. Love it! Love how it makes my cookies just a little crisp on the outside, but moist on the inside. I even use it on my hair 🙂

      1. Karista

        I rub a little in my hands and then smooth it through my hair. But I’ve got some crazy hair going on. It also keeps my hair from drying out in the winter.

      2. Faith

        Ladies, you can use it like a deep conditioner in your hair too. Put it in liberally and pile your hair up top and leave on 10-30 minutes and rinse with warm water. I usually just hop in the shower! Voilà, soft, manageable hair. I do it about once a month b/c I have fine hair 🙂

  4. narf77

    I think it is that “butteriness” that makes coconut oil so valuable in vegan cooking. The creamy layer to the flavour isn’t full on coconut either and I almost “rooned” my food processor making a batch myself. It’s not hard to make, you just need a better food processer than my model 😉 (lets face it…ANY other brand would do! 😉 ). Love the cornbread. In Australia we don’t actually make cornbread much. I took a book out of the library called “The Cornbread Gospels” by one “Crescent Dragonwagon” (MAN am I gonna’ need to change my name should I ever write a cookbook 😉 ) and aside from all the eggy recipes, there was a most interesting recipe for an egg sub that I hadn’t heard of before that was well worth making (starch based). I haven’t actually tried to make cornbread yet but you know what? ANY recipe that you put here is going to get me wanting to try it Annie :).

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      I was kinda reluctant to use the word buttery – but that’s how it came across to my tastebuds! Haha! I’ve heard of Crescent Dragonwagon – – yes, indeed – – our names are just way to boring. We’ll never amount to much ;-)!

  5. blissfulbritt

    Ahhhh double win!! You have been set for what month? Haha I FLY through coconut oil. So glad you won, and so glad you got another jar for a review! I’ll play fair and let others enter, but man is this a great giveaway!

  6. Jessica

    I love to use it in homemade lotions, lip balm, sugar scrubs, etc. I also love to use it in cookies and baked goods.

  7. Susan

    I cook everything with coconut oil, I especially love it in soups, and I also add a Tbsp to my morning smoothie. Yum yum!!

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  9. Beth

    I love coconut oil! I love to use it to make raw mixed nut butter with coconut oil, ginger, raw honey/agave, and some cinnamon; I use it to make raw chocolate sauce; and I actually love to use it on my face as a moisturizer…I am actually super interested in using it to make cornbread! Can’t wait to try that out!

  10. Nicole

    ooh I love using coconut oil for homemade body products! 🙂 scrubs, lotions, massage oils, hair moisturizers! loooovve it

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  12. Jean

    Anything made with coconut oil is fantabulous!! I have tried many recipes and every single one has been scrumpdillyishes!!! Coconut oil is #1 with me!!!!

  13. Billie Yates

    My favorite way to use coconut oil so far it as a moisturizer…however I’m planning on trying it as shaving gel soon!

  14. Andrea McFarland

    Love love love the banana blueberry muffins I just made with whole wheat flour coconut oil and chia seeds! Would love to try the Tropical Traditions oil as I’ve heard great things!

  15. HollymMead

    Though I use it most often in my tea, my favorite coconut oil recipe is for some chocolate power muffins I found on TT’s recipe blog.

  16. Nicole Bear

    I have never used coconut oil for cooking/baking before, so I don’t have a favorite recipe. I am going to have to look for some, or find out how to substitute for other oils.

  17. Tammy

    Didn’t see my comment yet – I signed up for the newsletter. Thank you for the chance to win! I love coconut oil, stir fry with it and eat it by the spoon but I have never tried this brand.

  18. Linda Jones

    I have yet to use coconut oil. I worked it into my budget and last weekend found a jar at the grocery so
    Could try recipes I have been collecting. To win a jar sould be wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

  19. Evelyn

    I use Tropical Traditions coconut oil in almost all my recipes! I don’t really have a favorite recipe because this special oil makes everything better! I use it in sweet as well as savory things. I put it in yogurt after I’ve whisked in my honey. I fry with it. I use it in my cooked oatmeal. Goodness! Even the dog won’t eat his food unless he has his coconut on it! Lol! 😀

  20. Mary D

    I love coconut oil for baking. I sort of modified into newness a carrot muffin to use coconut oil and it is a favorite!

  21. Judith

    I have made a wheat-free cornbread with corn meal and cooked rice (not vegan) and Tropical Traditions coconut oil is great in that.

  22. Judith

    I like to melt coconut oil, add cocoa or cacao, a sweetener, shredded coconut, and sometimes dried fruit. Cool in frig and it becomes a healthy sweet.

  23. maddca

    I use coconut oil in everything instead of butter some time just for flavor i use half butter half coconut oil but not often love kale chips made with it do it everyday in the morning eat them all day

  24. Stacy

    My favorite recipe using coconut oils is a cinnamon bread recipe that I created. I love the flavor that the coconut oil adds!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Hi Stacy – thanks to all of the comments on this post, I’m planning on branching out and trying coconut oil for other applications. Though I have a feeling using it in baking will remain my favorite way to use it!

  25. Ellen B.

    I use coconut oil for ANY/EVERYTHING I can think of! It is most often used in our smoothies, for frying eggs or pancakes and baking. I also love to mix a spoonful into my coffee with cream….

  26. AnnaZed

    I like to peel and slice sweet potatoes, roll them in coconut oil and oven bake them. Sort of like fries, but not really though very good!

    Just a note to connect my comment to the Rafflecopter: The Rafflecopter calls me ‘Margot’ since it is accessing my facebook where I am ‘Margot Core’; the Rafflecopter connects to this email: annazed10 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  27. AnnaZed

    My absolute favorite way to use coconut oil is for a quick and gorgeous vegetable stir-fry. Everything looks colorful and beautiful.

  28. anna

    I use coconut oil for everything-cooking, skin moisturizing, carrier oil for essential oils, and i even feed some to my dog to help combat dry skin!

  29. Deborah

    My favorite way to use coconut oil is to mix it with cocoa and shredded coconut (or baking chocolate). Yummy coconut chocolate treats. I use coconut oil daily – great as a moisturizer, for frying and baking and in a zillion recipes! Sometimes I just eat it by the spoonful.
    Love coconut oil! Thanks for the giveaway!


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