Bringing Luck and Flavor: Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins for the New Year

Bringing Luck and Flavor: Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins for the New Year

Published on Monday, January 01, 2024 by Lisa Green

A GERD-Friendly Cornbread Recipe to Bring Prosperity in the Year to Come

I always say that if you don’t learn something new every day, you're not paying attention. Well, while researching different versions of cornbread, I learned that eating cornbread on New Year’s Day represents gold and will give you luck and prosperity for the New Year. This is a Southern tradition of luck and prosperity, and the cornbread is paired with black-eyed peas, collard greens, and some Pot Likker soup.

GERD-Friendly and Gluten-Free Goodness  

These muffins are tender, easy, and full of flavor. If you’ve been following my recipes, then you know that I don’t have a lot of experience with gluten-free (GF) baking. During my test batches, I discovered that soaking the polenta in water refrigerated overnight, really softened the bite of the grain. Polenta is basically a larger milled corn meal, so soaking it definitely made a world of difference. 

I soaked the whole cup of polenta, which made approximately 1 cup and ¾ of wet polenta. I didn’t use all of it for the recipe. I only used a cup of it. The muffin batter was also a little waterier than the first test batch, but this didn’t affect the muffins in a negative manner at all! If anything, it made them more moist!

I also tested gluten-free rice flour and all-purpose GF flour. I personally liked the all-purpose GF flour better. They were tender, not grainy.

Lucky Muffins for New Year’s Day

These “lucky” gluten-free, GERD-friendly cornbread muffins will be the STAR of New Year’s Day! If you're pairing these with a Pot Likker soup, some chicken pozole, or even some GUMBO, you won’t be disappointed. The richness of the butter with a hint of sweetness will go with whatever you would like! 

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  1. Barnes, A. C. (2022, November 28). What is Pot Likker?. Southern Living. 

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Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins

Servings: 12


  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins




  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup coconut-based dairy-free yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. The day before: Soak the polenta in water.
  2. The day of: Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave and pour it into a mixing bowl.
  4. Add brown sugar and mix until combined.
  5. Incorporate the eggs, ensuring the butter is not too hot to avoid cooking the eggs.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
  7. Pour the batter into a muffin tin, either greased, lined, or ungreased if using non-stick muffin tins.
  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Let the muffins rest for 5 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Serving Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 116
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.6g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 340mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 23.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
Sugars 13.2g
Protein 2.1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


Difficulty: 3

*Difficulty level on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being easy (little to no cooking experience required) and 10 being difficult (having a strong background in cooking and using equipment)

Prep Tip: For optimal tenderness, soak polenta in water in the refrigerator for 24 hours before baking. Drain excess water before use.