{Slow Cooker} Butternut Squash Cornbread {Video}

Perfectly soft and slightly sweet cornbread made with roasted butternut squash. Cooking it in the slow cooker is the best way to add moisture and frees up your oven.

Butternutsquash Cornbread comes together easily in the crock pot.  Makes the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving
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My kids have a total weakness for warm cornbread fresh from the oven.

The other day, I was making lasagna so the oven wasn’t free and I decided to toss the cornbread batter into my slow cooker instead and the results were completely mind blowing!

The cornbread cooked up perfectly soft and tasted amazing!

Butternutsquash Cornbread comes together easily in the crock pot.  Makes the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving
I’ve been completely obsessed with butternut squash lately and decided to throw some I had roasted earlier into the batter.  It added a wonderful savory flavor as well as moisture to the cornbread.  Along with the touch of maple syrup or honey if you prefer, it’s also a little bit sweeter than your typical cornbread.

Butternutsquash Cornbread comes together easily in the crock pot.  Makes the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving
My husband and lil guy aren’t usually fans of butternut squash but they LOVED this cornbread.  I’ve already made it three times and the best part is that it still stays exceptionally moist on the second day.

This would make a wonderful addition for any weekday supper and you can even use this as a base for your stuffing for Thanksgiving.  It also pairs perfectly with a big bowl of chili or enjoy it slathered on with some butter.

I made this cornbread recently using pumpkin and it works extremely well too.  We even made a video so it’s easier to see the steps involved, click on the arrow to play:


If you’re looking for a new cornbread recipe and one that you can make in the slow cooker, be sure to give either this butternut squash or pumpkin one a try!

Butternutsquash Cornbread comes together easily in the crock pot.  Makes the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving

Yields 4-5

{Slow Cooker} Butternut Squash Cornbread

A flavorful and slightly sweet cornbread made with roasted butternut squash and honey. Cooking it in the slow cooker adds moisture and makes this easy to put together.

10 minPrep Time

2 hrCook Time

2 hr, 10 Total Time

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1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour (measured correctly - spoon + sweep method)

3/4 cup cornmeal

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey

1 large egg, lightly whisked

2/3 cup butternut squash, cooked and mashed well (I roasted mine)

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk ***


  1. Line the slow cooker with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter with honey. Beat in egg until incorporated. Whisk in butternut squash and then the buttermilk.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined (do not overmix - it is okay to see a small amount of flour)
  4. Pour batter into the lined slow cooker and smooth down with an offset spatula. Place lid on top.
  5. Cook on low for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or on high for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until edges are gold brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (The time may be slightly different depending on your slow cooker).
  6. Once cooked, remove entire foil with cornbread from the slow cooker and let cool for 15 minutes. Cut and serve with chili, honey or your favorite buttery spread.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


If you like a less sweet cornbread, reduce or omit the maple syrup or honey

** To make your own buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes - until it's curdled. Then measure out the amount needed for this recipe.

*Cornbread is best enjoyed the same day but it will still remain soft for the next 2 days. Make sure you wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or cover in an airtight container overnight.

****I make this in a 5 quart slow cooker


Adapted from Food


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Lovely comments

  1. WOA – You are pulling my leg right? Cornbread in a slow cooker???!!! All I can think to say is WOA!!!
    Love the honey and butternut squash in this – if only I was like “Jeanie” (from I dream of Jeanie) and could blink this into existence in MY kitchen! :)

  2. I’ve never made cornbread in the slow cooker. What an awesome idea! And the fact that it has squash in the mix…mmm….

    Have an awesome day Kelly!
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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I love using my slow cookers, but I have never tried breads or cakes. I’ve always been a little leery. As I am making lots of soups and chilis with this cool weather, cornbread is a must. I love adding an additional health factor to my cornbread. Usually, I like to add shredded zucchini, but this is a great idea, too. Thanks, again, for the recipe. Pinning it to my bread, slow cooker, and pumpkin boards.

  4. I love the addition to the butternut squash, Kelly. It sounds magnificent! I’ve never made cornbread in the slow cooker before but that needs to change soon. Pinning!
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  5. This looks so moist and fantastic! I love the addition of butternut squash. I’m always looking for ways to trick myself into eating more veggies 😉 I am keeping my fingers crossed that you’re giving away a crock pot on Friday! Is that the surprise?! :)
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  6. How perfect is this? I was just telling my husband how I needed to use our slow cooker more, and I have a feeling that we will be getting some butternut squash in the CSA this week. Looks like I might be making your slow cooker cornbread this weekend! :)

  7. I use my slow cooker a lot, especially in the winter! And I’ve always wanted to try bread (and desserts) in there, too! This cornbread looks mouthwatering, Kelly! What a great idea to flavor it with butternut squash and honey. Sounds like the perfect side, slathered with some honey and butter! Pinned!
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  8. I love the idea of adding squash to cornbread…looks delish!

  9. This recipe sounds delicious! I make a chipotle chili w/black beans and sweet potatoes and this would pair nicely with it!
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  10. I soooo need to get on the slow cooker bandwagon! This looks awesome!

  11. Wow, looks adorable beautiful pumpkin bread!!!!
    never had in mind to use slow cooker to making any bread before, what a creative inspirational recipe….
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  12. Looks beautifully yellow! I would love a slice…

  13. It looks beautiful and delicious! I’ve never tried making bread in the slow cooker, but I should definitely try it! Pinned!
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  14. You are so creative, Kelly! I can’t believe the things a person can make in a slow cooker! The pictures are so bright and wonderful and I can really see how moist this cornbread is! You’re a genius to use your slow cooker so smartly and so often. I can see why they are your most popular recipes. Keep up the great work!

  15. This recipe is ah-mazing! Cornbread with squash in a slow cooker?! What a fun idea!! I am sending this to my mom who adoooreesss her slow cooker (I still need to get my hands on one!). And I love that you snuck veggies into the cornbread – I love getting more veggies in this way :) Pinned!!
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  16. I will definitely be trying this one! I love that it’s made in the slow cooker, I’ve never tried making bread of any kind in the slow cooker. And cornbread that has squash in it, and isn’t incredibly dry by the next day?! That’s awesome!
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  17. Never thought you could make cornbread on a slow cooker. Good idea throwing in the mashed butternut squash as well!
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  18. What an awesome cornbread idea, love this!

  19. OMG this is brilliant.. you are amazing Kelly!! Corn bread cooked in slow cooker!! whatttttt!! i am amazed.. Love this recipe.. Pinning! :)
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  20. wow this is so creative Kelly! corn bread in slow cooker is amazing!
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  21. I love this! My biggest issue, always, with my cornbread for Thanksgiving is that it’s dry…I can’t wait to try this! I love your creativity!
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  22. OMG what a brilliant idea like you I am totally loving my slow cooker right now, I never thought to make cornbread in it. I am definitely going to give this a try. Brilliant idea, love the addition of butternut squash and honey.

  23. This is just creative and amazing!!

  24. I posted a cornbread recipe yesterday – I can’t get enough of the stuff! I haven’t tried it in a slow cooker but I have only now started to explore the recipes you can make in one. This looks totally delicious!
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  25. Yet another thing I can use my slow cooker for – love that thing! And I adore the use of butternut – you never cease to amaze me with your seriously creative (and delicious!) ideas!

  26. Oh gosh Kelly!!! I can’t believe you made this in the crock pot it looks so nice and fluffy and thick especially with the added vegetables!! Yum, yum!!! :)
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  27. Yes, ma’am! I just bought a slow cooker and am SO excited to try this–I love love love butternut squash, Kelly, you just have no idea! Saving and making asap!
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  28. Cornbread in the slow cooker???? Kelly this is awesome! I use mine all the time but have never really tried it for anything like this. Happening soon!
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  29. This is such a smart idea! I love that you added the squash into the batter. Sounds so delicious!

  30. I once imagined what life would be like without a slow cooker. It was a terrible thought haha! I love cornbread and I love squash — this is perfect! :)
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  31. I love it! Cornbread in a slow cooker & with butternut squash. I just can’t wait to try this one! And it’s just in time because the weather is suddenly freezing here in Korea. Thanks Kelly!

  32. Great flavor combo Kelly and I love that its made in the slow cooker, brilliant!
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  33. This is totally genius! I’ve never made bread in the slow cooker, but obviously I need to change that!
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  34. I’m SUPER impressed that you made cornbread in a slow cooker! I still have never tried my hand at baking in a slow cooker, but you’re inspiring me to try!
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  35. This is totally genius! I love how the butternut adds moisture and a little sweetness- both things that I always crave in cornbread. And hello slow cooker! Brilliant idea, Kelly!
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  36. Wow just look at that bread! This looks incredible. I love the colour – it’s like a healthy pumpkin loaf 😀
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  37. Such a clever idea Kelly and I love how you snuck in some veggies – you’re my kind of gal :)

  38. I love that you added some health and nutrition to your cornbread by throwing butternut into the mix! I’m sure it made it extra delicious.
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  39. I love that you make this in a slow cooker!! It looks like so much fun to make! :)

  40. Oh my gosh, I LOVE that there’s butternut squash in there! I’ll bet it just transforms the texture and boosts up the flavor too! I haven’t been brave enough to try baking bread in my crockpot yet, but you make it look so easy I’m definitely gonna have to give this one a go! Love the color. Pinned!
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  41. This is so genius making cornbread in a slow cooker, and adding butternut squash to it is even better! Sounds delicious, Kelly! Pinned. :)
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  42. Awesome! I’ve never baked any breads in my slow cooker! Looks delicious!
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  43. Since my oven doesn’t work, this is just the recipe I need! So creative!
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  44. Kelly!!! oh my gawd, you made cornbread in the slow cooker?!! I love this so much! I was just writing out my thanksgiving menu with my sister and I was wondering how to time everything for the oven!! I love this and am doing this!!! love love love!!!
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  45. That soup looks just as good as this cornbread! :) Wow, I can’t believe you can do this in the slow cooker. Cornbread is a treat around here and the boys especially like it. I love how much time you save with this recipe! Pinning!

  46. Awesome idea to add butternut squash to cornbread, I’m sure it adds really wonderful savoury tones. I definitely need to get a slow cooker one of these days, it sounds like they make life so much easier!
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  47. This is great! I love sneaking in extra veggies too. I really need to break out the crockpot for more recipes. Pinned. :-)
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  48. So, I had butternut squash recently for the first time and I thought it was kinda meh. Clearly, I was doing it wrong because I should’ve made it into this fantastic looking cornbread!

  49. Such a smart idea! That rich butternut squash flavor sounds healthy and delicious :)

  50. I love cornbread! very interesting to use butternut squash in here, I must try that, it sounds awesome!
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  51. Cornbread!? With butternut squash?! In the slow cooker?! Gah!! Genius!
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  52. Butternut squash cornbread sounds amazing! I love squash and Lulu will try anything, but JD and the older kids turn their noses up to it. I bet I can get them to like it with this recipe. I’m going to share this with my mother in law for Thanksgiving. I hope you have a great weekend! XO
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  53. No way! That looks fabulous!

  54. I had no idea you could cook cornbread in a slowcooker! How awesome is that! And I really love your butternut squash cornbread recipe! that sounds amazing and like something I need to get my hands on soon :)
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  55. Love this, so creative! I’ve never made bread or anything similar in my crockpot…this is going on my list!

  56. Oh, I just LOVE this recipe because cornbread, butternut squash, and slow cooker!!!!!! I’m making it this week!
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  57. Can’t wait to try this cornbread Kelly! Love that it’s made in the slow cooker :) Pinned!!

  58. Another brilliant slow cooker dish – I’m not a huge fan of butternut squash either but I love it it in a soup with creamy potatoes and crispy sage! Wow the butternut squash gave your cornbread a lovely golden color – I want to try this with a different winter squash! Thank you for sharing this delicious snack! xx

  59. What a wonderful idea using a slow cooker to cook cornbread. And it looks yummy as well.

  60. You are bringin’ it with these slow cooker meals and sides! I would never have dreamed that you could make cornbread in a slow cooker! Pinned!

  61. Kelly, how in the world did I miss this post? I love cornbread, and I don’t remember seeing this. I need to add this to my recipe box! Pinned!
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  62. Love crockpot recipes when It gets chilly. And love cornbread!!


  63. What? I didn’t know we can make corn bread with a slow cooker?!?! I’m really impressed, and your cornbread turned out very nicely!

  64. I’ve never tried cooking cornbread in a crock pot or adding butternut squash to it. This looks so good Kelly!


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