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Healthy Cornbread Recipe (Vegan Option!)

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You’re going to love this healthy cornbread recipe! Just like Jiffy, but way better, this southern cornbread recipe is delicious, subtly sweet, and crumbly! With vegan and gluten-free cornbread options, this recipe is fitting for almost anyone! This traditional cornbread is the perfect addition to any dinner and is a great side dish or snack for the whole family!

quick healthy cornbread recipe cut into cubes

Soft and versatile, sweet cornbread is one of my absolute favorite side dishes. But traditional cornbread is more like a cake than a healthy side – thanks to all that butter, sugar and white flour! With a couple of simple swaps, I was able to turn this classic quick bread recipe into the ultimate healthy cornbread that is just as delicious as the original version!

With a hint of sweetness, tons of corn flavor, and a crumbly texture, you can pair this healthy yummy cornbread with all types of foods such as soups, casseroles, main courses, easy lunches, veggies, and so much more! It is the perfect addition to any meal!

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The best part about this recipe is that it’s super versatile! There is an option for vegan cornbread, and you can easily make this healthy cornbread gluten free too! So those with different lifestyles will definitely be able to enjoy this classic cornbread.

Easy recipes make appearances in our houses quite often because they’re perfect for those busy weeknights when you just need something delicious and healthy on the table. Since this cornbread has the perfect texture, this recipe is a crowdpleaser. Everyone loves it!

The next time you need some whole-grain cornbread, be sure to save this family-friendly recipe because it is just so delicious and simple to make!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Kid-Friendly: The kids will love this healthy honey cornbread! This recipe is made with family-friendly ingredients that are simple but appetizing!
  • Delicious: Sweet notes of honey and cornmeal come together to create a subtly sweet combination that is pleasing and so yummy. Pour a drizzle of honey on this cornbread for even more sweetness.
  • Easy: This is one of those simple recipes that is impossible to mess up! The kids can even help in the kitchen with mixing ingredients and making the batter.
  • Versatile: With both vegan and gluten-free options, this recipe is incredibly flexible and easy to adapt to fit whatever you have on hand or are feeling.
  • Healthy: Made with no refined sugar, and no refined grains, you can relish in the fact that this cornbread recipe is healthier than most packaged cornbreads–like Jiffy!

🥮 How To Make Cornbread Healthy

You can make this healthier cornbread with just four simple swaps!

  1. Use whole wheat flour instead of white flour
  2. Choose heart healthy fats instead of butter (we used olive oil!)
  3. Reduce the sugar and use a natural sweetener like honey or agave syrup (you can also omit the sugar altogether!)
  4. Use low fat milk instead of whole milk (you can also use a plant based milk!)
low calorie cornbread on a wire rack

🥘 Ingredients

You can easily find these healthy ingredients at most grocery stores, or you may already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen. This recipe makes one big batch of cornbread, but you can always double it if you are making this for a crowd!

ingredients for healthy cornbread recipe

Dry Ingredients

  • Flour: Regular whole wheat flour is used for this recipe, which is a healthier alternative to all-purpose white flour thanks to the fiber and whole grains. You can also use white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour.
  • Corn meal: Ground cornmeal is the main ingredient in this recipe! You easily find this at grocery stores in the baking section.
  • Baking Powder & Salt: To help this low calorie cornbread rise, and bring out the sweetness more.

Wet Ingredients

  • Milk: You can use any kind of milk in this recipe! Dairy or dairy-free milks such as oat or almond work.
  • Lemon Juice: You can use freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice.
  • Honey: For a hint of sweetness. You can also use granulated sugar, maple syrup, or agave syrup for a vegan option. Leave out the honey altogether for a healthy cornbread without sugar!
  • Eggs: Use organic eggs if you can. Use applesauce or flax eggs for a vegan version.
  • Oil: Any type of oil will work in this recipe. We like melted coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or any type of vegetable oil.

🍽 Equipment

For this recipe, you will need a large bowl, measuring cups & spoons, an 8-inch square pan or cast-iron skillet, Muffin pan if making healthy cornbread muffins, basic utensils, a cooling rack, and a knife.

📖 Variations

  • Healthy Vegan Cornbread: Substitute the milk for non-dairy milk such as almond milk, or soy milk, remove the eggs and substitute with ½ cup of apple sauce, an additional teaspoon of baking powder (3 tsp total), and ¼ cup of sugar instead of honey. You can use use flax eggs instead of applesauce by mixing flax meal and water together and letting sit for five minutes.
  • Gluten-Free Option: Make this recipe gluten-free by substituting 1:1 gluten-free flour for whole wheat flour. I haven’t tried almond flour as a gluten-free option, but I think that might make this recipe a little too dense and not as fluffy.
  • Healthy Cornbread Muffins: If you want to make muffins, simply transfer the batter to a muffin tin and bake at 340 degrees F. You will likely have to adjust the baking time, checking every 5 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of each muffin comes out clean.
  • Add in whole corn kernels! Add 1/2 cup of fresh corn kernels into the batter for additional texture!

🔪 Instructions

See the complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions in the recipe card below!

Preheat Oven, Prepare Pan: First, preheat the oven to 338 degrees Fahrenheit or 170 degrees Celsius. Line a square pan with baking paper and set it aside.

Mix Dry Ingredients: Next, in a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, whole-grain cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until combined.

dry ingredients combined in a bowl

Combine Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, lemon juice, honey, eggs, and oil. Whisk until combined.

wet ingredients mixed in a bowl

Mix Ingredients: Next, pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until the batter is smooth.

wet and dry ingredients combined in a bowl

Transfer to Pan, Bake: Transfer the cornbread batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

batter being poured into a baking diwh

Remove and Cool: Finally, remove the cornbread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for five minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

ultimate healthy cornbread in baking dish

Cut and Serve! Cut in 16 equal pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature!

healthy cornbread with honey cut into squares

❓Recipe FAQs

Is cornbread healthy to eat?

Traditional cornbread (or pre-packaged Jiffy cornbread) is packed with calories, fat and sugar, so it’s not healthy to eat! But you can make cornbread healthy by changing out the type of flour used, reducing the oil and sugar in the recipe. This healthy honey cornbread is low in fat, low in sugar, and low in calories making it much better for you than classic cornbread.

Is cornbread healthier than wheat bread?

Corn is typically healthier than wheat as it is more digestible and easier on the body.

What are the benefits of eating corn?

Corn is high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and so much more. You can never go wrong with corn!

👨‍👩‍👧 How to Serve

  • Serve a slice of cornbread alongside any delicious stew or salad, with chili, or with other quick meals
  • With a spread: Add regular or vegan butter, or fruit preserves when serving this quick healthy cornbread.
  • As an appetizer on its own, or along with a variety of appetizers!
  • Serve with other side dishes!

🧊 How to Store

Let the cornbread cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool place. It will keep at room temperature for 2-3 days, or in the fridge for up to 7-8 days. To reheat, warm in the microwave or toaster oven until fully heated through.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Be careful not to overcook the cornbread, cook until just golden brown.
  • Do not overmix the cornbread batter or the cornrbead will be rubbery.
  • Store in an airtight container in a dry place for up to three days.
  • Freeze the cornbread in the freezer for up to two months.
  • Make sure to measure your flour and cornmeal using the “spoon and level” method.
healthy cornbread (with vegan option) on a wire rack

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quick healthy cornbread recipe cut into cubes
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5 from 6 votes

Healthy Cornbread

You're going to love this healthy cornbread recipe! Just like Jiffy, but way better, this southern cornbread recipe is delicious, subtly sweet, and crumbly! With vegan and gluten-free cornbread options, this recipe is fitting for almost anyone! This traditional cornbread is the perfect addition to any dinner and is a great side dish or snack for the whole family!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Baking, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 338 degrees Fahrenheit or 170 degrees Celsius. Line an eight-inch square baking pan with wax paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Whisk together until combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl whisk together the milk, lemon juice, honey, eggs and oil. Whisk until well combined.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until the batter is smooth with no lumps.
  • Fill the prepared cake tin with the cornbread batter.
  • Bake the cornbread for 10-15 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove the cornbread from the oven and allow it to cool in the tin for five minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
  • Cut into sixteen equal pieces.

Video

https://youtu.be/ZBJKyIeGgow

Notes

  • Be careful not to overcook the cornbread.
  • Cook until the cornbread is golden brown.
  • Do not overmix the cornbread batter or the cornrbead will be rubbery.
  • Store in an airtight container in a dry place for up to three days.
  • Freeze the cornbread in the freezer for up to two months.
  • To make this recipe gluten free substitute gluten free flour 1:1 for whole wheat flour.
  • To make this recipe vegan, substitute the milk for unsweetened almond milk or soy milk, remove the eggs and substitute with ½ cup apple sauce and an additional tsp of baking powder (3 tsp in total) and ¼ cup sugar instead of honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g

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