Healthy Cornbread Recipe

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Healthy Cornbread

The story of cornbread goes back a long way, and  forms part of America’s culinary history. The native Americans had mastered the ability to dry and grind cornmeal, (the fundamental ingredient of cornbread) long before the Europeans arrived. It was favoured because an easy cornbread could be made very simply. With its dense texture, flat shape and relatively small bulk, cornbread could be stored and transported across long distances, while providing decent levels of nutritional value to the community.

As there were several unique varieties of corn that grew throughout  the American continent, cornbread took on its own flavour, colour and texture according to the region the corn was grown.  Blue corn was common in the Southwest, whereas the northern areas preferred  yellow corn and the Southerners favoured white corn.  As the types of corn differed, so did the methods for making cornbread.

Early in America’s history, the native Americans made cornbread from a simple dough, made of water, cornmeal and salt. The northern regions took to adding sweeteners like honey, molasses and sugar to their cornbread. Whereas in the South, they preferred their cornbread to be savoury and would use eggs, bacon fat or lard to give it a richer flavour.

Wherever corn is grown you can find a recipe for cornbread. As with traditional wheat bread, cornbread has taken on many forms and reflects the culture from which it came. In Mexico, cornbread is enjoyed with the addition of jalapeno peppers.  Cornbread muffins and sweet cornbread are eaten traditionally in the northern areas. I have even tried a recipe in which the Mohawk Indians in Canada, make a healthy cornbread using kidney beans.

Cornbread has yet to be discovered by most Europeans and what a great shame that is- you are really missing out on a culinary treat!  So here’s my recipe you just have to try:

This recipe is my super healthy cornbread, mixing the traditional native American and Southern method of using only cornmeal, with a little northern sweetener just to bring out the flavours. I have also included coconut oil, it is a recent discovery of mine that I think makes cornbread as tasty as using bacon fat, but perhaps a little healthier! We rarely  have any buttermilk to hand as it’s not easy to find here in the UK, so I use yogourt. Like the Southerners, I use a cast iron skillet to make my cornbread, although you could use an oven-proof dish if you prefer.

 

Healthy Cornbread Recipe

What you need"Healthy Cornbread"

  • 2 tbsp of organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 340g/ 2 cups of stoneground cornmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of raw honey
  • 425g/ 1 3/4 cups of yogourt
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • cast iron skillet

What to do

Turn your oven to 200 C/Gas Mark 6/ 400. F Spoon your coconut oil into the cast iron skillet and place in the oven. Blend the cornmeal, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt together. In a separate mixing bowl blend the honey, yogourt and egg together until it’s smooth in consistency. Then add the wet mixture to the dry and mix together until all the ingredients are well blended together. Grab some oven gloves and bring the skillet out of the oven and swish the liquid oil around until it completely coats the surface. Pour the cornmeal mixture into the skillet and bake until golden for around 25 minutes. Serve with chili beans and a green salad.

Bonne Appétit x

Healthy Cornbread Recipe

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Healthy Cornbread Recipe

What you need

  • 2 tbsp of organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 340g/ 2 cups of stoneground cornmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of raw honey
  • 425g/ 1 3/4 cups of yogourt
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • cast iron skillet

What to do

Turn your oven to 200 C/Gas Mark 6/ 400. F Spoon your coconut oil into the cast iron skillet and place in the oven. Blend the cornmeal, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt together. In a separate mixing bowl blend the honey, yogourt and egg together until it’s smooth in consistency. Then add the wet mixture to the dry and mix together until all the ingredients are well blended together. Grab some oven gloves and bring the skillet out of the oven and swish the liquid oil around until it completely coats the surface and then pour the cornmeal mixture into the skillet and bake until golden for around 25 minutes. Serve with chili beans and a green salad.

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Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca's days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.

21 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting, i just made a batch of cornbread last week and was wondering if there was a healthier way to make it. Now i know :P

  2. Linda on

    Yum! Pinning this now and can’t wait to make it!

  3. I love cooking my cornbread in a cast iron skillet too, great pic.

  4. Your cornbread sounds incredibly delicious, as well as healthy! It’s so nice when a treat like this can be so good for you too :-)

  5. Awesome post! I LOVE cornbread! :) Thanks for sharing this with Wildcrafting Wednesday! :)

  6. Coconut oil sounds really interesting in this recipe. Please share this on my foodie friday linky today.

  7. This sounds wonderful! I will be trying it.

  8. Fran K on

    Just what I’ve been looking for! Since I have buttermilk instead of yogurt, would that work as well?

  9. Laura on

    What a healthy cornbread and I love that it is made in the cast iron skillet-brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! As a reminder, in order to be featured please provide a link back to one of the AFW Hostesses. Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

  10. I am a Southern boy from the American Southeast and I pretty much make cornbread like this, only no sweetener of any kind. I just use cornmeal, egg, olive oil,2% milk,baking soda and a tiny bit of salt. I don’t like bread to taste sweet.And the cast iron skillet is a must.You coat it first with oil and let it heat up first before you pour the mixed batter in so it gives it that outer layer of crust on the bottom.

  11. This cornbread looks amazing. I often struggle finding a good recipe. I recently started a Thursday link-up party (yes, today:), and I would really love to see this post and/or any others you would like to include. I am at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you there and for many more Thursday’s to come!!

  12. Your cornbread looks incredible! Thank you for sharing this week with Wildcrafting Wednesday!

  13. We love Cornbread and your recipe looks great. I make my cornbread in a Iron skillet that has been in my family for generations, it is so special. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. I will have to try this out, my husband LOVVVES cornbread :)

  15. Lea H on

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)