Healthy Cornbread Recipe (whole wheat)

Serve up a slice of cornbread with your chili….without the guilt! This slimmed-down healthy cornbread is just as satisfying as traditional cornbread, and you can feel better about eating it.

Serve up a slice of cornbread with your chili....without the guilt! This slimmed-down healthy cornbread is just as satisfying as traditional cornbread, and you can feel better about eating it. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

So. I feel like I’m dying. I’ve been blessed with terrible seasonal allergies and they are blazing at an all-time high right now.

(Side note: I typed seasonable at first instead of seasonal. I guess maybe that sort of works, but really I think the congestion is just fogging my brain.)

Either that or I’m sick. I really can’t tell the difference for the months of April through…October? I survived the day on Zyrtec and DayQuil but really it shouldn’t be called surviving. I probably look like I got punched in the face. Things were compounded by the fact that we spent most of the day outside but I refuse to sit inside with the windows closed on a beautiful day. I just can’t do it!

Anyways, this has nothing to do with cornbread but it will explain any typos you may see in this post. Consider yourself warned.

Serve up a slice of cornbread with your chili....without the guilt! This slimmed-down healthy cornbread is just as satisfying as traditional cornbread, and you can feel better about eating it. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

About this healthy cornbread:

I made some simple swaps to make this cornbread a little healthier than traditional cornbread.

  • whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose
  • maple syrup instead of granulated sugar
  • olive oil instead of canola oil

Now, it’s not like you’re eating celery or anything, but it’s certainly a less indulgent way to enjoy cornbread. We hardly ever eat chili without cornbread, so it’s nice to have something a little lighter to accompany the chili.

If you don’t eat a lot of whole wheat flour and are not used to the texture and density of it, start off by using half whole wheat and half all-purpose, or use a white whole wheat flour.

Serve up a slice of cornbread with your chili....without the guilt! This slimmed-down healthy cornbread is just as satisfying as traditional cornbread, and you can feel better about eating it. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

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Healthy Cornbread Recipe (whole wheat)

Serve up a slice of cornbread with your chili….without the guilt! This slimmed-down healthy cornbread is just as satisfying as traditional cornbread, and you can feel better about eating it.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together maple syrup, milk, olive oil and egg whites.
  3. On top of wet ingredients, add dry ingredients and whisk together until combined. Don’t overmix.
  4. Spray a 8- or 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking or baking spray. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
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Verdict: I love this healthy cornbread. The maple syrup not only adds sweetness but lends great flavor to the cornbread.
Husband’s take: Ben and the kids are literally obsessed with this cornbread.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy

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Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

Serve up a slice of cornbread with your chili....without the guilt! This slimmed-down healthy cornbread is just as satisfying as traditional cornbread, and you can feel better about eating it. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!
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11 comments

  1. Hi Rachel,
    Can you advise on what can be substituted in place of eggs? I am a vegetarian and we do not use eggs.
    Thank you
    SM

    • I’ve never tried it but I’ve heard good things about a flax egg – The basic ratio is 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and 3 tablespoons of water to replace 1 egg. Good luck!

  2. This is one of those times I’m a purist–Southern cornbread is the best.

    Not saying yours isn’t good, the ingredients sound nice, but it’s not what you’d get in the South, and that’s what I’m conditioned to eating. :)

  3. Totally going to try this! I love cornbread that is mixed with whole wheat flour. The nutty flavor is incredible!

  4. This recipe couldn’t come at a better time!! I’ve been wanting to make cornbread for Camille, but wanted a natural version! i can’t wait to make it!

    I hope you feel better soon!! <3

  5. I just use Grandma’s recipe.

  6. I just made this today and I absolutely love it! I love being able to eat something a little healthier and sweetened naturally! Thank you for sharing :) I will definitely be adding this one to my recipe book.

  7. Can this be made in muffin form? Or in an 8 x 8 square baking dish?

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