Serve up a slice of cornbread with your chili….without the guilt! This healthy cornbread recipe is just as satisfying as traditional cornbread, and you can feel better about eating it.
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.
You could also make this into muffins! Pour into a muffin pan and reduce baking time (I’d start with 15 or 16 minutes and go from there).
More Quick Breads Using Whole Wheat Flour
I substitute whole wheat flour for white all purpose flour whenever I can. It’s much more nutritious and adds an extra layer of hearty flavor. Here are some of my favorite recipes:
- Pumpkin Streusel Bread
- Whole Wheat Banana Bread
- Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- Whole Wheat Applesauce Bread with Walnuts
- Whole Wheat Biscuits with Cornmeal, Cheddar, and Black Pepper
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 egg whites (or 1 egg)
- 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 8- or 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking or baking spray.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together maple syrup, milk, olive oil and egg whites.
- On top of wet ingredients, add dry ingredients and whisk together until combined. Don’t overmix.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- if you prefer, substitute all-purpose flour for the whole wheat flour, or a combination of the two.
- Bread can be baked in a 8 inch square pan if you prefer.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.