Corn Bread Redux

My first memory of cornbread probably happened at a Marie Callenders. Not that my mom or grandma did not bake cornbread, but we purposely went to Marie Callenders for their chili and cornbread, well at least the adults did. I probably ordered a hamburger. As an adult I grew to love sweet cornbread, but always found every recipe on the crumbly side, particularly the Jiffy boxed mix variety. In my attempt to eat more organically I don’t buy much in the way of boxed mixes anymore. However, I wanted some cornbread as a side for my bison chili, so I googled healthy recipe and voila I found one, which I tweaked from here:


I should preface this with the fact that my husband has an aversion to “healthy” food, so I did not tell him, and he ate four large squares. It was a hit.

Cornbread Redux


  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk.)
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 cups fine or medium cornmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder(the original calls for 2 T-apparenlty I missed it, so it did not rise to the top of the pan.)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar or cane sugar (You can omit, if you want to reduce your sugar intake further)
  • 1 and 1/2 packets sweet leaf (stevia) (or 2 more tbsp sugar) Stevia has zero sugar on GI scale
  • 8 oz frozen corn defrosted
  • 2 Tbsp coconut or canola/veg oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

Mix the vinegar with the milk, and set aside. Combine dry ingredients and mix very well. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, applesauce, corn (pulverized if you wish), and milk-vinegar. Then pour the wet into dry and mix until just mixed. Pour into a greased 8×8 dish and cook at 420 F (preheated) for about 25 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before trying to cut, or it will crumble.


I subbed coconut palm sugar for cane sugar for a better glycemic index and less sweet taste; it also made the mixture darker, but not the end product. We spread Earth’s Balance and some organic honey on ours. It was every bit as good as Marie’s and even better the husband is none the wiser (insert conniving laugh here.)

nutrition facts:  (Based on original recipe)

  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 18g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg