Friday, January 28, 2011

Healthy Cornbread

There's a joke around here that if you want a big butt, you just have to eat cornbread. It came about because it's a staple comfort food here in the Midwest, and we all know mid-westerners are not known for our beach bodies. But it's popular for good reason. Nothing goes better with a bowl of chili than a steaming slice of fresh cornbread, honey shimmering as it slides it's way down the sides, and butter melting and soaking into every golden crumb. I can taste it now!

Luckily, with this recipe, we health freaks can have our cornbread, and eat it too! The recipe that my family has used for years is from the 'Colorado Cache Cookbook,' and although it's delicious, it definitely won't help shrink your waistline. I replaced the butter with real corn, used whole wheat flour instead of white, cut the sugar by 1/4 cup and used egg whites in place of one egg yolk. And the best part? 1 piece is only 130 calories! But, you're going to have to try for yourself!

Healthy Cornbread
16 servings

1 cup pureed corn kernels + 1/4 cup whole kernels
1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
1 cup minus 1 tablespoon skim milk
1 3/4 cup cornmeal
3/4 c whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 egg whites
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon light sour cream
2 tablespoons honey

Pour vinegar into measuring cup, add milk and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine cornmeal, flour, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in egg, egg white, pureed corn, apple sauce, sour cream and honey. Add baking soda to milk, stir and add the mixture to the bowl. Mix well. Stir in 1/4 cup corn kernels. Pour into greased 8x9 baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees, about 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

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  1. Now that looks great.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this corn bread widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for corn bread,Thanks!

  2. Awesome, I put it at the end of the post! :)

  3. I've got to try this! Love the lighter version. Might save the honey for a topper though to make it Southern-style ;)

  4. Hi, good post. I have been thinking about this issue, so thanks for sharing. I will definitely be coming back to your blog.