I’m betting this whole grain Sweet Honey Cornbread will become a staple in your house, just as it is in ours.
Are you a bread person? I am. Actually, I’ll say I’m a carb person. Bread, muffins, granola… if it’s made with grains, I most likely crave it.
Since I try to eat healthfully, I make sure that the carbs I eat are on the healthier side. To me that means homemade, whole grain, and free of (or low in) refined sugars.
I read somewhere that it’s ok to eat treats once in a while, so long as they’re homemade. I really like that perspective because it reminds us that life is all about balance. Rather than stopping at the bakery or drive thru every day, make a batch of homemade cookies, muffins, or mac and cheese once a week. When you make food at home, you know exactly what goes into it. And it limits the amount of junk you can eat because you have to invest the time to make it yourself. 😉
How does this Sweet Honey Cornbread fit into all of this? Well, I’m guessing that like me, many of you crave bread with dinner. Especially this time of year when we eat a lot of soups, stews and chilis. On occasion, we’ll buy a loaf of bread from the grocery store, but it’s never as satisfying as homemade. When I have time, I like to make a batch of our favorite cloverleaf or honey yeast rolls. But when I’m short on time (or chili is for dinner!), I make a quick batch of this whole grain cornbread.
This method for making this cornbread is the same that you would use to make a simple batch of muffins. You mix up the wet and dry ingredients separately and then stir the two together. Mix the batter until it’s just combined, pour it in the pan, and bake!
Before you know it, you’ll have a square of this soft, moist Sweet Honey Cornbread in front of you.
When my kids hear that we’re having cornbread with dinner, they get even more excited than I do. We like to serve this with a pat of softened butter. If you like, you can add a drizzle of honey on top. The cornbread itself is slightly sweet from the honey, and has a nice crust and texture thanks to the cornmeal. You can also make cornbread muffins using this recipe. I’ve included directions for both muffins and regular cornbread below.
Tips for making this Sweet Honey Cornbread:
- We prefer this made with white whole wheat flour, but you can also use regular whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour.
- Pure maple syrup can be used in place of the honey, if you like.
- If you don’t have buttermilk on hand (I rarely do) you can make your own by combining milk and lemon juice. Whole milk is best, but any will work. See the note in the recipe.
- Be careful not to over-mix the batter. Mix it until it’s just combined and a few streaks of flour remain. Under-mixing just a bit leads to a soft, light crumb in your cornbread.
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk*
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish or muffin tin with cooking spray (or line with paper liners). Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, white whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt until well combined.
- In a liquid measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, applesauce, honey and vanilla. Whisk in the melted butter.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix; it’s ok if you see a few streaks of flour in the batter. Transfer to the prepared baking dish (or scoop into the muffin tin).
- Bake for 22-25 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. (Bake muffins for 12-15 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing.) Serve warm.