Recipe: Whole-Grain Cornbread

My daughters love this cornbread so much they would happily eat it for dessert. I happen to be more of a dark chocolate girl, but I do love the fact that this version of corn bread has actual bits of corn in the batter. This recipe would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving spread, but could easily be served as a side to dishes like chili or other soups throughout the year. And if you like to switch things up consider adding some jalapeno bits or other spices to the batter or you could also add Swiss or Parmesan cheese instead of the cheddar. Don’t be afraid to make it your own!

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Whole-Grain Cornbread
Serves: 6-8 side servings
  • ⅔ cup + 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup whole grain corn meal, preferably organic (I used Arrowhead Mills)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup corn kernels (I used unthawed frozen ones)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk ⅔ cup whole-wheat flour together with corn meal, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a small pan over medium heat melt the butter. Whisk in 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour and keep whisking until it begins to brown. Add the frozen corn kernels and let thaw in pan for a minute. Pour in heavy cream and whisk entire mixture together until it thickens (should only take a couple minutes). Mix in tablespoon of maple syrup and remove from heat.
  4. Add creamed corn mixture, eggs, sour cream and grated cheese to dry flour mixture. Blend together well without overmixing.
  5. Pour batter into a square or round glass baking dish.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.


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  • Comments

    1. |

      I wonder if I can use whole farm milk instead of heavy cream and whole plain yogurt instead of sour cream?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Jena. I think that will still work. You might need to lessen the amount of milk by a little.

        • |

          My son requested corn bread for breakfast with his morning eggs. I often defer to 100days for healthy, family friendly recipes. I followed this recipe and used whole milk instead of cream and plain whole yogurt instead of sour cream because I didn’t have the other ingredients in my fridge. It came out just fine and all was gone soon after coming out of the oven. We served it with a drizzle of honey.

          • Leigh |

            Thanks! Those are exactly the two substitutions I want to try!

    2. Nichole Martinez |

      Would you leave the cheese in if you want to put honey on the cornbread? I wasn’t sure if it made it really cheesy or if it just added flavor.

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hello. Yes, if you’d like it to be both cheesy and a little sweet.

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