Healthy Cornbread Recipe (whole wheat) (2024)

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By: Rachel GurkPosted: 05/13/2016

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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.

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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).

This would be great with jam, too! Try it with strawberry freezer jam or orange marmalade!

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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

Did you make this? Be sure to leave a review below and tag me @rachelcooksblog on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest!

Prep Time: 5 minutes mins

Cook Time: 25 minutes mins

Total Time: 30 minutes mins

10 servings

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Serve up a slice of cornbread with your chili. This healthy cornbread recipe is just as satisfying as traditional cornbread, and you can feel better about eating it.


  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 182kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 166mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 0.05mg, Calcium: 90mg, Iron: 1mg

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.

© Author: Rachel Gurk

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  1. Adonna Puckett says

    I’m from and in Deep South. We don’t sweeten our cornbread. At all.
    What do I replace it with, maybe more cornmeal?


    • Rachel Gurk says

      I haven’t tested this without sweetener so I can’t guarantee it will turn out as sugar/honey can affect texture as well as taste. Let me know if you give it a try!


  2. Brian T Truax says

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    I have been making this recipe for years now and it is hands down the best cornbread going! What’s not to like. Quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious. I do use the entire egg but find that the cornbread turns out just fine.

    Thanks Rachel!


    • Rachel Gurk says

      I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!


  3. Emma says

    How can i make this with much less syrup? Since it’s liquid i think there must be something I need to add to balance it out.


    • Rachel Gurk says

      I haven’t tested it, so I’m not sure. I think you could just reduce it slightly and it would still turn out okay, but I haven”t tested it. Let me know if you give it a try.


  4. Roxanne Cole says

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    I had to cook it longer because of it’s density but it was delicious. I added a Jalapeno pepper.


    • Rachel Gurk says

      So glad you enjoyed it!


  5. Alicia Murray says

    I really liked the recipe and will use it again.


    • Rachel Gurk says

      I’m so glad it was a hit!


  6. Drew says

    I found this on the web. I’m used to cooking with whole wheat flour but this recipe made a dense rather flavorless bread. I would not make it again.


    • Rachel Gurk says

      Sorry to hear that this wasn’t a home-run for you!


  7. Theresa Putz says

    I don’t like sweet cornbread, can I omit the maple syrup? The recipe looks great, however! Thx!


    • Rachel Gurk says

      Probably, but I haven’t tested it that way! It may affect the texture.


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Healthy Cornbread Recipe (whole wheat) (2024)


How healthy is homemade cornbread? ›

Cornbread is a quick bread usually made using cornmeal, flour, vegetable oil, baking powder, and eggs. Although it's relatively high in carbs and sodium, it contains several important nutrients, including phosphorus, selenium, and B vitamins.

Is corn bread healthier than wheat bread? ›

In general, cornbread can be slightly healthier than traditional wheat bread in terms of fiber content, as cornmeal is a good source of fiber. However, this can vary depending on the ingredients used in each recipe and the portion size consumed.

Is cornbread good for your bowels? ›

A. Cornbread contains fibre, which is not easily digested or absorbed by the body and passes through the digestive system relatively intact. Fibre also controls bowel motions by softening and increasing the weight and size of the stool, all of which make it easier to pass stool.

Can you eat cornbread on a low cholesterol diet? ›

Cornbread can help lower cholesterol levels thanks to its soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to reduce cholesterol. It works by binding with bile acids and removing them from the body before they can be reabsorbed into the bloodstream. This helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and improve overall heart health.

Is corn bread OK for diabetics? ›

Cornbread is delicious and a great accompaniment to any meal. However, it is not a good idea if you are a diabetic. The high starch and cornmeal contents are carbohydrates which are broken down into sugar in the body. Sugar is extremely dangerous for people with diabetes, so it is best to avoid it.

Which is healthier cornmeal or flour? ›

Cornmeal has fewer calories, sodium and carbs but more fibre than white flour. Cornmeal is also gluten-free. People who have an allergy to gluten can consume cornmeal. White flour is refined flour which doesn't have much nutrition and has very low fibre.

What's healthier corn or whole wheat? ›

Corn is a great source of potassium, which is said to help lower blood pressure, and it's a better source of antioxidants than wheat, rice or oats. It's especially high in carotenoids, the antioxidants that help keep your eyes healthy. And naturally, corn is high in fibre.

What are the benefits of homemade cornbread? ›

Corn bread is a good source of several nutrients. Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, folic acid, folates and vitamins A, B-6 and B-12 are found in corn bread. Unfortunately, prepared mixes may also contain extra sodium, sugars and animal fats. It's much better for you if you make your own from scratch.

Is homemade cornbread better than store bought? ›

Chili is one of my favorite fall meals, but a bowl of chili isn't complete without a delicious batch of cornbread. Today I'll compare homemade cornbread to several boxed mixes. Both are quick and easy to prepare and inexpensive, but homemade cornbread tends to be much healthier because it contains fewer ingredients.

Does cornbread raise your sugar level? ›

Cornbread is made from cornmeal, which is a carbohydrate, and carbohydrates can raise blood sugar levels. However, choosing whole grain cornmeal and controlling portion sizes may help mitigate the impact on blood sugar.

How many calories are in one piece of homemade cornbread? ›

Common serving sizes
Serving SizeCalories
1 cubic inch20
1 oz80
1 piece183
100 g282
Aug 21, 2007

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