Classic Cornbread

After moving from Los Angeles to Atlanta just over a year ago, I realized that I’d never really had good cornbread. Sure I’d had afterthought cornbread. The kind of stuff that’s served with a bowl of chili from a can. A barbecue joint/gas station on the outskirts of Amarillo, Texas changed my perception of cornbread forever. We were headed to our new home with a car full of kids and half the country behind us. We were tired and very hungry.

Before we had a waitress and before we had water, we had cornbread. Served up in a smokin’ hot skillet with a stern warning. Unless you want to spend the next night of your vacation in the burn unit, hands off. This cornbread was like none I’d ever tasted. Light, airy, and slightly sweet with crisp, buttery edges, and served with a carafe of local honey for drizzling. This cornbread was the definition of “farm to table” the staff made sure we knew the corn for our cornbread had been grown in the field just behind the restaurant and had been recently milled on site.

While nothing can touch that incredible gas station cornbread, this recipe makes classic cornbread that is delicious, understated, and actually good for you. Instead of sticks of butter, this recipe swaps a reasonable amount of coconut oil. Instead of added sugar, a touch of honey is baked right in. Serve it with a bowl of homemade chili, barbecued meat, or even a holiday meal.

Healthy Cornbread

Healthier Cornbread
5 from 3 votes

Healthier Cornbread

Classic cornbread can be loaded with butter and sugar. This healthier cornbread recipe calls for wholesome ingredients and cooks up crispy and delicious.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword healthier cornbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 34 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 16 servings, 1 slice each
Calories 87 kcal
Author Toshi Jones


  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil
  • cups corn meal
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • cups buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Heat oil in medium ovenproof skillet (or an 8-inch square baking pan) over medium heat; heat until hot, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside.

  3. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  4. Combine buttermilk, honey, and egg in a medium bowl; whisk to blend. 

  5. Add buttermilk mixture to cornmeal mixture; mix until just blended. If it seems too dry, add 1 to 2 Tbsp. of buttermilk. 

  6. Pour the batter into prepared skillet; smooth top evenly.

  7. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, and top is lightly browned. 

  8. Cut into sixteen slices; serve hot or warm.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Cornbread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 87 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 221mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Healthy Cornbread

Photographs by Anguel Dimov and Brianne B of Evergreen Kitchen