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Healthier Low Fat Cornbread

This Healthier Low Fat Cornbread is a wholesome alternative to traditional cornbread! It's light and tender and rivals any sweet cornbread recipe, with less fat and calories!

Course Baking, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Baking, Comfort Food, Healthy
Keyword Applesauce Cornbread, Healthy Low Fat Cornbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 237 kcal
Author The Ultimate One-Pan Oven Cookbook, by Julia Konovalova © Page Street Publishing, 2018


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional
  • diced jalapeno or 1/2 cup canned corn (drained), optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare an 8-inch by 8-inch square cake pan by lining it with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with vegetable oil cooking spray, if desired.

  2. Combine the vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs and buttermilk in a large bowl with a wire whisk until smooth.

  3. Add the cornmeal, flour, salt and baking powder and mix with a rubber spatula until combined.

  4. Add the cheese, jalapenos and corn (if using), and stir to combine.

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes until the cornbread is golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

  6. Enjoy with your favourite soups, stews, or chili, or eat it alone with butter and jam.

Recipe Notes

This cornbread keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for about 2 days. It freezes well and can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for up to a month.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Low Fat Cornbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 249mg11%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 138mg14%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.