Pictured Recipe: Okra & Red Pepper Cornbread
If you're a fan of sweet cornbread but don't want an overload of added sugar, try making cornbread yourself. When you make it homemade, you can cut the sugar nearly in half compared to a boxed version. But it's still plenty sweet thanks to a touch of honey and the natural sweetness of fresh corn kernels, which also help to boost fiber and keep it delectably moist. Here's how.
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Pictured Recipe: Whole-Grain Cornbread
While convenient, many boxed cornbread mixes contain partially hydrogenated fat and/or oil and plenty of salt. When you make a batch of cornbread, whisk together enough dry ingredients for a triple or quadruple recipe and keep it on hand in your freezer. For each batch of bread, combine 2 cups dry mix with the liquid ingredients.
Pureed corn kernels do three things in this recipe: they replace some of the butter to slash saturated fat while keeping the bread ultra-moist, they add fiber and they infuse the bread with a naturally sweet corn flavor.
To add 2 grams of fiber per serving to cornbread versus a traditional recipe, use whole-grain cornmeal instead of traditional yellow cornmeal and white whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose white flour. Look for whole-grain cornmeal in the natural-foods section of most supermarkets or in natural-foods stores. We like "fine-" or "medium-" ground cornmeal for cornbread.
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Pictured Recipe: Vegan Cornbread
Making an eggless, dairy-free cornbread may sound like a daunting task (what's cornbread without buttermilk?), but not only is it possible, it's also completely delectable. You just need a few simple swaps:
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Pictured Recipe: Gluten-Free Cornbread
While there are finally several gluten-free cornbread mixes on the market, making it home is just as easy and way more delicious. Because corn is naturally gluten-free it's easy to make a few simple swaps to get gluten-free cornbread.
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