Cornbread (lightened up) and Whipped Honey Butter



You’re probably wondering could a lightened up cornbread really be better than your traditional cornbread?  The answer: yes, much better!  This cornbread is simply amazing!  Random craving, but my neighbor had brought over some incredible cornbread a few days ago so I was dying for more.

I made this recipe to be moist, fluffy, lower fat/lower cal, with just the right amount of sweetness and a bit of extra flavor from the buttermilk.  This recipe is more than simple and its outstanding served with an also very simple, whipped honey butter.  I served this to my family as a side to go along with the turkey we had for Sunday dinner and I’m pretty sure the entire pan was gone withing a couple of seconds =). Everyone was fighting over the last piece.  Please try this recipe and it’s likely you will be converted for life to this lightened up version.


Cornbread (lightened up) and Whipped Honey Butter

4 from 1 vote

Yield: 12 servings


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter , melted
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Whipped honey butter for serving , recipe follows

Whipped Honey Butter

  • 1/2 cup salted butter , softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornmeal and buttermilk until well blended, allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. Add melted butter, applesauce, honey and sugar to cornmeal mixture and whisk until well combine. Stir in eggs. Stir in dry ingredients and whisk just until combine and no longer lumpy. Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 dish and bake 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool about 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with whipped honey butter.

Whipped Honey Butter

  1. In a mixing bowl,using an electric mixer, whip together all ingredients until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.
  2. Alternate method: add in a bit of cinnamon and hint nutmeg for a delicious spiced version.



  • Carolyn: I have to make this the night before a potluck at work. What is the best way to store the cornbread and butter? Thanks. April 17, 2013 at 5:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Both in separate airtight containers. For the butter if I’m not serving it within a few hours I store it in the fridge then bring it to room temp before serving. Hope you love it! April 17, 2013 at 7:42pm Reply

      • Carolyn: The cornbread and butter held up well overnight following your instructions, and were a huge hit! Everyone commented on how much they loved it, and were helping themselves to 2nds and 3rds. Thank you so much! This is my go to blog anytime I want to make something. April 19, 2013 at 10:46am Reply

        • Jaclyn: Carolyn I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks for leaving another comment! I hope you continue to enjoy what you find here! April 22, 2013 at 6:19pm Reply

  • Amber @ The Cook’s Sister: Love your recipe for cornbread and honey butter! I like the sweetness added to the bread. :)

    Liked your recipe so much that I’ve recently featured your recipe on my blog: July 18, 2012 at 1:41pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Made this last night….the best I have ever had! Thanks. March 7, 2012 at 4:22pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Christygee- I’m not sure that it will give you the same result but I think a good kitchen experiment is always worth a shot, to me the best cooks are the ones willing to take risks =). You could also make your own applesauce at home if you have apples I’d try this recipe at and just omit the sugar and cinnamon. February 27, 2012 at 3:24pm Reply

  • christygee: This sounds divine and I plan to make it tonight! Random question–if I don’t have applesauce, do you think I can get away with using pureed canned corn?? I figure, creamed corn is wet like applesauce so maybe I can try just running my canned corn through my food processor to achieve the same effect! February 27, 2012 at 12:36pm Reply

  • Caroline: Very nice and light! I like it! February 15, 2012 at 7:31am Reply

  • Crunchy Creamy Sweet: I love whipped honey butter! Yum! The cornbread looks moist – so the pics sold me. The addition of healthy – score two! :) January 23, 2012 at 3:30pm Reply

  • Katie: Oh, thank you for posting this! So many cornbread recipes are…er…less than healthy for you. January 23, 2012 at 1:44pm Reply

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