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Healthy Cornbread Muffins (Whole-Wheat)

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Our healthy cornbread muffins are made with whole-wheat flour, buttermilk and a little honey. They are perfectly domed, fluffy and lightly sweet and crispy along the edges.


  • 1 ¼ cup cornmeal
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or organic canola oil
  • 1 cup corn kernels or another stir-ins (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat wells of a standard muffin tin with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. Whisk cornmeal, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center.
  3. Whisk egg, buttermilk, honey and oil thoroughly in a large measuring cup or medium bowl.
  4. Pour wet mix into the well in the dry mix and stir together until evenly moistened. Stir in corn kernels or mix-ins if using. 
  5. Scoop batter into the coated muffin tins, dividing evenly.
  6. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until the muffins are domed and spring back when lightly touched. Serve warm.


To Make Ahead

These can be made up to 8 hours ahead. They are best served warm so we suggest following the instructions to reheat.

To Reheat

We recommend wrapping them in foil and baking at 325 degrees F until warmed through, 20 to 25 minutes. You can also microwave a single muffin for 18 to 22 seconds on high power.

Optional Mix-Ins

Add in up to one cup of any combination of corn kernels, crumbled cooked bacon, sliced green onions or scallions, shredded cheese and/or canned diced green chiles or roasted poblano peppers.

Flavor the cornmeal muffins with 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped chipotle in adobo or 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh jalapeño chile pepper. 

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 153
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g

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