Today I’m sharing a collection of light and healthy corn bread recipes perfect for Weight Watchers.
I love warm-from-the oven cornbread with a bowl of chili or soup. I end up making it a few times during the cooler months. The trouble with some cornbread recipes is that they’re full of sugar and fat and high in calories/WW points.
If you are looking for lighter healthier classic cornbread made with less fat and sugar you have come to the right place.
Here’s a great recipe for a simple classic light and healthy cornbread from the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook , a great basic cookbook for people who want to lose weight and eat healthier. (I have a pretty big collection of Weight Watchers Cookbooks and they’re some of my favorites.)
This WW Skinny Corn Bread makes the perfect side dish for chili, soups and stews. Such a delicious treat! You’ll love it topped with preserves for breakfast, too.
WARNING: This is old-fashioned cornbread, hearty and crumbly, which might take some getting used too if you’ve only ever made the kind from a mix, which tends to be a lot more fluffy and sweet. Because this cornbread low in sugar, each serving has just *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints! Woohoo!!
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WW Cornbread Additions & Variations
cornbread muffins – bake in regular or mini muffin tin (grease bottoms of muffin cups or line with paper baking cups)
WW corn bread with creamed corn – decrease buttermilk to 1/2 cup and add 1 (14 ounce) can creamed corn (4SP)
no buttermilk? – substitute regular milk or your favorite non-dairy milk, omit the baking soda and increase baking powder to 3 teaspoons.
moister? – add 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
richer corn bread? – add 1/4 cup melted butter and an additional egg
skillet corn bread? – Cook in a greased 8 or 9-inch cast iron skillet that you have preheated in the oven until hot. Being careful to use often mitts and not burn yourself, pour the batter into the hot skillet. (It will with bubble and sizzle and form a crispy crust as it bakes).
spicy corn bread – stir in one can (4.5 ounce) diced mild green chiles, drained and 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat pepper Jack cheese before baking. (4SP)
sweeter corn bread – increase sugar/sweetener to 1/2 cup
Yankee Corn Bread Variation (Betty Crocker): 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 large egg, 1-1/4 cups cornmeal, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt
If you’ve made this lightened up classic cornbread, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it.
Weight Watchers Light & Healthy Classic Cornbread
- 1-1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- Position an oven rack in the center and heat your oven to 400F degrees. Spray an 8-inch square (or 9-inch round) baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In a small bowl, beat together the buttermilk and egg until they're well blended.
- Add the buttermilk mixture to the cornmeal mixture and stir just until everything is moistened. (Don't overmix or your cornbread will be tough.)
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly.
- Bake in the center of the oven until your cornbread is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.
- Cut into 12 pieces.
- Serve warm.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Light and Healthy Cornbread Recipes
Oprah’s Skinny Corn Bread – from her Food, Health and Happiness Cookbook, with great consistency, just the right amount of sweetness and corn taste plus a little kick from the jalapenos. Found at SouffleBombay
Easy Cranberry Cornbread – quick and easy with just 5 ingredients and 4 Points+ found at The Slender Kitchen.
Excellent & Healthy Cornbread – made with nonfat yogurt, each piece of this light and healthy cornbread has just 117 calories, 1.4 g fat and 3 Weight Watchers Points+ value. Found at AllRecipes.
Moist Mexican Corn Bread – This moist cornbread calls for ground flaxseed, which is a great source of omega 3 fats, antioxidants and fiber. It gets it’s Mexican inspiration from the addition of chopped sweet red pepper and and reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese.
Parmesan Cornbread Muffins – Parmesan topped light and healthy cornbread baked in muffin tins. Each muffin has 151 calories, 4.9 g fat and 4 WW PointsPlus value. From Cooking Light found at MyRecipes.
Salsa Cornbread – a moist vegetable studded light and healthy cornbread with just 138 calories, 4 g fat and 4 PointsPlus found at Eating Well.
Skinny Cornbread Casserole – decadent super rich, moist, creamy and loaded with flavor with only 5 WW Points+ found at Skinny Kitchen
WW Cornbread – This recipe is a play on a classic corn casserole, but using some alternate ingredients. I like that it gives me that cornbread flavor without the points and calories. Especially for paring with things like our favorite soups and chili recipes! Found at You Brew My Tea
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