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Weight Watchers Light & Healthy Classic Cornbread

A great basic recipe for cornbread that's very low in sugar. If you like sweeter cornbread, you'll want to add a bit more or plan to drizzle it with honey when you eat it.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 102
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Cornbread is best served warm and enjoyed the day it is eaten. If you have some leftover, you can heat it gently in the microwave.
Creamed Corn Variation: decrease buttermilk to 1/2 cup and add 1 (14 ounce) can creamed corn. (4SP)
Pepper Jack and Green Chile Variation: stir in one (4.5 ounce) can diced mild green chiles, drained and 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat pepper Jack cheese before baking.
Cornbread Muffins: bake in regular or mini muffin tin (grease bottoms of muffin cups or line with paper baking cups).
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.
Sweeter? increase sugar/sweetener to 1/2 cup.
Richer? add 1/4 cup melted butter and an additional egg.
In a Skillet? 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).
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *3
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *3
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *3
Nutrition Facts
Weight Watchers Light & Healthy Classic Cornbread
Amount Per Serving (1 /12 of recipe)
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Bread, Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic corn bread, healthy corn bread