If you were to ask The Hubby what his favorite all time side is you might be surprised what his answer would be…some might say mashed potatoes (Ok I would say mashed potatoes), some might say rice or broccoli but The Hubby would say cornbread. He LOVES cornbread!! There is just one problem…cornbread can be crazy fattening and not very conducive to a healthier eating plan, so I have been working on a lightened-up version of The Hubby’s favorite…only in muffin form!
So why muffins…two reasons really. They make it easy for portion control and they are cute….so its a win all the way around. If you do not want to make muffins you can make this is in a square pan, just bake until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
Now I am not going to try to fool you, these skinnier muffins are not as decadent as my most favorite cornbread recipe but they are light, airy with just a bit of sweetness making for a perfect cornbread muffin without all of the guilt. To make the muffins moist and tender I used a can of creamed corn, and low fat buttermilk along with egg whites, and when all of these are combined with the traditional cornmeal and flour you get a great lightened-up cornbread.
To give this lightened-up cornbread a kick you could add in some chopped green chilies or some shredded pepper jack cheese, or for some extra corny goodness you could add in some thawed frozen corn. Feel free to make it your own.
Trust me you need to give these lightened-up cornbread muffins a try…you will be so glad you did!
Make everyday sparkle – MJ