GUEST BLOG: Southern Cornbread - Healthy or Not?

It’s your friendly AHA blogger, Hannah, back again! This month, I wanted to share a favorite recipe with you all! It comes from a list of amazing recipes you can find on the AHA website. So surprise, southern cornbread can be healthy. In fact, lots of recipes just need a few little tweaks to make your heart smile. 

hero_image_alt_text===Baking cornbread
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I decided on “Southern Cornbread” after looking through all of the yummy ideas and it was everything I thought it would be. When I first mentioned to my family I would be making healthy, southern cornbread their response was "this is going to taste gross". Well, they were all pleasantly surprised at the results and didn't hesitate to help me eat it all up! 

My entire family loves cornbread and in a family with many suffering from heart disease, we have to find heart healthy recipes that still taste good. As an advocate for the AHA and my little sister who was born with a congenital heart defect, I want to show everyone how eating healthy doesn't mean you have to give up some of your favorite foods - and believe me, cornbread is definitely a favorite in my rural Arkansas family!

Today, I made this recipe with my dad, who suffers from extremely high blood pressure. With this recipe, he does not have to worry about the harmful effects on his blood pressure. This cornbread was a hit and I can’t wait to share it with you all! 


Servings - 12, Calories - 139 per serving, 4g protein per serving, 2g fiber per serving

Cooking spray
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup no-salt-added cream-style corn (undrained)
1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn (thawed)
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1 large egg
2 Tbsp. canola oil or 2 Tbsp corn oil

Now that we have all of our ingredients in order, let’s talk about how to make this fantastic dish in four easy steps! 


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly spray a 9-inch square or round baking pan or pie pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal, both flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients. Pour into the well in the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Spoon into the baking pan. Lightly spray the top of the batter with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

I know I said four steps... but the fifth step is to ENJOY! I hope you all love this dish as much as I did! Oh, wait, one more thing I want to share with you before I sign off this month.

My favorite part about this recipe was that it was quick and easy! I know that we all live life on the go and indulge in fast food from time to time. I wanted to share something exciting with you the American Heart Association is working on to help kiddos eat better when they eat out. The AHA is launching a campaign called, “Serve Kids Better” in order to urge major restaurants such as Burger King, IHOP, and Applebees to raise their standards in serving children. You can add your voice in just moments, right here! 

Thank you all, for sharing your time with me, once again!

Until next month, so much love,

Hannah Walker
AHA Advocate

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