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The Perfect Refined-Sugar Free Southern Cornbread Recipe

Homemade southern cornbread was a staple in my grandma’s Arkansas kitchen and we ate it all the time. If you’re looking for delicious and refined-sugar-free healthy cornbread, you’ll love this easy recipe!

The Perfect Refined-Sugar Free Southern Cornbread Recipe

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Refined Sugar Free Southern Cornbread Recipe

When I was young, I didn’t appreciate the bean soup my grandma served us, but I always enjoyed her cornbread. A homemade cornbread is a real treat, especially when you use an easy southern cornbread recipe, like I’m sharing today!

Now I know that the perfect cornbread recipe can be a hot topic. Should it be sweet or not? Crumbly or not? I guess it all boils down to personal preference, but this recipe more closely resembles how I’ve seen cornbread prepared in the south. I’ve had “cornbread” here in Iowa and I do not consider it true cornbread. They best way to describe it is moist and cakey. Ick!

refined sugar free cornbread

This cornbread is flavorful, yet crumbly. I do add a few tablespoons of honey to give it a slight hint of sweet, but it could not be described as cake-sweet. It’s a family favorite recipe and I hope you like it!

Ingredients for this healthy cornbread recipe

You’ll get a better result if you use better ingredients. I grind my own corn meal and flour in my Nutrimill grain mill. While I think there are a lot of benefits to grinding your own flours, you certainly don’t have to. I would recommend that you buy a high quality corn meal flour though – Bob’s Red Mill makes a nice medium ground cornmeal that I like. I also recommend using aluminum-free baking powder (Rumford is my preferred brand) and buttermilk as well. If you don’t have buttermilk, easily make your own by combining 1 TBS with enough milk to make a cup! Super easy.

the perfect southern cornbread recipe, refined sugar free

Overall, this recipe is really easy. Mix the dry ingredients, fold in wet ingredients, bake in a cast iron skillet in a hot oven. Using bacon grease to oil the skillet gives the cornbread a little bit of bacon flavor – highly recommend! By the way, here’s the super easy way I save bacon grease and a ton of uses for it!

Here’s the easy peasy recipe! Try it and I bet you’ll never go back to a pre-bought mix!

Easy Cornbread Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Refined Sugar Free Southern Cornbread

Refined Sugar Free Southern Cornbread
If you're looking for delicious and refined-sugar-free healthy cornbread, you'll love this easy recipe!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour {I use freshly ground hard white wheat}
  • 1 cup cornmeal {I use freshly ground blue cornmeal}
  • 3 TBS raw honey
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS bacon grease
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 450F. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Melt 1 TBS bacon grease in a round cast iron skillet. If you don't want to use bacon grease, you can also use butter.
  3. In a small bowl, combine eggs, milk, and butter. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just mixed.
  4. Pour into the hot skillet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve with honey and or butter. Enjoy!

Notes

If you don't have buttermilk, make it quickly by putting one TBS vinegar in your one cup measuring cup. Then fill with milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and you have homemade buttermilk.

So now the biggest question is – what’s the perfect topping for cornbread? Butter? Honey? Or, something else??

cast iron southern cornbread from scratch

If you liked this easy cornbread recipe, you might like these recipes too:

Wilted Lettuce Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

How to Store Bacon Grease & 12 Ways to Use It

How to Make Whole Wheat Bread with a KitchenAid

Great Grandma Shafer’s Amazing Strawberry Shortcake

10 Healthier Christmas Cookie Recipes {Refined Sugar Free}

‘Tis the season for cookies, but that doesn’t mean you need to load up sugar! Check out this delicious list of healthier Christmas cookie recipes that contain no refined sugar.

Healthier Christmas Cookies {Naturally Sweetened without Sugar}

Healthier Christmas Cookies Recipes

Healthier Christmas Cookies - Flavored with Natural Ingredients

Paleo Hot Coca Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting – Fit Foodie Finds. These are simply beautiful cookies!

Grain Free Holiday Cookies – Don’t Mess with Mama. These cookie have organic candy canes in them, which are made with sugar, so keep that in mind if you need a true sugar-free cookie. 

Sugar Free Peanut Butter Truffles – Peas & Peonies. These are vegan, no bake, and gluten free. And somehow they still sound amazing. 😀 

naturally sweetened Christmas cookies

Raw Snowball Cookies – Made To Create. I love all the nuts in these cookie bites!

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies – I Food Real. It’s difficult to decorate cookies without using processed ingredients. I love her take on decorating these gingerbread people.

Glazed Gingersnaps – The Chew. This recipe calls for powdered sugar in the glaze, so if you want them to be sugar free, omit the glaze.

naturally sweetened Christmas cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough TrufflesAn Oregon Cottage. Just yum! Make these!

Naturally Sweetened Whole Wheat Butter Cookies – My Humble Kitchen. These are even decorated with maple sweetened cream cheese frosting!

Grain-Free Holiday Roll Out Cookies – Real Food Forager. SCD and GAPS friendly recipe.

What’s your favorite healthy Christmas cookie recipe? Share a link to your own naturally sweetened recipe if you have one!

 

Muffin Mixes for the Freezer + 15 Different Mix Ins

This recipe for muffin mixes for the freezer makes homebaked muffins that much faster! Spent 15 extra minutes making several mixes, and you can easily fill your freezer and feed your family at the same time!

These easy muffin mixes for the freezer mean quick homemade baked goods on busy mornings. Make extra mixes the same day you serve this to fill your freezer!

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Muffin Mixes for the Freezer + 15 Different Mix Ins

Quick, nutritious breakfasts make my life a lot easier. But sometimes I get in a rut so I’m always on the look-out for quick breakfast ideas. Not too long ago, I got the the idea for muffin baking mixes from Life As Mom’s blog. She’s got a lot of fabulous ideas. But, her Mix-and-Match Muffin recipe never really worked for me because it calls for yogurt. Yogurt in my house lasts all of about 4.5 seconds and I never had it when I needed it.

chocolate-chip-banana-muffins

But I really like idea of muffin mixes in my freezer as I’ve done the same thing with scones for a while and wanted something different! So, I searched for an alternative in my handy handy Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Limited Edition: Prizewinning Recipes (Better Homes & Gardens Plaid). Their basic muffin recipe is easy and delicious and works well for the freezer and I love to make a batch of muffins for breakfast on the weekend and also make a bunch of muffin mixes at the same time. It only takes 15-20 extra minutes and makes quick muffins easier on subsequent days.

My time saving spin:

muffin-mixes-for-the-freezer-15-mixin-ideas

Take out at least 5 large bowls and mix all of the dry ingredients into 5 separate bowls so you make 5 different mixes.  I set this up assembly-line style, adding the flour to all the bowls, then the sugar, then the baking powder and so on. As long as you can keep track of what you’ve put in each bowl, it works like a charm.

muffin mixes for the freezer

Mix everything up, put the dry ingredients in freezer bags, and label like so. Then freeze for warm muffins on busy days.

To Make the Muffins

mix-the-dry-and-wet-ingredients-then-mix-together

In the morning, simply pull out a bagged mix, combine the wet ingredients, add your mix-ins, and bake. Super quick, delicious muffins in a snap! I suggest the first time you make these to make the blueberry muffins so you can get a feel for the desired batter consistency. Our family favorite is Banana Chocolate Chip. I use organic pumpkin seed oil from Ellyndale Organics (I first tried this when I visited NOW Foods earlier in the summer and it’s amazing!)

I also really love my angled measuring cups for measuring out liquids. I got mine from Pampered Chef, but you can order a similar set from OXO on Amazon. I like to use a big size and measure all of my wet ingredients and mix right inside it! Saves on clean up by messing up fewer dishes.

banana-chocolate-chip-muffins-made-from-homemade-muffin-mixes-for-the-freezer

These easy muffin mixes for the freezer mean quick homemade baked goods on busy mornings. Make extra mixes the same day you serve this to fill your freezer! Plus, get 15 ideas for different types of muffins you can make using this mix.

 

Muffin Mixes for the Freezer

Muffin Mixes for the Freezer

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup flour (I use freshly milled hard white wheat)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I use raw sugar)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • For blueberry muffins: add 3/4 cup blueberries.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients.
  3. Mix wet ingredients.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into flour mix and stir just until moistened.
  5. Add 3/4 cup mix-ins.
  6. Bake at 400F for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1034 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 1803mg Carbohydrates: 216g Sugar: 21g Protein: 37g

Here are my 15 different types of mix-in ideas for unlimited muffin fun!

  • Rhubarb (increase sugar to 2/3 cup)
  • Blueberry
  • Apple Walnut
  • Banana Nut (reduce milk to 1/2 cup, add 3/4 cup banana and 1/4 cup chopped nuts)
  • Banana Chocolate Chip (reduce milk to 1/2 cup, add 3/4 cup banana and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips)
  • Apple Carrot
  • Apple Cranberry
  • Apple Pear
  • Pumpkin (reduce milk to 1/2 cup, add 3/4 cup zucchini)
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip (reduce milk to 1/2 cup, add 3/4 cup pumpkin and 1/4 cup chopped nuts)
  • Zucchini
  • Zucchini Chocolate Chip
  • Cranberry (add 2 more tbs sugar and 1 cup coarsely chopped unsweetened cranberries)
  • Oatmeal (reduce flour to 1 1/3 cup and add 3/4 cup rolled oats)
  • Savory  Cheese (add 1/2 cup shredded cheese)

You are limited only by your imagination!!

Which type of muffins would you make using this homemade mix?

*This post was first published in 2011 with horrible photography. I hope you enjoy the new and improved version.

Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza Appetizer or Entree!

If you like football, appetizers, and pizza, this recipe for focaccia pizza is sure to be a hit! It makes a yummy tailgating treat or a fun spin on boring ole pizza night!

red and gold focaccia pizza

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Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza Appetizer or Entree!

Football season is right around the corner, and soon it’ll be time to tailgate! In celebration, I’ve joined a group of bloggers from all over the country — all of whom are football fans — to bring you 64 tailgating recipe ideas for a terrific football party! My own contribution is inspired by the Kansas City Chiefs – a red and gold focaccia pizza using homemade dough and fresh tomatoes from my garden!

My family moved to Missouri from Germany when I stared high school. We weren’t huge football fans when we lived in Germany but did enjoy Missouri football after moving there. Some of my Iowa readers might think the red and gold is inspired by Iowa State University, but my football loyalty is still in Missouri. 😀

focaccia pizza close up

Note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.

red & gold focaccia pizza dippers

My idea of focaccia pizza might be a little different than yours. I made this delicious bread and topped it with tomatoes and pepperoni only – no sauce, and very little cheese. If you’d like to make a more traditional pizza, feel free to spread sauce on the dough and top with more cheese before you bake it! Otherwise, eat it as it, or serve it with dipping sauces. My family enjoys dipping it in pizza sauce and ranch dressing, and I bet it would be delicious dipped in a garlic butter sauce too.

Let’s Make It!

focaccia dough

First make the dough. I recommend using a stand mixer like a Kitchen-Aid. It just makes things so much easier if you have a dough hook – No KNEADING by hand! Thank you, stand mixers. 🙂 This focaccia isn’t hard to make, but it does take some time so make sure you prepare the dough ahead of time. Also, it has to rise a few times, so make sure you read the recipe below to get the right times.

poke holes with your fingers and assemble the focaccia

Once the dough has risen and rested, it’s time to decorate it. Use your fingers to make indents all through the dough and then add a delicious mixture of cherry tomatoes, good quality olive oil, dried oregano, and nice quality coarse salt. I like NOW Foods’ extra virgin olive oil a lot. It’s got a good flavor and it’s pure olive oil – nothing else.

assemble the focaccia pizza
Add the pepperoni if you want! I prefer to use Applegate Naturals Uncured Pepperoni. I like that it doesn’t have any added nitrates and they don’t use antibiotics on their animals. Just my personal preference, so you use whatever you like. {No, they aren’t paying me to say this, I just like this brand.}

bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, then add freshly grated parmesan. By the way, if you like freshly grated cheese, you need this Zyliss Cheese Grater! Love it so much. Serve with dippers and your kids will love you forever! Enjoy.

Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza

Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza
A delicious focaccia pizza - perfect for football tailgating and family pizza nights too!

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 3/4 cup warm water, 100 degrees
  • 1 tbs SAF yeast
  • 1 tsp raw, unfiltered honey
  • 2 TBS pure olive oil
  • 2 3/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp REAL salt

For the toppings

  • 2 TBS pure olive oil
  • 1 cup halved red and gold tomatoes Go CHIEFS!
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Coarse salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup pepperoni, I recommend Applegate Naturals
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Dipping sauces like pizza sauce and / or ranch dressing

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer using a dough hook, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Add honey, oil, flour, and salt and mix well for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Using a spatula, clean the sides of the bowl and then knead for five minutes until you have a nice dough.
  4. Remove dough to floured board and quickly shape into a ball. Cover with a tea towel and let rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Now stretch the dough with your hands and fold it over into a triangle 3 or 4 times.
  6. Put the folded dough on a rimmed, and oiled, cookie sheet. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for 90 minutes, or until the dough has doubled.
  7. Now stretch it again, cover with a tea towel, and let rest 30 more minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  9. While it's resting, prepare the toppings by mixing the the olive oil, tomatoes, and oregano. I also cut the pepperoni slices in fourths.
  10. Use your finger to press indents in the pizza and cover it with the tomato mixture, making sure to get the yummy oil in the indents. Add the pepperoni and more salt, if desired.
  11. Bake at 400 degrees fro 15-20 minutes, until the dough is golden brown and delicious looking.
  12. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and dip in whatever sauce you prefer.
  13. Enjoy!

Are you ready for the other 63 TailGating Recipes?

64 recipes for the perfect football tailgate! Check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to cheer on your team! #foodiefootballfans

64 recipes for the perfect football tailgate! Check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to cheer on your team! #foodiefootballfans

Here they are! Enjoy. 🙂

Spicy Mexican Cheese Dip by 2 Cookin Mamas
Salsa Verde by A Dish of Daily Life
Slow Cooker Sausage Corn Dip by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Sausage, Peppers + Onions Pigs in a Blanket by A Little Gathering
Grilled Jalapeno Poppers by A Mind Full Mom
Beer & Brats Bake by A Simpler Grace
Black Bottom Maple Pecan Pie Bars by An Oregon Cottage
Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings by And She Cooks
Blackberry BBQ Sticky Wings by Around My Family Table
Cheesy Pull Apart Garlic Bread by Beer Girl Cooks

Black Bean & Corn Salsa by Body Rebooted
Roasted Garlic BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe by Bread Booze Bacon
Smoky Jalapeno Poppers by Brunch-n-Bites
Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos by Bucket List Tummy
Deconstructed Smoked Chicken Chile Relleno by Cafe Terra
Chicken Spinach & Artichoke Dip French Bread by Cake ‘n Knife
Cuban Sandwich Quesadillas by Casa de Crews
Grilled Asparagus Spears by Celebrating Family
Sweet and Salty Blueberry Popcorn by Club Narwhal
Buffalo Chicken Poppers by Coffee Love Travel

Sea Bass Skewers + Blackbeard Cocktails by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Buffalo Chicken Poppers by Dash of Herbs
Easy Chicken Roll Ups with Cream Cheese and Veggies by Family Food on the Table
Bottled Tailgate Cocktails by Feast + West
Smoked Brisket Texas Style by Foodal
Loaded Guacamole by foodbyjonister
Cincinnati Nachos by Foodtastic Mom
Cajun Red Beans and Andouille Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms by For the Love of Food
Grilled Shrimp Pizza by Glisten and Grace
Mini Bell Pepper Nachos by Hello Little Home

Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Meatballs by Honey & Birch
BBQ Chicken Wontons by Lauren’s Kitchen
Loaded Tailgate Tots by Life’s Ambrosia
Ricotta & Fig Bites by Living Well Kitchen
Tailgate Tacos by Lizzy is Dizzy
Nashville Hot Chicken Wings by Loaves & Dishes
Cincinnati Chili Dip by Love & Flour
{Slow Cooker} BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Tailgate Bloody Marys by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Sweet Korean Chicken Wings by Macheesmo
Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots by Me and My Pink Mixer

Beer Sangria by Mixplorology
Crab Pretzels by Mom’s Messy Miracles
Hot Bacon Dip by Nik Snacks
Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar by Off the Eaten Path
Chowder Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers by Order in the Kitchen
Old Fashioned Sweet by Peanut Blossom
Baked Mac and Cheese Cups by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Texas Toothpicks with Buttermilk Ranch by See Aimee Cook
Pretzel Turkey Meatballs (GF, DF, SF) by Shaws Simple Swaps
Hearty Vegetable Chili by Simple and Savory
Sweet Potato Skins Stuffed with BBQ Ranch Pulled Pork by Sustaining the Powers
Bacon-Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites by The BakerMama

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad by The Creative Bite
German Potato Skins by The Crumby Cupcake
Old Bay Trail Mix by The Culinary Compass
Meat Lover’s Pizza Bites by The Life Jolie
Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip by The Mexitalian
Grilled Asian Chicken Wings & Shishito Peppers by The Secret Ingredient Is
Blackened Shrimp Tacos by The Speckled Palate
Honeydew Melon Refresher by Two Places at Once
Grilled Sauerkraut Stuffed Brats by West via Midwest
Sausage Apple and Sage Hand Pies by What A Girl Eats

Do you like tailgating and appetizers? What’s your favorite?!

Red & Gold Focaccia Pizza Appetizer