I love bread, as has been made clear multiple times. If I could, I probably would eat muffins all day long for every meal, but that highly conflicts with my health conscious. Thus, over the course of my cooking and baking adventures, I have loved figuring out new substitutions to classic bread recipes in order to make them slightly healthier! This recipe is a perfect example. It uses egg whites instead of the entire egg, whole-wheat flour, sugar alternatives, and applesauce instead of butter or oil- making about two mini muffins only 61.5 calories.* And the best part is none of the taste is lost! You still get that sweet, warm, southern-cooking, classic cornbread taste- ideal for these summer months of cook-outs, family gatherings, and church potlucks. Give it a shot! These cute little mini muffins will disappear before you know it.
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar substitute or 1/4 cup honey
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1/4 cup applesauce or ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise*
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare 36 mini muffin tins by lightly greasing or using paper sleeves.
- In a large bowl combine the cornmeal, flours, baking powder, salt, and sugar substitute (if you are using a substitute). Whisk well.
- In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients- egg whites, milk, applesauce/mayo, and honey (if using honey). Mix together until completely blended.
- Slowly add the dry mix to the wet ingredients, mixing gently.
- Bake for 10- 12 minutes, checking frequently, until the tops are a light golden color and a toothpick comes out clean.
Notes and Tips!:
- I used honey when preparing these muffins and thought they were fantastic that way. However, a note from the original author claims that using honey will make the bread slightly sweeter, while using low-fat mayonnaise will make the bread have a slightly richer texture. You pick!
- Be careful not to let your mini muffins burn! They cook quickly!
- If you would rather cook this as a sheet of bread and cut it in squares, bake it for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
- The original recipe and nutrition facts can be found here.