Old-Fashioned Cornbread

5 from 2 votes

This cornbread tastes just like grandma's!

Old-Fashioned Cornbread is a simple quick bread recipe- it’s made without yeast but with baking powder as a leavener, and rises while baking.

Cornbread is often said to originate in the southeast with the Native Americans, but southwestern Native Americans had their own versions as well. We love using the skillet, it’s the real southern traditional way and iron skillets hold and disperse heat evenly, ideal for a cornbread that is moist all the way through.

5 from 2 votes

Old-Fashioned Cornbread

A traditional Southern specialty, this cornbread will be a great addition to the dinner table.
Yield 12 people
Serving Size 1 slice
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 2 cups corn meal (I used Hodgson Mill yellow cornmeal) yellow or white corn meal will work
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt more or less to taste
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey optional
  • 1 3/4 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg slightly beated


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add canola oil to an 8 inch cast iron skillet or square baking pan. Ensure oil is rubbed on sides as well as bottom of the skillet. While preparing cornbread, place skillet with oil in the oven for 5 - 7 minutes.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl. In a small bowl whisk together honey, buttermilk and egg, add to dry ingredients and stir just to combine.
  • Remove skillet from oven and pour hot oil in cornbread mixture, stir. Sprinkle the bottom of the skillet with 1 teaspoon of cornmeal. Pour cornmeal mixture in the skillet, place in the oven on middle rack and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden in color.


If using cornbread for stuffing, allow to cool completely before making into bread crumbs. This recipe makes 6-7 cups of cornbread crumbs.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 251mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly

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  1. What is the points value if you eliminate honey and substitute egg beaters for egg?

    Love the variety of Smart Point recipes/choices!


    1. Hi Debi! You can combine 1 3/4 cups milk with 1 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice as a buttermilk substitute!

    1. Fran, I have done just that. Mix 1 cup almond milk, minus 1 T then add 1 T vinegar. Wala! Or, you may be able to purchase a plant-based buttermilk.

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