Finding new things that you can eat when on a strict diet – like the one you have to follow if you suffer from a fatty liver – can prove to be pretty difficult.
Fortunately, there are a ton of ways to mix the things you can eat and come up with great, healthy options for your meals.
I am planning to start sharing fatty liver-friendly recipes with you as well to help you as much as I can, on all fronts.
And we’re starting the new series with something that’s extremely easy to prepare at home and has the potential to make you very happy: cornbread.
But we’re going to do it without cornmeal and we’re going to keep it light and low on carbs in order to help us lose weight and eat safe for NAFLD.
This cornbread without cornmeal recipe is perfect if you’re looking for something new to eat or an alternative to a favorite dish.
While it won’t have the exact taste of the “real deal,” it will be really close and I am sure you will love it. I tried it last night for the first time and I found it DELICIOUS!
Why make cornbread without cornmeal, in the first place? Well, except for those rare moments when you want to bake some and you have no cornmeal at home, here is why: cornmeal itself has a lot of calories and carbs and therefore it’s not that good for fatty liver.
The classic recipes also add a ton of sugar and/or honey and other sweets to the mix, making the end product definitely yummy, but extremely unhealthy.
And while it’s not that big of a problem for healthy people if they eat some with moderation, those looking to lose weight or keep their weight under control and following a fatty liver diet should stay away from the traditional cornbread.
But we’re making it without any cornmeal today and keeping everything as healthy as possible, making it one of the healthiest cornbread you can bake at home.
So let’s not waste any time and let’s check out below my cornbread recipe without cornmeal!
Cornbread without Cornmeal Quick Recipe
– 1 and a half cups of whole-wheat flour (you can mix and match different types of flour here based on your preferences, but make sure it’s only whole wheat)
– 1 can of Whole Kernel Corn, 15oz. (Make sure you buy corn that has no additional sugar or anything like that – and don’t throw away the brine)
– half a cup Milk (low fat works fine, too, but NOT no fat)
– 2 Eggs
– 1/4 cup softened butter
– 1 tablespoon Honey
– 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
– 1 teaspoon Salt
How to prepare
- Preheat over to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Blend all the corn as well as you can, as the smooth texture makes the whole thing taste better.
- Then mix the flour, salt, baking powder in a bowl.
- In a different bowl, mix the large eggs, blended corn, softened butter, honey and milk, plus the brine from the corn.
- Combine the contents of the two bowls and mix well until you get a pretty homogeneous paste.
- Line a cupcake pan with liners and fill each cup about three quarters up as the mixture will raise a bit in the oven.
- Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Make sure to check regularly and leave them there until they are golden brown.
This is it! Easy to prepare, yummy and as healthy as it can get.
Things to have in mind
Although this cornbread without cornmeal is way healthier than the traditional one, it’s still not something to eat a lot of, nor something to consider extremely healthy, especially for a fatty liver.
It definitely is healthier than traditional cornbread, and the fact that we use whole wheat and whole kernel corn (even though blended in the end), makes the carbs it has safer as they are absorbed at a slower rate.
But don’t forget that it still packs a nice punch in terms of carbs and calories and even fat, similar to popcorn for fatty liver.
Also, if you swear by not eating any flour during your diet, you should ignore this dish completely.
Personally, I don’t consider these cornbread muffins that bad. I ate flour/bread and even cornmeal after being diagnosed and I was still able to reverse my fatty liver.
That’s why I don’t think that, eating these delicious cornbread cupcakes will actually be that bad if you do it with moderation (1 per day, most likely as a delicious snack and not on a daily basis).
But it’s you in the end who decides what is best for your body!
All I can do is guarantee that, if you love cornbread and miss it because of your diet, this is pure heaven and the best alternative you have. I love it and I hope you will love it too!
So, wrapping it up to make things clear: this is not one of the main foods that you should eat to reverse NAFLD, but a treat to have every now and then. It is a lot healthier than your regular cornbread, but there are definitely healthier things to eat.
Let me know if you make it and share your impressions in the comment section below.
I was diagnosed with a fatty liver back in 2014 and managed to reverse it by mid 2015. Since then, I’ve been studying NAFLD and I have decided to share everything I have learned over the years to help you reverse your condition.
I am also the admin of the Fatty Liver Support Group on Facebook and the Fatty Liver Subreddit.
8 thoughts on “Recipe: Cornbread without Cornmeal (Good for Fatty Liver / Weight Loss)”
Have you ever tried this in a loaf. I’m looking for a healthy bread that I can have a slice opf daily while I reverse my fatty liver.
I don’t see why it wouldn’t work as a loaf. But I think if it’s just a slice of bread, with whole wheat flour you can’t go wrong either.
This looks tasty!
I am on my forth month so far and i feel like my energy is coming back.
I have being doing low Carb/Keto at the start of sep. I mainly started eating just veggies. Now a healthy diet Carb/Keto but with lean “White” meats and fish.
I have a question, how do you maintain your new weight after you lose it?
Congrats, Branco! And you are right – maintaining the weight is indeed very difficult. Unfortunately, this means that you have to stick to the diet you’re following. When you reach ideal weight, find the amount of food you can eat that keeps you there. Getting back to old eating habits can result in the fatty liver making a comeback.
“Getting back to old eating habits can result in the fatty liver making a comeback.”
You mean me going back to the old eating habits eating junk food? and Soda pop, pizzas weekly ? nope.
Those days are all gone. 🙂
Lynn if can ask you, can i gain some of my weight back through the healthy way? of course with the diet.
As of now i am maintaining my weight of 73/72 kg so the good news is that i am no longer losing anymore 🙂
I am not really sure about that, Branco. As long as your BMI doesn’t get above recommended values, you can also gain some extra weight.
I made this yesterday and it was really moist except my flour was kind old. So I decided to make it again today. I didn’t have wheat flour so I use all purpose flour and add half cup of shredded zucchini and a half cup of shredded cheddar cheese. It was so delicious. Thanks a lot for the great recipe.
Really happy to hear that, Glenda. Adding zucchini does sound good, I will have to try this next time I make it.