Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread. Moist, tender and loaded with cheese. Made with unsweetened apple sauce, this healthy cornbread will be your go-to recipe!
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Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread

Yield: 1 8x8-inch pan (9 to 16 pieces, depending on size cut)
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Ultra moist and cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread made with unsweetened apple sauce. Less than 10 minutes to prep, this healthy cornbread is perfect for chili, BBQ and more!


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder — plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 large eggs — at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Musselman’s Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated part skim sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions — white and green parts, plus additional 1-2 tablespoons for garnish (2-3 scallions total)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, — seeded and minced


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, combine the milk, eggs, apple sauce, oil, and honey.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients. Stir by hand, just until combined, then let the batter rest for 20 minutes. Stir in the cheese, 1/4 cup green onions, and jalapenos. 
  3.  Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8x8-inch pan with cooking spray.
  4.  Once the batter has rested, pour it into the prepared pan, then smooth the top. Sprinkle remaining green onions over the top. Bake until the top and edges are dry and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 24-29 minutes. Let cool, then slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

The jalapeño flavor in this cornbread is actually fairly subtle. If you prefer more of a kick, I’d suggest adding an extra half or leaving in a few of the seeds. For cheese, any combination of shredded sharp cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Colby, or Pepper Jack (extra heat) will be oh-so-nice.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread, Easy Cornbread Recipe

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