What’s a cold winter night without cornbread?

My point exactly. You’ll probably need this tonight.


This cornbread is quite delicious and what makes it extra special is the dash of cinnamon and fresh basil; they add a perfectly sweet touch to each bite. My favorite way to serve this recipe is toasted with a drizzle of honey on top.  Or if you’re feeling extra special, you can top it with a scoop of almond milk ice cream.

How’s that for a winter dessert?


As I focus on my self love that I’ve been referring to the last few weeks, I wanted to leave you with a few thoughts to ponder and think about. We all deserve self love and it’s amazing how good it feels to treat your body like you would a little baby- because we give babies so much love, why not give ourselves that same kind of love?

No amount of self improvement can make up for any lack of self acceptance.

The more loving I become, the more significant I will be.


I’ve got TWO Exciting Announcements for YOU today!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be writing a column for Glamour Magazine each week! Check out my new recipes and tips online every week in Glamour Magazine. 

And I am hosting a February Valentine’s GIVEAWAY for a Bodum BISTRO Immersion Blender & Grinder Set:

If you’d like to win both a Bodum BISTRO Immersion Blender with Stand and Grinder Set, here’s how to enter: “Like” Healthy Apple on Facebook and “Like” Bodum North America on Facebook then leave me a comment here telling me you entered. Participants may only enter to win once.

I’ll be picking a winner on February 11th at 5PM EST.

Good Luck!

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Basil Cornbread
Serves: 8
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • Egg replacer for 2 large eggs
  • 6 Tbsp. Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks
  • 1 1/4 cup So Delicious Almond Milk
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels or defrosted frozen kernels
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare a baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Beat egg replacer, butter and milk in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients; mix well to combine. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; mix well.
  3. Transfer mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven; set aside to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Basil Cornbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 370mg16%
Potassium 141mg4%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. What a fabulous combination of flavors, I love this! You’re recipes are so creative – always, I may not comment often but know that I’m lurking around reading them 🙂 Hope you are doing well!

    1. Awe; thanks love. Miss you and hope you are well. Sending you HUGE hugs down South. Muahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for continuing to share such delicious, healthy recipes and adding beautiful photos to complement them!
    I ‘liked’ both pages to enter. Thanks!

  3. I just entered your Bodium contest! So happy to have found your site, I am always looking for new clean eating recipes!

  4. 5 stars
    I wanted to let you know that I entered the contest and absolutely love your website along with following you on instagram! The recipes you post are so innovative and fresh! Thanks for always sharing!

  5. Congrats on the glamour gig Amie – that’s amazing and wonderful!! Love the cornbread recipe with all the spices, I’ve always made mine boring, but yours is so much more appealing.

    Have a super day!

    And I liked both on FB!

  6. Wow! I would love to make this recipe – cornbread for the win. I liked the two pages on FB… Thank you!

  7. This sounds wicked delicious!! I can’t wait to try it! I liked the healthy apple and Bodium on facebook. Thanks for doing this awesome giveaway!!

  8. Hi Amie, This recipe looks so yummy! I have been really sick for the last two years and I am so grateful that I found your website! Your tips and recipes, along with the Bodum blender and grinder set will get me started on the road to better health. I “liked” The Healthy Apple and Bodum North America’s facebook pages. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and for all of the information on your website!


  10. “No amount of self improvement can make up for any lack of self acceptance.” I love this!!! Thanks for the glorious recipe. I pretty much think cinnamon makes EVERYTHING better. But maybe that’s just me 😉

  11. Hi,
    I can’t wait to try this recipe. The cinnamon/basil flavor is calling me. Sounds delicious. I am liking the Healthy Apple and the Bodum FB pgs.
    Thanks so much!
    PS I’ll be back to rate the recipe after I try it

  12. Congratulations on your new Glamour column!! I love that magazine so I can’t wait to start reading your column. That cornbread looks so good and I’m definitely going to making it soon! I follow The Healthy Apple and Bodum North America on Facebook.

  13. “No amount of self improvement can make up for any lack of self acceptance”…I am truly starting to realize how true that really is. Amen. Thanks Amie.

  14. Would you please share the nutritional information as well as the calories please. And what gluten-free flour would you suggest I substitute for the rice flour (to compliment the recipe well) as I am allergic to rice? Thank you! This looks delicious!

    1. Thank you; seems the nutritional info was for some reason not appearing; I will refresh this and hopefully it will appear for you soon. I would try using almond flour, chickpea flour, buckwheat flour or coconut flour blends; you can even use quinoa flour. I used a gluten-free flour blend with rice for this recipe. Thanks Becky; have a great day!

  15. This looks like a great recipe – thanks Amie for sharing your “clean foods”approach! I liked both FB pages and look forward to learning more from you in the future.

  16. I “liked” both on Facebook and now will wait for February 11 to see if I am the lucky winner!! I am excited to make this recipe!

    1. Thanks Laura; I recommend So Delicious Coconut Milk or Almond Milk Ice Cream. I do have a recipe but still working on it so it may not be up until the summer! xox

  17. I just found this blog through So Delicious….entered the contest…looking forward to trying this recipe!

    Thanks for making the world a healthier place!


  18. I love to make soup and this would be a great tool to have in the kitchen! Thanks for the opportunity! Liked both FB pages.

  19. 5 stars
    Ohhh – how exciting. Found you from Bodum’s pinterest page and I love sifting through your site. Can’t wait to try some of your recipes 🙂 I’ve liked both you on Bodum on FB!

  20. I am so happy to have discovered your blog Amie, I was browsing the Bodum FB page and found out about the contest, but I gained much more! Thanks for sharing your yummi recipes! I have entered the contest too and keeping my finger crossed. Do you have suggestions for first solid food for babies?

    1. Thanks Monica; great to hear from you! I would try using green veggies and fruits in the food processor or blender to make a puree with the cooked veggies and fruits to get their palates tasting ‘real’ food.

  21. I have entered! I just discovered your blog and I love it already. I am going to try going gluten free and for Lent. I want to eat clean as much as possible. I too believe that going gluten free doesn’t mean having to buy a bunch of pre-packaged, processed gluten free products. I am excited to give it a try. Your recipes will make it easier and more delicious!

  22. Hello,
    Just shared your yummy looking recipes with the local (Tulsa) Celiac Sprue Assn folks! Many are looking for recipes and your seem to reveal tasty combining of flavors…..myself looking at making the cornbread recipe. I am pleased I found your site through an add for tahini at VitaCost (?) site. Always interesting how we ‘find’ those that can help out as we travel our paths to supporting healing & health promotion.
    Oh I entered your contest for fun! Thank you for sharing your health promoting recipes for so many looking for a ‘better’ way to eat & care for Self.

    1. Thank you so much Patryce; great to hear from you! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you again so very much for your kind words and for sharing my site.

  23. Amie, do you know the nutritional info on this recipe? I know some can be very caloric, and I’m really trying very hard to eat healthy, and not eat all my days calories in one meal. Thanks

    1. Thanks Patricia; the nutritional info is on the bottom in the notes section of the recipe. Let me know if it’s not coming up on your computer as it’s a plug-in. Thank you!

  24. If I want to cut out the corn (not corn meal, just the corn) from this recipe, what would I add/increase?

    1. Thanks Cory; I haven’t tried cutting out the corn but if you want, you can add in any other veggie like maybe mushrooms or peas or spinach. Enjoy!!!

  25. 5 stars
    This blog with healthy eating looks awesome and beautiful . This is pretty cool perfect for healthy eating. The images also looks very nutritious and delicious it attracts me. I think my family love this also. I am excited to try this great and awesome recipes. Thanks for this excellent blog. Highly appreciated!

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