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. 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!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.