Lower Carb Bacon Cheddar Cornbread
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This bacon cheddar cornbread uses a unique blend of ingredients to create a cheesy, buttery cornbread with a fraction of the carbs and fat in traditional recipes. It’s an easy recipe that can be prepared and in the oven in about 10 minutes. And it makes a massive batch to feed the whole family or stow away for a week’s worth of meals.
Let’s get this bread, y’all.
Bacon Cheddar Cornbread Ingredients
There are several key ingredients, but the two that might jump off the page at you will be almond flour and cheddar powder.
Why Almond Flour?
The almond flour provides structure and matches the texture of corn flour while significantly reducing the carb count. If you wanted to use corn flour only, the recipe should work fine. Though I haven’t tested it!
Okay, you’re probably familiar with almond flour. But what about cheddar powder?
What is Cheddar Powder?
Cheddar powder is dehydrated cheddar cheese. If you’ve ever used powdered peanut butter, it’s pretty similar in concept. You can reconstitute the powder to create a ton of cheddar flavor without adding lots of cheese (and the fat and calories that come with it).
This bacon cheddar cornbread calls for 1/2 cup of cheddar powder which equates to 280 calories. When it’s mixed with the other ingredients like Greek yogurt, milk, and canned corn, you’re left with an extra cheesy cream sauce that would take at least double the amount of real cheese.
You might be able to find cheddar powder in stores, but I typically order it from Amazon. It’s on my recommended products list here. I’ve used it in everything from cheesy cauliflower grits to bbq pork mac and cheese.
The Bacon and Remaining Ingredients
You can use any type of bacon you’d like. Just be aware that the cornbread will cook in the remaining bacon grease. So if you use full fat bacon, you may want to drain a bit before adding the cornbread batter to the skillet to bake.
For the Greek yogurt and milk, you could get away with any kind of milk, but the Greek yogurt may be difficult to replace. I’m betting if you’ve made it this far, though, you’re not that concerned with the dairy content of this recipe.
That’s all the important ingredient notes I can think of for now. If you have a question I missed, drop a comment at the bottom of this post.
Bacon Cheddar Cornbread
Lightened up cornbread with corn and almond flour, center cut bacon, whole kernel corn, and cheddar powder.
Preheat an oven to 375F.
Add the chopped bacon to a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and fully cook.
While the bacon cooks, mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Transfer the cooked bacon pieces to the cornbread batter, leaving the bacon grease behind in the skillet. Stir well.
Carefully pour the cornbread batter into the skillet and bake for 45-55 minutes or until the center is cooked through and no longer gooey. (If the edges brown before the center cooks through, you can cover with foil to finish cooking.)
- Each slice has 3 Smart Points.
- If you'd like different sized slices, multiply the nutrition facts by 12 and divide by the new number of slices.