This post is sponsored by Pfizer. All thoughts and ideas are my own.
’Tis the season for all things fall, and in my house that includes this delicious protein cornbread recipe!
Whether I’m making this protein cornbread recipe or another fun recipe, I love having the ability to experiment in the kitchen and make recipes that help people manage their blood sugars. Below, we’ll also talk about other things people living with diabetes can do to help manage their health, like getting vaccinated for pneumococcal pneumonia.
Can a person with diabetes eat cornbread?
But first, let’s talk about this cornbread recipe. A lot of people will ask, Is cornbread good for someone living with diabetes? Is cornbread bad for someone living with diabetes? And, it’s important to remember that whether or not a food is “good” or “bad” for someone living with diabetes it has more to do with the other things you’re eating and/or your individual needs. If people with diabetes want to enjoy some higher protein cornbread (compared to a standard slice), they absolutely can! Be sure to first talk to your doctor about what is right for you.
Carbs in cornbread
A typical piece of cornbread will have about 30g carbohydrate in it and not a lot of protein. My recipe below has 17g carbohydrate and 5g protein per serving.
Is cornbread high in protein?
Most cornbread recipes aren’t super high in protein. But, there are some recipe swaps and additions we can make to increase the protein in our cornbread.
Increased protein intake may be helpful in managing blood sugars while living with diabetes. Your doctor can help advise you.
How we added protein in cornbread
In my recipe for almond & oat flour protein cornbread, I utilize three key ingredients to increase protein content:
- Almond flour
- Greek yogurt
Almond flour in cornbread
Almond flour has less carbohydrates and more fiber and protein than traditional all-purpose flour. But, if we used just almond flour and corn meal, we’d have a very crumbly cornbread that doesn’t hold together well. This is why we also use oat flour.
Cornbread with oat flour
Oat flour helps our bread hold together better than if we just used almond flour and corn meal. And, oat flour has more fiber and protein than traditional all-purpose flour.
Tip: If you don’t want to spend the money on oat flour, do what I do in the recipe below. Just grind up regular rolled oats! That’s it! You’ve made your own oat flour.
Greek yogurt in cornbread
Most cornbread recipes call for some form of milk. Instead of using milk, we’re swapping it out for plain 2% Greek yogurt. This increases our protein content by about 1g/serving.
Why I love making recipes like this protein cornbread recipe
Experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with more blood sugar friendly versions of my favorite foods is one of my favorite things to do. It brings me so much joy! I love that I get to help other people with diabetes enjoy some of their favorite foods and possibly better manage their blood sugars at the same time.
And, I also love educating and providing info on other topics related to living with diabetes. Sometimes these topics aren’t necessarily about the foods we eat, but more related to proactive things we can do to protect our health.
Living with diabetes, even if your blood sugar is under control, impacts your immune system and can increase your risk for illnesses. This means you may be encouraged to receive certain vaccinations to help protect you.
One example of this is pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious bacterial lung disease that can last for weeks, and in severe cases, it can put you in the hospital and be life-threatening. And, unfortunately, the risk for pneumococcal pneumonia increases with age and certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes.
But, the good news is, getting vaccinated can help protect adults with diabetes from pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia can strike any time of year, so anytime is a good time to ask your doctor or pharmacist about pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination if you have diabetes. Visit KnowPneumonia.com to learn more about the risks of pneumococcal pneumonia and vaccination.
I don’t want pneumococcal pneumonia to stand in my way of focusing on the things that bring me joy, like delicious cornbread recipes!
What to eat with cornbread
One of my favorite things to serve with cornbread is chili! Check out my Beef & Bean Chili recipe or my High Protein Turkey Chili recipe for the perfect well rounded dinner to have with your cornbread.
Almond and Oat Flour Protein Cornbread
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats ground
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- Grease an 8×8 square pan and set it aside.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, ground oats, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
- In a separate bowl, add your melted butter, eggs, and Greek yogurt. Mix together to combine. Then, add this mixture to the bowl with your dry ingredients and stir until your batter is fully combined.
- Pour your batter into your greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until the top starts to brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Serve and enjoy!
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