Easy Protein Cornbread

10 Pieces82 cals

Add protein powder to your cornbread with this Easy Protein Cornbread recipe! Just as good as the “real” thing, packed with bodybuilding macros, and quick to make. One of my favorite healthy side recipes.

Start this one by taking out a large mixing bowl big enough for all of your ingredients, a blender or food processor to make your oat flour, and a baking dish to make your cornbread in.

Make your homemade oat flour by adding 1/4 cup of rolled oats into whatever you’re using and processing or blending them until they look like oat flour. Easy, right?

Cornbread Ingredients

Continue by adding right into your mixing bowl 1/4 cup of fat free milk or milk substitute, 1 large whole egg, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce, 1 cup of plain fat free Greek yogurt, 10-15 drops of some optional liquid sweetener, your homemade oat flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 scoop of a vanilla or natural (unflavored) protein powder, and 3/4 cup of cornmeal.

If you decide to use a vanilla protein powder make sure it’s one where the vanilla isn’t too overpowering!

Mix all of those ingredients either until your easy protein cornbread mix is smooth. I like using a hand mixer to speed this step up.

Did you know that unsweetened apple sauce is a great substitute for butter or oil in most baked goods?

Take out a baking dish (9×7 or 8×8 work great), coat it with some non-stick cooking spray, and pour your mix into it.

Pro tip? Add some chives, jalapeños, bacon bits, or anything else you want to the top of your cornbread before baking it!

Put your easy protein cornbread into the oven on 425F/218C for around 15-20 minutes.

You can quickly check if it’s done by inserting either a toothpick or knife into the center of it. If your toothpick or knife comes out clean, it’s done!

Want enough for the whole family? Double or triple the recipe using the scale system in the recipe card below.

Pair this with our Bodybuilding Chicken Chili recipe!

Protein Cornbread Recipe

Protein Cornbread

Make your own Easy Protein Cornbread right at home with just a few ingredients! This healthy side recipe is quick and packed cornmeal flavor.
4.85 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornbread, healthy, protein
Servings: 10 Pieces
Calories: 82kcal
Cost: $2.60

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  • 2 Ounces Milk Substitute - or Milk
  • 10-15 Drops Liquid Sweetener
  • 1 Large Whole Egg
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt - Plain Fat Free
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ¼ Cup Rolled Oats
  • ¾ Cup Cornmeal
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder - Natural or Vanilla
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda


  • Turn your Rolled Oats into flour by processing or blending them
  • Take out a bowl and mix all of your ingredients together
  • Coat a baking dish with some non-stick cooking spray
  • Pour your mix in
  • Bake on 425F/218C for 15-20 minutes



Calories in the WHOLE recipe:
  • Calories: 818
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 375mg
  • Carbs: 120g
  • Fiber: 18g
  • Sugar: 33g
  • Protein: 62g


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 37.5mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 3.3g


  1. Carlos David Rios Ocampo on August 27, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    5 stars
    add cinamon its great

  2. Justin on August 9, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    So excited to try this! Is there a sub for the honey that would lower the carb yet give it the same texture or taste?

    • Derek Howes on February 25, 2022 at 9:59 am

      Hi Justin! How about some brown rice syrup?

  3. Yazmin on February 20, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Amazing for a low fat and high protein cornbread recipe! Mine turned out great! Except i will use fine ground cornmeal next time, too grainy and hard for me to eat. I also used instant oatmeal instead cause i was too lazy to grind some oatmeal. So good!

    • Derek Howes on February 27, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      Love the feedback Yazmin! Thank you

  4. Sun_shine_t (instagram) on August 6, 2020 at 12:35 am

    5 stars
    I’ve made this for my husband a few times making it vegan. Turns out great and he loves it! I just added vegan vanilla protein,
    coconut yogurt, and flaxmeal “egg”. (And no honey).
    I also added fresh corn and baked them as muffins.
    Turned out great!
    (I think I baked the muffins at 400 for like 20 mins- just check if the muffin tops are starting to turn golden brown).

  5. Angela W Broyles on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    YES! I make this all the time now! LOVE IT. Very moist. I used 1/2 vanilla protein and 1/2 pea protein, as it was too sweet for me with all vanilla… (the best part is I finally found a way to use up the pea protein powder which tastes horrible on its own!)
    Also love your protein cheesecakes!
    Derek, you have a fan!

  6. Angela W Broyles on August 8, 2018 at 12:00 am

    This is so good! Easy and fast!! I used half unflavored pea protein and half vanilla protein powder. 6 drops vanilla creme stevia. Bake 16 mins. Came out just right!

  7. K. Mac on May 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I made this with almond milk instead of regular, and cooked it in mini-muffin tins. I kept it at 425, and they were firm to the touch at 12 min. Excellent recipe! I wouldn’t have known it wasn’t “traditional” cornbread.

  8. Deana Cardona on January 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    How many servings is this supposed to make?

    • Sun_shine_t (instagram) on August 6, 2020 at 12:37 am

      10 servings at 82cal per serving

  9. Cody on August 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I didn’t have applesauce, or apples to make applesauce, so I subbed pumpkin purée. I doubt it made any noticeable difference. So consider that as an alternative. Great recipe.

  10. Barbara on July 27, 2016 at 12:00 am

    What can I use as the liquid sweetener?

    • Derek Howes on July 28, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Some regular sweetener or just get rid of it!

  11. Kurt Larson on June 2, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Absolutely fantastic recipe. I added 2 packs of stevia as i like mine a little sweeter. Also added some chopped jalapeños. The problem is trying to eat this in moderation! Thanks again Derek.

    • Derek Howes on June 2, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Thanks Kurt! I love this one too. I need to remix this with some of the new things I’ve been doing to it. Maybe I’ll make a “fresh” edit soon!

  12. aaron on February 28, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Hey, Love this recipe.

    Made it today and it was awesome. However it came out a little thing. It was in a pretty big dish but is there any way to make it come out thicker without upping the calories? More baking soda?

  13. Belia on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Hi: can I use corn flour instead of cornmeal ??? Is it the same thing ???

  14. VB on June 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I made this tonight with a few modifications and it turned out wonderfully! I used 120g GF cornbread mix instead of the cornmeal and oat flour. I also used chocolate protein powder, which sounds a bit gross, but you couldn’t really taste it. Great recipe, thanks!

    • Derek Howes on June 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Thanks my friend! Glad you liked it

  15. Jared on December 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Looks delicious I can’t wait to try! Any suggestion for replacing the honey with something that has less/zero calories?

  16. Shannon on September 28, 2013 at 12:00 am

    This is great! I just tried it and everyone in my family loved it.

  17. Caitlin on May 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Just tried this recipe out today and am I ever impressed! Its just what I needed for a post workout meal thats easy to eat on the go. Your website is incredible I can’t wait to try out some of your other recipes!
    -Thanks a bunch

    • Derek Howes on May 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Thanks Caitlin! Much appreciated. Let me know how you like everything else as well 🙂 I love feedback!

  18. Lucy on March 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Just made these w/ a few tweaks…absolutely delish! Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

    • Derek Howes on March 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Love that. Thank you for making/liking it!

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