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Honey Cornbread Muffins (No Refined Sugar)

These Honey Cornbread Muffins are sweetened with pure honey; no refined sugar. These honey cornbread muffins are tender, soft, and moist. They’re hearty and not overly sweet; perfect with chili or try them for a satisfying breakfast!

honey cornbread muffin recipe

Honey Cornbread Muffins Recipe

We didn’t have any leftovers of our amazing Baileys Irish Cream Cake. I’m still dreaming about that luscious cake. But nobody is too mad about our quickly vanished cake, because I made enough of these Honey Cornbread Muffins to last an entire weekend 

Maybe. I can’t actually guarantee that these tender, mouthwatering cornbread muffins will still be available in our house for an entire 48 hours. That’s pretty iffy, considering all the people around here grab at these honey-sweetened muffins like nobody’s business.

My peeps inhale these cornbread muffins alongside Slow Cooker Chili with Black Beans and Corn. They gobble up these muffins for a satisfying breakfast. They beg me for another muffin in the afternoon for their pick-me-up snack. I have to hide a couple for myself every single time I bake these. And I feel quite fine about it because these are made with the goodness of pure honey, with zero refined sugar.

So yeah, these fail-proof cornbread muffins last for like a nanosecond around here…

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cornbread muffins honey cornbread muffins recipe

Moist cornbread muffin recipe made with ingredients you’ll approve of

These Honey Cornbread Muffins are made with only a handful of simple, natural ingredients. The team players include plenty of whole grain cornmeal, whole dairy, pure honey, and sweet corn kernels.

The result is a super moist, tender crumb that is not dry at all. The texture is hearty, satisfying, and robust just like a good cornbread muffin should be. The flavor is lightly sweet and slightly savory, allowing the honey to shine. These are not overly sweet so that nobody will mistake them for a sugar laden confection.

These golden muffins are perfect for dunking into this popular Butternut Squash Chili. These muffins are dreamy for smearing with honey-butter. They’re also delicious all by themselves.

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cornbread muffin recipe

Freeze your leftover cornbread muffins

Make some golden delicious honey cornbread muffins. Maybe stir up a pot of Healthy One-Pot Chicken Chili for a fuss-free comfort meal.

Might I mention that these cornbread muffins are perfect for freezing and reheating for a future you that will thank yourself for that gift. It’s the greatest feeling when you already have homemade cornbread muffins at the ready.😀

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Honey Cornbread Muffins (No Refined Sugar)

5 from 14 ratings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 17 mins
Total Time: 32 mins
Servings: 12


  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup fine ground, whole grain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp table salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup pure honey
  • 8 TB regular butter, melted
  • ¾ cup whole sour cream
  • cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels
  • Optional: Soft honey butter for topping


  • Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position. Heat oven to 375F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.
  • Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl to combine well. Set aside.
  • Whisk eggs in second bowl until well combined and pale light yellow, about 20 seconds. Add honey and whisk until homogenous, about 30 seconds. Add melted butter, whisking to combine well. Add sour cream and milk, whisking to fully incorporate.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients together, mixing gently with rubber spatula until batter is just combined and evenly moistened; do not over mix. Gently fold in frozen corn kernels.
  • Using ice cream scoop or large spoon, divide batter evenly among muffin cups, dropping to form mounds. Do not level or flatten tops of mounds.
  • Bake until muffins are light golden and toothpick comes out almost clean (few tender crumbs are perfect.) Bake about 17-19 minutes, rotating tin halfway through baking time. Actual baking time varies with each oven, but watch closely not to over bake.
  • Cool muffins in tin for a bit (if desired, spread some honey butter on top of hot muffins, so it melts into the muffin.) Serve warm.
  • Leftovers keep well in airtight container and can be reheated in microwave or oven.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.9g | Protein: 6.8g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 39.3mg | Sodium: 223.7mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 17.2g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: baking

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    • Maartje van Sandwijk

    This sounds really good! Never actually had cornbread but it’s always sounded delicious to me!

    • From Jess to You Services

    It’s been sooo long since I have had cornbread muffins but this reminded me that I should pick some up / make some soon! Thanks!

    • TweenselMom (@TweenselMom)

    Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake, so lovely! I want to jump to the kitchen and do this!

    • Julie Syl
    • 5 stars

    Now I’m craving for muffins.. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will definitely try this one.

      • chewoutloud

      You’ll love the flavor and tenderness of these 🙂

    • Twinspirational
    • 5 stars

    I bet these honey corned muffins tastes so delicious.. I can imagine the taste already.. Yum..!

    • Samar

    I am already weak towards muffins, and sharing this kind of muffin recipes is really harmful.

    Loved it.

      • chewoutloud

      Glad you liked this recipe 🙂

    • Taryn

    Wow! This looks to die for. I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks.

      • chewoutloud

      It’s our favorite cornbread 🙂

    • Sundeep
    • 5 stars

    Corn bread is one of my favourite I will definitely going to try this for sure. Recipe looks easy and doable.

      • chewoutloud

      Super easy and fun to make 🙂


    This muffin looks so very delicious! I really love to bake and i wanna give a try on this recipe! Thank you for this awesome blog!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome…glad you’re enjoying the blog 🙂

    • Courtney Graham

    Would this work using Jiffy in place of the dry ingredients?

    • acupofassamtea

    The cornbread looks incredible. I love the fact that it has no refined sugar.

    • BuddhaBelly

    That looks more moist than most cornbread I’ve seen. I’m definitely going to have to try it and no refined sugar!

    • Jenny

    I love cornbread. I am definetely going to have to try it with honey now!! Yumm.

    • miljance93mommysup

    Healthy muffins are the best! My kiddo loves them too. I will try yours, thank you!


    This recipe sounds amazing! And an added bonus, it sounds pretty easy to make too 🙂 I’ll have to give it a whirl next time I’m cooking up a storm in the kitchen x

    • Calleigh @TheForkBite
    • 5 stars

    For me, cornbread is to chili like what peanut butter is to jelly. I always find it irresistible due to its soft, moist texture with its delicate crumb and the sweetness from the honey complements the buttery flavor. Soo yum!

    • 2pots2cook

    Glad to know they fit to every combination ! Thank you !

    • Nati

    This recipe is exactly what I was looking for! It looks delicious but also quite healthy. I’m trying this today and let you know how it went (hopefully I don’t ruin everything this time, lol)
    just to be sure, when you say 8TB of butter what does TB stand for (sorry I’m not native speaker).

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you asked, Nati! Tablespoon = TB. Hope you love these! So glad you’re making them 🙂

    • Nicole Vick

    The muffins look SOOO good! I put creamed corn in my cornbread. Maybe next time I will try the corn kernels instead.

      • chewoutloud

      Oooh, I may have to try creamed corn next time while you try the corn kernels 🙂

    • Monique Elise

    One of my favorite comfort meals is chilli with cornbread! The honey is an intriguing touch that I’m excited to try. Great recipe!

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