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Square piece of cornbread on a blue plate with melting butter on top.

Honey Cornbread with Olive Oil and Sage

Honey cornbread with olive oil and sage is the perfect recipe to make cornbread stuffing cubes or any time cornbread would be the perfect side dish. And with one ingredient substitution this cornbread is dairy-free!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 213 kcal


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup medium-grind cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup non-dairy milk mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub olive oil inside an 8X8 pan or spray with non-stick baking spray.
  • Whisk dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Whisk together wet ingredients and chopped sage in another medium-sized bowl.
    Wet ingredients whisked together in a red bowl with the whisk.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet and combine using a large spoon or spatula. Do not overmix.
  • Add the cornbread mixture to the pan and bake for about 18 minutes. You'll notice the top browning and also cracking - a good sign that it is done or nearly done.
  • Eat with butter and honey or use it for homemade bread cubes for stuffing!


  • No buttermilk? No problem! Just add a tablespoon of lemon juice to regular milk or non-dairy milk and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes. It's ok if it looks like it is curdling - that is what it's supposed to do.
  • If you want to use this cornbread to make homemade bread cubes for stuffing, feel free to make it a couple days ahead. No big deal if it dries out. That works to your advantage.
  • Try other flavors in this honey cornbread -- change the sage to thyme or try adding jalapenos and cheese and serve this with chili. YUM!
  • Also works really well to bake the honey cornbread in a round 10-inch cast-iron pan. You can even preheat the pan with some oil in it. Carefully add the batter to the hot pan and you'll have a lovely crisp crust when it's done baking.


Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 263mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 109IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dairy-free, quick bread
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