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Bella Cupcake Couture Blog Party – Kickin’ Cowboy Cornbread Muffins – Plus so much more!

Kickin Cowboy Cornbread Muffins and Chili

I was honored to have been asked by my good friend Carrie, of Bella Cupcake Couture, to participate in her “Bella Back to School Blog Party“. Carrie rallies some of the most talented bakers from all over the world to participate and share their delectable recipes, always gorgeously wrapped in Bella Cupcake Couture wrappers of course, which takes them over the top.


I was up for the challenge! But wait…I’m not really a baker. Besides my Healthified Any-Fruit Muffins which I bake up often for breakfasts and snacks on the go, I am a cook. I’m not really into measuring or following recipes exactly, I like the flexibility of throwing in whatever I want. Plus I leave the good desserts to the experts usually. I may make an apple crumble, maybe a fruit and yogurt parfait, but baked goods are something we go buy and enjoy once in awhile….because sometimes you just NEED a cupcake! I thought “what if I make something savory?” I am all about savory and nothing goes better with chili than cornbread!


Kickin Cowboy Cornbread Muffins Mesa de Vida

Cornbread is super easy, I make mine with mostly whole grains and simple, all-natural ingredients. Plus, of course I have to kick it up a notch flavor wise! We sauteed up some jalapenos (check out the cool technique for minced jalapeno perfect for this and other recipes, like salsa), red onion and garlic to give this muffin some kick! A bit of shredded cheese (optional) and you have something really special. Since my stomach loves me much more when I choose gluten free foods so I made these muffins with a gluten free flour (I really like the one from Trader Joes or Bob’s Red Mill). Feel free to use white whole wheat flour if you don’t have gluten free requirements. You can also make it dairy free if you wish.

Healthy homemade cornbread recipe

Part of the Bella Back To School Party is to get into the kitchen with your know I’m all about that! My son is always in the kitchen with me (actually at 7 years old he has made many complete dinners for us on his own) and my 12 year old daughter likes to do some baking with me when I do it. Carrie has these really wonderful white cupcake wrappers available that the kids can decorate. What a great idea! My tweenager is excited to have these at her next sleepover, when the girls often make up a batch of cupcakes at 10:00 at night. My son loved them also and I thought that decorating these wrappers at his birthday party would be a fun activity. For these muffins the kids were inspired by the Southwestern influence of the corn muffin recipe we created. They decorated them with really beautiful and intricate (a.k.a. very time consuming…I was able to fold a load of laundry while they worked!)  Southwestern design. My son was looking at one of his favorite books, The Toughest Cowboy, for inspiration and drew some arrows, guns, targets and hand cuffs on his cowboy wrapper. Super cute, he was really proud of his creation!

Kickin' Cowboy Cornbread Muffins wrapped in Bella Cupcake Couture Wrappers

I hope you enjoy these delicious cornbread muffins the next time you want a little somethin’ somethin’ next to your bowl of chili, stew or soup! Want my recipe for my healthy and delicious classic chili, or my kickin’ black bean and chicken chili, or my vegan super foods chili – click on the recipe and check them out! 

Getting inspiration for the Bella Cupcake Couture wrappers

Kickin’ Cowboy Cornbread Muffins (Make sure you share this with your friends on Facebook! Click on over the Mesa de Vida Facebook page, find the photo and share – like the page while you’re there for more Table of Life love! Oh yes, PIN IT too! Here is the Mesa de Vida Pinterest page and the Bella Back To School Pinterest board with all of the recipes in this party!)

Makes 10-12 muffins

1 tsp healthy oil/fat of your choice

1/2 red onion, finely minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, finely minced (check out my technique here!) optional if you like it mild (ours had pretty much no heat with one jalapeno) or add some more if you like it spicy!

How to finely mince jalapenos in a garlic press

Sauteed vegetables for cornbread muffins

1 cup flour (gluten free flour blend, or white whole wheat flour)

1 cup cornmeal (I of course get mine organic and in the bulk food department – not suitable for those with diagnosed gluten free requirements – get yours packaged and certified gluten free)


3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp Kosher/sea salt

1 cup milk (organic or dairy free alternative)

1/4 cup healthy oil/fat of your choice (olive oil or butter)

1 egg, beaten lightly

2 Tb honey

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

1. Saute the onion, garlic and jalapeno over medium heat, stirring often until softened (about 5 minutes.) Remove from the heat. Meanwhile

My 12 year old daughter helping cook

2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, whisk to combine

3. Whisk together the wet ingredients

4. Pour the wet ingredients, sauteed onion mixture and cheese into the dry ingredients. Stir gently (don’t whisk) using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until just combined

My son helping in the kitchen

5. Place 1/4 – 1/3 cup batter into prepared muffin tins (sprayed/oiled/lined with muffin tin liners)

6. Bake for 20-22 minutes until the top is golden brown

Gobble up and enjoy!

Healthy homemade kickin' cornbread muffins

So do you want some more recipes? Heck yes, I know I do! Some of the most delicious and inspiring cupcake recipes from all over the web and more inspiration on how these bloggers used the cupcake wrappers to bring more fun into the kitchen! PLUS, you can win prizes!

Thanks to our amazing Prize Pack sponsors for their generous donations! Please, visit their websites to see more of their fabulous products!

Bella Cupcake Couture
The Smart Baker
India Tree
Mesa de Vida
Pretty Party Details
Lucks Food Decorating Company

Thanks to all of the fellow food bloggers sharing their awesome recipes for the Bella Back To School Party! Click on the links to get delicious!

Bella Cupcake Couture

Chronicles of a Foodie

Crazy for Crust

Cupcakes Take the Cake

Diary of a Mad Hausfrau


In Katrina’s Kitchen

Love From the Oven

Mesa de Vida

Not Just a Mommy

Sugar Swings! Serve Some

The Baked Equation

The Decorated Cookie

Thanks again to Carrie and Bella Cupcake Couture! The kids and I had a fabulous time, thanks for the inspiration!

Cheers, may your day be delicious! 

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11 responses to “Bella Cupcake Couture Blog Party – Kickin’ Cowboy Cornbread Muffins – Plus so much more!”

  1. Thank you so much for participating in the blog party. I always love your healthified recipes. I’m looking forward to trying this next time I make chili. Love how cute the cupcake wrappers turned out. Your kids did a great job creating a Southwestern style.

  2. Lora says:

    Great muffin recipe and your kids did an awesome job on the wrappers!

  3. Mmmm….those look amazing and so healthy! I love seeing kids in the kitchen cooking.

  4. I just love that you went savory with these! My family gobbles up cornbread. Great recipe!

  5. Hani says:

    I love that you made savory muffins and they sound delicious! Love the colorful wrappers!

  6. Michelle says:

    Love the savory muffins for this! Cute wrappers too!!

  7. Melissa says:

    I love those southwest wrappers. Your kids are adorable!

  8. Chef Kirsten says:

    Thanks all! It was a blast participating in this and I LOVE all of the participants recipes/decorating finesse! 🙂

  9. Vicky says:

    Ohhhhh!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!!! Wow!!!!!!!!!

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