Cheddar Kale Skillet Cornbread

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Cheddar Kale Skillet Cornbread ~  a deliciously moist quick bread enriched with buttermilk, cheddar cheese, and shredded kale ~ this unique cornbread recipe goes with everything from chili to chowder, but  I love it all by itself with a big pat of butter.

Cheddar Kale Skillet Cornbread

I’m so excited today to be reviewing a new book from one of my favorite bloggers, Julia Mueller from The Roasted Root. LET THEM EAT KALE!  is Julia’s second book, and it celebrates an incredible, under-appreciated leafy green that is so healthy you literally can’t afford not to love it. I have to admit I was a reluctant convert. I avoided kale for the longest time, but once I gave it a chance, I can’t get enough. For dinner last night I made two of Julia’s recipes…this amazing skillet cornbread, and a spicy Smoked Paprika Chicken Corn Chowder. I’m going to give you the recipe for the cornbread, but for the soup, you’ll have to buy the book. Oh wait a minute… you can also WIN a copy of the book, just leave a comment at the end of the post to be entered to get your own copy!

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This cornbread was truly fabulous. And what fun that it actually turned out EXACTLY like the book photo! When does that ever happen? I’m going to return to this recipe many times, I can tell, it has the most perfect moist crumb, and a distinctive flavor from the buttermilk, cheddar cheese, and kale. Finely shredding the kale actually helps to bring out its flavor, and there is enough of it in there so it’s not just an accent. Another thing I love about this recipe is that Julia uses equal parts cornmeal and oat flour. Oat flour is one of my favorite ingredients in both sweet and savory baking. It helps to create a pillowy texture, and as an added benefit, this bread is completely GLUTEN FREE,

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LET THEM EAT KALE is so much more than a cookbook — it’s a way in to a healthier life, and if you or someone you know is trying to eat better. this would be a great gift. I love the first chapter where Julia explains everything you ever wanted to know about kale, from exactly why it is so good for us, to how to pick it at the supermarket, or grow it ourselves. She follows that with a wide range of recipe ideas, from the expected  smoothies and salads to more unusual curries and burrito bowls. There’s a  stunning photo paired with every recipe, which I think really helps to emphasize the idea that kale isn’t just something we’re supposed to eat, it can be something we crave. And Julia has done the thinking for us, all we have to do is remember to pick up that bunch of kale at the super market.

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Other fabulous cornbread recipes to try ~

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4.6 from 5 votes

Cheddar Kale Skillet Cornbread

Cheddar Kale Skillet Cornbread ~  a deliciously moist quick bread enriched with buttermilk, cheddar cheese, and shredded kale ~ this unique cornbread recipe goes with everything from chili to chowder, but  I love it all by itself with a big pat of butter.
Course bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Author Sue Moran


wet ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk or almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded kale leaves I pulsed it in a food processor

dry ingredients

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  • Set the oven to 400F
  • Grease or oil a 10" cast iron skillet.
  • In a large microwave safe mixing bowl, melt the butter. Then whisk in the buttermilk and eggs.
  • Add the grated cheese and the kale.and stir to blend.
  • Sift the dry ingredients right into the bowl and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into the skillet and smooth it out.
  • Bake for about 20-22 minutes, until it's just starting to turn golden around the edges, and a toothpick comes out without wet batter clinging to it. Don't over bake!

Cook's notes

I rewrote the recipe in my own words in order to make it a one-bowl process.
The recipe comes from Let Them Eat Kale by Julia Mueller
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.




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    January 25, 2016 at 10:47 am

    The cornbread looks delish! (And the corn chowder sounds perfect for a cold winter evening!) I’m a newer kale fan. We participated in a CSA last summer and the lakes was one of everyone’s favorites in our weekly ‘mystery veggie box’. Thanks for the opportunity to win a new cookbook to expand my use of kale.

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      January 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

      You’re welcome Cate, thanks for stopping by.

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    September 8, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I can’t believe I think I need another cookbook – but apparently I do!
    Kale has been a favorite veggie since my aunt introduced it to my family when I was in high school – about 40 years ago. And cornbread has always been on my list of favorite foods. Eager to try this gluten free version with corn and oats from our “dry goods farm share”

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      September 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      I hope you love it as much as I did — your aunt was ahead of her time!

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    September 8, 2014 at 5:23 am

    I would love more ideas for kale. thanks!

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    September 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I just discovered Kale and I love it — so does my son, which is really cool!

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    September 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

    OK, Julia’s blog is one of my favorites. I read it on a daily basis, except when I am too busy trying out her recipes.and bragging about the outcome to friends that come to eat it all.
    I cannot say I’ve tried the Cheddar Kale Skillet Cornbread yet but would definitely love to. Oh, and I would be in 7th heaven to own Julia’s cookbook :-)!

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    September 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I have to try this, my husband loves kale.

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    September 5, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    That is some beautiful cornbread! Mine usually comes out on the dryish side. I’m going to try it with the kale which I had for the first time this summer. Cornbread and kale looks like a yummy combination. Love love love your recipes!

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    Arthur Crook
    September 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I am well known for my cornbread here in South Africa where I am presently located. The meal is available here, but is not generally used as “cornbread” as us Americans know it. Will definitely try the recipe soon.

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    September 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    would love to try

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    Kim T
    September 5, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Have recently decided I do like kale…raw, cooked, and in smoothies. This cornbread recipe sounds delicious! Would love to win the book!

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    mary s.
    September 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I love cornbread and would make this it sounds and looks yummy…I am learning to make dishes with Kale and would love the recipe book in order to make some yummy nutritious recipes for my family…

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    Shelly Yale
    September 5, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Kale, kale ,kale, where have you been all my life? I just started adding kale to my diet. It has been only recently that I have learned what a powerhouse this veggie is. Would love to learn more ways to use it other that smoothies and salads.

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    Anne Tan
    September 5, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    The only thing I don’t like about kale is that thick stalk that you tear the leaf from – such a waste!

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    September 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I love Kale but my daughter loves it even more. I’d love to win this one for her and maybe she’d make me something for it. Thanks for the chance.

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    Debbie Widmark
    September 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Looking forward to giving this a try!

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    September 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Sue, thank you so much for sharing my book and the cornbread recipe with your readers! I’m so glad you enjoyed the cornbread – always a favorite, and now that the cold season is upon us, I’ll definitely be making it more and more. And WOW, your photos did turn out exactly like the cookbook photo, haha!

    Your kind words made my day, and I can’t thank you enough!! I hope you enjoyed the chowder as well, and hope you have an amazing weekend!! xoxo

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      September 10, 2014 at 10:21 am

      We all LOVED the chowder 🙂

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    September 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Just approached kale recently and since cornbread is a favorite, I’m excited for a perfect combination

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    September 5, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Sounds delicious and healthy too. Blessings, Catherine

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    Heather // girlichef
    September 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I’m a huhe kale fan from way back- you know, 5 years or so ;). This cornbread looks fantastic, and I’d love a copy if this book. Thanks for tte chance Sue!

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    September 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    This looks so good! I love Julia’s blog and I would love to win her book!

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    Isabel G
    September 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Looks delicious! A great recipe for a fall weekend… can’t wait to try it!

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    Laura Schroeder
    September 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Love the green in the bread, would be super under some chili,yum

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    Tina shannon
    September 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Trying to eat Kale. Got for cancer…..Love to win this book

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    September 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I do a lot of cooking and baking in my cast iron skillet, I have many different cornbread recipes I use and I’m always looking for a new addition. I can’t wait to get my teeth into this one.


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    September 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    That is one beautiful cornbread!

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    Linda Romer
    September 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I love kale. I just tried kale for the first time about one year ago. I would love to win this book to give me ideas on how to prepare and use it in recipies. Thank you

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    Sharon Ekonen
    September 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Love kale – and always open to new ideas to try

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    September 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I’ve never tried kale, but this looks like it would be a great place to start!

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    Tina LaLena
    September 5, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Recipe sounds yummy!

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    Aaron Rishell
    September 5, 2014 at 11:26 am

    This looks great! I will have to give this a try.

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    Priscilla May
    September 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Cornbread looks amazing. A must try

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    September 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

    This book is on my wish list. We love kale in our house, even the two year old!

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    ahu @ ahueats
    September 5, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I also was anti-kale (I don’t like ‘fad’ food) until I tried it… now I love it! What a great looking dish and love the name of the cookbook!

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    September 5, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I’m going to make this the next away game for all my 49er fans. Love kale and use it in so many ways. Never thought to try it in cornbread.

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    September 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Samantha K.
    September 5, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I love kale! I like seeing new ways to use it too.

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    September 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Another winner! I’ll be making this tonight! I love that I not only have the pleasure of your new dishes, but that you also generously share what comes out of other kitchen’s as well. TVFGI continues to be my favorite cooking resource. You rock, Sue!

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    September 5, 2014 at 10:37 am

    My patio kale is still pumping out lovely leaves so I can’t wait to try this! The cornbread sounds delicious and the cookbook sounds wonderful.

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    September 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I love kale. It has so many uses, every one delicious!

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    Jenny Hartin
    September 5, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Love kale and love cornbread. Will share in my group – The Cookbook Junkies – over 11,600 members. 🙂

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    [email protected]
    September 5, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Love this recipe! We are cornbread fans, this one is so different, I must make it. thanks!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 5, 2014 at 10:07 am

    We grew kale in our garden this year – it was so easy and delicious. I’m going out to see if there is any left – I know my husband would love this cornbread – and the oat flour addition sounds so interesting! I hope I win!!!

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    September 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Love kale and cornbread. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    September 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Greens and cornbread! A wonderful Southern combo combined.

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    Linda Seablom
    September 5, 2014 at 9:54 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! Love your posts!!

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    September 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I love these types of cornrbreads..Thanks for the recipe~

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    Jean Tucker
    September 5, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Kale is absolutely one of my favorite vegetables!

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    September 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I love cornbread … this is perfect for yummy autumn side dish. Great pics make me practically taste it!

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    September 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Going o try this cornbread , for sure!

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    September 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

    these look amazing and so moist! I love those flecks of color.

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    September 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Looks so good! I just made plain cornbread this way the other night! What a great way to add some greens and folic acid to it! CC

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    September 5, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Love this savory spin on cornbread!

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