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Homemade Gluten Free Apple-Cranberry-Herb Cornbread Stuffing

Homemade Gluten Free Apple-Cranberry-Herb Cornbread Stuffing

Homemade Gluten Free Apple-Cranberry-Herb Cornbread Stuffing

Homemade Gluten Free Apple-Cranberry-Herb Cornbread Stuffing – this traditional stuffing, with from scratch honey-sweetened cornbread is so delicious and perfect for the holidays.

Homemade cornbread stuffing has been a Thanksgiving tradition in my family for many years.

Thanksgiving has been bittersweet for me the last several years.

As some of you know, my mom passed away in 2014 and it was probably the hardest thing I have ever been through. Losing someone you’re so close to is incredibly painful and comes with years of up and down waves of grief. It gets easier with time, but the pain never fully goes away.

Fall was my mom’s favorite season and her birthday was in November. She loved Thanksgiving! I think being with family was her favorite part about it.

The last Thanksgiving we had spent together, I had just finished pulling my cornbread stuffing out of the oven when my mom got to our home. She walked in and said everything smelled amazing.

Then she noticed the stuffing sitting on the countertop. She walked over to it, grabbed a little nibble and ate it. She made a sound like she was in bliss and told me it was heavenly.

I will forever hold that memory of her joyful face and the happiness my stuffing brought to her close to my heart.

My mom loved cornbread stuffing, it was one of her favorites. I am so grateful that the last stuffing she got to have was the one that I made with love.

It’s easy to make homemade gluten-free cornbread stuffing from scratch.

I have been making my gluten free apple-cranberry-herb cornbread stuffing recipe since I was a teenager. Although I have changed it up a bit since then.

I used to make a store-bought cornbread brand, the cornbread mix came in a can. Now I make my own homemade honey butter glazed cornbread from scratch.


Prepare the homemade cornbread in advance, this can be done one day before making the stuffing.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large casserole dish with butter and set aside.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Set aside.

Cut the cornbread into 1 1/2 inch cubes. Place them in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a large sauté pan, melt 1-2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Sauté the onion and celery for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the apples and thyme and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add to the cornbread in the large mixing bowl.

Add the sea salt and cranberries to the large mixing bowl and gently toss well to combine.

Pour the melted butter and broth over the stuffing mixture and gently stir to combine.

Place the stuffing mixture in the greased casserole dish. Bake uncovered for about 40-45 minutes, until lightly golden brown on the top and heated through.

Serve immediately or allow to cool slightly.


YOU WILL NEED: Large Casserole Dish {I use this}, Large Sauté Pan, Cutting Board, Quality Chef's Knife, Pairing Knife {I use this}, Large Mixing Bowl, Spatula or Large Spoon

STORAGE: Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven on a low/warming temperature.

APPLES: I used Honey Crisp, but other apples like Fuji, Gala and Braeburn would work well this stuffing.

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Reader Interactions


Really lovely post about your memories of your mother, and so inspiring that you find joy and comfort in remembering her happy face. Isn’t it just so important that we stop and take notice of the simple things – like the smile on someone’s face – and realize just how deeply special they actually are.

Hi ?? Happy Turkey Day from my family to yours. I just wanted to tell you that last year I used this amazing cranberry cornbread stuffing for the first time. It was such a wonderful stuffing that I decided to use it every year. I just finished prepping it for tomorrows dinner and wanted you to know that it is a traditional part of our Thanksgiving Day now because of you and your family. I don’t have many positive traditions to pass down to my kids so I have taken some from others to create what we call our family traditions and I pass these down to my kids. I enjoyed making this with my daughter this year and know she will continue the recipe to her family , so your momma lives on through sharing this wonderful recipe. Thank you so much. Happy Holidays!

Danielle, thank you so much for sharing that with me! Your words are so kind and meaningful! That made my day ?? I love that you made it with your daughter and are passing that on to her. Happy Holidays to you. xo

Holidays can be so hard when loved ones have passed away. Moms are still moms, even if we become moms ourselves. So glad you have that lovely memory of your mom eating this delicious sounding stuffing!

This recipe looks great!! I can’t have cornmeal; but if I could, yours would be the recipe I’d make. It’s obvious you’ve fine-tuned it and it’s beautiful. The photos are lovely too. Big sorries regarding the loss of your mom and I hope the stuffing and memories and cozy loved ones make yours a joyful holiday.

I love the memories that holiday recipes conjure up! This looks so yummy and I don’t think I’ve ever had apples in stuffing (yum) — actually, I’ve never even made stuffing myself yet at 51 years old! It’s still the job of the matriarchs in my family.

Just yesterday I realized how close we are to Thanksgiving. I generally make most of the same dishes year after year, but I was hunting for a recipe to incorporate cranberries within. This one is beautiful and just what I was looking for!

I love cornbread stuffing and this recipe sounds fantastic! The cranberries add such a stunning pop of color, and your photos are beautiful, as usual ?? Thanks for sharing this recipe and the story about your mom. I’m so sorry for your loss but grateful for the reminder about the most important part of the holidays – time with those we love!

What a lovely memory of your Mum. I think it is really special that making cooking with love (like you do) can help bring back those memories. We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in New Zealand but I often wish we did, it always looks like a lot of tasty food gets eaten! This looks delicious – I hope your holiday is filled with happiness and fond memories ??

I love all that cranberry apple flavor in this stuffing. But mostly I love how food reminds us of the special people in our lives. Always thinking of you as you remember your precious Mama during the holidays especially.

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Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.

Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.

In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.

Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.

1. Subway

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One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.

Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.

Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.

A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.

Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.

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2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.

According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.

One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.

Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.

3. Chipotle

Vegetable burritos

Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.

Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.

Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.

For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.

4. McDonald's

McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.

Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.

5. Burger King

Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.

It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.

BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.

6. Wendy

Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate

Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.

Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.

The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.

Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.

With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes

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