Cast Iron Pumpkin Cornbread with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

Thank you to the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) for sponsoring this healthy recipe for Cast Iron Pumpkin Cornbread with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese. #StoryofYourDinner

What a perfect recipe for breakfast. This pumpkin cream cheese is insanely good and so much healthier than muffins #StoryofYourDinner #ad

When the Partnership for Food Safety Education contacted me about helping them spread the word about food safety, I realized Food Done Light had a gaping hole in it. I hit my palm against my head. Here I am preaching about healthy food, and I have never ever mentioned the biggest part of that, food safety. I felt a little stupid to tell you the truth. How could I miss that important step? What good is making healthy food, if you do not prepare it properly? The last thing I want to do is give my family a “healthy” meal that makes them sick because of a lack of food safety.

So let’s remedy that right now. It is really easy. There are 4 Core Practices of food safety. The first is simple, wash your hands and surfaces often. You have probably seen the posters in public bathrooms saying to wash your hands for 20 seconds in warm water. It drives me crazy when I am in a restaurant bathroom, and they only have cold water. Seriously! How are your employees properly washing their hands? How is that to code? Next, wash your utensils and counters with hot soapy water. This next tip I love, use paper towels instead of cloths. I love it because I prefer to use paper towels. I hate doing laundry; so that one gives me the satisfaction to know my laziness over doing laundry actually lead me to better food safety.


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The next gives way to a perfect Christmas present. You need a cutting board for raw meat and one for fresh produce. So you can buy your family one of each for Christmas. Also keep raw meat and fresh produce separate when packing them into your shopping bags. Which leads to another Christmas gift. Buy people re-useable bags of different colors, one for raw meat and one for fresh produce. They can be thrown into the washing machine for easy cleaning. Cook your food to the proper temperature, yet another great Christmas gift, a thermometer.  Finally refrigerate your food promptly. Man, oh man, do I ever have this argument with my husband. When it is his turn to clean up, he likes to leave everything out for hours. He gets mad at me when I go into the kitchen and promptly put everything away. He yells at me “I said I would do it.”. I tell him the food cannot be safely kept out on the counter. for more than 2 hours. Go check to make sure your refrigerator temperature is at 40• or below.

Go to the PFSE website, The Story of Your Dinner, for more information to keep your family healthy and safe. I love their kid-friendly placemats. You can print them and let your kids color them. It is a fabulous way for your kids to learn about food safety. I am printing the hand washing one for my daughter. She loves to connect numbers and do mazes. Plus I feel like I have said “Wash your hands.” until I am blue in the face. I really love how PFSE is getting kids involved. They even have a Hand in Healthy Sweepstakes that runs through November 24, 2016. They will be choosing four lucky winners each week for three weeks in November (that is a total of 12 winners). To enter go to Hand in Health Sweepstakes. Trace your hand and draw and decorate it. Then snap a picture and post it with #HandinHealth on Twitter , Instagram or the comment section of PFSE’s #HandinHealth posts on Facebook.  The winners will receive a $100 Publix Supermarket gift card. Plus there will be one grand winner who will receive a $250 Publix Supermarket gift card.

Love the edition of pumpkin in this cornbread. It adds fiber and tastes divine #StoryofYourDinner #ad

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Cast Iron Pumpkin Cornbread with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

Cast Iron Pumpkin Cornbread with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 1 cup 120 grams white whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ cup stone ground cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp. grape seed or canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese:
  • 7 tbsp. Greek yogurt cream cheese softened for 30 minutes
  • 3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. clove
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • Pinch kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. 2 Start by washing your hands with warm water and soap for at least
  3. 20 seconds before and after handling food. Wash your cutting
  4. boards and counter tops with hot soapy water.
  5. 3 In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder,
  6. baking soda and salt.
  7. 4 In a large bowl, beat the egg. Wash your hands after handling raw
  8. egg. Then mix in buttermilk, syrup, oil and yogurt. Stir the pumpkin
  9. puree into the egg mixture. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and
  10. stir until just combined.
  11. 5 Heat a 9-inch cast iron skillet over high until very hot. Add the
  12. butter and let it melt. Pour in the batter, scraping all the batter into
  13. the skillet. Turn off the heat.
  14. 6 Now place the skillet filled with batter into the preheated oven. Bake
  15. until the bread pulls away from the edges of the skillet and has an
  16. internal temperature of 165 °F, about 35-40 minutes.
  17. 7 Let cool slightly in the pan. Invert onto a cooling rack and cool.
  18. 8 In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for cream cheese. Store
  19. in the refrigerator until needed.
  20. 9 Bread can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 days. Will keep an
  21. additional week in the refrigerator, covered in foil or plastic wrap.You
  22. can also freeze the cornbread. Tightly covering with foil and place in
  23. a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  24. 10 Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese mixture will last in the refrigerator in
  25. an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Do not freeze

Recipe Notes

Cal 234/Fat 9g/Carbs 31g/Fiber 5g/Protein 6g
I calculated 8 Weight Watcher Smart Points

Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. Food safety is so important -- especially when you're feeding a crowd -- like at Thanksgiving. I'm a big proponent of cleaning as I go, washing hands, having separate cutting boards, etc. Thanks for the refresher!
  2. This bread looks wonderful! I love my cast iron skillets. After working in a commercial kitchen for years I am crazy about keeping my meat away from the produce when we are cooking.
  3. Food safety is something so obvious at times that we completely forget about it. Different boards are absolutely necessary for fish, meat and veggies. I like the sight of your pumpkin cornbread. It looks so easy to make it. your pumpkin spice cream cheese must be going so well with your cornbread. Yum!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Christmas is the perfect time to remind people about food safety. We all want to enjoy the holidays without getting sick.
  4. I was getting ready to move on from pumpkin recipes, but not after seeing this. I want to eat it through the screen.
  5. Thanks for drawing attention to the 4 Core Practices of food safety - I don't understand the cold water in bathrooms either! By the way, your pumpin cornbread sounds wonderful - loving the accompanying pumpkin spice cream cheese!
  6. Love the food safety tips and the spiced cream cheese.


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