This delicious bread pudding takes no time to put together!
Bread pudding is sweet, indulgent, and delicious. Unfortunately, it is rarely a dessert listed on the diet menu. Our slow cooker pudding changes that with healthy ingredients and less saturated fat than what you find in most bread puddings. Best of all, it is made in a slow cooker, so it is just as convenient as it is healthy.
Slow cooker methods of cooking take a lot of the fuss out of preparing delicious recipes. Slow cooker meals can be prepped in just a few minutes and left to cook without supervision. They are great for busy weeknights, as well as for when you are entertaining. Imagine preparing a delicious dish and leaving the ingredients to cook in the slow cooker while you spend time with your guests. It is a hostess’s dream come true.
If you want to whip up a sweet, healthy dessert that is great for holiday entertaining or for when you are craving traditional comfort food, this bread pudding is an excellent option. The taste is satisfying enough that you will not feel the need to overindulge. It is one of the best slow cooker dessert recipes available and is sure to be a hit with your family or at your next holiday gathering.
Bread Pudding: A Holiday Favorite, but Delicious All Year
While most people might think of bread pudding as a classic dessert only to be enjoyed once a year, this slow cooker bread pudding recipe can be enjoyed all year round, even if you are practicing a low-calorie diet.
If you were to make it the traditional way with heavy cream and white bread, then you might have some issues, however, we dare you to try our lighter take on it, and we bet the whole house will love it and not even realize the difference!
What You Need for this Slow Cooker Dessert
Our spin on this classic recipe only requires a few ingredients. They include:
- Whole grain bread slices
- Skim milk
- Large eggs
- Egg whites
- Vanilla extract
If you would like, you could also throw in some brown sugar, raisins, chocolate chips, or other optional ingredients that you prefer, just keep in mind that it will affect the nutritional value.
If you don’t have whole-grain bread slices on hand, you could also use bread cubes or a different kind of bread. Again, this will play a part in your overall nutritional value, but we understand that each family has unique needs and preferences.
Pair it with some fresh fruit like bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries for some added vitamins, amazing flavor, and color.
Steps to Make This Easy Slow Cooker Bread Pudding
This recipe is so easy to throw together. In a hurry because you have company coming over? Does your list of to-dos just keep growing? Don’t worry! You don’t even need to get out a mixing bowl to whip up this tasty treat! Just a few minutes of prep, and you will be ready to go.
First, you will create bread pieces out of your large slices. They don’t need to look a certain way, just be similar in size so that everything will cook evenly.
Next, you can either use cooking spray to grease your slow cooker or use a slow cooker insert, but either way will help lessen your clean-up time after you finish enjoying your bread pudding.
Then, mix all of your ingredients in the slow cooker for a cooking time of around 4 to 5 hours on high heat. Try to level it out so that everything is in a single layer, if possible. You can check on your bread pudding throughout the cooking time, but the first sign that it’s close to being done is when your house smells like cinnamon, warm bread, and holiday spirit. (Even if you’re making this in June!)
How To Keep Bread Pudding From Getting Soggy
While bread pudding is a fairly easy dessert to make, it can be a bit tricky to make sure you get the right consistency. This recipe actually can help prevent your bread pudding from getting soggy as it uses skim milk instead of heavy cream. This allows the bread to be moist and delicious but not overly soggy.
Make sure that you follow the directions with the cooking time! This will ensure that you get the perfect texture of bread pudding.
How to Tell if Your Pudding is Done
A great way to tell if your bread pudding is done is to simply stick a toothpick in the middle of your slow cooker. If the toothpick comes out clean without any kind of food on it, then it should be ready to enjoy. You can also try pushing down on the center of your bread pudding. If liquid comes to the top it will need to cook a bit longer as the bread hasn’t fully soaked up all of the deliciousness yet.
The next time you go to check your bread pudding, take note if your slow cooker takes a bit longer than what the recipe calls for. Making notes like this can make it much easier when you need to pull something together at the last minute so that you know exactly what to expect to get the best results.
Can You Make Bread Pudding Ahead of Time and Reheat?
There are a few ways to make bread pudding ahead of time and then reheat it the next day.
One way is to mix everything together and then sit it in an airtight container in the fridge overnight. Then, just pop into the oven the next morning for a breakfast treat that everyone will enjoy.
Other easy ways to make this recipe work for you is to go ahead and cook the bread pudding, store it in the fridge, and then reheat it in the oven or slow cooker when you are ready for it. You might want to cook it at a lower setting than originally to make sure that you don’t end up overcooking it and making it too dry.
More Traditional Holiday Dishes With a Healthy Twist
We know that it is very hard to stick with your nutritional daily values with the holidays rapidly approaching. Swapping some ingredients and finding new ways to create your favorite recipes and flavors is a great way to keep you from having to start all over again after the holidays.
Holidays should be a time of joy, wonderment, and soaking in the memories with those around you. This year, on Christmas morning, we want the only thing that you are focusing on is those around you instead of worrying about how many calories you might be consuming that day.
We have a lot of new recipes and can’t wait for you to try them out this upcoming holiday season!
- 8 whole grain bread slices
- 3 cups skim milk
- 2 eggs with yolk
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons raisins optional
Cut up your bread into small pieces.
Mix all ingredients well in the slow cooker.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours. The liquid should be completely soaked up by the bread when it’s done.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8
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