If you have stale or leftover bread…like unwanted “ends”, turn them into a delicious gluten free bread pudding! You are probably laughing when you read this…unless you have picky kids like I do :-).
Are you new to a gluten free lifestyle? Don’t forget to check out my Gluten Free Pantry Guide to help you get started in understanding gluten free ingredients.
Ways to Use Leftover Gluten Free Bread
As I mentioned in another post, my kids won’t eat the ends of our gluten-free bread loaves. I hate to waste so I save the ends for months in my freezer. (I had saved so many that I was able to make a stuffing and this easy bread pudding recipe.)
I wanted to make a simple gluten free bread pudding that was good enough to compete with the typical Thanksgiving/pumpkin desserts. Gluten Free Bread Pudding just doesn’t sound as special as pumpkin pie….but don’t let the title of this dessert fool you.
(In case you are looking for more traditional desserts, check out this Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Pie or this Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.)
What is the best gluten-free bread to make this bread pudding recipe?
My family is fairly odd. We all prefer different gluten-free breads. There is one we all love, but our “ends” bag in the freezer is often a compilation of several different gluten-free breads. here are a few of our favorites:
- Franz Bakery gluten-free bread
- Udi’s gluten-free bread
- Trader Joe’s gluten free bread (the one in the green bag, not the blue!)
- Canyon Bakehouse
Gluten free dairy free desserts are easy to make!!
I used full-fat canned coconut milk for this recipe, but any dairy-free milk variety will work just fine.
This easy bread pudding recipe is amazing and it will wow your guests this holiday season.
Have you used star anise in your baking yet? This is the first time I used star anise, and I have to say it really added a whole new dimension to this gluten free bread pudding recipe. Those pretty little flower shaped spice pods are star anise.
Those pretty little flower shaped spice pods are star anise.
I used a grinder I picked up years ago from a Pampered Chef party, but you can easily find spice grinders on Amazon.
Here are the wet ingredients cooking together in a saucepan. You can see the spice floating in the coconut milk. After it has cooked down, you can strain the liquid to get the larger pieces of star anise out of the liquid.
I chose to make my bread pudding in an oversized muffin tin. You can do this, or you can bake this bread pudding in a casserole dish. If you make this in a casserole dish, just cut it into slices when you are ready to serve it!
Fun Ingredients To Add To Your Bread Pudding:
Sometimes it is fun to customize a recipe with your favorite things. Here are a few ideas to change up this easy gluten free bread pudding:
- Add raisins.
- Add nuts like walnuts or pecans.
- Add thinly sliced apples or another fruit.
- Add in dried fruit like cranberries.
You may also like this Old-Fashioned Gluten Free Bread Pudding with Vanilla sauce.
Tools You Need To Make This Easy Bread Pudding:
- Deep muffin tin…this way you can ensure you are getting a big dessert that :-).
- Coconut sugar. This is lower glycemic than regular sugar and has the same yummy taste.
How to make gluten free bread pudding with caramel sauce:
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 4 cups gluten free bread, cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1/2 stick melted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon clove
- 1/4 teaspoon star anise
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cup coconut milk
- cup optional: 1/4 cup raisins
- optional: caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl add bread cubes and toss with melted butter.
- Put in a baking dish and bake until golden.
- In a saucepan, add coconut sugar and milk, spices, and orange zest.
- Cook on low heat until hot. Do not boil.
- Add vanilla and remove from heat.
- In a small bowl, add egg yolks.
- Add 1/4 of coconut milk mixture slowly, whisking quickly to prevent eggs from cooking.
- Add this back to the pot of coconut milk and whisk to blend.
- Pour over bread cubes and allow to sit for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray oil on a baking pan with 6 four inch cake sections. It is almost like oversized muffins.
- (You can also make a large dish of the bread pudding if you don't want individual sized bread pudding.)
- Pour bread cubes and mixture into baking dish.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
- Top with caramel sauce (optional)
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 368 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 18g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 84mg Sodium: 211mg Carbohydrates: 37g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 26g Protein: 4g
Here is another gluten free bread pudding recipe to enjoy, Gluten Free Sweet Potato Bread Pudding