If you are looking for an old-fashioned bread pudding recipe, it doesn't get any more old-fashioned than this easy gluten free bread pudding recipe.
Top this homemade gluten free bread pudding recipe off with an incredible homemade vanilla cream sauce and enjoy! If you love bread pudding as much as we do, you will want to try this gluten free banana bread pudding recipe!
I don't know about you, but old-fashioned bread pudding has been one of our family's comfort foods for as long as I can remember. It was made with thick pieces of crusty bread and then smothered in vanilla cream sauce.
Times have changed and I just don't have time to make gluten-free crusty bread. I have been using a cheat of sorts. It also tastes great with the vanilla sauce!
This recipe is really fun to make with your kids. If you love cooking in the kitchen with kids, here are 12 fun recipes to make with kids!
Why you need to make this recipe:
There are so many reasons why you need to try my Grandma's recipe! Not only is this old-fashioned bread pudding creamy and sweet, but it also helps eliminate food waste!! It helps you to know what to do with leftover gluten free bread!
I don't know about your kids, but mine will NOT eat the ends of a loaf of bread. If you have ever wondered what to do with the ends, this recipe will save you! If your kids won't touch the ends (or crusts) either, save them up in a big bag in your freezer until you have enough to make this recipe.
Ends and crusts come in handy when we are craving either gluten-free French Toast Casserole.
What kind of bread is best for bread pudding?
We use several kinds of gluten free bread in our house. Our favorites to use in bread pudding are:
- Trader Joe's
- Franz Bakery
- Canyon Bakehouse
I am sure a lot of other brands would be delicious in this classic bread pudding recipe...these are just the loaves of bread we use the most. I use mostly the "ends" to create the breadcrumbs for this bread pudding.
What you need to make this recipe:
- Your favorite gluten free bread - see my note above.
- Eggs - size large
- Non-dairy milk - I love using either coconut milk or almond milk
- Butter - to make this dairy-free use vegan butter or coconut oil.
Step 1: Cut your bread and ends into cubes.
Step 2: In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk to blend.
Step 3: Pour the liquid over the bread cubes. Mix well to coat the bread cubes and allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes so the bread absorbs all of the liquid.
Step 4: Add the bread mixture to a greased 8x8 pan and bake at 350 F degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Step 4: Bake at 350 F degrees for 25-30 minutes until it the gluten free bread pudding is slightly golden on top.
Top with homemade sauces:
The star of this gluten free dairy free bread pudding recipe is the homemade vanilla cream sauce. This recipe is quick and easy and adds a whole new sweet vanilla flavor to this easy gluten free bread pudding recipe. There is even a vegan option if you prefer.
You can also top this simple gluten free bread pudding with this homemade bourbon butterscotch sauce!
Bread pudding is really easy to make, and it can last in the refrigerator for about 4 days. (My family never has dessert leftovers, but that is my best guess!)
You can freeze this bread pudding if you have leftovers or want to serve this at a later date. To reheat, you can reheat in the microwave or thaw in the refrigerator.
As you scan the ingredients, you will realize this is a basic bread pudding recipe. You can most definitely vary the seasonings to make this pudding have different flavors.
Most commonly people add cinnamon to bread pudding. I have also used cardamom, chocolate chips, and ginger.
- You can add nuts.
- Raisins, or other dried fruit. (Can't you just imagine dried tart cherries? It would be delicious!!)
- Chunks of fresh fruit like apples or apricots.
- Chocolate would be sinfully good baked into this gluten free bread pudding too!
I’ve made this gluten free bread pudding and agree it’s good!"Kris M-T
I used gluten free white sandwich bread from Trader Joe’s and it turned out perfect! Also used real maple syrup instead of sugar and added a bit of caramel extract."Stephanie W.
Gluten Free Grandma's Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding
- 3-4 ½ cup gluten free bread cubes
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups almond or coconut milk (not canned)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup melted butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- dash salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with coconut oil.
- Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl. Add in the sugar, salt, and butter.
- Add bread cubes, mix, and allow to sit for 20 minutes so it absorbs the liquid. Stir every 5 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into a baking dish and spread around the pan.
- Bake 20-25 minutes until cooked.
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