Skinny French Toast Bread Pudding


I love meal prepping.  I wake up at 5 am Monday through Friday so I can get a work out in before work.  Meal prepping and smoothies have become my best friends.  Historically I have made breakfast muffins, bars, egg bakes, quiches, and overnight oatmeal to make sure that I do not miss the most important meal of the day and fuel my body after a sweaty gym sesh!

What I had never thought of making until this weekend was a breakfast bread pudding.  Seriously, this breakfast dish was such a little treat before work.  I felt like I was eating dessert before work every day ;)  How’s that for a happy Monday.

Skinny French Toast Bread Pudding

Now I happened to have a baguette that got a little too stale, but you could easily use any bread you have on hand: brioche, gluten free varieties, stale bagels, cinnamon raisin toast, etc.  The more dry and crusty the bread, the better the bread pudding!

Skinny French Toast Bread Pudding

I served the bread pudding with vanilla greek yogurt & honey on day 1, just with honey and a little extra cinnamon on day 2, and with fresh blueberries today.  Consensus: you can pretty much top this pudding with anything and it will taste delicious.   Next time I might toss some apple or dried fruit into the casserole dish before I bake it, but this is a great, healthier, basic bread pudding recipe!

Skinny French Toast Bread Pudding

As always,

Bon Appeteek

Note: I covered my casserole dish after it cooled and stored the bread pudding in the refrigerator throughout the week.  I would heat up a serving in the microwave for 1 minute and enjoy a warm treat on these chilly mornings. 

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4-6

The Players: 

1 french baguette, preferably 1-3 days old
2 eggs
2 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 C unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 C brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t sea salt

The Rules: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9 x9 or 11 x 7 casserole dish.
  2. Cut baguette into bite-size (1-inch) cubes.  (Note: if your baguette is not stale, you can toast the pieces in the oven for 5-10 minute to dry out the bread)
  3. Transfer the bread to the casserole dish.
  4. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients and whisk together.
  5. Pour the liquid mixture over the bread and press down firmly with clean hands so all of the bread is coated in the liquid.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes then remove from oven and allow to cool 10-15 minutes before serving.  Serve with a dollop of vanilla greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey, fresh berries, or your favorite topping.

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