Gluten Free Bread Pudding & A Mini Stocking Stuffer Haul

This simple and delicious gluten free bread pudding is crunchy on the edges, spongy in the centre, packed with raisins and cinnamon. It is a great gluten free and dairy free twist on a classic favourite. Add the simple dairy free caramel sauce for extra flair!

This post has been made in partnership with iHerb.

Delicious Gluten Free Bread Pudding with a Caramel Drizzle

 

Bread pudding is a popular dessert in many different areas of the world. It’s a perfect way to use bread that has gone a day or two past prime freshness.  It reminds me of French toast but turned into a moist, spongy cake.

My version, this gluten free bread pudding, is a delicious treat but can also definitely be enjoyed for breakfast or brunch (maybe sans the caramel sauce if it’s breakfast!).

It is made with gluten-free bread, almond milk, eggs, cinnamon, a touch of dairy-free butter, raisins, and there is an optional caramel sauce for drizzling… highly recommended!

When it comes to bread pudding there is a decent amount of variety out there. Some love to go with a more classic combination like the recipe I’m sharing here (albeit gluten and dairy free), and others like to make bread pudding with all kinds of twists – think chocolate, berries, orange, etc.

Whichever you prefer, this gluten-free bread pudding is worth a try and it can easily be changed up with extra additions like those I just mentioned! 

Why do they call it bread pudding?

 

The reason this dish is called bread ‘pudding’ is simply because the texture once baked becomes  soft, moist, and spongy. It can be scooped up with a spoon, but of course the bread makes it heartier and not exactly like a silky, soft traditional pudding. 

According to The Daily Gazette it was once called a ‘poor mans pudding’ because it was a recipe often made by the lower class to use up bread that had gone stale. Nothing would go to waste!

Ingredients in Gluten Free Bread Pudding

 

To make this tasty gluten free version I have partnered with iHerb to source a majority of the ingredients needed. iHerb is a fantastic online retailer that carries over 30,000 natural products and ships to over 180 countries! I love ordering from iHerb as I can often find products there that are harder for me to source locally. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

What kind of gluten free bread should I use?

 

My favourite bread for this gluten free bread pudding is a gluten free sourdough. I really like the Promise Gluten Free brand sourdough as it has a great texture, but there are many other brands you can use. 

I do recommend going with a white loaf that does not contain lots of seeds or whole grains. While this is not as healthy, it gives the bread pudding a more classic taste and texture. 

Sourdough, white loaf, or even gluten free brioche (Promise Gluten Free also carries brioche) is a great option. 

Also, if you can find a gluten free loaf that is unsliced, that’s even better. That way you can cut the cubes larger and thicker if you prefer. 

Easy Caramel Sauce

 

This caramel sauce is totally optional but highly recommended. While some people choose to top their bread pudding with whip cream (or even ice cream), I love the addition of a rich and silky caramel sauce. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

How to Make Bread Pudding

 

To make this gluten free bread pudding and the caramel sauce there are only a handful of steps to follow. The process is simple and this is a great recipe to make with little ones who like to get involved! 

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Preheat the oven to 350F and cut bread into large cubes, then add bread to a 9″ x 9″ baking dish. 

2. In a small saucepan melt the butter and add to a mixing bowl. To the same bowl add the remaining ingredients, except the raisins. 

3. Using an electric mixer, mix the ingredients on high until well combined and smooth. 

4. Pour the wet mixture over the cubed bread and sprinkle over the raisins. Then with clean hands, gently toss the bread with the liquid to coat all of the bread pieces. 

5. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes, then cover with tin foil and bake for another 10 minutes. 

6. Remove from the oven and serve hot with a generous drizzle of the caramel sauce (if using).

How To Make the Caramel Sauce

 

You can easily whip up the caramel sauce while the bread pudding is in the oven following the steps below:

1. Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat on the stove and add in all of the caramel ingredients except for the almond butter. 

2. Whisk until combined then once boiling, reduce heat to low and let the caramel sauce thicken at a simmer for 10 minutes, it will be bubbling.  

3. Whisk in the almond butter and stir for another 2 minutes until thick and silky then transfer to a jar. 

4. Drizzle caramel sauce, while still warm, over the bread pudding.

 

*Store any remaining caramel sauce in the fridge and warm before serving as it will harden when cold. 

 

Have you made bread pudding before? Do you prefer the classic version or a more unique twist?

This bread pudding will make a wonderful crowd-pleasing brunch or dessert during the holiday season (or any time of year!). Be sure to pin the photo at the end of the post to save this recipe for later!

image of gluten free bread pudding up close topped with caramel sauce

Gluten Free Bread Pudding

Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This tasty gluten free bread pudding is just like the classic but made gluten and dairy free. Filled with cinnamon, raisins, and vanilla and topped with an optional caramel sauce!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups gluten-free bread, cubed (300g)**
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350F and cut bread into large cubes then add to a 9" x 9" baking dish. 
    2. In a small saucepan melt the butter and add to a mixing bowl. To the same bowl add the almond milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and maple syrup.
    3. Using an electric mixer, mix the ingredients on high until well combined and smooth. 
    4. Pour the wet mixture over the cubed bread and sprinkle over the raisins. Then, with clean hands, gently toss the bread with the liquid in the pan to coat all of the bread pieces. 
    5. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes, then cover with tin foil and bake another 10 minutes. 
    6. Remove from the oven and serve hot with a generous drizzle of the caramel sauce (if using).

Notes

** I recommend using a gluten free sourdough, white loaf, or brioche. I would avoid grainy or seeded gluten free breads for this recipe.

image of a jar of caramel sauce with sauce being poured into the jar

Easy Caramel Sauce

Yield: Approx 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

This simple dairy-free caramel sauce is smooth, sweet, and silky. Perfect for drizzling and dipping!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon natural almond butter

Instructions

    1. Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat on the stove-top and add in all of the caramel ingredients except for the almond butter. 
    2. Whisk until combined then once boiling, reduce heat to low and let bubble and simmer for 10 minutes. 
    3. Whisk in the almond butter and stir for another 2 minutes until thick and silky then transfer to a jar.
    4. Drizzle while still warm over the bread pudding.

Let’s Talk iHerb & Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays!

 

As mentioned above, I have partnered with iHerb to create this delicious recipe. Not only do they carry a plethora of ingredients for all of your holiday baking needs, you can also stock up on the best stocking stuffers for your loved ones. 

I’m not sure I know of a single person who doesn’t get excited when they see delicious treats in their stockings. From iHerb I ordered four perfect stocking stuffers for anyone with a sweet or salty tooth!

The Chocolove Salted Almond Butter Dark Chocolate is so good! It’s rich, creamy, and each piece is filled with creamy almond butter, kind of like a twist on a peanut butter cup. The Cocomels Organic Coconut Milk Caramels are a lovely dairy-free take on classic, chewy and creamy caramel candies. So delicious! 

Have someone in your circle with a salty tooth? They’ll love the Sahale Snacks Honey Almond Glazed Nuts, the perfect mix of salty and sweet. Oh, and let’s not forget the Endangered Species Oat Milk and Mixed Berries +  Dark Chocolate Bar... pure heaven. 

iHerb ships all of their orders from climate-controlled distribution centres so you won’t end up with any melted chocolate. They also offer customer services 5 days a week in 10 different languages if you need any assistance.  

And, they offer multiple shipping methods (with duties included which is great for Canadians like me!)

If you are ready to make this recipe and would love to get a haul of great stocking stuffers, use code NUTRITIONINTHEKITCH” or click this link to get a discount on your iHerb order! 

 

Pin me!

 

 

More Gluten Free Recipes You’ll Love:

 

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.