May
09

Bread Pudding: How To Create Dessert From Whole Wheat Bread Ends

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It’s the little things that can make you so happy. You can turn lemons into lemonade, and you can turn bread ends into bread pudding!

This is the story of how I learned how to make  bread pudding using the remaining end pieces of a whole wheat bread loaf.

For I have to admit.

The one thing that I really don’t like about really healthy whole wheat bread is………. without exception is the last few pieces of the loaf always seem to fall apart. It seems that the healthier the bread is, the type void of preservatives and chemicals, the more frequently this occurs.

Therefore, left in my refrigerator is almost always 2-3 slices of broken bread in the bag with no purpose at all, often ripped and not “sandwich worthy.”

Bread Pudding Made With My Whole Wheat Bread Scraps!

I feel bad about throwing this left over bread out, so often I put it in the freezer hoping I will find some “future purpose” to use it like …..letting my kids feed it to the birds. I never thought that I could use these scraps to make bread pudding!

I have even pieced together strange looking sandwiches using the broken puzzle pieces of bread, with peanut butter as the glue that binds.

Always nagging in my mind is I am WASTING good bread!  (Can you believe that all of these thoughts have actually gone through my mind about bread pieces!) So off comes my “mom” to the rescue! You are never to old to get great advice from your wonderful mom and dad; including making bread pudding using the bread ends.

What To Do With The Last Pieces of Bread in the Bag, Make Bread Pudding or Bread Crumbs?

The last time my mom came to visit, she had two great ideas of how to use my whole wheat bread ends and/or older bread that is left in the bag. For even when the bread is starting to get a little stale, my mom’s great ideas work really well in how to not waste any bread.

Two Great Ways To Use Old Stale Whole Wheat Bread and Bread Ends:

#1. One of my mom’s ideas of what to do with left over bread was to make “breading”  that I can use for breading chicken. It is so easy. All you have to do is put the bread in the food processor until it is chopped in small pieces. Then freeze it. You can use directly from the freezer whenever you want to. It works really well in breading chicken and is much healthier than store bought breading.

#2. My moms second idea was to make bread pudding using the whole wheat bread ends. Bread pudding makes a wonderful healthy breakfast or dessert.

Bread pudding can be topped with so many delicious things ranging from a cream sauce to fresh berries. I love to puree frozen fruit, add some yogurt and top the bread pudding with this mixture.

How to Make Bread Pudding Using Left Over Whole Wheat Bread

What a great idea to make bread pudding using whole wheat bread ends! I had never thought about before. After all, bread pudding is usually made with egg bread, or thick white bread and it never occurred to me to make a version using whole wheat bread ends and left over bread. I loved the idea and  it turns out that my mom’s recipe for whole wheat bread pudding was delicious!

      My little boy Max particularly went crazy over the bread pudding, and yes the

bread pudding

      was made by

Grandma

    so there was a huge bias. However, I must say that her  bread pudding recipe made from the whole wheat bread was so darn good.

I was delighted to find something useful to do with my left over bread ends, other than feeding it to the birds. (Though we do like feeding the birds!)

Ingredients for Healthy Bread Pudding:

  • 9 cups of left over whole wheat bread chopped into bite sized pieces. (the end pieces are great too)
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 cup of Sucanat sugar  Buy Sucanat online to save money
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Directions On How To Make Bread Pudding:
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Grease baking dish
  • Mix cream, almond milk, eggs, sugar, butter vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder, flour.
  • Put the cut up bread in a pan.
  • Pour mixture over whole wheat bread and let it sit for 5-8 minutes so the mixture absorbs into the bread.
  • Spoon entire mixture into your baking pan.
  • Bake until it is golden brown and firm when you touch it, around 40-45 minutes.

Optional Toppings for the Bread Pudding:

1. Home made whipping cream (Mix whipping cream, with three tablespoons of raw honey, vanilla and cinnamon until it turns into delicious whipping cream.)

2. Fresh fruit

3. A berry puree sauce. (Heat berries with 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar and 1 tablespoon of arrowroot to thicken the sauce. Make sure to mix the arrowroot with water before you add it to the berry sauce.)

Enjoy a printable version of this recipe!

      
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Comments

  1. bonnie says:

    I was wondering about using whole wheat bread! I think I will try it half and half first, and go from there. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

    • Living Healthy Mom says:

      Hi Bonnie, I totally understand you being hesitant to try 100% whole wheat. I felt the same way, as it didn\’t sound like it would taste good for bread pudding. However, I found it to be delicious. I really could not tell the difference. Let me know how your 50% / 50% experiment goes. Thanks!

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