9 ways to enjoy bread pudding without derailing your health goals


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Bread pudding is one of those desserts that you either love or hate. Unfortunately, Team Bread Pudding has to contend with an indulgent dessert that is loaded with calories. But you know how we roll: we're all about finding better-for-you recipes that take traditional desserts and lighten them up. What happens when we leave out the half and half, heavy whipping cream and sugar? You get the following nine recipes that are just as tasty as the original and perfect not only for dessert but also for breakfast. Check them out, and bon appétit!


1. Banana Bread Pudding

Skinny Girl Standard 

From: Skinny Girl Standard

This recipe can feed up to six at no more than 167 calories per serving. Not too shabby!


2. Skinny Slow Cooker French Toast Bread Pudding

Recipe Boy 

From: Recipe Boy

This recipe calls for three quarters of a loaf of Challah bread, but the secret to keeping things on the lightened-up side is that you top with maple syrup instead of caramel. Brilliant!


3. Healthy Blueberry Lemon Bread Pudding

Eat Yourself Skinny 

From: Eat Yourself Skinny

Blueberry and lemon: a match made in heaven. This recipe is lightly sweetened with honey and a little brown sugar. There's just a touch of vanilla and, of course, some lemon zest. Mmm, enjoy dessert for breakfast. A single serving is only 240 calories and 4 grams of fat for an entire heaping bowl! Now that’s a win-win. Let the bread mixture sit in the fridge for anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour to let the bread soak up all the delicious flavors.


4. Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

The Healthy Foodie 

From: The Healthy Foodie

You'll feel like you're about to land yourself on the naughty list after indulging in this decadent-tasting bread pudding for breakfast. It's got protein powder in it, so you won't crash an hour after you’ve eaten it.


5. Healthy Breakfast Bread Pudding

The Yummy Life 

From: The Yummy Life

Want some yummy, healthy goodness in a jar that's just 156 calories per serving? Yes, please! Have your carbs while still keeping breakfast low in calories, fat and sugar. Bonus? You can prepare enough for a week, so you can enjoy a quick grab-and-go breakfast on those busy mornings.


6. Lightened-up Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Slender Kitchen 

From: Slender Kitchen

Slender Kitchen successfully lightens things up by making a few changes that don't sacrifice on flavor. This recipe calls for pumpkin puree, maple syrup and plenty of pumpkin pie spice.


7. Apple Bread Pudding

Better Homes and Gardens 

From: Better Homes and Gardens

The secret to sweetening up this recipe is a winning combination of chopped apple, raisins or prunes and an apple-juice based sauce.


8. Mango Bread Pudding

Photo by Dan Goldberg for Epicurious 

From: Epicurious

If you're in the market for a bread pudding that is sweet, tart, creamy and crispy, then look no further than this recipe.


9. Chocolate Bread Pudding

Healthy Recipes 

From: Healthy Recipes

Oh, we couldn't leave out chocolate. And yet the secret to this delicious, chocolaty bread pudding is that it's made with thick slices of sourdough bread. The bread's dense texture really makes this one a hit.