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Make It Natural: Whole Grain Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding

bread_pudding Ashley, one of our blog readers, sent us a request to make over her grandmother's famous bread pudding recipe, complete with a decadent bourbon sauce. We accepted the challenge to lighten up this comforting favorite. Check out the recipe we developed for Whole Grain Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding. Here are the changes we made to our lightened up version of traditional bread pudding:
  • The original recipe called for both heavy whipping cream and whole milk, so we substituted 1% low fat milk for these, resulting in a significant reduction in calories, fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. When you consider that 1 cup of heavy whipping cream contains 821 calories and 88 grams of fat, and 1 cup of whole milk contains 146 calories and 8 grams of fat, and you compare that to 1 cup of 1% low fat milk containing 102 calories and just 2 grams of fat, you can see that's a heck of a healthy savings! It's true that with a rich recipe like this, making the switch to the lower fat, lower calorie option yields a less decadent product, but no less delicious!
  • The original recipe calls for cinnamon raisin bread, which is traditionally made with bleached white flour. Our delicious, healthy version bakes whole grain cinnamon raisin bread into a delicious pudding. This increases the fiber, vitamin and mineral content of the recipe.
  • We opted to omit the rich bourbon sauce topping which contains bourbon, sugar and butter. Doing so allowed us to create a lighter, version of this traditional treat that can be enjoyed every day! How about serving a fresh colorful fruit salad alongside instead?
Did you miss the recipe link above? Here is the full recipe for our Whole Grain Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding. Got a recipe that needs a natural makeover? Post it in the comments section below! If we select your recipe and publish the improved version on our website, we'll send you a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card.

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Valerie says …

Thanks for the post! Sounds yummy. I'm starting a whole grain blog at www.littlebakervalerie.blogspot.com and I'd love to try some of your recipes like these. Thank you!

theghg says …

@Lynn - you can easily make this GF by using GF Cinnamon-Raisin Bread and GF vanilla extract.

Eileen says …

I'd love to give a natural makeover to my husband's recipe for macaroni and cheese. Everyone LOVES when he makes this, including me, but it is so unhealthy. Any way to make this a little better for us? Recipe: 16 oz macaroni - cooked simultaneously to be added when sauce is finished 1 stick butter diced onion tsp salt tsp pepper tsp old bay 1/2 cup flour 3 1/2 cups milk 24oz cheddar set aside 8oz for the topping -melt the butter and saute the onion with salt, pepper, and old bay -once onion is soft, add flour while stirring creating a roux -add milk and whisk until smooth -bring just to a boil while stirring and remove from heat -Slowly stir in 160z of the cheese until smooth -add to cooked macaroni and stir until well mixed -pour into baking dish, cover with the rest of the cheese. and bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees until bubbly around edges and browning on top

screwdestiny says …

This looks pretty good. I will have to give it a try.

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) says …

This sounds like a great recipe. I love flavors of bread pudding and actually just recently came up with a healthified (and veganized) pudding recipe of my own using cereal. It came out great! Sort of a cross between rice pudding and bread pudding, but with no cooking or baking required. :) http://www.soapandchocolate.com/2010/01/cinnamon-raisin-cereal-pudding.html

Lynn says …

This recipe sounds delicious! I would love to have a gluten-free version!!!

Small Footprints says …

I'm not much of a bread pudding person but I have to say that this one looks good! Some time ago I had Brioche ... it was decadent and yummy ... but it's also filled with eggs and butter. So I was wondering if you have a healthy, vegan make-over for Brioche ... and taking it one step further ... a healthy, vegan make-over for French Toast using Brioche? Love your make-overs ... I learn so much!

maureen jenison says …

i need to know how to make breads that are tasty. I need recipies. I need gluten free everything. The consistency seems very different and breads are flat and very heavy. help

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@Maureen Many of the stores have excellent GF bread, muffin, cake, pancake, etc mixes available in the baking isle. Also, please ask a Team Member if you need help finding the GF items in store. Finally, we've got a GF recipe index just for you with all sorts of tasty GF treats! I've included that link below. Good luck. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/search-results.php?specialDietTypeId=1