This Can’t Be Healthy! Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

I’m sorry about the picture overload guys, but I’m just totally, completely, entirely infatuated with this guy…

I took a million photos and had a REALLY hard time deciding which ones would make the cut and which ones would get left behind.

Because, believe it or not, I did leave some VERY good shots behind!

Know this, though. The number of pictures appearing in this post is directly proportional to my level of appreciation for that bread pudding.

So… think I liked it? At least a little bit?

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

It was, without a doubt, THE best bread pudding I have eaten in my entire life.

And you know what? I enjoyed all four VERY GENEROUS portions for breakfast… all that WHILE being on a weight loss stretch.

You read that one right.

THIS absolutely decadent dessert looking thing is what I am actually eating for breakfast while actively working on shedding some pounds…

And you know what still?

The fat is actually coming right off!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

It might be hard to believe by looking at it, but this bread pudding is healthy as can be!

But hey, don’t take my word for it. Go ahead and take a look at those nutritional facts… I didn’t make them up, you know! ;)

Never in my life did I imagine that I could eat such an amazing and sweet tasting dessert for breakfast and feel so full and supported for so long. I can guarantee that this one will not send you crashing an hour after you’re done eating.

I wasn’t even in a hurry to have my morning snack after eating this.

In all honesty, I think it could easily serve 6. And if you are going to serve this as a snack or dessert, you can very well make that number an 8.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

If you are a fan of bread pudding, by all means, give that one a try.

And don’t be afraid of serving it to guests, or even kids.

Trust me, no one will care that it was made with whole grain bread.

Heck, they probably won’t even notice!

Yeah, really… it’s that good!

This Can’t Be Healthy! Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Serves 4 (very generously!)

This Can’t Be Healthy! Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding


    For The Pudding
  • 227g crusty whole wheat bread, cut into 2 inch squares
  • 1½ cup home made coconut milk (or other milk of your choice)
  • 1½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 Red Delicious apple, peel on, finely diced
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • For the Sauce
  • 3 scoops vanilla flavored whey protein powder
  • ¼ cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup home made coconut milk (or other milk of your choice)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add coconut milk, unsweetened applesauce, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat ligthly with a whisk until well incorporated.
  2. Fold in bread cubes, walnuts, apple and raisins.
  3. Transfer to oven safe dish, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. This will allow the bread to soak up the liquid.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350F and bake the bread pudding for 45-50 minutes, until it's set and the top turns nice and golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool until it reaches room temperature, then cover and transfer to refrigerator once again to cool completely. (This pudding is best served cold)
  6. When ready to serve, make the sauce by adding protein powder and yogurt to a mixing bowl and mix with a spoon or whisk until well incorporated. It might look like there is too much powder at first, but it will come together eventually. Same goes for the "lumpy" feeling. Just let the mixture rest for about a minute and give it another quick stir. It will become nice and smooth.
  7. Add milk and stir until nice and creamy looking.
  8. Pour generously over bread pudding.
  9. Both the sauce and bread pudding will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Whole Grain Crusty Bread | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Start with a nice whole wheat / grain crusty bread 

Whole Grain Crusty Bread | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

All cut into cubes

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

After a nice long bath…

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Straight out of the oven…

Oh! I wish you could smell that!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Breakfast is served

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Still undressed and already looking delicious… but wait!

It gets better…

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Let’s add a little sauce, shall we?

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Yum! All good and ready to go…

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Does that look good or what?

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Go ahead, dig in!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Now for a taste test… Moist enough for you?

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    • says

      NORA!!! So good to see you! OMG, where have you been girl? Is the new store keeping you so busy? I hope things are working out great!!! Oh, I just want to hug you right now. So happy to “see” you! This just made my day! =D

  1. says

    I do not know how you wait long enough to take photos. Even of it all ready to eat off the spoon! I can almost smell it myself. What self restraint! I assume you get the set up all ready well before it comes out of the oven.. I do not believe you ate all four servings of this for breakfast! That sauce/custard will sure come in handy on a number of dishes.

    • says

      In fact, Christina, I rarely set up before my food is ready, because I tend to let the food speak to me. It is “it” that dictates how it wants to be photographed. I look at it and then get my inspiration. Unless I’m dealing with things that are extremely time sensitive, like ice cream…

      And for the record, I didn’t have all four servings in one go, but I had all four servings for breakfast, on four different mornings. I would’ve never been able to eat it all at once! Even one serving was a lot! And so true, that sauce is the bomb and can be used with a number of dishes. It’s like instant, fail proof crème anglaise!

  2. says

    Wow girl, you were certainly on a roll when it comes to taking pics of that gorgeous bread pudding. And gorgeous pics they are too! Makes me drool to no end. I’m just wondering one thing; I see in the ingredient list it uses whey protein powder. Now since I am making my own cheese lately I have been looking for ways to use all the whey which is apparently very healthy. Ofcourse it is not in any powdered form but do you think there would be a way to incorporate that into the bread pudding. Looks amazing!!

    • says

      Thank you so much Simone. To have you say that my pictures are gorgeous is simply priceless. I am flushed! :)

      As for using the whey, I have no idea… it’s fairly liquid that stuff, isn’t it? I guess you could replace the milk with an equal amount of whey, but having never worked with it, or even seen what it actually looks like, it’s hard for me to tell.

      And wait a minute. Did you say make your own cheese? Love the idea! Is that on your blog, cuz if it is, I totally missed it! How goes it? Is it really messy and complicated? Heading over to your blog right now!

      • says

        haha… it’s not so complicated but yes it can get messy… ;) I’ve made ricotta and have just done goatcheese. Both are on my blog too.. And as for the whey; yes it is very liquid. It’s what you get when the milk splits into curds and whey. Curds ending up being the cheese and whey is the leftover product. You should try it too!

      • says

        I might be able to get my hands on some raw goats milk! Trust me, if I do, I will give this cheese making a go, that’s for sure. I did check out your goat cheese post but got distracted before I got to comment, which I meant to do. I’ll have to get back to that. Looks so yummy, it definitely inspired me to give it a try!

  3. says

    Love the ingredients in this! I have so many recipes of yours I want to try but this just moved up to the top of the list. Yell at me if I haven’t made it within a week! This looks too good to wait around for. And I’ll resist adding any sweetener, although I’m sure maple syrup would be so perfect for this! Fantastic pictures, too. :)

    • says

      Trust me Erin, you won’t need the sweetener! And if really you can’t resist, you can always drizzle a touch of maple syrup on top of everything… I really hope you like it and can’t wait to get your impressions. However, I won’t be able to yell at you for I won’t be around in a week! So I’ll yell at you in 2 weeks instead, how’s that? You just bought yourself more time! ;)

  4. says

    WOW! That looks so totally delicious! I can’t wait to make it tomorrow. THanks for sharing the recipe! I love that it has enough protein in it that I can eat it alone for breakfast without needing to add an additional protein source!

  5. says

    Bread pudding is my favorite dessert and I’ve never tried one with apples! This time of year, I’m craving all sorts of apple and pumpkin treats and your bread pudding has me all excited to start the fall baking right now! Looks delicious and yes, I’ll eat it for breakfast! :)

    • says

      I hope you do give it a try, Julia. If you love bread pudding and everything apple, then you will definitely love this one! And now you just inspired me to make a pumpkin version of this. Oh my! I want to make one NOW!!! Thanks for the inspiration, and make sure you let me know how you like the pudding if you end up trying it! :)

  6. Lucy says

    I’m seriously drooling – and mentally running through my kitchen cupboards to check if I can go make it right now. I do have some homemade spelt bread that needs a purpose…

    Out of curiosity – I’d love to know what protein powders you like/regularly use? It’s always good to get recommendations ;)

    • says

      Spelt bread sure would do the trick! Bet it would love to be made into a healthy pudding!

      The protein powder that I use regularly and strongly recommend to is New Zealand Pro by Ergogenics. There is a link in the ingredients list if you want to check it out! :)

  7. Bonnie says

    I actually made this recipe yesterday. It turned out great, not too sweet. The only change I made was to add a little more bread… the ratio of bread to liquid seemed a little too “goopy” for me. The finished product was perfect. My fiance forgot to eat his for breakfast, so he wants to know if he can have it for dessert. LOL! It’ll work for both!

    • says

      Did you let the bread soak for a little while, Bonnie? I find this step is mandatory, as it allows the bread to soak up all that liquid and makes it real moist and flavorful! Glad the recipe turned out perfect. And of course, your fiance can have his serving for dessert instead… if you don’t eat it before then, that is! ;) Not sure I could resist!

      • Bonnie says

        Yep, I let the bread soak for about an hour before baking. While I ADDED more bread, hence increasing the calorie count, I also made the finished product into 6 servings instead of 4, which I still find to be more than enough for a portion. And it drops the calorie count back down, too! I had my portion for breakfast, so I have to be good now, and not eat more. :(

  8. Claudia says

    O M G…I can’t believe I’m reading this… BREAD PUDDING!? I am OBSESSED with bread pudding. The hotel we have our company christmas party at makes AMAZING (but probably super bad-for-you) bread pudding and I always look forward to dessert just because of that. My boyfriend actually asked the manager if he could have a container of it to take home and surprised me with it at the end of the night. Marriage material? I think so.
    So… this is my next recipe that I’m making from you. And I have high hopes because everything else that I’ve made from your blog has been super-duper amazing. If this is as good as I think it’s going to be… I may need to build a statue in your honour. Or something else. Or just keep praising you to all my friends and family like I have been? That last one sounds a tad easier.

    • says

      Honestly, Claudia? Best bread pudding I ever had. I still drool internally sometimes when I think of this bread pudding or look at the pictures. I sincerely, honestly hope that when you give it a try, it will satisfy you just as much, if not more, as this other one you’re infatuated with. Make sure you let me know how it turned out when you try it. I certainly hope that THIS recipe won’t let you down. It can’t. Oh boy, I’m almost nervous now. ;)

      And erm… marriage material? Right on! I definitely think so too! DON’T, I repeat DON’T let that one go anywhere! Keep a close eye on him! ;)

      Oh, and ps… this time you had me totally flushed. Royally. A statue? In my honor? You’re too much! Even the praise is too much. But thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! You soooooo rock! ;)

  9. jamie says

    hi sonia – is the nutritional value for the entire dish or is just for one serving? this looks delicious and i can’t wait to make this and give it a try. thanks for the healthy recipe!

  10. Katy says

    This looks amazing! I want to make it today, we are snowed in here in Colorado…I am a little concerned about the calorie content though…is that 476 calories per serving? Also, do you know what how many cups of bread 227 grams would be? Thanks for the post!

    • says

      476 calories is per serving indeed. But we’re talking HUGE serving here. As in breakfast size serving. If you’re going to have this for dessert, I would say you could easily get 6, if not 8 servings out of this recipe. As for the quantity of bread, I would say you’re looking at around 5-6 cups…

      Hope you like! :D

  11. Summer Barron says

    I made this for breakfast today. I love that is has apples AND raisins AND walnuts. MMM. Sonia isn’t kidding, the portion Is huge. Just imaginine if you baked a (fairly tall) cake in a 8or 9 inch square pan… and only cut it in quarters! Although I gobbled mine down easily for a hearty breakfast, but my hubbie got through half before he was stuffed. A few notes just FYI:
    -Although Sonia mentioned serving it cold, we loved it warmed up in the microwave.
    -Since the rest of the pudding is so deliciously full of whole foods and natual flavors, I felt it was a shame to have the stevia flavor in the sauce. Since there is a decent amount of protein thanks to eggs, bread and milk (I used 2% dairy), I may try an alternative sauce next time.
    -As for Karl`s health concerns, I have to disagree. This recipe contains a balanced combination of food groups. It has significant amount of fiber, protein, vitamins c and b, etc….Would you have a breakfast of 2 slices whole wheat toast, 3/8 cup of plain Apple sauce, 1/2 a beaten egg, 6 tablespoons of some sort of milk. That plus some raw nuts and raisins is the entire base recipe for one serving. And you may only be able to eat half that in a sitting. There is a flaw in perspective to compare the nutrition facts of an entire meal to that of an after-dinner snack.

    (Sorry for any typos, this was a phone post on the train ride)

  12. Jean says

    Hi Sonia,

    This is my first time trying a healthy alternative and I’m a little disappointed. Mine turned out really bland and not sweet at all. I didn’t make the topping and used lactaid milk. Is that why it didn’t turn out tasty? Is it the coconut milk that gives some sweetness to it?

  13. Ingrid says

    Just made this, after trawling for recipes to use up excess milk and eggs. I used sprouted grain bread, subbed chopped almonds/cashews/pepitas for the walnuts I didn’t have and also added some hemp protein, coconut chips and ground flax.

    Ate some straight out of the oven as I couldn’t wait for it to cool. Delicious!

    This recipe could easily be made vegan, and is so versatile!


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