In this healthy bread pudding recipe, whole-wheat bread, apples, candied fruit, brandy and toasted walnuts come together for a fun take on classic fruitcake. To make individual bread puddings instead of one large pan, divide the batter among 12 small oiled individual baking dishes (about 8 ounces each). Cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, uncover, sprinkle with walnuts and bake for 20 to 25 minutes more.


Recipe Summary

2 hrs

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Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk eggs and egg whites in a large bowl. Whisk in milk, brown sugar, brandy, vanilla, allspice and salt until combined. Add apple, dried cherries and candied fruit and stir until incorporated. Add bread and stir until combined. Let stand for 30 minutes, pressing the bread down into the liquid a few times to help it absorb the custard.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a shallow 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Transfer the pudding mixture to the prepared pan. Coat a piece of foil with cooking spray and cover the pan with it, sprayed-side down.

  • Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with walnuts and continue baking until puffed and firm to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes more. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes before baking.

Nutrition Facts

about 3/4 cup
309 calories; protein 11.3g; carbohydrates 44.9g; dietary fiber 3.5g; sugars 27.8g; fat 8.4g; saturated fat 2.5g; cholesterol 84.6mg; vitamin a iu 342.1IU; vitamin c 1.5mg; folate 34.7mcg; calcium 172.3mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 48.6mg; potassium 306.5mg; sodium 304.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 20g.

1/2 fruit, 1 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat