This Healthy Bread & Butter Pudding is refined-sugar-free, gluten-free and can even be dairy-free & vegan! Made in 30 minutes, this comforting British classic is perfect for keeping you warm & cosy on chilly winter evenings!
With only 4 days until December 1st, the Christmas vibes are quickly rising! Already, I’ve heard Christmas songs on the radio and shimmering lights hanging from houses and trees. The weather is getting colder by the minute, and the ‘Big Freeze’ is on its way to England. With a faulty central heating system, I’ve resorted to woolly jumpers and fluffy socks, and the oven has become the main heat source in the house.
The main reason for this, of course, is that December is a great time for baking! Mince pies, gingerbread biscuits, fruit cakes and Lebkuchen are just some of my favourite treats to make at Christmas. For today, however, we’ll be making a classic British dessert: Bread & Butter pudding.
Having eaten this traditional dish many times with my family, it holds a special place in my heart. I love the warm, sweet smell that swirls out of the open oven door, and watching expectantly as the metal server divides it into square portions. Waiting with a spoonful poised in front of you and watching the steam rise from it… yet eating it anyway, as temptation surpasses the fact that it is scolding hot. Even spitting out the odd burnt raisin is all part of it!
What makes this healthy bread & butter pudding better than a traditional bread & butter pudding?
Well, to begin with, there’s only 2 tablespoons of butter in the whole recipe! To replace the majority, we use Greek yoghurt. (The small amount of butter is to drizzle over the pudding for a crisp & golden top.) To keep it vegan, you can either substitute a dairy-free yoghurt, or just leave it out entirely.
You can use a gluten-free bread, but if you don’t require this to be gluten-free, you can use wholewheat bread. Wholewheat bread still contains lots of healthy fibre, whereas white bread loses its fibre during the refining process. If you aren’t too keen on the more heavy-going wholegrain bread, you could use a 50/50 bread like I did. This way, you’ll still get some fibre but it will be lighter and more similar to the taste and texture of white bread.
Instead of sugar, we use maple syrup – just 2 tablespoons! Honey would work instead, but it won’t mix in quite as well because honey is thicker than maple syrup.
To suit those of you who are vegans and/or lactose-intolerant, you can use a dairy-free milk for this recipe. I used almond milk, and it worked beautifully! Also (including those of you who, like me, are sometimes too lazy to crack an egg😉) this recipe is eggless!
And yet, the same soft, oozing centre with a crispy top is achieved, along with a sweet, gently spiced flavour.
Contributing to this gorgeous flavour are 4 of my favourite spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves & nutmeg.
Ubiquitous Christmas spices, they subtly enhance the taste and induce feelings of warmth and comfort.
So pop the oven on, grease a baking dish and make this quick & easy healthy bread & butter pudding!
Top with custard, ice-cream, or even eat it on its own, and enjoy!