Being cooped up inside has me in the mood to BAKE! In between working, taking walks outside to stay active and sane and developing recipes for the blog and clients, I am trying to make time to bake some of my favorite treats, like Banana Crunch Muffins, Peanut Butter Yogurt Cookies and mixed berry bread pudding - just for fun.
This is a recipe featured in my Brain Health Cookbook, and with whole grains, berries and nuts, it's for good reason!
If you haven't checked out my new cookbook, or the MIND diet, there is so much interesting information (and delicious recipes) available on how to fit more "brain supportive" nutrients into our diet. And yes, that means dessert, too!
Why berry bread pudding? Besides that fact that it's delicious.
Foods like berries, whole grains and nuts have nutrients like vitamin E and phytonutrients that can help preserve brain function, cognition and memory, and help reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
The cookbook is filled with steps on how to eat more of these foods and features 75 recipes featuring those ingredients. It's fascinating and DELICIOUS!
This particular dessert (there are 7 others in the book) is lower in sugar than most desserts and bread pudding recipes, plus it focuses on those ingredients that are good-for-us. It is loaded with chunks of hearty whole grain bread, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries AND blackberries (and yes, you can use frozen!), walnuts or pecans and an egg mixture with pure vanilla extract, cinnamon and a little bit of pure maple syrup.
They're simply amazing (and in small portions, perfect for individual servings of dessert!).
When we're stuck inside, berry bread pudding can keep us sane.
You honestly cannot go wrong when it comes to this dessert - I'm certain Mixed Berry Bread Pudding will be at the top of your list for a favorite year-round dessert.
And it's especially appropriate when we're all stuck at home and are in the mood to bake some goodies!
Stay safe, my friends!Print
Mixed Berry Bread Pudding
Mini bread puddings stuffed with mixed berries, nuts, maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Prep Time: 10-15 mins
- Cook Time: 20-25 mins
- Total Time: 30-40 mins
- Yield: Serves 8 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 4 cups cubed whole grain bread
- 2 cups mixed berries
- 4 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ cup milk of choice
- ½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat 8 souffle cups or ramekins with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the bread cubes and berries. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon until well combined.
- Distribute the bread and berry mixture into each souffle cup or ramekin. Pour egg mixture into each. Top with walnuts or pecans. Bake 20-25 miuntes or until bread pudding is set.
- Drizzle each with maple syrup and serve immediately.
Cooking Tip: Use frozen berries so you can enjoy berry bread pudding year-round.
Variation Tip: Use diced apples instead of berries.
- Serving Size: ⅛ of recipe
- Calories: 243
- Sugar: 18g
- Sodium: 182mg
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 7g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 36g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 9g
- Cholesterol: 93mg
Keywords: bread pudding, dessert, berry, berries, fruit, easy