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Bread Pudding is a great, traditional holiday treat. For those on gluten-free diets or calorie-restrictions, however, it could be a nightmare! This baked bread pudding uses rice cakes in place of the bread. No expensive gluten-free breads required! It is also an innovative way to transform the plain, boring rice cakes into something festive. For under 100 calories per serving, who wouldn’t love this dessert?
Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free “Bread” Pudding with Almond Cream Sauce
- 5 rice cakes
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups milk or milk substitute (like coconut, almond, or rice milk)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup dried fruit pieces (like raisins, dates, cherries, or a mix)
- 1 recipe of Almond Cream Sauce (Recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla, orange peel, and cinnamon. Next, break the rice cakes into small pieces and place in a 2-quart square baking dish. Toss the rice cake pieces with the dried fruit, and pour the egg mixture over the top.
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Serve warm, and if desired, drizzle the almond cream sauce on top before serving. Makes 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 98 calories, 3.5 g fat, 12.5 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein
More Ideas: Try substituting some juice or juice concentrate for some of the milk. This will give the pudding a more fruit flavor, and add a bit of sweetness. Also, try adding in some chopped nuts before baking. For those who wish to sweeten the dessert a bit more, try mixing a small drizzle of honey or a few drops of liquid stevia to the egg mixture before baking.
Almond Cream Sauce:
~This optional cream sauce compliments the bread puddings flavor. The almond extract gives the sauce an excellent taste, and the yogurt gives it great nutritional value.
- 1 cup plain yogurt (Make your own dairy-free yogurt with THIS RECIPE)
- ¼ cup milk or milk substitute
- ¼-½ teaspoon almond extract
Whisk ingredients in a saucepan until well combined. Heat over medium heat until warm.
- Rice-A Whole Grain full of Fiber and low in calories. It is fast energy that contains a good source of Vitamin B1, Vitamin D, Calcium, and iron. Other benefits include skin care, resistance to high blood pressure, dysentery and heart diseases.
- Yogurt-Has natural probiotics that help aid in digestion.
- Cinnamon-Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar levels, has anti-clotting effect on blood, and it can boost cognitive function and memory.
- Orange Peel-Contains lots of antioxidants, and the scent can help people feel more awake.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
For those who have made “restrictions” in your diet (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, exc.), is there a food that you miss?
I have to say that I really miss Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and eggnog during the Holiday Season. It is always a great holiday memory coming home from sledding in the freezing cold to put your frozen toes up by the fire and sip some nice hot cocoa!