Friday, August 23, 2013

gluten free sweet potato bread pudding with brandy sauce

i need to eat a lot of carbs when i'm training for races. i typically stick to sweet potatoes with a burger (yes, you read that right - no pasta!) the night before a run but lately i've really been craving dessert. the first thing that popped into my head as a possible high carb dessert was bread pudding. so i thought, what if i made a sweet potato bread pudding? turns out this was a really delicious idea (and one serving has 91 carbs and 8 grams of protein)!

this recipe is made gluten free by using gluten free hot dog buns. i'm not joking. but you would never, ever know or think you were eating hot dog buns (let alone gluten free ones). they are transformed in this dish in a delightful way and i was happily surprised by that.

i imagine that this bread pudding is going to be my thanksgiving dish to pass this year. it really brings out the flavors i love so much about fall (sweet potato, cinnamon, cranberry, brandy). a lovely thing about bread pudding is that it is pretty versatile. you can serve it hot or cold and it would be really good for breakfast or for dessert.

by the way, this recipe is by no means "healthy" or "light." but it is delicious and it is gluten free, so i just had to share!

gluten free sweet potato bread pudding with brandy sauce

makes one dish with about 8 hearty servings. 

ingredients for the bread pudding:

  • 1 package udi's gluten free hot dog buns (6 buns), cubed and allowed to stale overnight in a bowl (for best results, allow to stale overnight first, and then cube before preparing the recipe)
  • 15oz sweet potato puree
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (can use regular or soy milk)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)

ingredients for the brandy sauce:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (can use imitation)

to make the bread pudding:

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease a 7 x 11 inch pan (or similar). i used about 1/2 tsp. coconut spread to grease my pan.
  • combine the sweet potato puree, almond milk and 1 cup brown sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat. stir and cook until the ingredients are combined and look more like a liquid and less like chunky sweet potato. add the cinnamon and nutmeg and continue to stir. 
  • cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until smooth. remove from heat and stir in the 3 eggs and 2 egg whites.
  • in the greased pan, put about 1/2 the hot dog bun cubes in one layer on the bottom of the pan. pour about 1/2 of the sweet potato mixture on top, making sure the layer of hot dog buns is thoroughly covered. sprinkle 1/4 cup of the dried cranberries on top.
  • take the remaining hot dog bun cubes and put them on top of the first layer. cover with the remaining sweet potato mixture and sprinkle remaining dried cranberries on top. allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • once the bread pudding has "marinated" for 10 minutes, put it in the oven for 35-45 minutes. you'll know your bread pudding is done when the bread cubes look lightly toasted and the bread pudding pulls away clean from a spatula inserted in the side of the pan.
  • when the bread pudding is done, set aside to cool for a bit. 
  • drizzle brandy sauce on top, making sure to cover the entire bread pudding. serve once cooled a bit for a warm, delicious seasonal bread pudding!!

to make the brandy sauce:

  • combine the 1/2 cup brown sugar, maple syrup and brandy into a sauce pan. stir frequently over medium heat until all sugar is dissolved. 
  • add the vanilla extract once the sugar is dissolved. allow to come to boil about twice, stirring in between.
  • remove from heat.

do you love or hate bread pudding? what's your favorite type of bread pudding? would you try my version?


  1. That looks amazing! I love bread pudding, and have really enjoyed cherry and pumpkin versions. I'll definitely try yours.

  2. Oooh, cherry and pumpkin sounds delightful too! Let me know how you like it - or if you modify it at all!

  3. This sounds delicious! I don't believe I've ever had bread pudding, but this might be the recipe that does it for me. YUM!

  4. I loooove bread pudding and this looks so good!

  5. Thank you!! I think people either love or hate bread pudding... I happen to be a fan, too!

  6. I think you either love it, or hate it... but give it a try! It's always a go to on Chopped (Food Network), so it can't be that bad!

  7. Nicole @ Fitful FocusAugust 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Sounds delicious! I'm starting marathon training next month and this is definitely going on my recipe list!

  8. ohhhhh yum! I feel like this might take me a few steps outside of my normal amount of effort... but yumm

  9. So true! My bf is the opposite, I just don't get what's not to love, bread for dessert? Sign me up :)

  10. Sweet potato bread pudding!!! Oh my goodness this sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  11. wow this sounds delicious!!


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