Monday, November 29, 2010

Slow Cooker Mixed Berry Bread Pudding

On a chilly, blustery Vegas day, this was the second of the two slow cooker recipes I made, using Dawn Hall's super simple, fantabulous guide: Busy People's Slow Cooker Cookbook.

As I frequently do, I made several ingredient changes to the recipe, to slim it down just a tad and hopefully add nutrients.  Enjoy!


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Just Like Sugar (Dawn uses Splenda in the original recipe.  I am trying to get away from using artificial sweeteners, and I've found Just Like Sugar to be a terrific, no-calorie, natural sweetener.  You can get it at the Whole Foods or online.  To me, it's virtually indistinguishable from sugar, with only a teeny tiny aftertaste depending on the recipe. Of course, you could also use plain old sugar if you'd like.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice (Dawn uses only cinnamon.  You could also use pumpkin pie spice.)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Dawn uses non-fat milk. I almost always sub unsweetened vanilla almond milk for any milk called for in a recipe.  It's only 40 calories for a cup, has a gram of fiber, and is richer tasting than non-fat milk.)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free French Vanilla non-dairy liquid creamer
  • 4 cups French Bread, torn into approximately 1/2-inch cubes (I would like to try using whole wheat French Bread next time.)
  • 1/2 cup Sunsweet Antioxidant dried fruit blend of blueberries, cherries, cranberries, and plums (Dawn calls for dried cranberries or raisins.)


  • Preheat a slow cooker to high.
  • Spritz with non-stick buttery spray.
  • In a bowl, stir the egg whites, Just Like Sugar, apple pie spice, almond milk, and creamer - until well blended.
  • Gently stir the bread pieces and dried fruit into the egg white mixture.
  • Pour into the slow cooker, and cook on high for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Serve hot.

Serving size: 1/2 cup
Makes six servings

Nutrition stats from the original recipe:

  • Calories: 142
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 26g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 191mg

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