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Healthy Recipe: Apple-Walnut Bread Pudding

When the weather turns cold, I love to bake. I don't necessarily think of dessert when I think of Runner's World, but this recipe I found in the running mag piqued my interest and I had to try it. I did substitute agave nectar for the sugar in the pudding, but I couldn't imagine a streusel topping without brown sugar. I also left out the optional booze and raisins (in my opinion raisins belong in trail mix, not baked goods).

My entire family liked this dessert, but I will tell you, it tasted healthy. It is not an indulgent dessert, but I ate a huge satisfying piece and still felt great afterward. Since the amount of sugar is low and the fiber is high, it is truly a remorseless dessert. I will be making it again, but not for a fancy dinner party.

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Apple-Walnut Bread Pudding

Apple-Walnut Bread Pudding

Apple-Walnut Bread Pudding


  1. 4 cups whole-wheat bread, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
  2. 4 tablespoons agave nectar
  3. 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  5. 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  6. 2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
  7. 1 cup Egg Beaters (or 1 egg and 3 egg whites)
  8. 1 can evaporated skim milk
  9. 1/2 cup water
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  11. 1/4 cup bourbon or brandy (optional)
  12. 2 1/2 tablespoon light margarine, melted
  13. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  14. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  15. plain nonfat yogurt for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 2-quart Pyrex casserole dish with nonstick spray and spread half of the bread cubes over the bottom.
  3. Mix 3 tablespoons agave nectar with cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle two teaspoons of agave-spice mixture over bread in dish. Alternate layers of apple slices and raisins (if you're using them) with sprinklings of agave-spice mixture until all are used up. Arrange remaining bread cubes over apples.
  4. Combine Egg Beaters, milk, water, remaining tablespoon agave nectar, and vanilla as well as bourbon (if you're using booze). Mix well, then pour over bread, moistening all the bread on top.
  5. Cover dish with lid and cook in oven for 5 minutes. Then lower heat to 250 degrees and bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  6. While pudding is baking, mix margarine, brown sugar and walnuts.
  7. At end of baking time, remove pudding from oven and set oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle walnut and sugar mixture evenly over top of pudding and return it to the middle rack of the oven for 5 minutes or until sugar/walnut glaze is browned and crusted — be careful not to burn it!
  8. Serve with a dollop of yogurt and enjoy.

Serves 6 with generous portions.

Do you have a healthy snack or recipe to share? Then share it in the Lite'n It Up — Healthy Recipe Group and I might just post it on FitSugar.

Join The Conversation
jasmint jasmint 8 years
mmm, this looks so yummy! maybe i'll try and veganize it :)
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
mmmm looks delicious. :) thanks for the yummy treat Fit!
tsp tsp 8 years
thanks, anway fit!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Recipes like this make being allergic to nuts suck x2 :P
Fitness Fitness 8 years
tsp, I altered the recipe so much that I couldn't use RW's nutritional information. But I hear ya! and superfoxml, i actually gave this to my girls for breakfast with zero sugar guilt. Plus it tasted better the next day.
tsp tsp 8 years
i'd love it if you could post nutritional info on this kind of thing!
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
and I second the motion that you post a healthy pumpkin pie recipe!
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
Looks nice Fit, I'd make it for breakfast. I would omit raisins.
hardcorecupcakex hardcorecupcakex 8 years
That looks good.I may have to try it
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
That looks yummy.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
That sounds really yummy, but I think I'd keep the raisins. I love apples and raisins together. I bet it would taste really good with frozen yogurt on it instead of just the plain regular yogurt.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
That does look really good, mmmmm. I will make it when I get the chance. Fit, you should put a healthy pumpkin pie recipe up soon, yum!
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
That looks so delicious.
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