Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
When I need to do some grocery shopping or house cleaning, in goes the bread pudding. It cooks in 3-4 hours and is perfect for that occasional gooey chocolaty treat.

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Note: The fat in this recipe comes primarily from the pecans and coconut milk, all healthy fats. To reduce the fat and calories, omit the pecans and use all low-fat milk in place of coconut milk.

Yields: 14 servings | Serving size: 1/2 cup | Calories: 269 | Total Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fats: 6 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 24 mg | Sodium: 60 mg | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Dietary fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 19 g | Protein: 8 g | SmartPoints: 11 |

Ingredients

  • 8 cups whole wheat bread crumbs, torn into 1" cubes (whole wheat French bread was used in this recipe)
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Chips are gluten, soy and dairy free)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unrefined coconut palm sugar syrup, optional sucanat or Wild Flower honey
  • 1 cup diced pecans
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup canned lite coconut milk, optional almond milk or low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Caramel Sauce
  • 1/3 cup unrefined coconut palm sugar, optional, 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

Lightly mist the inside of the slow cooker with non-stick spray.

Add bread cubes to the slow cooker. In a medium mixing bowl, combine chocolate chips, cocoa, coconut palm sugar, 3/4 cup pecans and salt. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until well combined. Pour mixture over bread and stir until all bread is moist. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup pecans on top, cover and cook on low 3 hours. Recommend 5-7 quart slow cooker.

Caramel Sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine coconut palm sugar and cornstarch. Add milk and cook over medium-low heat, or until desired thickness. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir to combine. Drizzle sauce over warm bread pudding, about one tablespoon per serving.

On a tight budget? Here's how to save some money when making this recipe:

- A loaf of Whole Wheat French bread can be purchased at most Walmart bakeries for about .99

cents

- Use all low-fat milk in place of coconut milk or almond milk

- Purchase your grocery store's chocolate chips brand

- Omit pecans or use a less expensive nut

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15 Comments on "Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce"

  1. Elaine  February 24, 2013

    Can this also be adapted for the oven?

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    • Skinny Ms.  February 25, 2013

      Elaine, Yes…here you go: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine bread pudding ingredients, and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until desired consistency.

      Reply
    • SkinnyMs  March 6, 2014

      You can try, but you will have to keep it covered, because the steam is part of the cooking process in this bread pudding and it should not get too dry.

      Reply
  2. CKR  February 2, 2014

    How many french bread loaves did you use for this recipe?

    Reply
    • GaleCompton  February 8, 2014

      Catherine, I used about one loaf. It will depend on the size of the loaf.

      Reply
  3. Jaime  May 1, 2014

    so do i make the bread into bread crumbs or cubes?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  May 3, 2014

      Cubes works well.

      Reply
  4. Mary  May 15, 2014

    I could only find coconut sugar. Can it be used, and do you the difference between that and coconut palm sugar?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  May 15, 2014

      That's the same thing.

      Reply
  5. thevirtualmom  May 31, 2014

    Enjoying this now! So yummy! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Reply
  6. Marti  January 26, 2015

    Can I use Splenda or regular sugar? And if so, does the amnt need to be less,more, or the same 1/2 cup?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  January 27, 2015

      Marti, If you used refined regular sugar it would be the same measurement, 1/2 cup. For the splenda you will have to check with the chart on the packaging. Usually it is much less.

      Reply
  7. Anne  November 20, 2015

    I only can find coconut sugar crystals and you call for a syrup. should I make a syrup out of the coconut sugar or just use the crystals/

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  November 21, 2015

      Anne, Can you find honey? I'm not sure about the crystals.

      Reply
  8. Pacer Kristen  December 25, 2015

    We had this for our Christmas dinner dessert. It was amazing! I topped it with the caramel sauce, sprinkled mini Enjoy Life Chocolate chips, and a dollop of coconut whipped cream. Really heavenly!

    Reply

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