One of our favourite desserts ever since we were little kids was pudding. If it was a contest between jell-o and pudding, pudding won every time- hands down. Of course, we always associated pudding with the thick, creamy stuff that comes in a bowl and you eat with a spoon. So when we first ever heard of bread pudding we were a little bit confused.
We just couldn’t figure out how you could take bread and turn it into a smooth, rich, creamy dessert. In fact, we both kind of thought the whole idea of “bread pudding” was kind of gross (picture slurried bread- not exactly appetizing).
But when we finally tried bread pudding for the first time, all of our pre-conceived notions of what bread pudding was were completely abolished! It was delicious! And no, it was nothing like slurried bread 🙂
So obviously it was only a matter of time before we set out to create a healthy version! And obviously our version was going to contain chocolate…
And what goes better with chocolate than bananas? (and peanut butter, of course, but more on that later…)
So it just made sense to make chocolate-banana bread pudding, right?
Right. And since we knew you’d want to make this and eat it all for yourself, we thought we would save you the trouble of explaining why no one else is allowed to eat any, and make it single-serving!
But then, we thought that might actually get you into more trouble, because you only made one for yourself, and we wouldn’t want everyone to be jealous, so we decided this recipe should make two single-serving puddings 🙂 (well, that and the fact that there’s two of us…)
Now everyone’s happy, right? Right! Because dessert’s more fun when you enjoy it in the company of someone else isn’t it? (why Julie and Brittany, you’re right again!) 😉
So instead of blabbering on and on about whether or not you should share your dessert, let us just give you the run-down on these things:
– They’re creamy. Yes, we said it- the bread is creamy by some kind of wonderful phenomenon that we will not question.
– There is a layer a thick, gooey banana in the middle. Sort of like a pudding-within-the-pudding.
– There are basically chocolate chips running through the whole sha-bang. If that doesn’t sell you, then you’re a lost cause!
– They’re healthy. But that’s kind of the name of the game over here, isn’t it?
So if you’ve never tried bread pudding before or it’s just been a while since you’ve had it, we give you this delicious version that will love you just as much as you love it. It doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂
Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
Prep time: 10min
Bake time: 20min
2 thick slices of your favourite whole-grain bread
1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. milk of choice
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Cut bread into 1-inch chunks. Place half of the bread chunks on the bottom of your ramekins.
Slice banana and divide evenly between the two puddings. Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips over both. Top with remaining bread chunks and chocolate chips.
Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla in a glass measuring cup and pour over each pudding.
Place on a baking sheet (precautionary measure in case they boil over) and bake for 20minutes or until the pudding is set.
Layer One: Bread!
Layer Two: Banana and chocolate chips!
Layer Three: more bread and more chocolate 🙂
Have you ever had bread pudding?