Updated: Feb 17
As an author of the health food blog, Spoonful of Sugar-Free, and a regular contributor to Healthy & Fit Magazine’s Web site, I am always looking for ways to transform ordinary dishes into healthy, sugar-free masterpieces. Being sensitive to sugar, all of my recipes are sugar-free. This recipe came about when my family decided to start a gluten-free diet. One day, my little sister was craving French toast, so we tried using a rice cake in place of the #bread. It tasted fantastic! Ever since then we experimented with rice cakes in multiple different ways, and found this “bread” pudding to be one of our favorite #desserts.
Bread Pudding is a great, traditional holiday treat. For those on gluten-free diets or calorie-restrictions, however, it could be a nightmare! This baked bread pudding uses rice cakes in place of the bread. No expensive gluten-free bread required! It is also an #innovative way to transform the plain, boring rice cakes into something festive. For under 100 calories per serving, who wouldn’t love this dessert?
Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free “Bread” Pudding with Almond Cream Sauce
5 rice cakes
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup dried fruit pieces (like raisins, dates, #cherries, or a mix)
Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, beat together the #eggs, milk, #vanilla, orange peel, and #cinnamon. Next, break the rice cakes into small pieces and place them in a 2-quart square baking dish. Toss the rice cake pieces with the dried fruit, and pour the egg mixture over the top. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Serve warm, and if desired, drizzle the almond cream sauce on top before serving. Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 98 calories, 3.5g fat, 12.5g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 4g protein
More Ideas: Try substituting some juice or juice concentrate for some of the milk. This will give the pudding more of a fruit flavor, and add a bit of sweetness. Also, try adding in some chopped nuts before baking. For those who wish to sweeten the dessert a bit more, try mixing a small drizzle of #honey or a few drops of liquid stevia into the egg mixture before baking.
ALMOND CREAM SAUCE
1 cup plain yogurt
¼ cup milk or milk substitute
¼-½ teaspoon #almond extract
Whisk ingredients in a saucepan until well combined. Heat over medium heat until warm.