It’s that time of year again: almost Canada Day and the 4th Of July. Time flies, right? 2016 feels like it’s moving super fast. But a long weekend is always a welcome sight. What do you have going on? I get the keys to my new apartment on Friday and am officially moving Saturday so I’m going to be covered in boxes, unpacking, decorating and settling in. Then Sunday I’m having dinner at a family friend’s (who has the cutest kids imaginable). I honestly can’t wait.
Whatever your long weekend plans, why not make your breakfast or dessert just as festive?
Bread pudding is one of the best desserts out there: gooey, sweet, and starchy. Super starchy, of course, because of the bread. It’s one of those things that you can definitely recreate with gluten-free bread. But that’s kind of hard. Because as you probably know, gluten-free bread is not the best behaved kind of bread, and can get super dry or have a weird texture.
Enter this idea: gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free bread pudding.
Made in a donut pan.
I combined almond flour and coconut sugar with one of the best healthy ingredients of all time, coconut oil, and added a chia egg. It’s really easy to make one: just combine 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, let it sit and gel together, and you’re done. These puddings are also vegan because of the chia egg.
The recipe technically makes 5 donut puddings, so it’s a good dessert option if you want something sweet but small after dinner, or if you’re serving dessert to a bunch of friends and want to add some fruit or ice cream (or both — sounds amazing!). You can also totally enjoy a few of these on your own. No judgement here. I totally did that when I made these the first time. Hey, it’s not my fault that local strawberries are so insanely good.
My Berry Almond Donut Bread Pudding is sweet, healthy and also red and blue. So whatever holiday you celebrate, whether you’re Canadian or American, I’ve got you covered.
- DRY INGREDIENTS:
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- WET INGREDIENTS:
- 1 chia egg (explanation below)
- ½ cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- handful of blueberries
- handful of strawberries (chopped)
- First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a donut pan with coconut oil or the fat of your choice (olive oil works work well too).
- Make your chia egg: mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Give it to stir and then leave it to sit for a few minutes. It will be ready when it gels together.
- Mix together your dry ingredients: almond flour and coconut sugar.
- Mix together your wet ingredients: chia egg, almond milk and coconut oil.
- Mix in your berries.
- Fill each donut space with a few spoonfuls of batter.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Scoop into small bowls and serve.
What are your long weekend plans?