Mother’s Day special : French toast bread pudding
Updated: May 24, 2020
Banana, coconut sugar, spices and a hint of orange makes this bread pudding taste more like French toast. A perfect treat for your mamma on the special day! Vegan, gluten free.
Today, my post is going to be all about the Wonder woman. Oh no, not the amazon warrior lady in that red -blue-gold costume! The woman I’m talking about is a warrior nonetheless. Yeah, you guessed it right! With the Mother’s Day right around the corner, today’s post is a homage to my mamma.
That tiny little woman, who you’ll think as soft and gentle as one could be, actually is a deep well of courage! She fought through really tough times, from a really young age, and without anyone to support her. But I can’t remember a day when I saw her surrendering to pain and grief! She sailed through the rough ocean of life, with her soft little hands protecting us, comforting us, teaching us how happiness blooms! No, her name is not Diana Prince. She doesn’t wear any skimpy shiny armor. She doesn’t carry a shield and a sword. Still, she’s a super hero alright! The fierce fighter, the avid reader, the poetry lover, the wonderful cook, the cute as a bunny of a wonder woman. My lovely mamma!
It’s a fact that I can’t celebrate a Mother’s Day by literally being with her, in her house. Life took us to different places, further than a driving distance. So, the usual ways, like bringing her breakfast in bed (she’d surely not like to eat while in bed anyways!), a beautiful bouquet of her favorite flowers, or gifting her a spa day are not our things! But we like to celebrate it our own way. I cook something she’d love and we talk and talk and talk about it! I told you I express all emotions through food!
This year, I have chosen to make this bread pudding. Made with gluten free English muffins, oat milk, bananas and coconut sugar, this bread pudding is perfect for your Mother’s Day brunch! Or breakfast. Or dessert. And tell you what, it has a personality just like my mother! It’s pleasantly sweet. And at the same time, has a complex flavor of spices, a zing from the orange zest and a kick from booze.
Here’s the recipe. Let’s cook for mamma!
About the dish :
Course – Breakfast / Dessert
Servings – 8 - 10
Difficulty level – Easy
Recipe type – Vegan, gluten free.
Does it keep –Keeps in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
What you need :
2 ripe bananas
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used oat milk)
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons gold rum/ spiced rum
1 tablespoon orange zest (about half a large orange)
4 gluten-free English muffins (or bread of your choice) * see modifications
½ cup grated desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
1/3 cup chopped pecan
1/3 cup raisins
What you do :
1. Slice the bananas. Add them to a blender.
2. Also add milk, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, rum, orange zest and the spices. Blend until smooth.
3. Grease an oven proof dish lightly.
4. Tear or cut the English muffins (or bread slices) into small pieces and put them in the greased baking dish.
5. Add the blended mixture into the bread.
6. Toast the coconut and pecans over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
7. Add coconut, pecans and raisins in the bread mixture. Mix well to combine.
8. Now turn your oven on and set at 375◦F /190◦C/ gas mark 5. Let the milk custard be soaked in the bread pieces while the oven is heating.
9. Bake for 30 minutes.
10. Serve warm.
Modifications you can make :
Use regular bread if gluten is not a problem for you. You’ll need 8-10 regular size slices.
Use almond milk or soy milk instead of oat milk.
Use maple syrup or brown sugar instead of coconut sugar.
Use bourbon or brandy instead of rum.
Nutritional info per serving :
Calories – 258 Cal
Carbohydrate – 47 g
Protein – 2 g
Fat – 5 g
Saturated fat – 2 g
Sugar – 16 g
Sodium – 137 mg
Dietary fiber – 4 g
So, this is my take on saying ‘Hail’ to all mammas of the world!
Salute mom, give her a virtual hug (or a real one if you can) and show her your appreciation with this special bread pudding. After all, just like this pudding, (coconut) sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little moms are made of!
PS - I am adding a signature at the end of each post from now on. It says –
Light, peace and avocados; from my heart to yours!
Do you have any questions? Any feedback after you’ve made it? I’d surely like to hear from you! Feel free to comment below.
5/24/2020, at 11.26 AM
5/24/2020, at 1.50 PM
Thank you so much!