Looking for a way to use up stale bread and satisfy your sweet tooth? This Vegan Bread Pudding will absolutely melt in your mouth, curbing your sweet cravings and breathing new life into your stale bread!
With just 6 simple ingredients and ready in under an hour, this delicious vegan dessert recipe will not only brighten your mood but will also come together easily. And the bonus? Your kitchen will smell fantastic.
Green tip: Bread is one of the most wasted food products in the U.S. because of our tendency to throw it out as soon as it’s stale. Reduce your contribution to food waste by re-vamping your stale bread with this Vegan Bread Pudding!
Vegan Bread Pudding Tips and Tricks
Gather Your Ingredients
This recipe is super simple. Sugar for sweetening, coconut milk for moisture, vanilla and butter for flavor, and applesauce to work as a binder. And then there’s your bread, of course!
I love using full-fat coconut milk in this recipe because it really makes the bread nice and pillowy and the final result absolutely melts in your mouth. The flavor of the coconut is not very evident.
You can absolutely substitute another non-dairy milk but just make sure it’s not sweetened. We want to be able to control the amount of sweetness we add to this dish. On that note, unsweetened apple sauce is the best for this recipe, too!
As for the bread, my preference is white bread, since it’s pretty neutral flavor-wise, and the texture allows it to easily soak up the liquid.
But you can use any bread you choose with success! And the best news is, this recipe is delicious whether or not your bread is stale, so don’t even worry if it’s not fresh!
Grab A Large Mixing Bowl
Outside of your 6 simple ingredients, you’ll need a large mixing bowl and a medium-sized casserole dish (I used a 9″x7″ dish).
A mixing bowl is the best way to make sure all of your ingredients are perfectly integrated before transferring them to your baking dish.
Melt Your Butter
Melting your butter allows it to easily combine with the rest of your ingredients. You can melt it over the stove, in the oven, or if you’re lazy like me, just chuck it in the microwave.
Add your butter to a microwave-safe bowl (I just use my glass measuring cup) and microwave on high in 30-second intervals. Stir in between, and just keep heating until the butter completely liquefies. Simple as that!
Green tip: Look for organic and palm oil-free butter if you can. Buying organic means you are supporting farms that do not use damaging pesticides and fertilizers, and palm oil production is a huge driver behind deforestation.
Once your butter is melted, you’ll mix it in with the milk, vanilla, sugar, and applesauce before adding your bread.
Cube Your Bread
The next step is cubing the bread. You can use any bread for this recipe, but I recommend white bread. It most easily absorbs your liquid and takes on the sugary taste seamlessly. You’ll need just half of a loaf of any bread you choose.
If your loaf is whole, slice it into pieces about 1-inch thick.
If your bread is already sliced, it’s as easy as slicing it into 4 roughly equal parts vertically, then rotating it and slicing it roughly into thirds to form little bread cubes.
You can stack your bread to slice it, but wouldn’t recommend tackling more than 4 slices at a time.
Once your bread is cubed, you can add it to your liquid mixture and use a spatula to toss it, making sure every piece of bread is coated.
Should You Have Leftovers
This Vegan Bread Pudding is meant to feed 6-8, but it is extremely addictive! If you do have incredible willpower and happen to have leftovers—I got you!
Cover and keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days or the freezer for up to a month. Reheating it is a breeze.
From the fridge, reheat a single serving on a frying pan for about 5 minutes on each side, until thoroughly heated through. You can also reheat it in the toaster or the oven at 375°F for 10 minutes from the refrigerator or 15 minutes from frozen.
The microwave will work in a pinch but does tend to make it a little soggy.
P.S. This recipe, leftover or not, is extra delicious with a heaping scoop of Vegan Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream on top!
Why You Should Make This Bread Pudding
- It’s simple. Accessible ingredients, one mixing bowl, throw it in a dish, and pop it in the oven!
- THE TEXTURE. When I say this melts in your mouth… I MEAN this MELTS in your mouth!
- It’s resourceful! Why toss your stale bread when you can make this undeniably delicious dessert instead?