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Make Instant Pot Bread Pudding Paleo, Keto, Low Carb, GAPS or Gluten-free by using your favorite bread. You can also make this recipe with brioche or challah for a white bread, non-gluten-free base. Whatever your diet, this recipe is indulgent and perfect, a great Instant Pot dessert!
Instant Pot Dessert
This versatile appliance coaxes creativity and the desire to make healthy comfort foods in a new and easier way.
Bread pudding is one of the desserts that calls to me each fall and winter — now made easier with the Instant Pot.
Here‘s the Instant Pot I have. It’s on sale right now for less than $70. 🙂
Is bread pudding just for dessert?
Nope! This recipe can be as healthy or as indulgent as you want. Here’s how:
- You choose the loaf of bread you use: homemade or store-bought. You can make a loaf really high in protein or fat, which makes this treat even more suitable for a breakfast meal. You can also use a more enriched dessert bread, which makes this treat more like dessert.
- You choose the milk: So for Keto and Low Carb, that can be heavy cream combined with rich nut milks that are low in carbs. For Paleo/Primal, this can be raw milk or cream, coconut milk or cream, or your favorite nut or seed milk. GAPS can use fully cultured sour cream, coconut milk, homemade nut or seed milk or a combination.
- You choose the sweetener: low carb sweetener for Keto and Low Carb, honey for GAPS, pure maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar for Paleo. And certainly, you can use part monk fruit or stevia to reduce the “sugars” even more if you prefer. I don’t recommend using only monkfruit or stevia, because this will change the texture of the pudding.
Here are a few resources for you as you decide what bread, milk and sweetener to use:
- Best Paleo Bread (high protein)
- Keto/Low Carb, Paleo, GAPS and Gluten-free Macadamia Nut Milk (a good option especially if you use part coconut cream, heavy cream or sour cream for GAPS)
- Erythritol and Monk Fruit Sweetener, Pure Monk Fruit or Stevia for Keto/Low Carb
Dessert, breakfast or snack? How will you enjoy it most?
Instant Pot Bread Pudding can be made with any loaf of bread, rich and decadent or healthy and high in protein! Make it for dessert or for a meal or snack.
- 1 loaf bread : grain-free, sourdough, gluten-free, challah or brioche — your choice!
- 2 cups full fat milk , preferably raw or coconut; or heavy cream + low carb nut milk for keto/low carb; homemade nut milk if creamy and high fat; sour cream + nut or coconut milk for GAPS
- 4 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup , preferred low carb sweetener or raw honey for GAPS
- 1/2 cup butter or preferred traditional fat, melted
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 Tablespoon real vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Cut bread into 1" cubes. Select bowl that will fit into the Instant Pot's stainless steel inner pot. I used a metal bowl with sloping sides that is about 4" high and 7-1/2" wide across the top. Place a piece of parchment paper into the bowl, pressing flat any folds. Add cubes to lined bowl.
Place the following items into blender: milk (or cream), eggs, yolks, maple syrup (or low carb sweetener), vanilla and sea salt. Blend for 10 to 15 seconds, then, with motor still running, add melted butter through the door in lid.
Add 2 cups water to Instant Pot's stainless steel inner pot. Place trivet into Instant Pot. Place bowl with bread on top. Pour custard into bowl, pressing on bread gently so as to wet all the cubes. Place a small square of parchment paper over the surface of the pudding, and fold in any corners from the bottom piece that may be sticking out.
Place lid on IP. Seal and close vent. Press Steam button and adjust the time to 15 minutes. When timer goes off, allow the pressure to release on its own for 20 minutes; then press Cancel button and open pot.
Allow bowl to cool slightly, then remove pudding by lifting up on the corners of parchment that line the bowl. Transfer to a plate and flip over, so the bottom is the top. Slice and serve, with optional toppings.
Here's the Instant Pot model I use. (It's less than $70 on sale right now! 🙂 )
Here's my favorite grain-free sandwich bread, which makes this dessert/treat/breakfast very high in protein.
Or use challah or brioche bread if you eat grains and want the dessert rich and decadent.
The following nutritional facts are for the Keto and Low Carb version of this recipe.
Toppings, Add-ins and Leftovers
Caramelized Pears (or green apples for low carb) make an amazing topping option, suitable for most diets and seasonal each fall and winter. See that recipe below.
Leftovers are great with milk or cream poured over the top and a bit of extra sweetener.
- Enjoy Bread Pudding with berries or berry compote
- Milk, cream or whipped cream
- Applesauce or sautéed sweetened apples and their juices
- Add some chocolate chips! Look for Fair Trade or Fair Trade & Low Carb chips
What add-ins can be stirred in before the pudding cooks?
This pudding is so versatile! Great plain, you can also layer in fun add-ins:
- Raisins and cinnamon (not Keto/Low Carb)
- Diced and peeled apples and cinnamon
- Chocolate chunks or chips
- Chunks of Dark Chocolate with Blueberries!! (This is such a yummy bar and great in this bread pudding! One of the best ethically-based chocolate companies too.) You can just chop up this bar and layer into the bread cubes, amazingly yummy!
- Other dried fruits including chopped cherries and figs (not Keto/Low Carb)
A special way to heighten pears' natural sweetness is to sauté and caramelize them!
- 2 large Bartlett pears a bit under-ripe, peeled and sliced (or use peeled Granny Smith apples for lower carbs)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream preferably raw (or coconut cream can be used)
- 1/4 cup butter preferably pasture-raised, (or coconut oil, ghee or lard)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or favorite liquid low carb sweetener for low carb version
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Melt butter in large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and sea salt. Sauté until pears begin to brown and soften a bit, about 8-10 minutes.
Reduce heat to low. Add maple syrup (or liquid low carb sweetener), stirring to coat. (Be careful; the pan's contents will sizzle and steam a bit.) Add vanilla. Add cream and de-glaze the pan, using the steam and your spatula to scrape up any bits that are stuck to the pan. Stir in bits, and turn off heat.
Garnish bread pudding with pears and sauce.