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Pumpkin. It’s what’s for dessert.

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that have a pretty serious sweet tooth. That’s right. I said it. I LOVE DESSERT.

I know what you’re thinking…”but that’s not healthy!” That may be true…BUT everything in moderation is fine! Plus, I am a food lover not a fighter! I would never deprive myself of any type of food; I just won’t have it on a daily or weekly basis!

Having said that, don’t be scared to try this delicious recipe I’m about to share. Share it with your family and friends if you’re worried about eating it all and consuming all the calories by yourself! Which could be done since it’s that good!

A perfect dessert to make for the holidays, it also is a great dessert to enjoy served warm in the winter time. And unfortunately, in the North East, we know winter lasts forever! So why not put a positive spin on shoveling mass amounts of snow and treat yourself to some PUMPKIN BREAD PUDDING!!!

If I still haven’t convinced you that it is OK to indulge every once in a while, then let me tell you some fun nutrition facts about pumpkin!

  • Loaded with antioxidant, beta-carotene
  • Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body
  • Diets rich in beta-carotene may be protective against certain types of cancer and heart disease
  • 1 cup of pumpkin, boiled and drained, has ONLY 49 calories!
  • Good source of potassium
  • Half of a cup of canned pumpkin has 3.5 grams of fiber

Pumpkin Bread Pudding (Obtained from
Serves 12-14

1 (16 ounce) stale French baguette, torn into 1-inch pieces
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
3 large eggs
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup pure maple syrup, plus extra for garnish
3/4 cup pecan halves
whipped cream, optional garnish


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. You will need one ungreased 9 X 13 rectangular glass or ceramic baking dish.
2. Place bread in a large bowl. Pour melted butter over it, and toss.
3. In a large bowl, whisk cream, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, and maple syrup.
4. Place bread in the baking dish. Add pecans (saving a few to scatter on top). Pour pumpkin mixture over bread, and toss until well coated. Scatter remaining pecans over the top of the pudding. Bake for 25-30, or until the top is lightly browned and the custard is set.

A word to the wise for those who have not yet mastered the art of bread puddings…make sure those pieces of bread are small! We’re talking seriously one inch people! I let some pieces be bigger than this and while it didn’t really alter the taste, the appearance could have used some improvement. This is why practice makes perfect! You make a recipe and take notes for the next time!

So hurry and make this recipe before the flowers start blossoming! Or, save it in your recipe book for the fall!


Happy bread pudding making!

Peace, love, and food,


What’s your favorite type of bread pudding?!

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


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