Jessica Alba's Apple Banana Bread Pudding

Jessica Alba's Apple Banana Bread Pudding
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Jessica Alba

Just like Aziz Ansari‘s homemade frittata and Mindy Kaling‘s favorite shrimp and gritsJessica Alba‘s recent photos of her apple banana bread pudding set off the ol’ hunger pangs — and had us hankering for that recipe.

We weren’t the only ones: Hundreds of her followers posted comments asking for info on the actress’ healthy dish, which is made with egg whites, light brown sugar, and vanilla coconut milk — a sharp departure from caloric cream-soaked or donut bread puddings.

Well, ask and you shall receive because Alba is sharing her gluten-free, dairy-free — but flavor-full — recipe exclusively with us!

"After being away from home for a few weeks, I craved fall comfort food," the actress and co-founder of The Honest Company tells PEOPLE. "So, I wanted to make this delicious bread pudding with my girls [Honor, 5, and Haven, 2]. We adapted this recipe from Denise Jardine’s The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen, a cookbook that I have in my collection."

Jardine’s original recipe called for pears, but Alba subbed in "apples and bananas we already had" for a seasonal spin. She also added a touch of sweetness and spice, sprinkling a little cinnamon and vanilla sugar to the dish before baking.

"One of the reasons I love bread pudding is that the recipes are so versatile. You easily can adjust them to your liking and use what ingredients you have at home," says Alba. "While you can use any bread and milk you like, I cubed gluten-free bread because it’s dense and really soaked up the tasty coconut milk I used for the cream base. Don’t be afraid to try cow’s, almond, soy, or rice milks depending on your dietary needs."

"Of course, you never can have too much chocolate," she says. "If I were making this again, I would layer in more chocolate chips than the recipe called for!"

If you’re using fruits with their skins on, like apples, pears, or peaches, Alba recommends giving them a thorough rinse before baking: "Make sure to wash [them] really well, even if [they're] organic, to get rid of the handling contaminants, bacteria, and dirt," says the actress, who uses her Honest Fruit+ Veggie Wash.

"Everyone in the family loved the apple banana bread pudding," she says. "I call that a successful first attempt at making it!" Now, it’s your turn!

— Sonal Dutt, PEOPLE Great Ideas

 

 

6
Servings
641
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups packed, day-old, gluten-free sandwich bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into small pieces
  • 2 bananas, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 Cups vanilla coconut milk
  • 1/4 Cup dairy-free and gluten-free chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • 6 large eggs (or egg whites)
  • Vanilla sugar (optional)

Directions

Thoroughly grease an 8-by-11-by-2-inch glass baking dish. Scatter half of the bread cubes evenly over the bottom of the dish. Distribute the apples and bananas in a single layer on top of the bread.

Sprinkle half of the chocolate and half of the brown sugar evenly over the fruit. (Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla sugar, if desired.) Scatter the remaining bread and chocolate evenly over the top.

Whisk together the eggs and milk in a large bowl until well blended. Slowly put the egg mixture over the top of the bread. Set the dish aside for 20 minutes, periodically pushing the bread down lightly with the back of a fork, until the bread has absorbed much of the egg mixture. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar on top of the bread (and a second sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla sugar, if desired.). While the bread is soaking, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Set the baking dish in a larger pan; transfer to the oven and add enough hot water to the larger pan to reach halfway up the sides of the baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 11/2 hours. The pudding should be slightly soft in the center and crisp on top. Remove from the oven and allow it to cook for 15 minutes before serving.

Apple Shopping Tip

When buying apples, they should be firm, free of bruises, and heavy for their size.

Apple Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
40g
61%
Sugar
32g
N/A
Saturated Fat
28g
100%
Cholesterol
187mg
62%
Protein
15g
29%
Carbs
65g
22%
Vitamin A
83µg
9%
Vitamin B12
0.4µg
7.4%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
14.7%
Vitamin C
8mg
13%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
0.7mg
3.4%
Vitamin K
2µg
2%
Calcium
101mg
10%
Fiber
5g
20%
Folate (food)
52µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
52µg
13%
Iron
6mg
33%
Magnesium
81mg
20%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
6%
Phosphorus
241mg
34%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
578mg
17%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
16%
Sodium
400mg
17%
Sugars, added
18g
N/A
Zinc
1mg
10%